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12 Nov 2015 ~ Question: Is AHGRRS going out of business? Answer: No, AHGRRS is NOT closing its Doors. Although a different rescue with a similar name has decided to close. AHGRRS has been saving lives since 2002 and plans to continue accepting as many 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 (click HERE) in need of homes and 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.

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  • Let us know via email (ahgrr@frontiernet.net) if there is a dog listed that you would like to offer a forever home. If we think you are a good match for that adoptable animal, we will ask you to submit a completed application. You can obtain Adoption Information and an Application by clicking HERE. Completed applications may be emailed to: ahgrr@frontiernet.net.

    Please, we request that you don't call us until you have an approved application on file, as it is a volunteer owned phone. Calls will be answered when possible. For the fastest response, please email us.


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Meet Almost Heaven's Adoptable Dogs Looking for Forever Homes

Our newest arrivals can be found on Almost Heaven's Petfinder page: Click HERE.

Sharna

Sharna - Female, Golden Retriever Mix

1 year old Sharna is absolutely adorable - in every way! Not only is she gorgeous, but she has a very endearing, sweet, and gentle personality that could melt the coldest heart in about 2 seconds. Sharna has gotten along with all the other dogs here, is totally crate trained, and will go home up to date on distemper/parvo and rabies vaccines, heartworm tested negative, and spayed. She is accepting applications for her forever home now - don't miss your chance tomake this very special girl a part of your family.

If you would like to offer Sharna a new forever home, please submit an application.

Sharna

Sharna

Alice

Alice - Female, Labrador Retriever Mix

1-2 year old Alice was dumped onto the parking lot of a shelter in West Virginia - not long after having weaned a litter of pups. None of the pups were dumped with her - just poor Alice. Alice is as sweet as honey. She gets along with all the other dogs here, just wants to play and have fun. She is a bit of an escape artist, and really craves the companionship of other dogs, so a home with a secure fence, and at least one other dog would be best for her. Alice has been spayed, brought current on all vaccinations, is heartworm/lymes/ ehrilichia negative and on monthly preventative for heartworm disease. She is learning crate manners.

If you would like to open your heart and home to Alice, please submit an application.

Alice

Alice

Gussie

Gussie - Male, Labrador Retriever

There has never been a dog sweeter than 10 - 12 year old Gussie. Gussie's owners threw him away, abandoning him in a high kill southern shelter and walking away. Gussie has some medical issues that we are still investigating: failure to gain weight, thirst, and some digestive issues. We are working diligently with our veterinarians to find the cause and solution - Gussie is sooooo worth the effort.

Gussie is not ready to leave us yet but if you would like to be on his list of potential homes when he is ready, please submit an application. In the meantime, any donations to help with Gussie's care are always greatly appreciated by both Gussie, and all of us entrusted with his care. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Gussie

Harley

Harley - Male, Labrador Retriever

4 - 5 year old Harley's owners divorced and neither could take Harley with them. How sad - he spent the next 2 1/2 years tied to a tree before coming to rescue. Harley is a big, happy go lucky, party boy who would love to have a new home with an active family. Harley is totally crate trained, and was once housebroken, but could use some work with leash manners. Harley gets along with the other dogs here, is neutered, vaccinated against distemper, parvo, and rabies, and heartworm negative. If you are looking for a new best friend to hike, play ball, or just hang out with - Harley is your boy!

If you would like to offer Harley a new forever home, please submit an application.

Harley

Harley

Jango - Male, Australian Shepherd Mix

1 - 2 year old Jango is a very unique looking boy - - and we are only guessing his heritage. What we don't need to guess about is that he is a really good boy, totally crate trained, easily trained, and easy on the eyes, too. Jango will go to his new home neutered, vaccinated for distemper, parvo, and rabies, heartworm tested (negative) and on preventative.

If you would like to offer Jango a forever home, please submit an application.

Jango

Jango

Daniel

Daniel - Male, Golden Retriever

10-11 year old Daniel would love to find a home soon. This old fellow found himself homeless when his owners separated and neither could take Daniel with them. He then spent time in a temporary home and was then shifted here. Daniel was very nervous and unsure of himself when he first arrived at Almost Heaven. We were told he had food aggression issues, and that he might be picky with his canine friends. We have seen NONE of this. We do feed Daniel separately - he is a Senior - he should not be forced to compete with other dogs in order to eat. He has a wide range of doggie friends here - young, old, big, and small - and he does fine with all of them. Daniel has a reconstructed knee cap so, although he needs physical exercise, jumping should be discouraged. We have found Daniel to be very loving and sweet.

If you would like to open your heart and home to Daniel, please submit an application.

