OPEN ARMS POUND RESCUE works to facilitate the rescue or adoption of shelter dogs, primarily but not exclusively those in northwestern Ohio. We assist rescues to pull dogs, arrange vetting, and coordinate transport. We screen potential adopters of pound dogs if we are asked to help with pull or transport. We also have dogs we have pulled, usually from shelters in Ohio and Kentucky, who are in foster care ready for placement in forever homes. Those dogs will already have been fully vaccinated, placed on heartworm preventative, and spayed or neutered.
At Open Arms Pound Rescue, we believe very strongly that if we assist in moving a dog, that dog must be going into a safer and happier environment than the one he left.
Foster homes are the heart of rescue! Heartbreakingly, we have to turn our backs on dogs every day because we have nowhere to put them. If you would consider opening your home to a dog in need on a temporary basis, please complete the foster application on our website. You don't need to live in northwest Ohio to foster for us. Remember: the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save.
If you are interested in adopting a dog from us, please fill out an application on our website. We will evaluate your application, then call your veterinarian(s) and your personal references. The dog's foster will conduct one or more telephone interviews. If everything checks out, we will then schedule a home visit to see where the dog will live. Once you are approved to adopt from us, we will arrange for you to meet the dog and possibly go home with him or her. We sometimes receive a number of applications for the same dog. The more completely you fill out the application, the better we can determine whether you are a good match for the dog. We allow only approved applicants to meet our dogs. Please understand that our first concern is the lifelong happiness and well-being of our dogs. We do not adopt on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our adoption donation includes the dog's vaccinations, worming, heartworm test and preventative, flea control, and spay/neuter surgery.
We ask that you please be patient while we process your application. Ours is a very small rescue, and we work very demanding full-time jobs, so sometimes it takes a week or more before we can check your references. Our initial contacts with you will be by e-mail, not telephone, so make sure you check your e-mail regularly after you submit your application.
In addition to foster homes, we regularly need transporters near Celina, Ohio to help move pound dogs to rescues in Canada and other areas. Transports usually occur on weekends, but occasionally on weekdays, especially Thursday afternoons. We need people who are willing to drive dogs to meet transports leaving from Maumee, Findlay, Lima, Wapakoneta, Dayton, Columbus, and occasionally Fort Wayne. If you live in the Celina area and want to help save lives in this way, please email us, or join our yahoo group, Open Arms Transports.
We are always grateful for donations to help pay for vet care, pull fees, boarding and transport expenses. If you would like to sponsor a pound dog or make a donation, please email us.Open Arms Pound Rescue is a federal 501c3 non-profit corporation. All donations dated on or after July 2, 2008 are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
Thanks to our friends at The Dog Liberator in Florida for their beautiful video!