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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 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.

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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 and Our Permanent Residents

MJ

MJ - Male, Labrador Retriever/Hound (Unknown Type) Mix

7-8 year old MJ has captured hearts wherever he has gone. You couldn't ask for a nicer, better mannered, easy going companion on this earth than MJ. He's neutered, heartworm negative and on preventative, vaccinated against rabies, distemper, and parvo, wormed, and received flea protection. (And - we might add that he is a very handsome dude, too.) This boy would fit into almost any home. If he has any faults, we can't find them.

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

MJ

MJ

Rigby

Rigby- Male, Golden Retriever Mix

2 year old Rigby is just wonderful. This boy has so much personality and wants someone to care about him so badly. Rigby has been getting along fine with all the other dogs here. He is neutered, vaccinated against rabies, distemper, and parvo, and heartworm tested negative and is on preventative. He has received flea prevention, and has also been wormed. He's a good boy looking for a good home.

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

Rigby

Rigby

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

Mindy

Mindy- Female, Golden Retriever mix

2 - 3 year old Mindy is the epitome of golden retriever. Easy going, sweet, gentle Mindy ended up needing a home through no fault of her own - and heaven's knows, this dog deserves the best. Mindy is spayed, crate trained, vaccinated against distemper/parvo and rabies, heartworm tested negative and on preventative, and maintained on flea preventative.

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

Mindy

Mr. Smith

Mr. Smith- Male, Spaniel/Hound mix

8 - 9 month old Mr. Smith is adorable. We honestly have no idea what his geneaology might really be; he kinda looks like a pointer - only smaller. We do know is he is a total sweetheart and is going to make some VERY lucky adopter a wonderful friend and companion. Mr. Smith has been neutered, is heartworm negative and on preventative, is vaccinated against rabies, distemper, and parvo, wormed, and had flea prevention applied. He is crate trained, and gets along with all the other dogs here. He's a baby - a clean slate for you to write on.

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

Rider

Rider- Female, Golden Retriever mix

1-2 year old Rider is just a nice boy - gorgeous, intelligent, and very trainable. He's neutered, totally crate trained, vaccinated aginst distemper/parvo and rabies, heartworm negative and on preventative. He gets along with all the other dogs here, loves people.

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

Rider

Rider

Callie

Callie- Female, Border Collie

4 - 5 year old Callie is as pretty inside as she is outside. This girl has the most gentle and sweet personality in the world. She loves everything and everyone. Callie is spayed, up to date on rabies, distemper, & parvo vaccinations, heartworm negative and on preventative, wormed, and completely crate trained. She is an incredible girl - and she deserves an incredible home.

If you think you might be "the one" for our Callie, please submit an application.

Callie

Callie

Shep

Shep- Male, Border Collie

1 - 2 year old Shep is a ball of energy - which is typical of this breed. Like all Borders, he needs to have a job or he can find inappropriate and unsafe ways to entertain himself. Shep would be a terrific performance dog - agility would be something he could easily excel at. Shep is going to make some very lucky person a wonderful pet - he is crate trained, neutered, up to date on vaccines, and heartworm negative and on preventiative.

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

Shep

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

 

Willow

Willow- Female, Bloodhound

7 - 8 year old Willow is just about the nicest bloodhound we've seen for a long time. She's just plain NICE. When the shelter called us about a bloodhound who had been neglected, tied outside for her entire life - then abandoned by her owner - still tied outside - we weren't sure what baggage Willow would be coming to us with. Well folks - this girl has been and is almost PERFECT. She is crate trained (one easy step to house broken), very affectionate, has gotten along well with the other male residents here, and is knock down gorgeous! (Willow doesn't always tolerate competition for affection from the other ladies here.) So, if you've been "thinking" about adding a bloodhound to your life - this one comes with our highest recommendation. As with all bloodhounds, they MUST have a physical fence. The fence requirement is not optional.

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

 

Willow

Woofie

Woofie

Woofie - Male, Golden Retriever Mix

3 year old Woofie had a very rough puppyhood. Born to a mother who was tied to a picnic table and sired by a "travellin' man", he barely survived, and would not have lived had it not been for the kind heart of a neighbor who took him home, treated him for the neglect he had suffered, and then because of her own failing health, now has had to place him with rescue to find a new home. Woofie is housebroken, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and neutered. He really is a good boy who needs to find a forever home through no fault of his own.

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

Callie

Woofie

Woofie

 

Chewy

Chewy - Male, Golden Retriever Mix

3 year old Chewy had a very rough puppyhood. Born to a mother who was tied to a picnic table, he barely survived, and would not have lived had it not been for the kind heart of a neighbor who took him home, treated him for the neglect he had suffered, and then because of her own failing health, now has had to place him with rescue to find a new home. Chewy is housebroken, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and neutered. He really is a good boy who needs to find a forever home through no fault of his own.

