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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 (click HERE) 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.

  • 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.
  • 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, Donation button, or mail to AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711 .


Dogs adopted from Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary are eligible for 30-Days of PetFirst health insurance for your pet
courtesy of Petfinder.com.

Meet Almost Heaven's Adoptable Dogs Looking for Forever Homes and Our Permanent Residents

Murray

Murray - Male, Labrador Retriever Mix

2 year old Murray lost his home and needs to find someone who will love him forever. Murray is crate trained, and his prior owners told us he is mostly housebroken. Murray has energy, loves to run and play, and can be a little rough and tumble (all in good fun - not an aggressive bone). This boy simply seems to be looking for the party all the time and we're sure he has never met a stranger.

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

Murray

Murray
Lil Buddy
Lil Buddy

Lil Buddy - Male, Labrador Retriever Mix

3 - 4 year old Lil Buddy is a GREAT dog. He is housebroken, medium sized, easy to live with. Buddy has seizures that are not thought to be neurological in origin - but perhaps muscular. They have all but disappeared now, and our doctors do not think they will have any effect on Lil Buddy's longevity or overall health. Lil Buddy loves other dogs and has a very playful nature. He loves being outside for exercise and fresh air, but is very content to relax indoors, too.

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

Lil Buddy

Lil Buddy
Lil Buddy
Hubert

Hubert- Male, Golden Retriever Mix

Can't someone open their heart and home to this dog who only needs a chance to prove just how wonderful he is? 1 - 2 year old Hubert was confiscated from a neglectful owner and then languished in the shelter for months while the wheels of justice turned. Hubert is a bit shy when he is first introduced to new things and new people, but he warms up very quickly, is very social, playful, and medium energy level. Hubert is crate trained and is a good looking boy with a lot to offer some very lucky adopter.

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

Hubert
Spot

Spot - Male, St. Bernard Mix

SPOT is a wonderful, gorgeous, obedient, sweet boy - why is no one interested? He's been in rescue waaaaay too long - he needs a home!!!! 3 - 5 year old Spot came to us from a shelter in the south. His owner gave up him and his friend Frenchie when they could no longer care for them. Spot is a sweetheart, gets along with all the other dogs here, and is still able to maintain a unique 'Spot' personality. Spot is a big dog with a big heart - can't someone find it in their heart to offer him a forever home?

If you are interested in offering Spot a home, please submit an application.

Spot

Spot
Hiker

Hiker - Male, Boston Terrier / Boxer Mix

5 - 7 year old Hiker was abandoned by his owners and taken to the county shelter. Black dogs have a difficult time getting adopted, and so Hiker languished there with little hope of finding a home. The shelter workers took a special interest in Hiker because he is such a good boy and that is how he ended up in rescue. Hiker is a love - he's not a big dog by any means, is happy to see us, and has gotten along with every other dog here.

If you would like to give Hiker a second chance at a good home, please submit an application.

Hiker

Hiker
Buff

Buff - Male, Cocker Spaniel/Golden Retriever Mix

3 - 4 year old Buff was hit by a car and taken to a shelter, where he was left unclaimed by his owner. He was one of the lucky ones - this shelter (Raleigh County, WV) cares about the dogs in need. Buff has a fractured pelvis, evidence of having been shot (fragments of gunshot are lodged in his hip, jaw, and tail), may have spinal issues due to being shot or from the car accident, and is currently on bed rest until he can be re-evaluated by our own veterinarians. But, in the meantime, he is simply a wonderful dog, who is spite of being in a good deal of pain, has remained happy and sweet.

Sponsors or Donations towards Buff's care and/or medical expenses are always deeply appreciated.

Buff
Chloe

Chloe - Female, Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel Mix

11-12 year old Chloe's owner suffered a life change and so Chloe became homesless. She's a sweetheart - through and through - and she'll ask nothing of you except a warm, dry bed, some good food, and a lot of love. Won't someone open their heart and home to this super sweet senior girl?

If you would like to include Chloe in your family, please submit an application.

Chloe

Chloe
Betsy

Betsy - Female, Bloodhound Mix

1 - 2 year old Betsy is probably a bloodhound mix - though we'll never know her true heritage. What we do know is that she has a huge heart, and has a very endearing personality. Betsy gets along with all the other dogs here, but she does sometimes forget just how big she is. Betsy will make some lucky person a wonderful companion and would benefit from some obedience training.

If you would like to offer this one of a kind girl a forever home, please submit an application.

