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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- Any Age
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- Cat Friendly
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- All Breeds
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.
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.
Carlos is a sweet little bichon/maltese 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!
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 OR an active family who will take her on daily leashed activities including long walks or jogs or trips to the dog park and hiking. Tiger is currently living in an apartment and does well as an apartment dog, as long as she gets daily physical activity. While in foster care, Tiger has also attended agility training. She is learning to be confident and obedient, and to take cues from her human through this training. While ongoing agility training is not a requirement to adopt Tiger, we encourage continued training for Tiger as it has had a strong positive impact on her over all transition to being a house dog. 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.
Did you know that one who is referred to as a âDaisyâ is considered to be a rarity, above all others, and a true gift who must be treasured? Well, after meeting our Daisy, RESCUEDohio could not agree more! Daisy is an approximately eighty-pound, eight-year old boxer/lab mix who came to the rescue after being surrendered to FCDS. At first glance, you can tell that Daisy has had a hard life.She has imperfections on her skin, large callouses on her legs, and she appears to have been overbred.Although she has a worn exterior, this sweet girl has the most amazing temperament.Daisy loves treats and being petted.She is looking forward to a soft couch and humans to cuddle with.Daisy enjoys taking walks, chewing on toy bones, and taking long naps.She is extremely well-behaved and wants nothing more than to be near her people at all times.Daisy is potty-trained and crate-trained.She currently is left out of her crate all day without any problems in her foster home.Daisy has hypothyroid and requires daily medication. This confident darling warms up quickly to people and thrives with attention. Daisyâs adoption fee is $195. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Penny Piper is a young adult probably beagle basset hound mix. She is amazing with kids and good with dogs, hasnât met Cats. Penny is medium to high energy so will do best with an active owner and a yard.
Meet Cracker! Cracker came to RO after his owner died and he ended up on the euthanasia list at a rural shelter. He was a complete mess, including being Deaf from chronic untreated ear infections with the worst ear inefctions our vet has ever seen. After lots of love, medications, and good nutrition, this boy has come alive! And we think is even beginning to hear! He is grateful to have been given a second chance. He is such a good boy, getting along with all of his foster's dogs big and small. He is very calm and laid back and has a few years of love to give to someone special. Cracker will steal your heart when you meet him! Adoption fee $195
Meet Gunther! Gunther willl be 6 in April 2018, and weighs 91lb. He likes to be around people and is good with kids. He likes to chase rabbits and squirrels. He has never really been around cats, so his behavior towards them is unknown. He likes to play in the water. He is good with dogs and has always been friendly with other dogs at dog parks. A good home for him will be one that has LOTS of time to spend with him. He does not like to be alone. He needs attention and frequent exercise. He tends to get ear and paw infections, so he needs someone to be attentive to his health. Overall he is a really good dog with basic training and really just needs a home that can give him the time and attention he needs. He is house trained!
Lilibet, along with her puppy Chucky, came to RESCUEDohio from a bad situation in Southern Ohio. This poor little Poodle/West Highland Terrier mix had a raging flea infestation, so bad she had lost fur on her back, and also had intestinal parasites. Lilibet was very uncomfortable but was brave through her recovery, and now is enjoying being spoiled silly and loved on unconditionally by her foster mommy. Lilibet herself is a terrific mom (at times she was almost too overbearing) but since Chucky has been weaned, and she has been spayed, they are friendly and playful without the obsession! All Lilibet wants now is a lap to lay in, to be petted, and a bed to sleep and cuddle in. At only fifteen pounds she is the perfect lap dog. She needs time for her coat and skin to recover from fleas and pregnancy, but her fur will always have an interesting curl. Plus, she has the most adorable ears! In return for some spoiling, we're betting she'll be a loving companion for years to come. The adoption fee for Lilibet is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Introducing the MIGHTY MAX! Max has never met a person he did not already know and love! This super friendly two-year-old boxer/terrier mix LOVES people and wants to greet everyone with a hug. He has shown that he is very smart as his foster mommy has worked to help him learn that not everyone wants a hug. Max enjoys playing with toys, but doesn't destroy them. This lovable boy just wants to be with people and is happy to do whatever you're doing! Before coming to RESCUEDohio Max was in a family that had recently merged, so he had new doggy siblings. Unfortunately, those little dogs would chase Max and his sister, Luna, so Max would occasionally chase back while his sister would hide. Max and Luna were then crated for about twenty-three hours a day while the little dogs ran free. So, Max is now VERY HAPPY to be able to be a dog, and is still comfortable going in his crate. Max does well with other dogs and cats but may be too excitable for young children. His tail alone is a force to be reckoned with! Max would love a yard, although he is currently in an apartment with his foster mommy and does well with walks. He has very good leash manners and is house trained. Maxâs adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
