The application process begins with the online application, then vet and personal references are checked, and lastly, a home visit is complete. During the process, one of our volunteers will reach out to you to set up a meet & greet with the dog(s) you’re interested in adopting. If you have other dogs in your household, we will help you with safely introducing a new dog into your family.
Please note that RESCUEDohio is run 100% by volunteers who have full-time jobs and families, so it can take up to 7 days for the processing of your application.
All of our rescued dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on their vaccinations. We do our best to determine the breed or mix of our dogs by which appear to be physically predominant. However, our foster families get to know the dogs very well and we try to describe each of them as their own, not by their breed label.
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Mervin was thought to be a senior when rescued, but his white muzzle turns out to be part of his coloring. This resilient miniature pinscher mix is likely close to five years in age, and weighs in at a light ten pounds. Mervin plays like a puppy, loves toys, loves other dogs, and is fascinated by cats and will chase them if they run. He would be fast and amazing at agility or fly ball but needs obedience training first to improve his focus. Mervin is VERY food motivated. He will go in his crate for a treat but would rather join you wherever you're going. When his tummy is full and he's had enough for the day, he will snuggle on the couch and insist on going under the covers close to you in bed. This little guy has a low-maintenance and super-shiny coat, and healthy teeth--even though he has a pronounced under bite (which only adds to his goofy cuteness). He can be protective/reactive of his food and is mouthy when excited, so he would probably be best in a home without small children. Older children would love his activity and play, and he would love their attention and energy. Mervinâs adoption fee is $300.
Hailee is about 1.5 years old and is a lab/carolina dog mix. She loves other dogs...whether it's playing or snuggling, she loves having a dog companion. In regards to people, she is pretty fearful of new people. She needs a patient adopter...someone who will let her come out of her shell on her own time. Although she is fearful, she very much wants to be a part of the family. She has a very sweet disposition and loves her people once she is adjusted. She will need a home with another confident dog and a fenced yard. Adoption fee is $300.
Do you have room in your heart this Christmas for a new family member? Then Iâm your guy! Hi, Iâm Titus. Iâm two years old and a shepherd mix. I weigh about 65lbs but I can bulk up a little if I hit the gym with you. Iâm eager to please and love everyone and everything! Really canât wait to show you all the commands I know like sit, come, crate, outside, etc. I promise Iâm house and crate trained and Iâll sleep wherever you tell me to. All night. Not a peep. Promise! I just LOVE going for car rides! I donât have a long list of demands so Iâm not sure why itâs taking so long to have a family of my own? I would be tickled pink (yes, Iâm secure enough to wear pink!). I must have a 6â fenced yard for me to play in, maybe with a doggy sibling, and lots of toys and treats! NO CATS FOR ME! I can jump a shorter fence and I CANNOT be in an apartment. Chicken nuggets are my family vorite!!! Iâm super happy all the time and take really good pictures. So yea...apply at rescuedohio.org to add me to your family Christmas photos! Adoption fee $300.
Minnie is a goofy, wiggly, happy hound/lab mix puppy.She is very smart and, at eleven months old, knows her basic commands.Minnie is house trained but, given how playful she is, needs to go outside by herself to go potty or else she gets distracted playing. Minnie loves to sit in the yard, or at a window, and watch the outside world around her. She is very excited by life!Minnie is also crate trained and good on a leash. A highly energetic puppy, Minnie is playful with other dogs and kids and she loves humans.Her high energy might be too much for very young children, so her best match would be a family with children over thirteen years old. She would be a great addition for a family with another dog, and an especially excellent addition for an active family.She plays ball and is easy to train, so the sky is the limit with Minnie. Her adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application please visit rescuedohio.org.
