CT, DE, ME. MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV
These Rescues are currently available in the Northeast area of the country. If you are interested in adopting one of the Malinois profiled in these pages contact the foster home listed in the profile.
A NOTE TO POLICE OFFICERS, SAR GROUPS
AND OTHERS LOOKING FOR WORKING MALINOIS:
Many police officers/trainers/SAR groups approach Malinois rescue looking for young dogs to train. Most of our rescued dogs are not suitable for these types of jobs. Some of our rescued Malinois are actually dogs that have been rejected by police departments due to their inability to do the job. While we are not opposed to adopting dogs out as working dogs, we adopt only to individuals, never to organizations or police departments. Most of our rescued Malinois have had difficult beginnings in life. The majority will make fantastic family pets, but most of them do not have the temperament needed to work day after day with a police officer or in search and rescue. All dogs adopted through Malinois rescue will be spayed or neutered prior to placement.
She came into rescue in November with an old hip injury that required surgery. Thanks to some generous malinois folks she had her surgery in December. She is all healed and ready to play!
Angel is two years old and about 50 pounds. She loves her people, loves to snuggle and give lots of kisses. She is crate trained, knows sit, down, come and out. She likes to collect things and bring them back to her crate. She can be a little over reactive with strange dogs and people but is easily called off.
The only damage we have had is to dog beds and stuffy toys as is typical with mals.
She loves to play tug and will give up when asked. She will grab the biggest stick she can find and drag it around the yard.
Angel is not tolerant of other females so her ideal home would have a nice male dog, no young children, no cats and a fenced yard. She can't do agility but could do rally, nose work, or WagIt Games. Because she suffered for over a year with a damaged hip she will not be placed with an invisible fence so she avoids any more pain her life.
For more information about Angel, please contact: Marcia
Your Malinois Rescue adoption application must go to the coordinator for this Malinois Foster. Only this specific link to the application for this Malinois will automatically be processed and sent to Marcia, Angel's coordinator.
Hachi is a senior black Malinois but certainly acts like 3 or 4 and has no health problems other than being very strong, vigorous and accident prone even for his age.
He had some dental work, including some teeth removed about a year ago when he retired. He is a wonderful, stable boy but has a very strong drive to carry toys in his mouth and to seek and search busily when someone he perceives as his handler is nearby. He was retired to a friend's home but her age, previous shoulder surgery and presence of pet cats there made it necessary for him to find another home.
He is NOT good with cats but is respectful to other dogs that are respectful to him. He is UTD on all shots and heartworm preventative, neutered and crate trained. He will stay quietly in a crate for extended periods of time as long as he has the chance to spend some time moving around and being out with his people. He is a "busy" boy when out of the crate but has an incredibly wonderful "off switch" and can settle and be calm when under command or confined. He barks at gunshots (I live in the country and there are hunters year round) and at thunder/lightning if he is outside when he hears them but is quieter inside. He loves to chase, search for and find objects but hangs onto toys more than is convenient. I have found that substituting toys or distracting him (and firm "OUT...NO" command if he gets something truly inconvenient like my purse) and limiting his access to toys and ignoring him unless *I* initiate the play session keep him manageable. I suspect this is because of training he has had in his life to make him toy-ball obsessed. I have had him here for quite a while for thorough evaluation and just love his noble nature, beautiful carriage, stance, coat and overall appearance (he IS an attention getter wherever he is!) but have too many dogs in my rescue to give him the attention and one on one direction for part of his day which he needs as a Belgian. He has shown absolutely no human aggression at any time, in spite of many types of handling and even some injuries required vet visits. He has been mildly interested in all strangers who have visited my home. He is watchful but very friendly when they initiate petting, etc. with him. He will stay in a fenced yard here, is quiet and very easy to have around except for his penchant for holding toys in his mouth and his occasional grumbling toward other dogs that threaten his toys. He has been with many other dogs under supervision and is stable with them unless they show aggression to him. He is especially tolerant of my older Siberian husky girl who recently had a stroke.
Hachi prefers men but loves attention from women and young teenagers too. I have not observed him around young children and he is likely too strong to be safe around toddlers or very young children unless the parents were wise and knowledgeable about large dog handling. He walks well on a leash with attention and command or using a head halter and is receptive to both.
He responds best to firm commands and does exceptionally well with treat-motivated training. He learns quickly and loves to learn games and tricks and please his person but has not had a chance to do this consistently with all the dogs I have in my rescue. He enjoys cuddling on the couch (when I let him) or walking/searching/hiking in the woods and is up for all of that and more. He recently injured his toe, necessitating its amputation, but is healing well from that and showing again just how compliant and gentle and patient he can be, tolerating the plastic collar, crating and leash walking both here and at the vet's office.
Hachi would do best with someone, male or female, who has some experience in dog training and behaviorism and can give clear, firm direction to him. He is incredibly adaptable and loving but not fawning or demonstrative or pushy with people or dogs. He should be a fine addition to a home even where someone was not home all the time, provided he had a roomy crate or kennel to hang out in and some directed activity with his people on a regular basis.