âLittle red Corvette,Baby youâre much too fast.Little red Corvette,You need a love thatâs gonna last.â ~Prince New to RESCUEDohio, Corvette is a darling bull-terrier mix who is eagerly awaiting a âlove thatâs gonna lastâ. This ten-month-old girl will live up to her name as she takes you on one heck of a joy ride through life. Truly, Corvette brings happiness and a contagious energy wherever she goes. Weighing in at about twenty-eight pounds, Corvetteâs sassy swagger would do well in a home with other dogs, as SHE LOVES to have doggie friends to play with. The only thing to ever get Corvette down was going through her spay surgery, which she is currently recuperating from, and once she is fully healed we just know she will be back to sprinting and begging for long, long walks. This smarty-pants is house and crate trained, and will catch-on fast to learning commands. Great with dogs and people, Corvette is a true joy to be around. Corvetteâs adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Hi! My name is Rocky, my foster mom says I am an underbite. Oops I mean underdog. I had a pretty tough start to life. It seems some humans werenât very nice to me. So, I am looking for a home with someone who understands I am slow to warm up to new people. But once I trust you, I turn into a big lap dog. I hope you like to cuddle! I have been working on car rides, settling down in my crate, and meeting strangers. I have made so much progress and want to continue to learn. I need parents who are willing to invest time with me. My foster mom told me I am worth it because I have tons of personality. Other important details about me are that I am lab mix, forty pounds, and six years young. I am good with other dogs. I like to play with both dogs and humans, but I am an overall low energy dog. I would be happiest in a home with a small fenced in yard, I love to relax outside. The adoption fee for Rocky is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Are you looking to add some spice to your world? Perhaps you are searching for the perfect energetic dog with a zest for life, intelligence beyond reproach, and a love for his humans that is unrivaled? Then meet Peanut! Peanut is a two-year old Cur/ Lab mix looking for his fur-ever home. Peanut loves being with people, and especially loves to snuggle with his human family. He is very playful and enjoys playing with his three furry dog siblings (one female and two males). Peanut is both crate trained and house-trained. He is an energetic and smart boy who is eager to please and is currently diligently working on walking on a leash. At fifty-seven pounds, Peanutâs energy level might be a little much for small children, as he enjoys playing fast and with great enthusiasm. Walks are one of his favorite pastimes. Peanut is spoiled as he sleeps in his foster parentsâ bed with them, so will need a fur-ever family willing to indulge in that bedtime practice. If you are looking for a new furry member for your family, please consider Peanut. The adoption fee for Peanut is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Sonata (Nat) is a young go-getter. She loves to jump and run and would do best in a fenced back yard. 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.
Bella! If you couldnât tell by her name, we have a cover girl in the house! Bella is truly easy, breezy, and beautiful! Bella is a five-year-old Rottweiler mix who will bring joy and energy to your life. While this babe loves everyone, she would ESPECIALLY LOVE a doggie playmate. If you are looking to add a second dog to your home, Bella would be perfect. Bella weighs eighty-five pounds and is an enthusiastic girl when it comes to running around the yard and playing outside. She is housebroken, trustworthy, well-mannered, good with children, and is PERFECT on leash--just bring her home and she'll fit right in. Bella would make a wonderful addition to nearly any family. Her adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an adoption application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Are you ready for a mini-me, or a shadow who will faithfully follow your every move? Then meet Arnie! Arnie is a twelve-week-old boxer mix puppy! He is happy go lucky and will follow you wherever you go! He loves to give kisses and play with toys. He could chew on toys and bones all day! Arnie is great with other dogs but still unsure about cats. He is crate trained and is doing awesome with potty training! He rarely barks but if he does itâs because he wants to be protective. Arnie would love a home where his family would be able to run and play with him. The adoption fee for Arnie is $375. