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DC Dogos, Inc

Nationwide Foster Based Rescue, Tampa, FL, 33619

Shelter Description

DC Dogos Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of Dogo Argentinos in rescue. We strive to make sure Dogos are properly placed in new homes and provide the support needed for success! Our organization is all volunteer based and not one person draws a salary for the work we do. The funds raised go towards routine and emergency vet care, major medical care, training, heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, spay/neuter, medications/supplements, transport, and some administrative overhead costs. We treat each dog in the rescue like our own and never deny them of any care needed to make them happy and healthy! Although we love bringing dogs into the rescue, we also like to offer resources and options to homes in effort to keep the pet with their family. Our experienced volunteers are dedicated to helping dogos in any way we can and we all appreciate the support from the community to make sure every dogo has a home!

Areas Served

DC Dogos rescues and adopts Dogo Argentinos across the continental US. We have also rescued dogos from Puerto Rico so our network is extremely wide and we have amazing directors, staff volunteers, fosters, transporters, and supporters to help us be able to accomplish this! Currently we do not adopt out of the country for a couple of reasons. One is that we want to avoid putting rescues on and airplane and another is that we do not have the time and resources to this in the best interest of the dog. Our rescue is fully committed to our dogs and our decisions are based on what is best for them. We do adopt all over the US and help arrange ground transport at little to no cost so if you are interested in a particular pet we suggest you submit an application and we would be happy to speak with you! Follow us on Facebook and reach out to us if you have any questions! https://www.facebook.com/DCDogos

Adoption Instructions

Our adoption process was developed with the best interest of the dog in mind. We strive to make our dogs adoption home their forever home and want to be sure they never feel abandoned again! In doing this we require a thorough application from you for us to review. Then we will do a public background check along with calls to verify vet and person references. If we feel the home is a good fit for a rescue dogo we will schedule a call, possibly two calls! Next, we do a home visit to make sure the home is a safe place for one of our dogs. If you don't get approved, please don't take it personal! This doesn't mean you are not a good dog parent whatsoever, it just means that at this time we don't have a dog that fits you and your lifestyle based on the years of experience we have in rescue and with the breed. Dogos are a wonderful breed but we urge anyone interested to dig in and do a lot of research before deciding if they are a good fit for your home. They require a lot of attention and training with them never ends! Boundaries must be enforced and they often need reminders as they push past boundaries you set! Dogos are loving, kind and gentle but don't mistake that for weakness because they are equally powerful and intense as well! Everyone in the home must be on board with having a dogo and play a major role in their daily routines and training. Yes it is work, but the rewards are ten-fold! Lazy homes don't work for dogos as they need stimulation, exercise, and lots of attention too during their younger years. Our goal in rescue is to be as transparent as we can about each and every dog plus make sure new families really understand the needs of a dogo! We want everyone to understand that not all applications get approved because we know our dogs and know what is best for them. Our team puts a lot of effort into the rescue and care of our dogs and our ultimate goal is their stability and happiness! THANK YOU for your interest in ADOPTING!

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Cinna

Dogo Argentino

  Meet Cinna! He is currently living in Florida and has proven to be a wonderful young male dogo!  Cinna is a quick learner and very eag... show more