Diesel is a wonderful and very handsome lab mix. This boy, who is about three years old, is housebroken and amazing with his inside behavior and energy. Anybody who sees Diesel "Go to Bed" instantly falls in love. Diesel, however, is not great with other dogs and therefore needs to be the head dog, aka only dog, in the house. This lovable guy would be a great fit for any family or owner who might have a back yard, as he loves to run around outside and gets overly excited when it's time to do so. If you are looking for an awesome buddy Diesel will happily fulfill that for you. His plusses are greater than his flaws, and if you give him a chance he would love to show you what a wonderful companion he can be! Dieselâs adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Lucky is the family that will end up with Sansa. A super laid back girl who loves her humans and welcomes human visitors to the house, Sansa is an amazing dog. Here is Sansaâs backstory: Sansa was first brought to us over a year ago when her family lost their home. She was heartbroken to be separated from her family, but mostly she missed the little boy that she loved and protected from the time he was born. We thought we had found the prefect home for her when she was adopted into a family of five kids. She spent a year in that home to only be returned to us after she broke out of their invisible fence. This is not surprising as, like many dogs, Sansa likes to chase squirrels. Sansa is truly a kind and gentle girl who adores children. She would love to be in a home with kids again as she just lights up when they come to visit her. Sansa is both crate and housetrained, has awesome manners, and knows the commands âsitâ and âlay downâ. Walks and short runs bring Sansa great joy, but she doesnât have the stamina to go on them for long. Due to being attacked by another dog in her first home, she has developed a fear of dogs and needs to be the only dog in the home so that she can feel safe and secure. Sansa is a dog who loves to chase critters such as squirrels and rabbits. Sansaâs forever home will therefore need a physical fence so that she can play freely. Sansa truly is a sweet and loving soul who greatly deserves to find her forever family. Her adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Hello there, my name is Maggie and I am a five month old Pit Terrier mix and weigh 37lbs. I am a smart and energetic puppy who loves to play, but I also really love to cuddle and Iâm very gentle and sweet. I am a bit shy, so it takes me some time to warm up to new people and places. I have a puppy foster brother who is my age and I LOVE playing with him and I have been great with some other dogs my age/size, but I am a little intimidated by my older and bigger foster dog siblings. I am working on building my confidence so I can be friends with dogs of all sizes and would need a family who is patient with me when I am in new situations. I also have kitty foster siblings and we get along great! I listen very well and my foster mom always tells me how great (and patient) I am when it comes to things like putting on my collar, harness, and even Halloween costumes! I am still working on learning basic commands, housetraining, and crate training but I am doing so well â I know âsitâ and âdownâ, I am starting to like being in my crate and, not to jinx it, but I havenât had an accident inside in a long time! I will need a family who will continue to work on these things with me and who can let me out of my crate at least every 4 hours for a potty break. I am spayed, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped. My adoption fee is $375 and meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters.
âBut I survived. Because thatâs what women do.â --- The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Surviveâthatâs exactly what Kimmy, the mama of our Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt litter of puppies, has done. Kimmy is a twenty-three pound, two-year-old beagle mix who came to RESCUEDohio with many challenges. Kimmy was picked up as a stray in a rural Ohio county, very shy and skittish, pregnant, covered in ticks, and suffering from demodex mange. Demodex is normal for dogs to carry without any effects, but when their immune system is challenged, it can become overgrown and cause skin infections. Because she was pregnant, Kimmy could only be treated for fleas and ticks and had to wait until her SIX healthy pups were weaned. Kimmy has since received treatment and is healing. Kimmy was very shy at first but is opening up more every day. She loves other dogs, but firmly believes that cats are for chasing. Kimmy barks initially from fear at strangers. Not confronting her helps, just letting her come to you, because she's super curious. She was likely an outside dog but is house-trained and has taught herself to use a pet door. She tends to drag toys outside to play, and is learning about the awesome comfort of couches and beds for sleeping! While it takes some time to get close to this sensitive girl, the reward of earning her trust is worth it. The adoption fee for this unbreakable mama is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Carlos is a sweet little shih tzu mix, about 3 years old and 12 lbs. He loves to cuddle, and right now, he's taking it easy as he is being treated for heartworm. He's a little on the timid side, so would appreciate a house without too much chaos and without small children. His adoption fee is $300.