Daniel

Peter

Peter - Male, Labrador Retriever Mix

1 - 2 year old Peter is a high energy love bug. We don't usually recommend dogs for joggers, but, this boy just might be the exception (as long as caution is used and special attention is paid to outside temperatures and running surfaces). He might also be a candidate for agility - or any sport where speed and endurance is a plus. Peter is a total sweetheart - he just wants to be someone's best friend.

If you think Peter is the right choice for you and would like to offer him a forever home, please submit an application.

Peter

Chaucer

Chaucer - Male, Border Collie

1 year old Chaucer is so endearing. He is high energy, but very responsive to training and correction. Chaucer needs an electric fence, to be leash walked, a tie out, or fences at least 6' high to be safe. He will climb or jump lower fences. He would make a terrific agility dog - he has everything needed to excel in that sport. (And, let's face it, he's cute as can be.) Chaucer is a favorite here. He will go home vaccinated against rabies, distemper and parvo, heartworm tested negative, crate trained, wormed, and neutered. Chaucer gets along with most dogs - he does best with females and and other neutered males. Please give him a chance at the life he so deserves.

If you would like to offer Chaucer a forever home, please submit an application.

Chaucer

Chaucer

Kurtis

Kurtis - Male, Shepherd

2-3 year old Kurtis is one of the happiest, most well adjusted, loving boys we've ever had the pleasure of sharing our lives with here. He always has a smile, a wagging tail, and a happy go lucky attitude - in spite of having suffered a backinjury at some time earlier in his life that causes his hind leg to drag a little. Docs say it's permanent damage now - it doesn't cause him pain - may develop arthritis later in life. It does NOT impair him in any way - he is oh so special! Kurtis would love to have a new home - we think with as few steps as possible - and with older children or adults. This boy is really wonderful!

If you would like to offer Kurtis a forever home, please submit an application.

Kurtis

Carly

Carly - Female, Yellow Labrador Retriever mix

5 - 7 year old Carly has obviously not had an easy life. All that changed the day she was relinquished to her local animal control, who then called us. This girl is wonderful. She is easy going, low-key, gentle, quiet, and adorable. What more could anyone possibly want in a furry companion? And, she is vaccinated against distemper, parvo, and rabies, heartworm tested (negative and on prevention), and spayed. She is also totally crate trained - one easy step to housebreaking, though we think Carly may be housebroken.

If you would like to offer this incredible girl a new home, please submit an application.

Carly

Carly

Jake Green

Jake Green - Male, Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix

10-11 year old Jake is a West Virginia flood victim. His owners lost their home in those terrible floods and Jake became homeless. With heavy hearts, he was sent to an animal shelter, and then came to us. Jake is a great boy. He gets along fine with all the other dogs here - is crate trained, has been vaccinated against rabies and distemper/parvo, tested negative for heartworm disease and is on preventative. Jake has also been treated for fleas and groomed. Jake is not neutered - it is the opinion of our veterinarian that the risk of anesthesia for a dog Jake's age far outweighs any medical benefits that might be derived from the surgery.

If you would like to offer this fine older gent a gentle home to retire to, please submit an application.

Jake Green

Jake Green

Zeus

Zeus- Male, Clumber Spaniel

1 year old Zeus is adorable. He has a lot of characteristics of the Clumber Spaniel, which is why the shelter has labelled him as such. Zeus is crate trained, gets along with most of the other dogs here, is neutered, vaccinated for distemper/parvo and rabies, and is heartworm negative and on preventative. He is a knockout to look at, and as sweet as can be. Zeus will benefit from some obedience classes (as all dogs do), which also offers great opportunity for any owner to bond with their new dog.

If you would like to offer Zeus a forever home, please submit an application.

Zeus

Zeus

Chester

Chester- Male, Golden Retriever mix

2 - 4 year old Chester has obviously not enjoyed a very good life. But, that's all changed for him now - and he's ready to make up for lost time! Chester is not a big boy, but he has a huge heart that he wants to share with his special someone. Chester gets along fine with all the other dogs here - is small enough for those who don't want to handle a full sized golden retriever, and is just plain cute, cute, cute! We think this little boy is going to make some very lucky person very happy.

If you would like to offer Chester a forever home, please submit an application.

Chester

 

Hank

Hank - Male, Bloodhound

5 year old Hank lost his home because he was too friendly. Yep - go figure. (Translation: we're too busy to train our dog). Hank is currently overweight, but on a diet, he has been vaccinated, is neutered, and heartworm, lymes, ehrlichia tested (negative to all). This is an incredible bloodhound. He is handsome as can be, well mannered (considering he has had NO training, but would benefit from a basic obedience class), and deserves to have the home every dog should have. Bloodhounds need exercise. They are NOT couch potatoes - without exercise, they can become inventive and find ways to entertain themselves. Bloodhounds DO benefit from obedience training. Bloodhounds are GREAT family companions for those who commit to taking the time and energy to train them and exercise them properly.