  Meet Cinna! He is currently living in Florida and has proven to be a wonderful young male dogo!  Cinna is a quick learner and very eager to please, even though sometimes he has typical dogo stubborness at times. We think Cinna is about 2-3 years old but we do know that he is absolutely STUNNING!   His photos may show some wounds but they are all bacterial infections that are fully healing.  Currently he is 96lbs and has another 10+ lbs to gain to be at a healthy weight for his size.  Every day we see improvements with Cinna and his training to learn all the new boundaries to be a good dogo.  He loves people but be ready because he's a kisser and hugger! We know that he is friendly with other female dogs but haven't had the chance to test with males just yet, but we would prefer a no male dog home for Cinna considering his confidence and size. He recently discoverd that he like to swim in the pond and loves to run around and play chase with other female dogs.  He is a flirt with the girls!  Regading kids and cats, we don't have a way to test so we prefer a home with grown ups and possibly older children. Cinna is textbook dogo when it comes to attitude and demeanor so we recommend him going to an experienced dog home, preferrable one who has dogo or similar experience to keep him on the right track. We don't know how he is in a home and he will most likely need to be house trained, but we do think he will train very well. He is going to make a wonderful companion to whomever is chosen to be his new parent. Cinna is great in the car and clearly enjoys going places and seeing what is going on.  He truly is simply wonderful! Dogos are a wonderful breed but we urge anyone interested to dig in and do a lot of research before deciding if they are a good fit for your home. They require a lot of attention and training with them never ends!  Boundaries must be enforced and they often need reminders as they push past boundaires you set! Dogos are loving, kind and gentle but don't mistake that for weakness because they are equally powerful and intense as well! Everyone in the home must be on board with having a dogo and play a major role in their daily routines and training. Yes it is work, but the rewards are ten-fold! Lazy homes don't work for dogos as they need stimulation, exercise, and lots of attention too during their younger years.  Our goal in rescue is to be as transparent as we can about each and every dog plus make sure new families really understand the needs of a dogo!   show less

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Effie

Dogo Argentino

Meet Effie!! She is a young female dogo currently in Florida with lots of energy and kisses to give. Effie is about 3-4 years old and ap... show more

Meet Effie!! She is a young female dogo currently in Florida with lots of energy and kisses to give. Effie is about 3-4 years old and appears to have possibly been a mama dog in the past. Mamas always tend to steal our hearts as they are extra loving and nurturing! She is learning commands quickly and eager to please as she is learning new boundaries.  Effie loves to run around in the yard with Prim and we have not introduced her to other dogs just yet. She is a confident girl so a home with a friendly dog would be good for her.  We don't know how she is with kids or cats so we prefer a home with grown ups and possibly older children.  Effie is a really good girl and very textbook female dogo in terms of being loving, happy, strong, and confident!  She does well in the car and was good at the vet too! We do not know if she is house trained but certain that she will learn quick. Effie does very well in a kennel and on a leash from what we have seen so far.  Effie had several skin infections that may be seen in some of her pictures but she is recovering and doing well.  She does have a scar on her head that we are not sure of, possibly an old skin infection that was not treated in time. However, she really is just perfect! Dogos are a wonderful breed but we urge anyone interested to dig in and do a lot of research before deciding if they are a good fit for your home. They require a lot of attention and training with them never ends!  Boundaries must be enforced and they often need reminders as they push past boundaires you set! Dogos are loving, kind and gentle but don't mistake that for weakness because they are equally powerful and intense as well! Everyone in the home must be on board with having a dogo and play a major role in their daily routines and training. Yes it is work, but the rewards are ten-fold! Lazy homes don't work for dogos as they need stimulation, exercise, and lots of attention too during their younger years.  Our goal in rescue is to be as transparent as we can about each and every dog plus make sure new families really understand the needs of a dogo! show less

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Judy

Dogo Argentino

Update: March 6, 2020 Judy’s foster family says she’s doing absolutely wonderful, considering she’s been in an outdoor kennel for the pa... show more

Update: March 6, 2020 Judy’s foster family says she’s doing absolutely wonderful, considering she’s been in an outdoor kennel for the past year! She hasn’t had one potty accident in the house, nor in her crate during the work days.  She has been receiving a refresher course on her in-home manners/basic obedience. She’s eager to please and very treat oriented! She just wants to be near her human at all times and tends to get alittle mischievous while left alone. She is protective of her space but looks to her human for direction, and follows direction very well! With our observance, we feel that Judy would strive in an only dog home and/or with a chill male! She wants all the loving for herself. This sweet affectionate girl, Judy Blume, is still looking for her new forever home 🥰!   2/15/2020 Judy is (4) yrs old, currently in NC, and is coming to us as a owner surrender. She’s very affectionate, knows her basic commands, and very willing to please!   She has lived the past year in an outside kennel but before that was a inside family girl. That being said, she may need some polishing up on her in-home manners. Although we’ve been told that she is okay with other male dogs, we don’t feel comfortable risking it at this time. We don’t know much about this girl, but eager to learn all there is to know about her! 🙂 At this time... We are looking for a foster with no other dogs (or the ability to keep separate 24/7) and no kids under 10 years old, that will open up their home to this gorgeous girl, and provide some TLC during her spaying and healing process. 🙏🏼 show less

