Welcome to K-9 Lifesavers!


K-9 Lifesavers, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, rescues homeless and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters, owners who can no longer care for them, and other high-risk situations.

We work with dedicated volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians, trainers, and kennels to provide loving temporary care while we find well-matched, carefully screened forever homes for each dog we take in.

We also serve as a support group to our adopters and all dog owners by providing ongoing education and resources for the well-being of their dogs, including the importance of proactive spay/neuter policies, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.

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VOTE for K-9 LIFESAVERS in the SHELTER CHALLENGE!

| February 16th, 2013 | No Comments »

The Animal Rescue Site is holding their Shelter Challenge. The grand prize in each voting round is a $10,000 grant. CLICK HERE to vote today… (Voting ends Sunday, April 28th) (You do not have to register, and voting is free) SUPPORT K-9 LIFESAVERS and VOTE EVERY DAY!

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Maddie is Lost in Rockville, MD 20850

| December 8th, 2012 | No Comments »

Maddie was adopted from K9 Lifesavers 3.5 years ago. On Monday, December 3 her walker had an accident while walking Maddie and she got loose and her parents are desperately looking for her. Maddie is believed to be hiding out in the neighborhood around the Rockville Metro; she was spotted Thursday at 2:00 pm near the intersection on North Stone Street and Crabb Ave and also possibly at 8:30 pm at the intersection of Charles Street and Baltimore Road. If you see Maddie please call Tom or Judy with location info and direction she was headed in. 301-728-2771 301-675-6915 *Do not approach as she is fearful and will run*

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Read Emma’s Story in the December Issue of Washingtonian Magazine

| November 28th, 2012 | No Comments »

Inspired by Emma: Adopting a Pit Bull After losing my purebred boxer, I knew I wanted to adopt a dog. I never planned to bring home a pit-bull mix that would turn me into an advocate for her breed. By Douglas Sonders I woke in the middle of that anguishing night to find my best pal, Winston—a boxer—looking up at me from his usual place, nuzzled between my arm and chest. We stared at each other for an hour as I stroked his fur and told him he was a good boy. The next day, Halloween 2011, I had to put him to sleep. Winston had been fighting an aggressive growth on his spine that shut down his organs and took away his ability to walk. For months after he died, my heart felt wrecked. It took nearly a year before I was ready for another dog. I’d acquired Winston,

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Pre and Post Adoption Consultations with Spring Training

| August 21st, 2012 | No Comments »

Pre and Post Adoption Consultations Helping the newest member of your family get off on the right paw: Discover what kind of dog would be a good match for you Crate training and house training The basics of good manners How to stop problem behaviors before they start Dog and Puppy-proof your home Good nutrition Spring Training For Positively Good Dogs 202.664.4206 SpringTrainingForDogs.com Spring Training, LLC is independently owned and operated by Kelly Spring.   Kelly began working with dogs by volunteering with local rescue groups — fostering dozens of dogs and, eventually, co-founding an all-volunteer animal rescue organization.  While serving as a Director, she oversaw the care and welfare of nearly 1,000 dogs.  After many years volunteering in the DC rescue community, she decided to take her love of dogs and make it a career — and Spring Training was born! Call Spring Training for their price list and

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The Vet Is In- Bee Stings in Dogs

| August 21st, 2012 | No Comments »

Bee Stings in Dogs • Just like in people, a bee sting can be serious; dogs are more likely to be stung because of their natural curiosity and playful nature. • If a dog is stung by a bee or shows signs of a bee sting, remove the stinger if possible and seek professional help from your veterinarian. • Bee stings can be successfully treated and sometimes prevented. What You Need to Know Bee stings can be a serious event and even life threatening in some cases. Dogs are at greater risk for bee stings than people, as they tend to chase or play with things that move. Dogs are likely to get stung in the mouth or on the nose, face, or feet by several different insects, including bees, wasps, and hornets. Signs of Bee Stings • Crying out, running in circles, salivating • Mild signs include swelling of