If you would like to offer Hank a forever home, please submit an application.

Hank

 

Hank

Orion

Orion

 

Orion - Male, Golden Retriever Mix

8 year old Orion's owners split up and divorced and he was left homeless. After spending considerable time alone in a house with just other animals and a caretaker coming in to feed and water, Orion was taken to a high kill shelter where thankfully, the personnel there saw what a fine older gentleman he really is (Several of the other dogs/cats from this home weren't so lucky.) Orion enjoys the company of other dogs, and is very mild mannered. Orion's ears were impacted with debris to the point that he was almost completely deaf. It took hours to clear away enough of the impacted material for us to even find his ear canals. The neglect of his ears led to chronic ear infections - which he still battles. And, this poor old boy does have some bowel issues now, too - and would need to be housed where cleanup is easy as spontaneous bowel movements can (and do) occur. Orion would be best served living in a home where he had immediate access to outside (dog door?) - and where (on nice days) he could spend a good deal of time lounging outside.

Orion needs a special home - and a special owner. If you would like to offer Orion a special forever home, please submit your application.

Orion

Orion

Duckie

Duckie - Female, Labrador Retriever Mix

Duckie came to us last year after she gave birth to some incredible puppies. Duckie was found living feral and taken to a rural shelter where she curled up inside a plastic doghouse in subzero temperatures - waiting for her pups to be born - and most likely die in the bitter cold. We saved her in the nick of time and got her to the vet's. Duckie has ongoing skin issues due to the neglect she has suffered - but if ever a dog deserves a good home - Duckie is that girl. She is initially very shy. She will be a "project" dog for anyone who adopts her. Please consider giving this poor girl a chance at a normal life so she can see just how good it can be to be a dog. She is totally crate trained and not at all aggressive.

If you would like to offer Duckie a forever home, please submit your application.

Duckie
Benji before
Benji upon arrival at shelter

Benji- Male, Norfolk Terrier Mix

5-7 year old Benji was not loved prior to going to the shelter in a rural community. Poor little Benji was in such terrible condition, so matted, so unkempt, that the shelter had trouble telling which end of him was which.

Someone really mistreated Benji as he is VERY distrustful of new people. Benji is not a available for adoption due to trust issues and fear-biting. For now, he will remain with us as permanet resident. Sponsors and donations towards his care are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Benji now
A very kind lady (and professional groomer)
took Benji to her shop and gave him a haircut - take a look at our boy now!
Tigger

Tigger - Male, Labrador Retriever & Redbone Coonhound Mix

3-4 year old Tigger is hard to resist, isn't he? Who wouldn't fall in love with that face? Tigger is just an all round good boy - he gets along with every living thing here, and would fit into almost any household - but he will chase kitties if given the chance (he needs a little work on that). Tigger is totally crate trained, very intelligent, listens and learns very well and easily, and is just plain handsome, too.

If you would like to offer Tigger a forever home, please submit an application.

Tigger
Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear - Male, Collie/Golden Retriever Mix

6 - 8 year old Teddy Bear came to us alongwith Panda Bear, who we understand is his littermate. Teddy and Panda were adopted and lived on a farm, unsocialized, and severely neglected for most of their lives. Teddy is slightly more social than Panda, but both dogs have a long way to go before they are ready to be adopted - if ever. For now, they will remain with us. Sponsors for them and donations towards their care are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Panda Bear

Panda Bear - Male, Collie/Golden Retriever Mix

6 - 8 year old Panda has not had a very good life. He and his littermate, Teddy Bear, were adopted and lived on a farm, unsocialized, and severely neglected for most of their lives. Panda is slowly learning to trust us, and we are hopeful that he and Teddy might one day find their way into a forever home. For now, they will remain with us. Sponsors for them and donations towards their care are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Sophie 1

Sophie 2

Sophie - Female, Bloodhound

Sophie came to us at 6 months of age directly from her breeder. Sophie was dwarfed, emaciated, had numerous injuries, and was afraid to eat.

It seems that Sophie had been kennelled with her mother, who would literally try to tear her head off every time she got near the food bowl.

Sophie's injuries included a dislocated hip, a crushed pelvis with so many healing breaks that our vet stopped counting, and a dislocated shoulder. It is the opinion of our vet that Sophie, one of 17 in her litter, had been rolled on or stepped on repeatedly by her mother. It was our vet's opinion that her injuries were too old to be treated, and as Sophie was mobile, though with a limp, that we should just leave well enough alone.

Our biggest issue was convincing Sophie that she could eat - and not be attacked. It took weeks to convince her that food was a good thing. She didn't need to bury it, she didn't need to hide it, she didn't need the blankets over her crate and the lights turned off - in order to enjoy her meal.