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

 

Chewy

 

Mossey

Mossey - Male, Golden Retriever & Labrador Retriever Mix

8 year old Mossey was dumped by his "owners" at their local shelter when he didn't get along with their new puppy. We've never had any problems - Mossey gets along with absolutely every living thing here - he LOVES other dogs - big, small, young, old, and everything in between. Not only was Mossey dumped - but he was sick - heartworm disease and ehrlichia (a tick borne disease). Mossey didn't know it then, and he's still learning - but that was the luckiest day of his life - and being dumped to die probably saved his life. The kind shelter folks took Mossey for medical care, and started his treatment for both diseases. . Mossey has completed his treatment - is now healthy and would really love to be someone's best friend. No dog deserves the kind of life that Mossey endured, no dog deserves to be so neglected that they become sick, and then are sentenced to death at the local shelter by an uncaring owner. We fully intend to make sure Mossey's future life is a good one. Mossey is now available for adoption,and we are accepting applications for his new home.

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

If you can't adopt now, but would still like to help Mossey, 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

 

Mossey

 

Easy

Easy - Female, Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix

1 year old Easy is a ball of energy. If you are looking for a companion to walk, hike, play ball or frisbee with - Easy is your girl! She's sweet as she can be and appears to get along with every dog here. She craves human companionship, and will make someone a loyal, faithful, loving friend. Easy is spayed, UTD on vaccinations, heartworm negative and on preventative. Easy is a wonderful girl for an active adopter. She would benefit from some formal obedience training (as all dogs do).

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

 

Easy

 

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 owner became too ill to care for him so he is looking for a new home. Orion is totally crate trained, neutered, up to date with vaccinations, and heartworm negative and on preventative. In addition, Orion enjoys the company of other dogs, is mild mannered, and has a strong desire to please. He's a very sweet gentleman - and would be an asset to any adopter lucky enough to adopt him.

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

Orion

Orion

Lula

Lula- Female, Labrador Retriever/Shar Pei Mix

5-6 year old Lula lost her home through no fault of her own. Her owner simply could not care for her any more. Lula is adorable - pictures do not do her justice. Lula is a big dog with a big heart. She really doesn't care much about the company of other dogs and rarely plays - but tolerates the presence of other dogs well. Lula would love to be some lucky person's best friend - she is obedient, easy going, and quiet. Lula has been extremely easy for us to transition into our schedule and routine as she wants to please - and we feel certain she would do the same in a forever home when one is offered to her. This gorgeous girl needs a home of her own.

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

Lula
Lula
Lula
Lula
Georgia Peaches

Georgia Peaches- Female, Jack Russell Terrier Mix

7-8 year old Georgia Peaches came to us after she was abandoned by her owner in a pet store. Peaches is a great girl - crate trained, housebroken, and gets along with every living thing. She is quiet, and not a big girl at all - weighing in at less than 35 pounds. Peaches is spayed, up to date on all vaccines, heartworm negative, on preventative and would really love to have her own person to love. This little girl would fit into almost any situation - she is the most easy going dog we've ever had here.

Peaches would really love to have her own person to love - soon. If you think you might be that person, please submit your application.

Georgia Peaches
Georgia Peaches
Georgia Peaches
Pawline

Pawline- Female, Golden Retriever

4 - 5 year old Pawline was dumped at a shelter by her owner and it's obvious to us that she has not been treated very well in her life. We are happy to report, Pawline no longer ducks when a hand reaches out in kindness to stroke her head, she doesn't guard her food bowl expecting it to be ripped away, or not filled, she LOVES attention - and will play nonstop with all the other dogs here (although Pawline is a little rough in playing, but seems to understand and respect the smaller dogs inability to keep up with her). Pawline is a GREAT girl who needs a special home due to the fact that we have been told she did bite a child who was in her food bowl, and that's why she ended up in a shelter. Pawline would thrive in a home with an alpha owner and another dog to keep her company and play with her. An adult home with a securely fenced yard would be the epitome of what we want for our Pawline.

If If you would like to offer our very special girl a forever home, loving home, please submit your application.

Pawline
Biscuit Basket

Biscuit Basket - Male, Hound (Unknown Type) Mix

Biscuit Basket is estimated to be between 6 - 8 years young and is a very endearing dog. Biscuit landed in a rural shelter when his elderly owner could no longer care for him and his two canine housemates. The housemates quickly found new homes, but poor Biscuit, who takes a little while to warm up to strangers, was left behind. Biscuit can be picky about his canine companions - he doesn't like high energy, in his face dogs at first. He is learning - he is worth it.

If you would like to offer Biscuit Basket a forever, loving home, please submit your application.

Biscuit Basket
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
Fluffy Rex

Fluffy Rex- Male, Golden Retriever Mix

9+ 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 - - he LOVES people, and he gets along with all the dogs here. Rex is a nice older boy; he is completely crate trained, loves attention, wants to please, and as easy going as they get. If you can find it in your heart to offer him a place in your home, we promise you will not be sorry. Rex would like to live in a quiet home - adults only would be great.

If you are interested in giving Rexxie a forever home, please submit an application.

If you are unable to adopt, 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

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 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

Moses

Moses - Male, Bloodhound

9-11 year old Moses is a character He has the energy level of a dog much younger than his years, and he loves to play, play, play! Moses is totally crate trained, gets along with all the other dogs here, and would love to be someone's special guy in the golden years of his life.

If you are interested in offering Moses a forever home, please submit your application.

Sponsors and donations towards his care and medical needs 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

Moses
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: May 2016





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