We bet you will find the right dog right here! We try really hard to make sure our descriptions are accurate and reflect the type of home each dogs needs. Sometimes, the one that catches your eye will end up being the “one”. Other times, your best future buddy may be one you never imagined! If you are not sure, please apply and let us know what you are looking for so that we can keep an eye out for a good fit.
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.
- Any Type
- Any Age
- Any Size
- Kid Friendly
- Cat Friendly
- Dog Friendly
- Special Needs
- All Breeds
Tom was a long-term resident and volunteer favorite of the Franklin County Dog Shelter before coming to RO. He was finally adopted and thought he had found his forever home, but his adopters ended up listing him on CraigsList after their landlord discovered they had a dog. Fortunately, a shelter volunteer recognized Tom and brought him to RO to make sure he gets a great home this time. So, it is no fault of his own that poor Tom is seeking a forever family once again. He is a 2 year old male, good with kids, unsure of cats, and good with other dogs when properly introduced. Tom would love to be he most handsome addition to your family!
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 were not very nice to me. But I have been working through it like a real champ! I have made so much progress with my training and want to continue to learn. I have gotten comfortable with my crate, car rides and even walks in the big city. I really love my people so I am looking for a home with people who like to cuddle! I would be happiest in a realxed home with a fenced in yard or without a fence but a in a quiet neighborhood. Sometimes it takes me a little while to warm up to new people. But the good news is I ALWAYS come around. Other important details about me are that I am lab- terrier mix, under forty-five pounds, and six years young. I am good with other dogs and cats. I like to play with both dogs and humans, but I am an overall low energy pup.
Chico is a tiny 7 lbs boy who shows no sign of already being 10 years old. He has very typical chihuahua-mix energy but also loves his downtime in your lap or sunbathing. One parent was a Peke-a-Poo and gave him a beautiful, fringey black and white coat. It's soft and very cuddly! As a typical male chi, he can be protective of his owner and wants to be "in charge." He'd probably do well with a small female dog housemate, but can be food protective and would do best separated at mealtime. He will chase cats, so a cat would need to be dog-savvy. He's house trained and crate trained and very good at signalling when he needs to go out.
New to RESCUEDohio! Coco is a 3 year old mix who weighs 50lbs. She loves playing with a tennis ball and sleeping in bed with her humans. She is perfect in the house and doesn't require a crate when you are gone. Coco is selective with other dogs and needs to be placed in a home with no other pets. She doesn't mind though and is happy as long as you can entertain her in the backyard! More info about Coco coming soon. Coco's adoption fee is $300. Meet and greets can be scheduled for approved adopters. Apply at rescuedohio.org
My name is Mistletoe. All I want for the New Year is to find and give love to my forever family. My foster parents say Iâm the most loyal, athletic, and adventurous dog they know. When my foster mom fell down the stairs, I ran up to her and gave her lots of kisses to make sure she was okay. I love to greet and kiss my foster owners every morning. My favorite things are hanging with my people, exploring outside, catching treats in my mouth, going out to eat on patios, and car rides. My foster family even took me on big road trips to Cleveland, Cincinnati and across the country, where I rode patiently and loved looking out the window. Iâm best in a home without other pets, but Iâm always excited to see other dogs on walks or for play dates. I would love to be your adventure buddy, catch your frisbees, or sniff your yard for you. Iâll always protect you. Are you my forever family?
Sweet, playful, affectionate and just a bit sassy describe me perfectly. My name is Badelia but my foster family refers to me as Hound Perfect. I am approximately 6 years old but I have an abundance of young, fun energy. Taking long walks, chasing a ball, using my Hound nose to sniff and explore and playing with my toys are just a few of my favorite things. I'm eager and willing to play at a seconds notice, but I have also mastered the art of snuggling, so long naps should be added to my favorites list. My first 6 years of my life was anything but fair. I lived outside on a chain and was forced to have multiple litters but I am learning that not everything in life is scary. I am building my confidence daily and I'm working on overcoming fears. I am seeking a quieter household with a patient, loving family to allow me time to adjust, feel comfortable and witness my true beautiful spirit. Badelia is housebroken, crate trained and eager to be loved by a family that she can call her very own.
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New to RESCUEDohio is Lego! He is an almost two year old tripod. Lego is a lab/pit mix that is almost two years old. He is housebroken, knows how to sit, stay and even laydown for a treat! He loves sharing a bed with another dog. He gets along with other dogs and we think he would love to have a companion friend to play with. Lego is still very puppy when it comes to play time. When he is tired, he likes to play laying down. He likes to play outside and will lay in the sun. Lego is very loyal and will be someoneâs best friend. Our vet does not think he will be a dog to be walked, a fenced in yard would be great! He also does not think Lego should be crated. A carpeted home will help with traction. In the future Lego may possibly need anti inflammatory medicine. For more information please contact rescuedohio.org.
