Welcome to Almost
Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. We
are very proud of our facility and the wonderful care
that our residents receive. Come along with us - we
are going to take you on a tour!
the right - over the privacy fence, you can see our main
kennel house - and behind it is our storage trailer.
main kennel house has been rehabbed - inside and out.
Most dogs enjoy the comfort of 54" crates while inside
on inclement days, complete with bedding (for those who
don't eat it) - and a new, expanded, safe play yard.
main kennel house serves as home for 15 dogs. It is complete
with a 13000 BTU Air conditioner, 2 Micro Heaters (for
those chilly winter days), a commercial exhaust fan, and
3 slider windows to let in plenty of sunshine and fresh
air. We house the dogs indoors in 54" crates so that they
have plenty of room to move around and stretch out to
the right of the flowerbed is the corner of our "Old Folks"
facility - only a couple of our oldsters still reside
there. They spend most of every day hanging out on my
back deck, and enjoying the shade from the many mature
trees in their shared play yard.
yard #1 and storage trailer to the right
Deck and Play yard #2
had hoped to retire the "Old Folks" kennel this year and
convert it entirely to storage - but due to 2 of our bloodhounds
being returned from bloodhound school (they flunked),
and lack of foster and adoptive homes for the few adoptables,
we have had to keep it up and running. Spirit, English
Mastiff, calls it home. She is pictured here on her Kuranda
bed. Spirit is mostly incontinent. Medications have not
helped her to date, but we are still trying.
section of the Old Folks Kennel serves as our "storage
facility" for our food. We try to keep a minimum of 10
bags of food on hand. We now feed most of our population
Southern States Naturals Chicken, Rice and Pearled Barley
Dog Food. We do have a few dogs who eat Iams Minichunks.
The "Old Folks" kennel is equipped with 2 windows w/screens, a roof exhaust (which pulls in lots of fresh, clean air), 2- 5000 btu air conditioners for those hot summer days, and 2 micro heaters for chilly winter evenings.
Right now it is home for Oscar, Jackson, Bessie, and Spirit.
are licensed here in Hampshire County- proud to say we've
been in business for over 10 years as Almost Heaven -
and proud to be a founding member of GRREAT in Virginia!
The dogs LOVE company - and we do, too. Just call ahead so that we don't schedule too many folks at one time. We like each visitor to have uninterrupted time with the residents here.
Feel free to bring a camera, wear old clothes, and be prepared for lots of slobbery kisses!
This building once housed some of our adoptables while they were waiting for their new owners to claim them. We want to thank Holly Rich for taking so much of her very valuable time to work with the dogs housed here - training, grooming, and loving them.
We are now considering several business ventures that could be handled in this facility that would help support the rescue. Any money making ideas are welcome.
This building was built as a boarding facility - but we found that we are just a bit too remote for most people to visit and use our facilities. It also became obvious very quickly that hiring and keeping help in this remote location was going to be a very large stumbling block.
However, after relocating the fences, we feel this building will make a wonderful new home for our "Old Folks". Complete with heat, air conditioning, and it's own fenced yard and porch - what more could a pooch want? We will complete the interior work needed to make it home for them as funds become available.
storage building used for storing excess crates, pans,
collars, leads, and supplies.
Heaven is a licensed Hampshire County, WV rescue. We have
been operating at the same location for over 10 years.
Free (Windsor), founding member of AHGRR, is also a founding
member of GRREAT, one of the most prolific and long lived
golden retriever rescues in existence today.
Heaven was a dream come true for Carol and Skip. It was
a place that those dogs who were deemed unadoptable, or
hard to adopt, could come to live out their lives, however
long that may be. What many people seem to have forgotten
is that the name of this organization contains "and Sanctuary"
- and, that's what it has become for those that have been
left behind, unadopted, and forgotten.
have asked why a Golden Retriever rescue has become so
involved with other breeds. The answer is simple - they
needed help. It doesn't take a genius to know that the
homeless goldens that find themselves in shelters have
a barrage of rescues and rescuers waiting in line to help
them to safety and to new homes. Many of these same rescues
will not take other breeds - even when they come from
the same home as the golden they rescue.
the years, many of our residents were transferred to us
from other rescues due to lack of appropriate foster homes
- or unadoptability. Max was such a case.
had spent most of his life in a crate. He was rescued
and placed in a foster home where the situation went so
well the foster home expressed an interest in adopting
Max. However, as the time to make their home a permanent
one for Max drew near, they decided a puppy would be a
better choice for them. Max did not tolerate this final
insult well. He did not do well in either of his next
foster homes, and his rescuers wondered if their only
option was to euthanize this poor dog who was by now about
10 years old - and still homeless. Max was transferred
to AHGRRS where he lived out his remaining days in comfort
same was true of Roo, a golden mix from the south.
only had 2 legs (rear), and could be a small terror when
it suited him. He could also be extremely loving, and
once bonded to you, was a wonderful boy.
to Roo's physical limitations, he was mostly incontinent.
During inclement weather, it was not uncommon to change
his bedding 3 - 4 times daily. Due to his physical challenges,
and his resulting personality quirks - Roo was transferred
to AHGRRS. We lost our little Roo unexpectedly last year.
He is dearly missed. Visit our In Memory of Our Goldens -
Rainbow Bridge Page before you leave our Site. It
is a section dedicated to those dogs we were privileged
to know and help in their life's journey.
hot summer days are no problem here at AHGRRS. This year
round, free flowing stream is deep enough in spots for
even our biggest dogs to take a dip and cool off in the
Thank you for taking the time to go on tour with us, meet our residents, and look back at our history. Come visit us - - - - - - -