Sophie has come a long way. She is a very happy, well adjusted dog. She will never be "normal". We monitor her physical activities very carefully to make sure she does not injure herself further as another injury could spell the end of the line for our Sophie girl.

Sophie is a very special dog. Despite all the horrible things that have happened to her - she is loving and accepting of all humans. She is food aggressive with other dogs (no reason to wonder why) - but loves to play, play, play outside.

Sophie is probably unadoptable. She needs controlled exercise and if she is injured - would probably not survive treatment. Sponsors and donations towards her care are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Cody 1

Cody 2

Cody - Male, Golden Retriever Mix

Cody came to us on a rather large transport from a shelter in the Carolinas. The dogs on this transport were loaded into crates aboard a horse trailer for their ride to safety/rescue. Cody escaped his crate, and only the quick thinking of the truck driver following the trailer saved his life.

Upon seeing Cody's paws at the top of the door to the trailer, the trucker started weaving the lanes of I-95 and slowing down. He was also frantically trying to signal the driver of the transport vehicle.

Without much hesitation, Cody leaped out of the trailer and onto I-95. Thankfully, the truck driver had traffic stopped by now, and people banned together to capture our boy, who only suffered a few bruises and abrasions.

Cody is an escape artist. Cody has escaped every pen, run, cable, kennel, and crate (except the gorilla crate) we have put him in. Luckily, for the most part, he is a happy dog and doesn't stray very far from home.

Cody is also storm phobic - and reacts to loud noises, such as gun fire or fire works. It has been a challenge to find a situation that would be right for him. Cody is fine as long as his "person" is with him. Left alone - he knows only one thing - and that is escape.

We'd love to find Cody a home where he would be safe to roam a bit and where he would have someone home with him a lot. He's fine here with us, though until that home becomes available. Sponsors and donations towards his care are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Oscar

Oscar - Male, Black and Tan Coonhound

Our "Oskie" is one heck of a special dog. He's mostly blind now - but has enough sight to find his way to my back deck for a good snooze in the sun. Oskie gets along with everyone, loves to sneak inside my house for treats, appears perfectly housebroken, and is a totally loving, gorgeous dog - inside and out. We would LOVE to find our "Oskie" a retirement home - but like the other residents here, he is welcome to stay with us.

Sponsors and donations towards his care are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Baron

Baron - Male, Bloodhound

2 - 3 year old Baron ended up homeless and in a shelter with no chance of adoption because, in true bloodhound fashion, he protected himself against what he considered to be a threat. Baron is a young, healthy, dog that would make a great working bloodhound - or a housepet for someone familiar with the breed and willing to work with his "issues".
Update: Baron was sent to "bloodhound college" with the Virginia Dept of Corrections. Baron LOVES to track. He will run tracks forever - but, sadly, it's not always the same track - so, he's a college dropout looking for a new home.

Sponsors and donations towards his care are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Sniffy

Sniffy - Male, Bloodhound

5 - 6 year old Sniffy has been with us since he was about 6 months old. Sniffy was recruited by the Virginia State Police for their mantrailing program - but flunked out the first week. Sniffy would much prefer to sniff his bed than any trail offered to him. Sniffy is totally crate trained, gets along great with all the other dogs here, but like many bloodhounds can be a little possessive of his food bowl. With Sniffy - it's really not a big deal - and he's very cooperative when corrected. Sniffy does seem prone to developing benign growths, and recently had 3 removed and is doing extremely well. He'd make a great lifelong companion for some lucky person - if just given half a chance. Like all bloodhounds, Sniffy needs a completely fenced yard and would benefit from some basic obedience training with someone new to make the bonding process complete.

If you would like to offer Sniffy a forever home, please submit your application.

Sponsors and donations towards his care and/or medical expenses are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Sniffy
Spirit

Spirit - Female, Mastiff

Spirit has a wonderful personality. This dog just adores other dogs, but physically, she is not put together very well and injures very easily. Spirit has had numerous operations on her eyes to correct a variety of issues, including cherry eye, entropian, and lid "flap". Her eyes are very deep set and even after all the surgeries, she has little to no peripheral vision because of the physical makeup of her face. Spirit has also become periodically incontinent. It is not all the time - and just when we think we have the problem solved with medication, it will begin again. But, she's fine on her Kuranda bed (which is washable), and loves to be outside under the trees in nice weather. Spirit will probably live out her life with us though she is available for adoption to a family willing to work with her medical issues.

Sponsors or donations towards her care and/or medical expenses are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via PayPal using the Donate button below or by mail: AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Jake and Jasper

Jake

Lawn mower - Jake (his brother Jasper recently passed away) - were abandoned at their prior home when their owner was evicted from the property.

Wonderful for keeping the fields "mowed" where lawn mowers cannot go.

Updated: November 2016





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