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Lola

Dogo Argentino

Now located on the east coast, Lola is a 7 year old spayed female rescued from a shelter in Southern California.  Her owner surrendered... show more

Now located on the east coast, Lola is a 7 year old spayed female rescued from a shelter in Southern California.  Her owner surrendered her because they were moving out of state and couldn't take her with them.  They reported that Lola enjoyed being outside in their yard, was crate trained at night inside the house, enjoyed baths, and was good with kids.   While at the shelter, Lola won the hearts of all the volunteers and dog walkers! They reported that she is very friendly, affectionate, mellow and well-behaved.  She loves to be cuddled and scratched, and will roll over for belly rubs.  Lola has some basic obedience training, including leash walking, and does well in the car.  She loves walks and playing and has a medium energy level.  We are continuing to learn more about Lola as she is currently in her foster home. She needs training, but is food and treat motivated and willing to learn. She loves all people she meets, but is not too fond of other dogs.  She has never been around cats, but has a strong prey drive, so we think she should be the only pet in the home :)  Lola is a sweetheart that is looking for someone that can give her a lot of love and doesn't mind kisses!  This girl also enjoys posing for photo shoots! She is fantastic in the car and is willing to travel for the perfect home! show less

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Oliver

Dogo Argentino

  Meet Oliver! Sticking with this years book theme, he has been named after Oliver Twist; a young, good-hearted, and kind--but mistreate... show more

  Meet Oliver! Sticking with this years book theme, he has been named after Oliver Twist; a young, good-hearted, and kind--but mistreated--orphan from a Charles Dickens novel. He is a friendly and quiet 2 year old boy from Florida who recently came into the rescue when we saved him with just hours of notice from being put down! We are happy that Oliver is safe now, will no longer be mistreated, and we can help him find his forever home! Oliver was living outside, but seems to be house trained. He spent most of his time following his owner around all day while she worked outside, and got used to being near his people all day. His current fosters report that he is very well mannered, enjoys laying by their feet, and chewing on his antler. Oliver walks nicely on a leash and responds well to corrections. Although very sweet, he can be a bit stubborn and needs someone who can work with him on learning basic commands. Oliver is sensitive, and will benefit from being given time to adjust to new things. He is used to living around other dogs, but will need slow introductions. We think he will do ok with another female dog. The perfect home for him would be with someone that is home a lot and has time and attention to give him. Oliver is really mellow, but can be a howler! We've also heard that he likes relaxing to both classical and reggae music! show less

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Prince

Dogo Argentino

Prince is a happy and healthy big boy currently living in Baltimore.  He loves everyone he meets and so far he has shown no ill behavior... show more

Prince is a happy and healthy big boy currently living in Baltimore.  He loves everyone he meets and so far he has shown no ill behaviors to other dogs. Prince really loves attention and has great behavior in the home. He is house trained and doing well with crate training too! We are still learning about Prince and will update as we get to know him better!  We do know that his former owner really did love him but was no longer able to care for Prince and had to give him up. Thankfully the rescue had space to take him in at the time and he is now in with a foster and looking for a new family! Currently his foster is putting in a lot of effort towards his training and has made a lot of progress with him.  He needs a strong handler but one that also enjoys to give a lot of love and cuddles too!  He is a confident boy but does not like thunderstorms despite his tough guy look!   Prince is a very special boy and he needs an experienced owner that is willing to work with him on a regular basis. The saying "a tired Dogo is a good Dogo" was written specifically for Prince! Prince needs to be reminded about boundaries and kept on a routine, as well as be kept busy. We would prefer someone with breed experience, but would consider other similar power breeds. Prince loves his training sessions and even enjoys scent tracking work once a week with his foster!  show less

