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Save Our Herders Outreach

Richmond, VA

Our Mission

We are a committed, highly experienced group of herding dog rescuers operating to save herding dogs in Virginia and the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. We have taken in many herding dogs into our foster homes and paired them with wonderful adoptive homes. Our dogs come primarily from shelters, though we do occasionally take in owner surrenders based on evaluation and circumstance.

We are foster-based and do not have a main facility, as we believe that all dogs should have a home - even if it's temporary and while they are in search for their forever home.

Adoption Policy

SOHO Adoption Process:

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Please note all of our dogs are kept in private foster homes; we do not have a facility where the dogs can be viewed. As such, we do have to screen applicants prior to a meet and greet to ensure the safety and security of our foster homes and applicants.

1. Adoption application (

2. Your application is reviewed by our team leads and foster homes
(please note: if the dog is listed as a "Coming Attraction", application review takes place only after the dog has become "Available". However, applications can be submitted before that time).

3. Reference checks and phone interview

4. Home visit (we sometimes conduct these by FaceTime or Zoom)

5. Meet and greet at the foster's home or in the foster's area

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