Tom has had a rough start to his short life. He was a long term resident of Franklin County Dog Shelter. He was finally adopted and thought he had found his forever home! However, he was listed on Craigslist a few short months later, much thinner but still sweet as can be. He is a 2 year old male good with kids and cats, and good with other dogs when properly introduced. Tom would make the perfect addition to your family!
Pearl is a 6 year-old Great Pyrenees. She came from a rural shelter in Ohio with bald patches all over her body and appeared to have been overbred. She has no front teeth, most likely from trying to chew through her cage. When she came to us, she didn't know what steps were or where to go to the bathroom...you see, she never lived in a house before. Pearl has come so very far. She now lives with 3 other dogs and 7 cats. She wants nothing more than your love and attention...and she would love a doggie playmate. As a Pyreenes, she would do best with a large yard (preferably fenced) to roam. These dogs have been breed for hundreds of years to monitor the land and to protect livestock. Apartment living will not be a good fit for this lady as her Pyreeness instincts are strong. She is an intuituve dog who knows when to jump in and help foster mom manage a wild puppy, a skill she surely used with her many, many litters of puppies. She's an amazing girl that deserves her happy ever after! Pearl's adoption fee is $300.
Meet Elaine. She is about 1 year old and should be about 40 pounds! Elaine is a gentle puppy in need of a family with a fenced yard and another young, confident dog in the home. She is crate trained, house trained and great with kids in fact prefers them over adults. If you are looking for a gentle companion who is obedient and protective and sensitive to her environment this is the pup for you. She loves to play fetch in the backyard, chew on her chews, and chillax in her crate. She is initially shy and needs some time to warm up to your family, but with love and gentle encouragement will be a devoted companion for life. Adoption fee $300
In a word, Tiger is a survivor. She has survived over two years of life on the streets. When Tiger was examined by our vet, the vet found mammary tumors, which came back as âpre-malignantâ. Tiger survived not one but two surgeries to remove the tumors. During the first surgery, the vet found that Tiger also had pyometraâa uterine infection found in unspayed dogs that is fatal if not caught in time. Tiger has overcome so much in the short time she has been with RescuedOhioâshe is truly the dog with 9 lives! Tigerâs back story is a bit uncertain, but based on information gathered by her rescuer, it is believed that Tiger was abandoned as a puppy and was left to fend for herself for over two years. This experience has made it a difficult journey for Tiger to live with and trust humans. It took nearly four weeks for her to settle in and be comfortable with her foster mom, but once she did, Tiger has shown herself to be a silly, loving, and affectionate girl. Tiger will need a foster family who understands this and can give her space and time to adjust to a new living environment. Tiger loves to perch on a couch or bed, and when she does, she feels the safest and often lets her humans sit next to her. Tiger is dog-dependent. She will need a home with at least one other confident and playful dogâsomeone she can take cues from, play with, and learn to trust humans from. Tiger is considered a flight-risk during transitions (she often settles in after a day or twoâso this isnât considered a permanent risk!) As such, she requires a home with a securely fenced yard (Tiger also wants a fenced yard so she can go out and run around whenever she wants!) Due to Tigerâs training needs, she will need a home with experienced adopters. We know that once Tiger Lily finds her forever people she will learn that there is goodness in humanity, and that the world can (and will) be a very happy place for her. Tigerâs adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Mama Maebelline, or Mae as we like to call her, says itâs her turn to find a home! Her babies are 6 Weeks old and have homes lined up so itâs her time to shine! Before Maebelline had her puppies she wanted nothing more in life than to be with her humans. She loves to snuggle and socialize. She currently lives with 2 small toy size dogs and 1 large breed dog and gets along with all. After giving birth to 3 healthy puppies Maebelline proved to be an amazing mom. Now that her puppies no longer need her every minute she is ready to find her own furever home. Maebelline would be a perfect companion for a single person with no pets or a huge family with lots of pets. She is 18lb and about 2-3 years old, easy going and smart and will the perfect addition to any home. Great with kids! Apply for Mae at www.rescuedohio.org
