Shenandoah Valley Dog Rescue

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"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man" ~ Mark Twain


Pet overpopulation is a huge problem. Shelters and rescues are overflowing. By choosing to adopt, you are saving a life. Please, if we don't have the dog you are looking for, continue to search with shelters and other rescue groups. With thousands of dogs living in high kill shelters, their lives depend on your patience and commitment to making a difference.


Who We Are

We are a non profit organization run by volunteers. Our main focus is rescuing homeless puppies that are in rural and/or high kill shelters. We also work with small females that are pregnant or nursing. The dogs we work with are from rural shelters where intake rates are high and adoption rates are low. Many shelters are not able to provide the time and space needed for mama dogs to give birth and raise their pups for the 6 - 8 week period of time necessary. Many rural area shelters have litters of puppies turned in on a regular basis. There are not enough homes available to adopt them in the rural settings. Some of the shelters we work with have very limited space and time available for the dogs at their shelter. Some may only have 2 days to find their way to their way to safety. We help dogs in this situation by bringing them into our rescue allowing them more time to find a forever home.

It is a sad fact that thousands of good dogs die because there is not enough room to house them and not enough people to adopt them. Many of these dogs are well behaved, healthy, and highly adoptable. Unfortunately, they are located in rural communities which do not have high adoption rates. Due to simple logistics and limited space, some dogs are given just a few days to live before they are euthanized.

At Shenandoah Valley Dog Rescue, we believe that we can make a difference in this overwhelming area of need. There are many dogs that cannot be helped, but certainly there are some that can be saved from the dismal fate that would await them without intervention. As stated in an anonymous quote “Saving one pet will not change the world, but surely, the world will change for that one pet.” This is the thought that motivates us to move forward in the pet rescue effort.

Adopting a friend

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, please email us at We will email you an application. We make every effort to process our adoption requests as quickly as possible. Our volunteers communicate with potential adopters via email. Our email is checked daily.

We try to match our dogs with the best possible home available. Sometimes we receive more than one application on a particular dog. All applications are reviewed and considered. If one applicant stands out as the best fit for the dog, then that applicant is approved for the dog's adoption. If we have more than one home that would be a great match, then approval is granted to the to the first application that arrived from the selection of well matched homes.

All of our dogs have adoption fees. Your money for the adoption fee helps to keep us going. Every penny goes towards helping homeless dogs. Some dogs may need extra care and cost much more than their adoption fee will cover. Others may not cost as much and any money left over would go towards helping with the cost of the others. Whenever possible, we sponsor a mother dogs spay surgery and vet needs with part of her pups adoption fees. And of course we have the cost of the many needs associated with the dogs in our care such as crates, treats, toys, towels, beds, collars, leashes, tags, shampoos, preventatives, food, medications, vaccinations, spay and neuter surgeries and overall vet bills. Sometimes we are able to help the shelters we work with or assist other rescues if we have funds available. We are strictly volunteers and none of our members are compensated for the work they do. Thank you for adopting and helping us in our mission to save lives. We could not do what we do without your help!

We require that all of our dogs be spayed or neutered in accordance with Virginia State Law and our overall mission. If a pup is not old enough to have this done prior to adoption, we ask that the approved applicant preschedule and prepay for the surgery before taking the dog home. The reason we do this is to ensure that the spay/neuter surgery will be done. It is vital to overcoming the overpopulation problem that results in shelters euthanizing innocent animals everyday. We want to ensure that we are not addiing to the problem by failing to be 100% certain that our rescued animals will be altered.

We will issue a free spay/neuter certificate to be used at the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic in Harrisonburg, VA if requested prior to the adoption being finalized. This certificate is only good at the specified clinic. The adoptive family must be willing to provide transportation to and from the clinic in order to take advantage of this service. The surgery must be scheduled prior to adoption if you will be using this service. You are welcome to use the vet of your choice as long as you are willing to absorb the cost of their services. We do not discount adoption fees if you choose to use your vet. If you are using your own vet, we require that the surgery be prescheduled and prepaid prior to taking your new pet home.

We make every effort to make sure that our dogs are healthy prior to adoption. Our dogs are vet checked and we address identified problems. If your dog has a health issue after adoption, you may return it to the rescue within 24 hours for a refund. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you with your vet bills after adoption. We have enough vet bills of our own to keep up with and cannot assist you with yours. When you adopt a dog, you should be aware there is always the potenital for a health issue that will require vet attention. This is part of being a dog owner.

Thanks to those who choose to adopt a rescue or shelter dog.
Shenandoah Valley Dog Rescue
PO Box 1884
Front Royal, VA 22630
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