DVBR is experiencing a very serious financial crisis. For every dog we place and receive a $200 to $300 adoption fee, we SPEND hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. Can you help us recover some of these much needed funds? If so, click here to make a donation: Make a Donation! DVBR is now on Facebook!!! Click here to join our cause! Join Our Cause! Please note that all available information regarding this dog is listed here. If you are interested you MUST submit an application prior to contacting us. Inquiries from people who have not previously submitted an application will be discarded. All adoption information such as fees and adoption procedures are listed on our web page, and all information relating to this specific dog is listed below. The volume of inquiries we receive necessitates that we have a completed application before contacting you regarding this dog. Willie is a 3 to 4 yr. old, neutered male bichon. He weighs about 15 lbs. Willie was found as a stray roaming on the streets of Philadelphia. He was SO MATTED that he had to be sedated to be shaved down and groomed. The first picture below shows a photo of Willie when he was first taken in. The second picture shows Willie after he was cleaned up and shaved down. The third picture shows Willie as he looks today - like the cute, adorable bichon that he is! Willie originally was picked up by a different rescue and they spent a lot of time rehabilitating him. Willie has trust issues due to his time 'on the streets'. We can give prospective adopters more information about this on a case-by-case basis. However, Willie needs an ADULT, dog-savvy home that will give him the time and space to acclimate to his new environment without placing unreasonable expectations on him. He is 100% housetrained and VERY loving with his trusted human pack members, so your time and patience will pay off tenfold. Although he'd be fine with other dogs, we THINK he'd probably be just as happy as an only dog. Willie LOVES to go for long walks. His ideal family would be an adult, quiet, loving household. If you are interested in Willie keep reading for additional information about our adoption policies and procedures. DO NOT call the rescue regarding this dog. We do not have the manpower to return the large volume of inquiries we receive anytime a new dog is posted. Our preferred method of communication is email. We check email & return inquiries on a daily basis. We do not return phone calls. All available information pertaining to this dog is already listed here. NO ONE will be considered as a potential family until they have submitted an application. This is the FIRST step in the adoption process! Pls. note that your application must include a VALID, LEGIBLE e-mail address, otherwise it will be discarded! This would seem like common sense, but the number of invalid email addresses we receive are surprising! Click here to submit our ONLINE application! No mailing or faxing is necessary! electronic application! After an application has been submitted, we will contact your current or previous vet to get a reference. We will also contact you (assuming we believe your home is a good match for one of our dogs) to schedule a home visit. NO ADOPTION IS EVER FINALIZED WITHOUT A HOME VISIT FIRST. This is a required part of the screening process. Our adoption fees are listed at the top of our online application. These fees help to offset the tremendous expenses involved in getting our dogs ready for adoption. Pls. read the top of our application for further info. about our fees. An important note about tie-outs! More & more lately we've noticed a trend toward using tie-outs. Many people believe that tie-outs are a cheap alternative to fencing their yards when they are considering adding a dog to their family. These people also don't have the time to WALK their dogs the four or five times a day they would need to in order to avoid housetraining accidents. We believe that tie-outs are a dangerous method of providing your dog with outdoor time. Bichons and similar breeds are small and would be 'sitting ducks' for other, more aggressive animals. They also would have no defense against unkind PEOPLE who might pass by... so tie outs are out of the question for these little guys! They need the security of a fenced yard or an owner at the opposite end of their leashes to protect them from the dangers of the outdoors! We hope you will understand that we are only looking out for the safety of our dogs when we say that we have a policy against placing dogs in homes where tie-outs will be utilized.