DC SIR in the News

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What the Internet's Fave Dog Can Teach Us
About the Perils of 'Trendy' Pets

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But dog rescuers say that while the popularity surge has brought about a greater numbers of volunteers and people interested in their work, it’s also led to more abandoned shibas. And while shibas are by no means the breed that winds up in shelters the most, the consequences of their rise in popularity is a compelling example of the pitfalls that can occur when a particular type of pet become “trendy.”  [Read More]

--Oct 4, 2016.  Hilary Hanson, The Huffington Post.


Older News:

Fashion for Paws!

"Those on the runway, fundraising models, raised at least $3k in a friendly competition over the course of 12 weeks, for $340k. Here, DC Shiba Inu Rescue's Patricia Hoppe, Nathalie Abutaha and Lacey McCarthy." [Read More]

--Apr 25, 2016.  Alfredo Flores, Bisnow.

Dog Goes From Terrified and Trembling to Fetch Playing Ball of Love Thanks to Rescuers

"Matoshi, a 9-year-old Shiba Inu, was left at shelter because his owners were moving. Luckily, Nathalie Abutaha and her team from DC Shiba Inu Rescue stepped up to help this pup. They knew his previous owners had treated him for severe allergies, but nothing prepared them for the condition he was in." [Read More]

--Apr 13, 2016.  Michella Ventres, BarkPost.

The Shiba Inu, the Dog Behind the Doge: What happens to a breed when it goes viral online.

"...watched the D.C. community balloon from a handful of owners to 'hundred and hundreds' of fans.  The Internet craze has translated to 'a lot more interest in shibas' IRL, which means more qualified adopters, more dedicated volunteers, and great visibility for the rescue.  But it also means that there are a lot more shibas that need to be saved..." [Read More]

--Feb 5, 2016.  Amanda Hess, Slate.


Players and Pets: Fashion Show

"Saya and Kimora got to walk the runway last week Players and Pets fashion show with local celebrities. They did such a great job and DC SIR was honored to be a part of this event." [Read More]

--Sept 27, 2015.  Players and Pets, DC Shiba Inu Rescue (DC SIR)

For These Shiba Inus, Life was Always in a Cage...Until This Amazing Rescue

"It's been said before, but it never hurts to say it again and again: puppy mills are terrible, evil places...There's no regard given toward their health, happiness, or state of being.  Luckily for these three dogs...DC Shiba Inu Rescue stepped in to give them a wonderful second half of their lives." [Read More]

--Aug 23, 2015.  Grace Eire, ViralNova.

Powerful Video Shows What the First 8 Hours of Freedom are Like for Former Mill Dogs

"The dirt, urine and feces was so compacted in their fur that it took four hours to wash it all off.  The fur on the cream Shibas, named Kishi and Yoko, is permanently stained yellow from years of soaking in urine.  Although they were still frightened, they couldn't hide the happiness they felt after receiving a loving bath from caring hoomans." [Read More]

--Aug, 2015.  Regina Lizik, BarkPost.


Goma's Story: Part 1

"When you read Goma’s story you will want to help this senior, blind Shiba Inu find a forever home to look after him in his golden years. Goma was rescued by DC Shiba Inu after his family was hit by a series of financial setbacks and no longer able to care for him or his siblings. He’s sweet, gentle and not very needy, except for wanting to find a loving family to call his own." [Read More]

--Sept 9, 2014.  DogHeirs.


Fairfax Seniors Embrace Canine Companion

"[The] facility at Braddock Glen in Fairfax has become the final Sunrise senior living facility in Fairfax to adopt a dog.  Kuma, an 11-year-old Shiba Inu, is the facility's newest resident..." [Read More]

--Jul 26, 2013.  Fairfax Times, Sunrise Senior Living.

Dogs are Family

"This is what Hime looked like when she left the shelter, but watch her heartwarming video to see what happened to her next...!" [Read More]

--Mar 4, 2013.  Dogs are Family.


DC SIR is a non-profit, volunteer-run network of foster homes in the Washington, DC area.

DC SIR does not have a shelter facility. To meet our adoptable dogs, interested adopters can attend one of our monthly adoption events.