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Our Mission

"Moving Heaven and Earth to Improve the Lives of Shelter Animals

Adoption Policy

Hail Mary Rescue is an all-breed canine rescue group.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and finding forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs, most of which are in shelters located in Southeast Louisiana.. Our policy is to rescue for life and if any of our rescued dogs cannot stay with their adoptive family, they must be returned to Hail Mary Rescue and not to a shelter. We now operate from two locations. HMR South in Louisiana, by New Orleans (zip code 70002) and HMR East in Virginia, by Danville (zip code 24541)

Hail Mary Rescue requires vet checks and at times home checks. LANDLORD REFERENCE AND APPROVAL if renting your home/apartment.
We match our dogs according to the information YOU answer on our adoption application. Without accurate information, we cannot guarantee a good match. After all, isn't this what it's all about when adopting your Forever Companion? We want our dogs to succeed and be happy.
If the dog you are interested in is not suitable, we will be more than happy to try and find one who is. Southeast Louisiana has an overpopulation of unwanted dogs turned into area shelters daily.

If you do not plan on keeping our dogs updated with Heartworm Prevention, please do not apply.

Every application is responded to by our Adoption Coordinators. Submitting the application does NOT mean the dog is yours. We are all Volunteers so please give us time to match you up with a wonderful dog. Each of our dogs are unique with different requirements to adopt. Please read carefully to ensure this one is for you.


Your application should contain the name your account is in. If you have multiple animals or multiple vets, please include all the names of your vets and account names, all pets in the home, all pets cared for in the past 5 years, their breeds and the dates they lived with you. If they passed away, please put the year.

All current dogs (& historically) should be up to date with Rabies, Bordetella, Parvo, Distemper, Heartworm Preventative and be Spayed/Neutered. .
Vet references should also show a history of an ability to care for sick or injured pets.


Our adoption fee is $200.00 for Louisiana residents and $400.00 for dogs brought up to our Virginia area due to transport costs.

Vaccinations: Rabies (3 months and older) DHLPP, Bordetella.
Flea and tick preventative-current at time of adoption
Heartworm Preventative - current at time of adoption

Exposure to a home setting where they are started on:

House and crate training
Basic obedience commands
Well socialized, many with children dogs.
Exposure to cats depends on the foster's home.

We have, and always will, work with "Underdogs". These are our "Special Ones" who require a patient and unique family to love them. We NEVER adopt out aggressive dogs. Our "Special Ones" are sweet and loving but lack trust in new humans. These are dogs we have pulled out of the worst of circumstances. They have been let down over and over, some let down through other so called "rescues" who promised them help and never gave it.
Please read carefully if you see our hashtag #hmrhelpingtheunderdogs
These are "Special Dogs" who are seeking "Special People" to love them!!!

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