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Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary Logo

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc.
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

"Where Old Gold Shines"

We are currently accepting a limited number of orphan dogs - as space and finances allow. Your donations will help keep our doors open to those who need us most. We have Adoptable Dogs in need of homes and many permanent residents who will never know the joy of living in a family environment because they are so damaged, old, or sick that they are best suited to living out their lives with us - here at the Sanctuary. Please consider giving a homeless dog a home.

Click Here to take a Virtual Tour of Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary.

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization based in West Virginia and is not affiliated with any other organization having the same or similar name. Almost Heaven serves WV, VA, MD, and areas of PA. accepting senior or "special needs" dogs from shelters, owner give-ups, and other rescues and is a refuge for those dogs who otherwise may be labeled "hard to adopt" or "unadoptable" by ordinary standards. Some of our Sanctuary dogs are only with us until they become well enough to be adopted, or until that "special" home is found. Others will receive love and care here at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

P.O. Drawer D
Delray, WV 26714
Phone: 304-856-1600 (Volunteer owned phone. Phone calls will be answered when possible)
Hours: By appointment only - NO one will be admitted unless they are approved adopters - NO exceptions

For the fastest response to your inquiry, please email us at or

  • If you cannot adopt at this time, but would like to help please consider one or both of the following:
    • Sponsoring one of our residents. No donation is too small - all are deeply appreciated. Use the PayPal button or mail to AHGGRS at P.O. Drawer D Delray, WV 26714.


A Membership with Benefits

It's January 2014! As promised, AHGRR has some surprises for all its loyal supporters.

Beginning February 1, 2014, we will be offering two new membership plans. There are two membership levels each with it's own perks. Membership will run from Feb 1st to Jan 31 of the following year.

Membership perks include:

  • Discounts on our "Special Deal" of the month ~ exclusive merchandise picked out for Almost Heaven
  • Almost Heaven Canvas Tote
  • Subscription to Almost Heaven's brand new monthly Newsletter
  • Subscription to Almost Heaven's News e-list


March 2014 "Special Deal"
"Love Me" Pin

March 2014 Special Deal

The "Love Me" pin is resin, Measures approx. 1.75" wide and 1.50" tall

We are offering this pin to non-members for $10 plus $2.50 shipping and handling.

Discounted rates apply to Members Only - Membership discounts do not apply to Shipping & Handling (S&H) fees.

Non-Members $10.00/ea + $2.50 S&H
Level 1
$9.00 + $2.50 S&H
Level 2
Take appropriate discount + $2.50 S&H
Please contact Carol at if you are unsure of the amount.
Level 2
FREE - Your gift will be automatically sent to you.

     Donation Gift Cards

A gift for the people on your list who "have everything".

Make a donation to AHGRR in honor of a special someone or in memory of a special pet or person. Almost Heaven will send the individual or their family a card letting them know they have been honored by a donation.

The card exterior will be our standard logo in grayscale with a personalized message inside per your instructions.

Order using the PayPal button below or by mail specifying personalized message to include in the card to:
AHGGRS at P.O. Drawer D Delray, WV 26714

     Help Out by Feeding a Pooch ~ Donate Food Through

Dog food donations to Almost Heaven can be made ordering online through

All dog food donations made through can be ordered online, if you order using the Keyser, WV store (info displayed below) it can be delivered to Almost Heaven contact our administrator "Carol Free" at if you plan to have food delivered using this method.

Instructions: Go into the website and change "your store" - upper right hand corner of webpage - to Keyser, WV - you should then be able to use the option of shipping the food to us. If that doesn't work, keep changing stores until one will allow it, try any of the Winchester locations next. is occasionally has glitches - it can be irritating. Our shipping address is:

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue
704 Old Mill Rd , Ritters Hidden Valley Estates
Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Almost Heaven uses Pedigree Adult Dry food (NOT large breed), the 40 pound bag is the best deal, but donations of ANY amount are appreciated - - Click Here to Place Order.

Walmart location:
Walmart Supercenter, Store #2474
R.R. #4, Box 82
Keyser, WV 26726

(304) 788-8160


Note: Email copies of your walmart "receipt" to so we are aware of your donation.


"My book Unscheduled Stops: Essays on Love, Loss, and Other Roadside Attractions is a collection of essays written to capture memories of formative times. I have been a fortunate traveler to have befriended so many people of notable accomplishment. Some I have even loved. Proceeds will go to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary in Capon Bridge, West Virginia.
Thank you for reading my scribblings"

- David B. Evans, author


Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. (AHGRRS) is a small Golden Retriever rescue located in Hampshire County, WV. AHGRRS is in NO WAY, past or present, affiliated with the puppy mill (kennel?) in Lehigh County, PA similarly named Almost Heaven Kennels.

Almost Heaven's Logo courtesy of Darline Grubbs of Visit her website to see her Cosmic Canines - Beautiful Angel Animals & Animal Art. Available for purchase on Prints, Greeting & Note Cards. She also does custom work.

Skip Free

Ralph E. (Skip) Free
May 22, 1951 - January 15, 2012

Skip was co-founder of Almost Heaven and dedicated a large portion of his life to helping and rescuing animals. Skip was a gentle, compassionate, dedicated man who gave up many personal comforts (including vacations) to help those dogs (animals) who needed him most. Skip leaves behind AHGRR's cofounder and wife, Carol Free.

Almost Heaven will continue to save those animals who need us. It was Skip's request, and last wish that the rescue continue it's work in his memory - and in his honor. It is a legacy that will be fulfilled. Donations in Skip's memory will be used for the comfort and care of the orphan dogs in the care of Almost Heaven.

Thank you, everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. This is a very difficult time - but Skip's spirit will see us all through ~ Carol


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Updated: March 2014

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