Desi is your typical happy, playful hound. She absolutely loves her foster fub siblings which means she's able to get along with dogs and cats. Desi is a 50lb, 1-2 year old mix who was found as a stray. It's unknown how long she was out on her own, but it's obvious she had very little human interaction or her interactions with humans wasn't positive. When Desi arrived in her foster home, she was completely terrified. She hid in her crate or another room in the house for several months and it took her foster family just as long to be able to pet her. Once Desi learned to trust them, she become a completely different dog. She now loves getting pet and curling up on the couch with her foster mom. Desi is also learning new commands and she's such a smart girl! As a bonus, she is completely crate and house trained. Desi is going to take a special adopter who understands her initial hesitation with meeting new people. She is not your typical happy-go-lucky dog on first meeting, but once she warms up to you, she's is an absolute delight. Desi will require another dog in the house as she relies on her foster fur brother for confidence. Meet and greets can be arranged for approved adopters. Desi's adoption fee is $300.
Clover is a LOVER. She needs a home with people who are open to cuddling and petting all day long. She wants to be with her people and is happiest asleep with her head in their lap while they read or work. She does not cope well alone, and is best suited to a household where someone is around most of the time. Clover is a CHEWER. You will need to provide chew toys and put leather good up where she can't reach them. She sleeps in her crate at night because she likes the coziness and she tends to find things to chew if she is left out alone. She never fails to come when called, but she is shy and nervous around new people. She has been known to hide in her crate if people are in the house that she is wary of. Clover is VERY SOCIAL and she loves playing with other big dogs. She has a big prey drive so would do best in a home without a small dog or cats. She would do best in a home with older children because she does not like being climbed on and although she has never hurt anyone, she may give a warning growl. Despite her flaws, Clover is a sweet beautiful girl who would make the perfect addition for the right family.
New to RESCUEDohio! Meeko is a 5 year old mixed breed who was a little apprehensive when we arrived but it didn't take long for us to see her personality! She LOVES squeaky toys and her long legs make her endearingly awkward as she bounces around. She's super smart and will require a bit of daily stimulation and exercise. Meeko knows sit, is potty trained, and is doing well working on crate training. We think she's a pretty cool dog and deserves an equally cool home to match.
Eldon is the definition of an old soul. Heâs one of the most chill, gentle dogs that weâve ever met! All he wants to do is lay on the couch surrounded by his stuffed toys or sit in the yard patiently looking for squirrels. Seriously â heâs so easy to take care of. Heâs pretty timid around people, but once he warms up to you, he follows you around from room to room (AKA bopping around from couch to bed to dog bed to pile of laundry, etc.) and his tail wags in full circles whenever you get home. He doesnât love being home alone or being crated so he may do best in a home where he has a couch buddy most of the time. Heâs kid-friendly and dog-friendly toward small- and medium-sized pups, but sometimes heâs a little slow to warm up to them (he doesnât understand why all dogs arenât as laidback as him). He would make the best companion ever! He's a spaniel/setter/beagle mix, around 3 years old, 35 pounds and neutered.
Dottie is approximately 5 yrs old. She is a spayed Chi Weenie and she is very sweet. She gets along with small dogs and she has a special relationship with the household cat, often found grooming each other or napping together. Dottie is housebroken and if left for long period of time will also use a potty pad. She is crate trained by placing a frozen kong in the crate or a treat. She does not bark very much and she seems to like to get dressed up with costumes. She asks nicely on a leash. She is a bit fearful of larger rowdy dogs and also of children who are rough with her. Her only vice would be the she can sometimes guard a special chew toy or treat but otherwise is fed in her own dish along side the other dogs in her household with no issues.
Dude came to us after his owner passed away. While we originally thought he was older, our vet tells us he's around 4 years old (just prematurely gray). He is currently living with 2 wild elementary age kids, a grouchy old hound, and a chiweenie with a size complex, and he handles everyone with great ease. No cats though! He is a very mellow dog, but gets very excited and energetic with walks, fetch, and tug of war. He is housebroken. He can be trusted alone in the home and does not need to be crated. It doesn't get much easier than this dog. He is still a little sad over the death of his owner and would love to find a new place to call home permanently. He would do best in a home with another dog, he loves other dogs, and would love a playmate.