Betsy
Betsy
OMG Dog
OMG Dog

OMG Dog - Male, Golden Retriever Mix

Why would someone abandon a 14 year old dog in a high volume high kill shelter? Sorry - we can't think of a single reason that would excuse someone from doing that to a sweet soul like OMG Dog. But, someone did - however, he's safe now. This old fellow is intact - and we will follow our veterinarians advice about neutering him at this age. He appears to be a healthy old soul, who loves the one he's with - and is content to simply be.

If you would like to give OMG a place to spend his retirement, please submit an application.

OMG Dog
Fluffy Rex

Fluffy Rex- Male, Golden Retriever Mix

15 year old Rex's owner had a life change - and he couldn't go with her, even though it was obvious that she loved him very much. Rex is as cute as he can be - and he LOVES people. But - he can be a little choosy about his canine companions. Rex is intact, and we are going to let our veterinarians make the decision about what is best for his health future. Rex is surprisingly agile and has no obvious disabilities. Rex is fine here, but he would love to spend his retirement in a real home.

If you can find it in your heart to offer Rex a place in your home, please submit an application.

Fluffy Rex

Fluffy Rex
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 - probably a woman as he is VERY distrustful of new people. Benji would have to have a quiet home - preferably with a single gentleman. He can be a VERY good boy but he needs a strong leader, and is only available for adoption to those who have experience dealing with damaged dogs.

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

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!
Chino

Chino - Male, Labrador Retriever Mix

9 - 10 year old Chino was found alongside the road - starved, literally skin and bones. A kind person took him to the local shelter where the staff fell in love with this older fellow and nursed him back to glowing health. Chino doesn't act like a Senior dog - he's very spry, and very happy. If you are looking for a watchdog - that will do nothing but watch (and maybe bark a little) - then, Chino just may be the man for the job. Please someone - he deserves a good home at least once in his life. He's such a good boy

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

Chino

Chino
Thor

Thor - Male, Golden Retriever

Who knows what could have gone on in this poor boy's short life to mold him into the dog he is now. Thor is only 1 1/2 years old, obviously a purebred golden, and with a bite history - over food. Thor is also terrified of LIFE - and when he feels threatened, his best defense is an offense.

Thor - is progressing - although it has been a slow, painful journey. We are getting ready to take his rehabilitation to a new level. Please, everyone, say a prayer for us and Thor - we are his ONLY chance - and we are giving it all we have to try to make this dog safe - if not for adoption, then to live out his days here. We rarely see a more damaged dog than this one.

Sponsors or Donations towards Thor's care and rehabilitation are always deeply appreciated.

Thor
Russell

Russell - Male, Golden Retriever Mix

7-9 year old Russell is a big dog - in a small dog's body. There is a lot of personality in this small package just waiting for the right adopter to come along. Russell gets along with most dogs, though occasionally (and for reasons unknown to us), he will get his hackles up. Russell is the perfect "apartment sized" golden mix. He is crate trained, not very vocal, and very receptive to human companionship and guidance.

If you would ike to offer Russell a forever home, please submit an application.

Russell
Tigger

Tigger - Male, Labrador Retriever Mix

1 - 2 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 dog ~ he gets along with every living thing here, and would fit into almost any household.

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

Tigger
Rollie

Rollie - Female, Basset Hound Mix

4 - 5 year old Rollie is simply a WONDERFUL dog. Rollie came to us - a victim of heartworm disease and an uncaring owner, but has been successfully treated, and is now ready for a forever home. Rollie can be a little rough when playing with very small animals (not aggressive at all) - so she is better off in a home with larger pets. She is totally crate trained - and VERY loving.

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

Rollie

Rollie
Buster

Buster - Male, Chihuahua

6 - 8 year old Buster has not had a good or kind life. We have no idea what happened to Buster, but he has suffered some injury (old) to his jaw, and is very distrustful of new people. However, Buster craves and loves attention, and once he gets to know you is very gentle and nice. Buster doesn't always get along with other dogs. We are working on that. His problems arise from fear - so we are hopeful that his behavior with other pets will improve as he feels more and more secure. We think Buster would be best placed with an experienced adopter in a quiet household.

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

Buster face
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 appreciated.

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 appreciated.

Bubbie smile

Bubbie

 

Bubbie - Male, Golden Retriever Mix

Bubbie was found as a stray in a rural neighborhood He was turned into the local shelter there and then rescued by AHGRR; Bubbie is an incredible dog; He is very affectionate, playful, and funny - but he does not do well with kitties. He is not aggressive with most other dogs, but does not seem to enjoy their company.

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

Bubbie face
Bubbie

Bubbie

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.

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.