Ellie will be 4 years old in April, she weighs 65lbs. She was rescued from horrible living conditions. Ellie is house trained now too! Ellie had a really sad life. She was neglected and forced to live in small crate, never walked, just put outside in a very dirty poop filled yard. I am happy to report that Ellie is now awesome at walking on a lead, she goes to the dog park everyday and is learning how to be a dog. Due to Ellie being held captive in a crate, she now wants nothing to do with one. I have a large crate for her but she just doesn't want anything to do with it...but Ellie is fine left uncrated. . She is very sweet. When she was first rescued Ellie was afraid of a car and she can ride in the car now. She has improved leaps and bounds since I first got her. She now knows what a ball is. The first time I threw her a ball she thought I threw it at her, now she thinks balls are AMAZING! Ellie Marie is great with kids and loves to play with cats. She does not know how big she is and plays like a puppy and may knock down small kids however. I guess that's all I can say, she's a goofy sweet dog who loves to be loved. She is very smart and learns quickly and deserves an amazing life to make up for such a bad beginning. Ellie has lots of energy so will need an active owner and someone willing to continue to teach her how to be a dog.
Meet Bambi! Bambi is 9lb of adorable! She is mom to Thumper and Flower. Bambi gets along with everyone and will make a great addition to almost any home.
Meet Hollie! Hollie came to us with her sister, Mandy, when their owner began to experience some health issues. These sisters love each other very much and would love a home together. Hollie is the more reserved of the two, looking to her sister for companionship.These ladies love walks and walk well on leashes. Both are house broken and love to be around people. She is a little more reserved than Mandy due to her prior living condition. She is good with other dogs but can be a little unsocial with them at first. She is very good with kids and very loving, she will even lay her head in your lap. Hollie is a very laid back girl but does likes to be active. She has never been around cats, so we are not sure if she is good with them. This little smarty pants knows knows sit, shake and speak.
Hey everyone!! Itâs me Lucy Liu. No, not the Charlieâs Angel, but the amazing pup Lucy Liu. I came to RescuedOhio because this awesome lady found me out wandering around. She tried to find my people by putting up signs and scanning for a chip, but no luck; so, here I am. I am approximately 9 months old and about 40 lbs. My foster mommy thinks Iâll be about 50-55 lbs. when Iâm fully grown. Guess what?!?! Iâm pretty much perfect (or at least thatâs what foster mom tells me). Iâm good with dogs, cats, and I absolutely adore kids!! I would love a home with kiddos to snuggle and play with. Iâm house trained and crate trained. I have lots of energy, but then again I am a puppy still. However, I do know how to calm down and relax when the other dogs in my foster home do. Iâm a little timid with men when I first meet them, but warm up in a few minutes. I would love to find my new home with a family that is going to love and care for me like my foster mom does.
Meet Mandy! This sweet girl came to us when her owner began to experince some health issues. Mandy came in with her sister, Holly, who she loves very much. Both girls love to go on wals and walk well on leashes. They are housebroken. They both love other dogs and are wonderful with kids (not sure on cats). Mandy is very social and very active. She gets very excited around people, wagging her tail and wiggling her whole body! And she is smart, she knows "sit", "down" and "shake". You would not believe that she is about 7 years old!