New to RESCUEDohio! Brady is part of our NFL litter. He and his siblings were born approximately 10/30. Their mom, Quinn, is a hound and we are unsure what dad is, but suspect he might have been a German Shepherd. Brady will likely be medium size when full grown.
Lisa (known by her foster family as Molly) is a curious canine who is extremely motivated by treats! She loves to be challenged with puzzle toys and loves her peanut butter Kongs. She knows some commands. She is housebroken and is allowed to roam the house during the work day. She gets along well with other dogs. She especially loves to go to "Daycare" and play all day with dogs of any size. She is learning how to walk on leash. At the end of a busy day, Molly loves to snuggle up next to you.
New to RESCUEDohio! Evie is 10 months and 38 lbs and thrilled to have made it out of a scary shelter! She is shy but really shines when playing with other pup friends. More information coming soon as we get to know her better.
New to RESCUEDohio! Laney is a 10m old, 40lb lab/boxer mix and she is fun fun fun! She appears to love everyone and is hoping now that she's out of a shelter she can play all day long. More information coming as we get to know her.
Rocco, a 50 lb hound mix, is a very sweet boy who loves attention. He appreciates his space when resting and will let you know when he wants to be left alone! He is full of energy and loves to run, bark, and chase birds and other dogs. He would be best suited in a home with older children and gets along well with other dogs. Roc is housebroken, crate trained and knows basic commands. He's very treat motivated and overall a very good pup. Ideally will be happiest with lots of room to run and play. He's a hound and takes that very seriously when he sees birds, squirrels, etc.
Rosie is a female 48 lb hound mix. She is a sweetheart who loves attention and loves to cuddle and give kisses. She has a little anxiety when left alone and has a lot of energy - she loves to run and bark (she's a hound, after all)! She is great with kids and other dogs. She refuses to have her nails clipped (not the vet nor the groomer has been successful) but otherwise is very easy going. She would ideally need a large fenced yard with distant neighbors as she barks at other dogs, people, birds, squirrels, pretty much anything that moves. She is housebroken, crate trained and knows basic commands. She'd love to be adopted with her brother Rocco, but would be ok if there's another dog in the home.
My name is Sonny and I'd love to be your (dog) son! I'm a year old and I'm still learning how to be a great doggo. I'm working on my dog manners and I enjoy being around humans - they give the best pets! My strengths are my curious demeanor, my flopy ears (to listen intently), and my commitment to my human (I will follow you wherever you go, but not in a creepy way!). My previous family surrendered me to a shelter and as scary as that was, I think it was for the best. I'm really looking forward to meeting my fur-ever family and know they'll help me become a great family member!! In my new home, I require a fence and another doggy friend.
If a cuddling, loving and sweet dog is what you're searching for, you're search is complete! Dolly is a 2 year old lab mix that is house trained, crate trained and overall a wonderful girl! Dolly loves car rides, short walks and her bones to chew on. She has great house manners and would much rather curl up on the couch with you than go for a run! Dolly doesn't mind dogs outside and she's getting used to sharing a house with other dogs. Dolly is learning not to jump, sometimes she gets so excited to meet new people she forgets. Dolly is a quick learner and if you have treats she will do anything you ask! Among all of Dolly's awesome qualities is how quiet this girl is. Ever think to yourself how your neighbors dogs bark all the time?! Not Dolly, she'll let you know when the mailman is here, but other than that not a peep! Dolly came to RESCUEDohio with a painful leg injury. She's almost finished healing up from surgery and she would be thrilled to find a family of her own. Due to the amount and duration of pain she was in, Dolly is apprehansive about dogs. While she pays them no attention out on walks, she would prefer to relax, heal and recover in a home where she didn't have the stress of additional canine friends.
NEW TO RESCUEDohio. Sarabi was found as a stray a few months ago along with one of her pups. Her pup was adopted as soon as their stray hold was up leaving mom behind. She absolutely loves to play ball! She knows sit, shake, down & seems to be housebroken too. Sarabi is about 1-1/2 to 2 years old, around 30 lbs and is now spayed and ready for her forever home.
Melo is part of our Pearls litter and was born on 10/6. They will be available for adoption after 12/10. Their momma, Perlita, is a 10lb Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix and dad is unknown. Meet and greets arranged for approved adopters only. Adoption fee is $375.
NEW TO RESCUEDohio! Missy is an adorable young adult who was surrendered to a shelter after her owner passed away. This little pumpkin is definitely a people person and loves scratches. Sheâs a love bug and we just know she is going to make someone very happy. Missy seems housebroken as she goes to her foster mama's back door to potty. She loves napping in laundry baskets but laps are her favorite place to be! Missy is not a fan of unpredictable little ones so school age and up only for her forever home!