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an adoption application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Have you been searching for a medium-high energy dog that still can ânapâ with the best of them? Then take the time to meet Louis (also known as Louie and Lou)! A two-year-old terrier mix who weighs in at twenty-seven pounds, Louis had a rough start in life and is still figuring out this whole "dog" thing. He was rescued from a severe hoarding case. Based on Louis' initial response to the outdoors it appears he had never been outside prior to rescue, not even to potty. Hence, Louis may have an accident from time-to-time, but he is improving every day! Louis needs a family with a confident dog to ease his transition and guide him. He loves playing with his foster fur siblings. Louis tolerates crating but he doesn't t really like it; his anxiety increases with the time he's s crated. Ideally, Louis will find a forever family who will not crate him, give him lots of reassurance, and allow him to sleep in the âbig bedâ at night. It takes Louis some time to trust, but once he does, he'll be your shadow and beg for cuddle time. Louis' ideal person/family: at least one confident dog, active, doesn't need to crate longer than eight hours at a time, a fenced yard, and doesn't have young (12 years old) children. Louis' background and moments of intense barking require a family/person with 'nervous/timid' dog experience. We know it's a LOT to ask but this boy has a lot of love to give; he's worth it! The adoption fee for Louis is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
Distinguished eight-year-old gentleman with plenty of spring in his step looking for human companionship. Must have a comfy couch for long naps and the ability to recognize how dapper and important I am. While I enjoy my time in the outdoors, I require at least a five foot fence- I happen to be very sociable and if I can see a friendly neighbor, dog, or even squirrel, I WILL jump the fence to meet them. I am very sociable and walk nicely on a leash- you will not be ashamed to introduce me to your friends, family, or neighbors, and did I mention already, that I am exceedingly handsome? I know when to be quiet and let you take the spotlight, but if needed I am always willing to step up and defend my ladyâs honor (Mr. Mailman, Iâm looking at you!). While I have come into better circumstances recently, sadly, I was not always so well-to-do. It appears in the past that I was left to fend for myself, and some of those tendencies are still deeply ingrained. While I feel awful about it afterwards, I am not above investigating what is in the trash or on the counters. I am ashamed of myself, but alas, old habits die hard. I promise I am working hard on these etiquette lessons. I was rescued from the pound (gasp!) after receiving treatment for heartworms; I am still within my recovery period and as such I am not as energetic and sprightly as I once was, but I promise you, I will be again. In short, if you are looking for a canine companion of the Most Interesting variety, please consider my estimable resume. Yours respectfully, Binx, Esq.
I, this devilishly handsome fella, am a star! No, seriously! Itâs even in my name, âNovaâ. Iâm kind of a big deal because I am the perfect dog. If you have been wondering what the perfect dog looks like you donât have to look any further, because here I am!! I, Nova, am a nine-month-old lab mix. You wonât believe it but Iâm potty trained, crate trained, walk great on a leash, play well with others, love kids, and I saw cats the other day and they didnât bother me any!! My downfalls? What downfalls??! Well actually I have one. You see I went through a lot of changes in a couple days (being rescued, going to my foster family, and acclimating to a happy home) so I just take a minute to warm up, when I say a minute thatâs really all it takes! Then Iâm your best friend forever!!! Iâm telling you Iâm just perfect- donât believe me? Ask my foster family!! My adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an application, please visit resuedohio.org.
If you need a new queen of your castle (or are willing to share the throne) Snickers is your girl. She is a three-year-old lab/hound mix, weighing in at thirty-five pounds. Snickers is small enough to be a lap dog, with a much bigger personality. As the weather gets nicer Snickers is proving to be the perfect dog to take on a walk, as she loves all the smells. She knows basic commands, doesn't jump, and doesn't bark too much. Snickers is house-trained, crate-trained, and doesn't shed much. Snickers doesn't do great with other female dogs, especially smaller ones. However, other than a few small disagreements with her foster brother, she does ok with larger males. The adoption fee for this sweetie is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an adoption application, please visit rescuedohio.org.
All you mammas and papas out there waiting for your perfect fur-baby, our Italian bambino, Rocco, is the pup youâve been looking for. Approximately one-year old and at best guess a pit-bull/lab mix, Rocco is an exuberant boy who has the sweetest and kindest heart. In love with life, Rocco would do best with an active family who will play with him, take him on walks, and, if possibly, allow him to run in a big back yard. High-energy and sixty-seven pounds, Rocco likes toys, treats, and bones. He is crate and house trained, good with other dogs, and friendly with the resident cat at his foster home. He does well with children but, due to his high energy level, would be best with children over the age of ten. The adoption fee for Rocco is $300. Meet and greets will happily be arranged for approved adopters. To fill out an adoption application, please visit rescuedohio.org.