Tada! Presenting the wonderful and amazing Maxx the Magnificent!! Let me tell you how Maxx came to be the Magnificent..about 1 &1/2 years ago Maxx was saved by an older couple who loved him as their child and as life circumstances changed, Maxx now needs to find another family as they have to move into an apartment that doesnât allow dogs. Luckily our awesome foster Tiffany stepped up to foster him! Any new family will be super lucky to adopt Maxx! Maxx is a pittie/mastiff mix, about 80lb, Born April 2016. He is up for anything except apartment living and very small children(only because he doesnât know his size). You see, Maxx is charmingly nicknamed the bulldozer by his foster momma so he doesnât mean to not be suitable for children, just has so much energy!!! He will need a strong walker and an adopter willing to use a harness lead or gentle leader. Maxx absolutely loves everyone and everything although certain things scare him like the vet scale, the dark, and big, loud garbage trucks. Oh and when his foster brothers (theyâre crazy shepards) play. Being an only child growing up, Maxx hasnât quite learned how to play yet. But man, does he enjoy car rides! Maxx is crate and house trained already for you and would just love to spend the rest of his life on your couch watching TV or going for hikes or the dog park. You name it, heâll be up for it! Maxx is a go anywhere, do anything kind of dog so come one, come all and apply for this big olâ lovebug! He is great with dogs and cats!His foster mom says he has the personality of a Velcro Golden Retriever and is the most non reactive dog sheâs ever seen. Apply to meet Maxx at rescuedohio.org.
Sonata (Nat) is a young, go-getter. She loves to jump and run in the backyard. She greets everyone exuberantly and is working on leash manners. She would be fine as an only dog with kids over 10 (because she is very playful and likes to jump). She would also be fine with a less feisty dog. She is currently working with a private trainer and should be good to go soon. The adoption fee for Sonata is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Are you looking for the perfect puppy? Emma is your girl! She is an 11 week old shepherd mix that loves to play with toys, her foster siblings and her foster parents. She also thinks snow is awesome to romp around in! She sleeps the whole night through in her crate and has almost mastered her potty training. This girl truly is perfect! Emma's adoption fee is $375.
Arwen and her siblings were born 11/26/17 and will be available for adoption after 1/21/18 when they are 8 weeks old. They most likely will be large in size. Mommy is 48lb, daddy is unknown but most of them have rear double dew claws indicative of Great Pyrenees in their genes too!
Belz is an approximately 80lb 7- 8 year old chocolate lab. This gorgeous fellow came to us from a rural OHIO shelter after he was found as a stray on BELZ Rd. Everyone who meets him finds it impossible to believe that no one ever claimed him. He is friendly, happy, easy-going, and gentle. He loves all people. Great with kids and dogs large and small. He is completely housebroken. His foster family gives him the run of the house when they're not home and his manners are impeccable. He has a lot of spunk for an older guy- he still loves to run, play, and catch a ball. He has no health issues and is quite spry. Everyone who meets him falls in love. He has not been cat tested but he has such a calm demeanor we canât imagine he wonât be fine with Cats.
Eowyn and her siblings were born 11/26/17 and will be available for adoption after 1/21/18 when they are 8 weeks old. They most likely will be large in size. Mommy is 48lb, daddy is unknown but most of them have rear double dew claws indicative of Great Pyrenees in their genes too!
Freda and her siblings were born 11/26/17 and will be available for adoption after 1/21/18 when they are 8 weeks old. They most likely will be large in size. Mommy is 48lb, daddy is unknown but most of them have rear double dew claws indicative of Great Pyrenees in their genes too!
Galadriel and her siblings were born 11/26/17 and will be available for adoption after 1/21/18 when they are 8 weeks old. They most likely will be large in size. Mommy is 48lb, daddy is unknown but most of them have rear double dew claws indicative of Great Pyrenees in their genes too!
Pippin and his siblings were born 11/26/17 and will be available for adoption after 1/21/18 when they are 8 weeks old. They most likely will be large in size. Mommy is 48lb, daddy is unknown but most of them have rear double dew claws indicative of Great Pyrenees in their genes too!
Dolores is a young, happy girl who was taken from a hoarding situation. She would love a home with another dog so that she can have a playmate. It can take Dolores (DD to her foster mom) a little while to warm up to someone, but once she does, she loves to snuggle! She has good house manners, and is carte and house trained. Dolores is up to date on her vaccines, spayed, heartworm negtive, and microchipped. Dolores is about 25 lbs. Her adoption fee is $300.
Aspen is a 9 week old Shepard mix. She is a sweet girl that loves to play and cuddle!!! She is crate trained and working on potty training! She would be an amazing addition to any family!!! Aspen's adoption fee is $375.