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Regan

Dogo Argentino

Regan is a 1.5 year old female Dogo who is doing wonderful in her foster home! Here is her BIO written by her foster sibling, the cat sh... show more

Regan is a 1.5 year old female Dogo who is doing wonderful in her foster home! Here is her BIO written by her foster sibling, the cat she adores! Help!  I'm a 16 year old cat and my Mom has a foster Dogo here that thinks I'm her BFF.  I'm 8 pounds.  Regan is 100 pounds.  The Pony comes bounding into the living room, and gives me a huge play bow.  She gooses me with her nose.  Such indignities!     Do me a huge favor, and make this dog come to your house.  Regan loves playing with all the dog toys, cat toys too.  Totally unacceptable!  I sit in the window and watch her play in the yard.  Leaping and bounding, racing and chasing, weird noises, way too much activity for me.    She'll be 2 soon.  Life for Regan hasn't been fun or easy, not much stability in her earlier life, and not much love either.  She needs a home with other rowdy dogs so she can burn off some energy.  Because of an unstable home life, some things in life induce panic.  Trip to the vet's office?  Sheer panic.  You leaving the house?  Separation Anxiety rears its ugly head.  She was prescribed Prozac, and that has been amazing.  I can now take my morning nap without interruption.   Still working on her acceptance of strangers.  If she is with other dogs, she is not afraid.  By herself?  Some people are very scary.  Treats and sort of ignoring her seems to help convince her otherwise.   Christmas is fast approaching, and so is my 17th birthday.  Adopting Regan would be a wonderful present for me.  Adopt her so she can play bow and goose your cat. show less

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Rio (DOG IS MISSING)

Dogo Argentino

RIO IS MISSING FROM THE SAN ANTONIO, TX AREA.  We decided to keep his profile up to help spread the word.  We love all of our rescues an... show more

RIO IS MISSING FROM THE SAN ANTONIO, TX AREA.  We decided to keep his profile up to help spread the word.  We love all of our rescues and have put forth a lot of time and money in searching for him and will continue to do so until he is back with the rescue. Please keep an eye out for him on social media and locally if your in the San Antonio area.  Rio is looking for someone that will like to talk him on long walks so he can enjoy the fresh air and daydream about actually catching one of the squirrels that cross his path. He is a strong but obedient when directed by his assertive handler. Just like all male dogos, Rio loves to test his boundaries and needs to be reminded of his place in your pack! He understands commands and responds well to training and corrections.  He may look tough on the outside but he is a big mush when it comes to giving some love!  He also loves chews and squeaky toys! But his favorite item in the world is a security blanket that he takes everywhere, even when he goes outside to do a little sunbathing! Rio found himself a stray in Puerto Rico after Hurrican Maria and recently traveled to Texas with the family that helped him.  He is a 3 yo friendly neutered healthy Dogo Argentino that loves the older children (10+) in his life. He wants a home where he can run and play with his humans and other non-dominant dogs. Rio says he wants a family that will give him lots of lovins'!  If you want a shadow to follow you around, Rio says he loves doing that! Rio is described to be friendly, active, playful, smart, and affectionate by his current humans. Right now he is spoiled with a tasty raw diet that is making a big difference in his recovery after being a stray with no food after the hurricane.  His first home when he got to Texas had an intact male Cane Corso and the two didn't  seem to want to share the same territory. Rio arrived to the States in late February and now needs a home that better suits him. He is dog friendly but needs a home without another alpha dog. He sounds to be textbook Dogo in regards to his traits, personality, and handsome good looks!  Rio is housetrained, crate trained, not a digger, not a fence jumper, good with older kids (no toddlers), and good with meeting new people too! He is very well behaved and eager to learn and please his humans!  He is currently located near Houston, TX but willing to relocate.  Tranpsort can be arranged for the perfect home! Rio is a member of the DC Dogos Inc family and you can learn more about us and him at www.dcdogos.org. show less