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Almost Home Rescue of Maine

P. O. Box 9421 #377
South Portland, ME 04106

Our Mission

Almost Home 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. 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 Almost Home Rescue and not to a shelter.

Most of AHR’s dogs have come from Arkansas and Mississippi shelters. However, we also take dogs from local shelters, veterinarians, and other situations that require rescue.

All of our imported dogs arrive with a current Health Certificate, meet Maine and New Hampshire state import and vaccination requirements,

Adoption Policy

We do not accept any undecided applications and we do not create waiting lists. First come first serve, if the application fails for any reason, the dog will be listed as available again.

VET REFERENCE: Please call your veterinarian to authorize them to release information to Almost Home Rescue. See below for what we look for.


HOME VISIT: After steps 1 and 2 are complete, you will be contacted directly by a volunteer to conduct a brief (45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your questions) home visit. Don’t clean up! Easy and comfortable, we promise!

APPROVAL: After steps 1-3 have been completed, you will receive an email approval letter outlining particulars about payment and pick up, as well as tips on homecoming, socialization and training.

Our adoption fees are:
Through 6 months of age $450
7 months to through 5 years: $400
6 years and under 9 years: $325 bonded pairs are $500
9 years and older: $250 bonded pairs are $300
The adoption fee is due at the time of approval. We accept Paypal or money orders for payment, no cash or personal checks please.

Vet References:
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, 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, Parvo, Distemper and Heartworm Preventative (Lyme is now always recommended by AHR).
Cats should have rabies and distemper vaccinations. Feline leukemia tests are recommended. Rabies is required by Maine State Law.

Vet references should also show a history of up to date vaccinations and, if applicable, a history and ability to care for sick or injured pets.
Out of State or Long Distance Adoptions

We do accept application from renters. Renters must provide a record of a positive stable rental history, landlord phone number and approval, as well as your plan to keep this dog for its lifetime if your rental unit becomes unavailable in the future.

What does My Adoption Fee Pay for?
Included in your fees are the following:

Vaccinations: Rabies (3 months and older) DHLPP, Bordatella, if imported, and de-worming
Frontline/Advantage (flea and tick preventative) or Capstar
Heartworm preventative — current at time of adoption
Interstate health certificate (if imported)
Transport fee included in the adoption fee
If (and there usually isn’t) there are any funds left over from your fee after paying all the bills associated with your dog, the funds will go toward extra vet bills incurred or other organizational expenses and help to sponsor a foster dog that must go into foster care. We are an all volunteer rescue, with no employees, so none of the excess funds are used to pay salaries.

Applications can be found at

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