Hi! My name is Austin. Iâm around 9-10 weeks old and a German Shepherd mix! Iâm from Kentucky but already love Ohio! I have pretty big paws so my furever home should be prepared for me to be a very large lap dog. My favorite things are cuddling, chew toys, napping and eating! I have 2 foster brothers (dog and cat) and I think they are awesome! I donât even chase the cat! Please help me find my family. My adoption fee is $375.
Hi, I'm Dave. Yeah, I know I'm a handsome boy, but I'm also goofy, playful and a survivor. I'm about 8 months old (apparently I'm still a puppy and have some growing to do, who knew?), 40 pounds, I love car rides and I have awesome ears that flap in the wind. Really, I do. I came to RESCUEDohio early in December, but before I was rescued, someone abused me and dumped me in a rural shelter. I know, I know, it's a sad, horrible story, BUT- it has a good middle and (I'm hoping) a happy ending. These days I'm hanging out with my foster family, foster doggy sibling, and living the dream. I have lots of soft toys, bones, treats, and attention; I love to play with my foster siblings, human and canine, and curling up in bed with a snuggly stuffed toy. I happily welcome everyone I meet, human & canine, with a wagging tail and kisses. If you come bearing food or treats, I will love you even more! I am potty trained, and I do good in a crate while my foster family is away at work (apparently humans appreciate these traits...). If you're looking for a cool dude to chill with, give me a call. If you're looking for someone to play and romp with, I'm your man. If you want someone to alarm the house and neighborhood when a sketchy looking leaf crosses your path- I am your hound. In all seriousness though, I'm pretty great. Just ask my foster mom. My adoption fee is $300.
My name is Poppy and I came to RESCUEDohio with my babies. I was very dedicated to taking care of my girls and now that they are ready to leave the nest I'm ready to find my family too. I'm a very happy girl and love belly rubs. I'm learning basic commands. Sometimes I get a bit confused on what you want of me but it's only because I want to please you so much. I'm good on a leash and get along with cats and dogs. My adoption fee is $300.
Meet Pebbles! She is a two year old Lhasa Apso mix. She and her dad, Sparky, were living outside in all kinds of horrible weather. Luckily for them, a kind person spoke up and asked the owners to give them up. Thankfully, they made their way to us and are doing great in their foster home. They will need a liitle help with potty traning as it was a skill that they never had to use before. Pebbles is a sweet little girl who would enjoy a relaxed home and a lap to cuddle on. She is a little nervous around small kids and would prefer to live in an adult only home. She does well in her crate and enjoys being around other dogs. She will be getting a groom soon, so stay tuned for some "after" photos!
Hi everyone! I'm Sparky. Just a few weeks ago, I was living as an outside dog until a wonderful human convinced my owners that perhaps I would enjoy being INSIDE the house. I was so grateful. It was really cold out there. Apparently when you're an "inside dog" you still have to go outside to use the bathroom. I am new to this concept, but it's getting better. I am so thankful to have a warm foster home to sleep in, and everything I lay on is so comfortable! It's amazing! I bet your house is great too. I'd actually be happy just about anywhere. I even like kids and other dogs. Just be patient with my potty training, I am working really hard on it!
Hello! My name is Jade. I'm a 3-4 month old shepherd mix. I love to be on the go most of the time, but I do enjoy occasional naps. My foster mom says I'm confident and sassy, but what does she know? And I love, love, love to play! My adoption fee is $375.
Meet Dexter! He is a sweet and high energy Austailian Cattle dog mix, perhaps mixed with a German shepherd. At 5-6 months he weighs 38lb so he most likley will be 50-60 lb full grown. Dexter's motto is LET'S PLAY. He LOVES to play with other dogs and really needs a home with an active playmate to make him happy (and tired). A yard is a must, no apartments. He gets along with everyone kids, dogs, and cats(he will want to play with cats). He is crate trained and working on house training. He will make a great addition to an active home(he would be an amazing running partner).