Hachi requires a home with a fenced yard.
For more information about Hachi, please contact: Sandy
If you want to apply for this dog, click Hachi's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Marcia, Hachi's coordinator.
Hailey is a beautiful and sweet baby approximately one year old. She was found abandoned in an outside crate. Her owners claimed her but never came back....
She was brought into the shelter while in season and temperament tested with a male dog :/ she was fixed and brought up to date with her shots then she was brought to my attention. Now she is thriving.
She is currently residing with a male malinois and a female bloodhound. She's very much a dominant girl. She plays hard with the hound (just under 2 years old) and will push Dexter's buttons on occasion. In our interactions with other dogs I have seen her read the other dog quickly and attempt to assert herself however, she is very responsive to corrections and can be easily managed on a leash if necessary.
She isn't a 'prey' drive malinois but is what I call a 'play' drive malinois. I don't see her as a traditional working dog but perhaps an agility or obedience girl. Her energy is boundless. She loves playtime at the park and wrestling at home.
Hailey is smart! She is learning manners quickly. She now sits before being fed and goes willingly into her crate. She walks very well using a face collar but pulls on a regular collar.
I believe Hailey will do best with bigger more assertive dogs or as an only dog. She is currently learning doggie manners from mine and she is gaining much needed socialization skills. I believe that this will only get better with time.
She is definitely a good choice for a first time malinois owner but she definitely needs an active and solid handler. With enough activity her curious I'm going to eat the house side doesn't surface. Obedience classes will probably be very fun.
She always has a smile on her face and has a hug ready for you!
Please submit your app to become Hailey's person - she will love you fiercely for years to come.
For more information about Hailey, please contact: Debbie
If you want to apply for this dog, click Hailey's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Debbie, Hailey's coordinator.
Susie is a senior love bug, abandoned in Miami Dade shelter when her owner died.
Susie had clearly been loved, but then found herself in the shelter. Her old owner had died and the son wanted nothing to do her. So there she sat, stressed and unhappy. She was very happy when finally on her Freedom Ride.
Just because she is a senior, don’t think she is a couch potato or ready to sleep all the time. She still has a LOT of energy, and is very athletic. She also gets bored easily and can’t be left alone in the yard, because if she is motivated, she will jump fences, even 6 foot privacy fences. But mostly she wants to stay with her people. She loves to be petted, groomed, and you can touch her all over – her mouth, feet, ears, whatever you need to see.
Susie is looking for a person to bond tightly with, someone to pour out this huge fountain of affection. Her ideal person would be home a lot, and let her hang out with them. She will settle well in the house (and of course is totally house broken), and stay close. She wants to please her person, but needs a strong leader as she will be pushy and take advantage of you if you don’t make sure she knows you are in charge. Like most mals, she does not respond well to harsh treatment, but firm, consistent and fair will make her work for you.
Susie is wonderful with all people, very friendly and outgoing. She may be too active for very small children, though she was very gentle with one foster’s toddler. Still, she is not always careful and can be pushy and might knock down small children or unstable older folk. Some solid obedience training might also help her be calm and learn to control her desire to just barge in to grab all the attention.
She is good on walks and ignores dogs she does not know. However, she would really be happiest as an only dog. She is very possessive of her person and can be snarky and eventually aggressive to other dogs in the household. She is in a home with another dog now, a very stable older male malinois, and her foster is able to control her, but she will test him every now and then. Again, this is only with other dogs in the household, not general dog aggression. She should not go to a home with cats as her prey drive is much too high.
Susie is a happy, loving gal who is happiest when she is with her person. She is looking for that special owner that will be the center of her world. Could that be you?
For more information about Susie, please contact: Janet
If you want to apply for this dog, click Susie's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Janet, Susie's coordinator.
Named after the Greek god…Zeus is a large, young, exuberant, busy 3 year old male.
He is very obedient and reliable on or off leash. He is totally house trained and usually won't even soil an outdoor kennel, but waits until he is walked to do his business. He loves to play ball or tug and would probably do well in agility or other performance sport. He became totally devoted to his foster mom after just a few weeks. Like the mighty Greek god he is named after, he protects his people, and watches over them.
He is, however, a diamond in the rough and needs an experienced handler to help him succeed. He responds best to a firm but gentle hand and where he will have structure and consistency. He would flourish in a home where he would be given a job.
Zeus does not do well with small animals and prefers human company to other dogs. One on one, Zeus is a very nice dog and deserves a home where he can have all of his human's attention!
Zeus is very fixated on his toys. He has a hard rubber ball/skunk that his foster mom affectionately calls "Wilson" (Castaway) He carries it everywhere and amuses himself non-stop throwing it in the air and chasing it down. He will play with anything and grabs things as he runs through the house to go out!