Bo Before (Upon Arriving at Almost Heaven)
Bo 1

Bo Now
Bo 2

 

Bo - Male, Bloodhound

Bo came to us from a shelter in Kinston, NC after he had bitten a child. We were shocked by Bo's condition - emaciated - bones sticking out everywhere, eyes sunken. It seems Bo's owners tied him outside and then tried to starve him to death. When he bit a child trying to get the food in her hands - he was sent to the shelter to die.

Bo has come a long way, but still has "triggers" that pop up when we least expect it. He loves other dogs - it's people he distrusts - and apparently with good cause.

Bo does just fine here with us, but is not suitable for adoption. He's a big boy with a big heart - but, sadly, his temperment will just never be suitable to family living.

Here's a recent picture of our boy. Quite a difference, huh?

Rex

Rex - Male, Bloodhound

Rex came to us after his owner released him to a shelter in PA. He was adopted by a family, who loved him, but he became protective - and they became afraid of him-and so, poor Rex found himself back at the shelter again.

The shelter staff fell in love with this wonderful Senior boy. They were truly afraid that if adopted again, his protectiveness may rear it's head again - and he would lose his life because of it.

Rex has been the PERFECT dog here. He is available for adoption to experienced bloodhound owners ONLY. And, to families with NO children in the home or that visit the home regularly.

No - Rex is not in the least aggressive. He is a bloodhound. And, sadly, we have found that some bloodhounds require a little more stringent care in placement than others.

In the meantime, this fine old gent is welcome to hang his food bowl here - we love him.

Baby

Baby - Male, Bloodhound

Baby came to us about 5 years ago with a horrendous skin infection, infected eyes caused by entropian, and a heart bigger than his entire body. He was sent to a shelter after being dumped by his owners who probably either didn't have the money to treat his medical issues - or just didn't care.

Baby is a VERY loving, easy going bloodhound. Sadly, it seems to take very little to precipitate skin infections. His entropian (eyelids turned in and scratching his eyeballs) was corrected when he was neutered.

Baby is very good at helping new residents feel safe here. This is a dog that will remain at Almost Heaven - life has thrown him enough curve balls - he is happy here. His skin condition is not cheap to treat and maintain. Donations towards his care and/or medical expenses are always appreciated.

Bessie

Bessie - Female, Black and Tan Coonhound

Bessie came to us from a shelter in Elkins, WV. It is obvious - even to a blind man - that Bessie was used extensively for breeding. Bessie is a Senior hound girl who is just full of life and happiness. Bessie gets along with every living thing - and just loves to sneak into Carol's house whenever she can for a cookie. Bessie does suffer from dry eye which requires some care at least 3 - 4 times daily. She is sighted, runs and plays, and has no other health issues we are currently aware of. We would LOVE to find Bessie a home to live out her life. This poor old dog deserves people of her own.

Donations towards her care and/or medical expenses are always appreciated.

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.

Donations towards his care are always appreciated.

Moses

Moses - Male, Bloodhound

Moses was dumped in a high-kill shelter in Georgia - with a badly torn ear, and heartworm disease. Volunteers and friends of AHGRR drove Moses to his new home here in WV- and to medical care and safety. Moses was treated successfully for heartworm disease, neutered, and had a large hanging appendage removed. Moses gets along fine with most dogs and can be quite funny - but, he does have moments of being anti-social - and it can lap over from canine to human.

Moses would be fine in the right home. He would be an amusing, funny, and sometimes affectionate friend. But - that home would need to fit his "special" needs.

Donations towards his care are always appreciated.

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.

Donations towards his care are always appreciated.

Sniffy

Sniffy - Male, Bloodhound

Update: Sniffy was sent to "bloodhound school" - and we are sad to say - he flunked. Sniffy has also started to show some significant food aggression issues and so will remain with us - for at least the immediate future.
1-2 year old Sniffy is a wonderful bloodhound boy. He's not as large as some bloodhounds, so he's the perfect "pet size". Bloodhounds need fences - they cannot be trusted to return when called as their nose may overpower their obedience training sometimes. Bloodhounds do make loyal, funny, and entertaining companions.

Donations towards his care are always appreciated.

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.

Donations towards her care and/or medical expenses are always appreciated.

Ripley

Ripley - Male, Golden Retriever

At 10 years old, Ripper found himself homeless when his owner had a catastrophic stroke and could no longer keep him. Rip has been used as breeding stock his entire life - until now. Despite that, he was well cared for, housetrained, and gets along just fine with the other dogs here. He LOVES to be outside in nice weather and will dart out the door at every opportunity. He thinks it's great fun to bark at the deer - and, they could care less how much noise he makes. We think Ripper would make a great addition to almost any household.

Donations towards his care are always appreciated.

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: August 2014





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