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Follow My Lead- Thunder Phobia

| August 21st, 2012 | No Comments »

Training Advice for Positively Good Dogs by Kelly Spring, CPDT Thunder Phobia The warm weather has rolled in – that’s good news and bad news at my house. While we’re all enjoying the longer days and opportunities to hike and play outside, my little Lab mix, Tallula, is scared of the thunderstorms that have rolled in with the season. Poor Tallula starts panting and fidgeting hours before I see any sign of a storm. When it arrives, she huddles up against the tub in the bathroom – unable to move until it’s over. I know Tallula isn’t alone in her fear of thunderstorms. Every year at this time, I start hearing from clients who are concerned about how distressed their dogs become when it’s storming out. Like all fears, dogs’ fear of thunder storms can range from mild discomfort to outright panic. If your dog is uncomfortable, scared or panicked

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The Vet Is In- Heartworm Disease in Dogs

| August 20th, 2012 | No Comments »

Heartworm Disease in Dogs Heartworm is endemic in all 50 states. • Heartworm disease attacks the lungs, heart, and related blood vessels. It is serious and potentially fatal. • Dogs are highly susceptible to heartworm. Nearly all exposed dogs will become infected. • Heartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. • Treatment can be costly and complicated. • Illness is easily and effectively avoided by giving preventive medications. What Is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that affects dogs, cats, and up to 30 other species of animals. It is caused by parasitic worms (heartworms) living in the major blood vessels of the lungs and, occasionally, in the heart. These worms are transmitted (as microscopic larvae) through the bite of an infected mosquito. The scientific name for the heartworm parasite is Dirofilaria immitis. Heartworm disease can cause a variety of medical

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The Vet Is In- Heatstroke

| August 20th, 2012 | No Comments »

Heatstroke in Dogs • Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when body temperature reaches 106°F to 109°F. • Being left in a hot car and exercising in hot weather are the most common causes of heatstroke in pets. • “Cracking” car windows does not keep a car cool. • Organ failure, seizures, and death are likely if treatment for heatstroke is not started immediately. • Starting the cooling process at home is key to the pet’s chances for survival. What Is Heatstroke? The word stroke comes from “strike,” and heatstroke means “to be struck down by heat.” Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition suffered when a pet is unable to lower its body temperature. Cells in the body become damaged when the core body temperature is between 106°F and 109°F. Heatstroke is most common in dogs but can happen to cats. Heatstroke may occur when a pet is left in

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The Vet Is In- Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

| August 19th, 2012 | No Comments »

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth • Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and affects most dogs before they are 3 years old. Bacteria from periodontal disease can spread to affect other organs and cause illness. • Before you start brushing your dog’s teeth, have them checked by your veterinarian. • Make toothbrushing enjoyable for your dog by rewarding him or her immediately after each session. • Be very patient when teaching your dog to accept toothbrushing. • If your dog won’t tolerate toothbrushing, your veterinarian can recommend plaque-preventive products for your dog. Periodontal Disease—Why Brush? Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to tooth loss and affects most dogs before they are 3 years old. Bacteria from periodontal disease can spread to affect other organs and cause illness. One of the best ways to help prevent periodontal disease is to brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis—daily, if he or she

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The Vet Is In- Food Allergies

| August 18th, 2012 | No Comments »

Food Allergies • A food allergy is an immune response to something in the pet’s diet that did not cause problems in the past. • Food allergies commonly cause itchiness and/or vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats. • Food allergies are diagnosed with an elimination diet trial. • Long-term treatment can be very successful if the offending ingredient is avoided. What Is a Food Allergy? Food allergy (also called food hypersensitivity) refers to a type of physical reaction to food. Food reactions are classified into two categories: those that are the result of immune system stimulation and those that are not. Food allergy occurs when the immune system begins to overreact to ingredients that the pet has eaten with no problems in the past. Food intolerance occurs when what is eaten has a direct, negative effect on the stomach and/or intestines, such as spoiled meat, chewed up toys, food

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