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
building - and behind it is our storage trailer.
main kennel house has been rehabbed - inside and out.
Including an expanded, safe play yard.
main building serves as home for as many as 15 dogs. It
is complete with 2 new air conditioners, 2 Micro Heaters
(for those chilly winter days), a commercial exhaust fan,
and 3 slider windows to let in plenty of sunshine and
the right of the flowerbed is the corner of our "Old
Folks" facility where our smaller and less agile
residents live. Almost all our residents love being outside
on nice days in their shaded yards that are equipped with
kuranda beds, toys, doghouses (only to play in - nothing
like a good game of "hide and seek"), and prime
spots to dig a huge hole.
yard #1 and storage trailer to the right
Deck and Play yard #2
"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 15 years as Almost Heaven -
and proud to be a founding member of GRREAT in Virginia!
building once housed some of our adoptables while they
were waiting for their new owners to claim them. It is
now used for some of our less social dogs, and for storage
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, have started using
this building as an "meet and greet" office
for adopters, and it makes a wonderful new home for
some of our "Old Folks". This building is
complete with laminate flooring, ceiling fan, heat,
air conditioning, dog door, and its own fenced yard
and porch - what more could a pooch want?
latest expansion included adding these two donated standalone
buildings. Each building has been rehabbed - inside
and out. Each building is air conditioned, heated, has
its own play yard which is accessed by the resident
learning to use the dog door. The interior of each building
includes laminate flooring and walls for easy cleanup,
ceiling fans, night lights, and vaulted ceilings. Kuranda
beds, doghouse to play in, and a covered porch to lay
on - - - these buildings have been such a blessing to
us - - - and to our orphans. We thank everyone that
helped make this donation possible - every single day!
Heaven is a licensed Hampshire County, WV rescue. We
have been operating at the same location for over 15
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 - - - - - - -