Status: Up for Adoption

Breed: German Shepherd

Gender: Female

Weight: 83

Age: 11 years and 0 months

My name is Bella and everyone tells me I'm an exceptionally beautiful, intelligent, and loving girl. I was purchased, along with my canine brother, from a breeder when we were only a few months old. Courage and confidence allowed my canine brother to adapt in a home with nine! human brothers and sisters. As for me, I became very fearful, shy, and nervous, making it impossible for me to trust. At times, I thought my job was to protect everyone from my canine brother, so I attempted to keep him on an even keel. For these reasons, I was crated almost all day, every day.

Over the years I've been at FOHA, my fierce sense of guarding has dissipated somewhat.  As a result, you will often see a sweet, beautiful, very smart German Shepherd who appreciates love and attention—which I get quite a bit of from my favorite staff members and volunteers.  In my younger days, I enjoyed playing catch, chasing after a ball and frolicking in the baby pool. Now, as I have entered my golden years, I am perfectly content taking leisurely walks and sitting by your side for gentle pets and snuggle time.

If given the chance to live in a quiet home with loving and patient adults, allowed to have adequate exercise, and feel safe from harm, I believe with all my heart that my courage, confidence, and trust will be visible forever. Do you have the love and patience I so desperately need in my life? In return for such kindness, I would offer you my heart of love.


Given that I have entered my golden years,  I am eligible for FOHA's Senior Care Program.  Inquiries can be directed to Rob Mock at

This dog can only be adopted within the Washington D.C. metro area.

If you are interested in adopting a FOHA dog, please review our Adoption Policies and complete a Dog Adoption Application.




Bella is sponsored by Sue Odeneal: Bella, Maddie and Tiger

Bella is sponsored by Candyce King: In Memory of Gracie and Sweet Rapture two wonderful dogs who gave me the precious gift of their friendship Bella is sponsored by Tourang Nazari:

Bella is sponsored by Brian Koziol:

Bella is sponsored by Tatiana Plyushchenko: My best friend Trouble

Bella is sponsored by Brian Koziol.

Bella is sponsored by Charles Marcy: In Memory of Evalina, Graycie and Maddie

Bella is sponsored by Karen Plante: In honor of Nancy McCorkindale, a true lover and rescuer of dogs. Thank you for all you do for others.

Bella is sponsored by Steven and Ember. Thank you for all you do for FOHA

Bella is sponsored by Charles Marcy: In Memory of Evalina, Graycie and Maddie

Bella is sponsored by charles marcy: In memory of Evalina, Maddie and Graycie Bella is sponsored by Jason Hampel: In memory of our sweet Simone. Bella is sponsored by Brynn: In honor of Sasha.

Bella is sponsored by Gary & Linn Luzadder: In Loving Memory of Betty Luzadder

Bella is sponsored by ANDREW HILLSTRAND: In Memory of Molly Bella is sponsored by Michele Novy: In honor of all of our clients and their pets. Bella is sponsored by Kimberly Gust: William Gust Bella is sponsored by Dayna Roy: In memory of our dear sweet Tucker Rhodes. You will live in our hearts forever.

In memory of Bodie. Bella is sponsored by Claire Kim:

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