Hi My name is Joey and I am a rescue from Jordan.  A very lucky dog who may not be alive today if it weren’t for some guardian angels whose path I came across.  I am an adorable 1.2 year old boy who is loving and playful and have loads of love to share with the right family.

I was being abused by some young children who were hitting me with a stick.  Some other kids were in a car and they were trying to run me over.  Yes, I am lucky to be alive and was rescued in the nick of time.  Life seemed dismal and scary and then my rescuer scooped me up and removed me from that frightful place.  I was treated with love and given medical care.  I was eventually taken to a shelter and my life got marginally better but it was still a scary place.  The shelter ended up closing and I was taken to a foster home where I have lived in Amman Jordan for the last 6 months.  I am about to take a journey to Chicago to find my forever family as my odds of finding a family here in my home country are slim to none.

Despite this abuse I have faced I am the friendliest and most loving dog.  I am a prime example of the resiliency of dogs.   I am energetic and athletic, and I love to play.  I don’t ask for a lot – just some  affection, cuddles, playing and petting.  I will repay your kindness many times as I am a good boy and have lots of love to give.   I am AMAZING around kids and cats ( indoors ). I love the affection from people and will do anything to hear your laughter.  I am known to do some goofy moves over and over again whenever I hear your laughter.  I want to make you happy!  I just need a loving home.

I am current on vaccinations, micro-chipped and neutered.


Jordan is the most welcoming country to refugees in the entire Middle East, but very inhospitable to its own dogs. Amman was a site of human settlement as far back as 7250 B.C., and dogs have likely lived here in uneasy coexistance for just as long. The great prophet Mohammad and founder of Islam was said to have advocated kindness towards all animals, but for centuries now, religion has been used to label dogs as unclean, as vermin instead of as a friend to man.

Street dogs have never been safe here, and this past fall, the situation worsened dramatically after the death of a toddler from untreated rabies. In his radio-broadcasted response to the little girl’s death, Jordan’s highest religious authority, the Grand Mufti, stated that it is justified to kill an attacking dog. Misinterpretation of the Grand Mufti’s statement as a religious fatwa calling for the death of all dogs, no matter how friendly, led to a deluge of killings by snipers, mass poisonings, and bludgeoning of any and all dogs found on the street. Thousands of dogs have been slaughtered, and all dogs on the street suffer from violence and neglect, their lives at great risk.

Although some wealthy Arabs now buy expensive “purebred” dogs as status symbols and for protection, and more European and American expats keep dogs as pets (often to abandon them when they leave the country), far fewer people are willing to adopt puppies from the street. Mixed adult dogs like Joey are seen as unworthy of any kindness, and Jordan’s volunteer animal advocates face an almost insurmountable battle in finding them homes. Partnering with ISDF will unite a lucky handful of dogs with American families while focusing light on the many threats Jordan’s dogs face.

If interested in adopting please fill out an adoption application and call Dawn at 414-426-4148.

  • HOMETOWN Amman Jordan
  • Weight 42 pounds
  • Age 14 months
  • Arrival Date September 2018