Stray Dogs: Name Ideas for Stray, Found or Rescued Dogs


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Are you looking for that perfect dog name that just fits your dog that was rescued? Naming a dog can be difficult.

One way many pet owners do it is to look for a name that goes with your dog's personality, physical characteristic or maybe even how he is found. Do you have a stray? Or did you rescue a dog? Here are some names ideas for dogs that were found, rescued and stray dogs.

Some strays are named for the street where they were found or the community where they were found. For example, I know a dog named "Bethel" because he was found on "Bethel road" and another dog named "Franklin" because he was found wandering in "Franklin County". Another common way is by the day of the week that you found the dog – I know a dog named "Friday" that was found on a Friday.

I hope this helps you find the perfect name for your dog!

Do you have any suggestions for additional traits or dog names? Email us your dog name ideas and we will try to add them to our dog name list!

Dog names for strays or rescued dogs

  • Angel
  • Bones (thin/skinny when found)
  • Buddy
  • Bum
  • Chance - because he got a second chance at life
  • Dara - which means "gift" in Bulgarian language
  • Destiny – it was destiny to find this pooch
  • Grace
  • Glory
  • Gulliver ...And yes, Gulliver did travel...
  • Heaven (you found a little piece of Heaven)
  • Hobo
  • Hope
  • Impulse – dog was love at first sight – an impulse.
  • Journey (dog was on a journey that led to you)
  • Keeper
  • Kisa - an acronym for Knight In Shining Armour
  • Kayle - means faithful dog in Hebrew
  • Kismit which means fate
  • Kaffey
  • Loner
  • Lucky
  • Malachi meaning a special messenger from God
  • Main Street (found on Main Street)
  • Mutta
  • Nuisance
  • Paycheck – started costing us our paycheck
  • Pest
  • Percy, short for Perseverance
  • Podunk -found out in the middle of nowhere
  • Pooka means good luck charm.
  • Retread - found in an old tire along the road
  • Ruckus (he crated a Ruckus when he got home)
  • Scarey - scared little dog
  • Scruffy
  • Snafu
  • Sparkle - because she gave my husband a sparkle in his eye
  • Sweetie
  • Tramp
  • Treasure
  • Tuesday - found on that day of the week
  • Vader -short for "Invader"

    Doesn't matter how or what you would like to name your dog, we have the perfect name for you. Are you looking for a dog name to go with personality traits such as independent dogs, playful dogs, funny dogs, cute or beautiful dogs, loving dogs, sweet dogs, big dogs or dogs with big personalities, small dogs, aggressive dogs or good watch dogs, smart dogs, not so smart dogs, strong dogs, fast dogs, ornery dogs, or talkative dogs?

    Or are you looking for a name your dog based on his hair coat color or type such as he is white, yellow, red or brown, silver or grey, black, black and white, spotted, wrinkled or a fluffy dog. Check out the links associated with any of those words and get our list! We have the perfect name for your dog!

    Here is even a list of over 1200 common dog names. Or maybe you just want to look for an unusual dog name. How about cool dog names? We have tons of those!

    Do you want to know what the most common dog names mean? Learn about the "meaning" behind common Male dog names and Female dog names.

    Do you have a name suggestion?. Email us!

    I hope the above lists helps you name your rescued dog!

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    debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

    Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.