The DAWGs (Dogs from Appalachian Welfare
Groups) featured on this site all have suffered the
indignity of abandonment as a result of the lack of humane education in
Appalachia. Though they have been the victims of abandonment and sometimes
cruelty through neglect (starvation, mange, heartworm and other deadly parasitic
infestations, collars allowed to grow into their necks, etc.) and/or overt abuse
(beaten, maimed, etc.), these sentient creatures still long for love and
affection and are very spiritual in their forgiveness of human society in
Some have been picked up where discarded alongside
highways and country roads in the Appalachian Region and surrounding
poverty pockets. Some have been dumped over the fencing of "known"
animal rescue volunteers in that region. Some have been disposed of in
pounds which have no legal mandate to keep pets who are surrendered by their
owners. And some have been confiscated in cruelty cases.
Now, fortunately, they all are in foster homes
and awaiting adoption into loving homes so that other needy and
deserving animals can take advantage of the limited space in these safe
harbors. This coalition of homes is known as AARF (Appalachian
Animal Rescue Friends), which is just one of many networking programs
being conducted under the management and sponsorship of the
501(c)(3) non-profit Project BREED (Breed Rescue Efforts and
EDucation), Inc., which promotes the overall and individual welfare of
Because individual members of the AARF
coalition rescue and foster independently, there is no central
shelter. Our beloved dogs range from puppies to seniors, from
purebreds to mixes, from little dogs to big dogs; and all are fully vetted
(rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, worming, tested heartworm negative and
started on heartworm preventive, spay/neutered) before adoption to permanent
This website is simply a showcase
to give special DAWGs optimum exposure with special people.
WHERE ARE THE FAMILIES WHO
MAY ADOPT THESE DAWGs ?
In the interest of maximizing opportunities to find
the best possible homes for the DAWGs featured on this site, AARF is
striving to place them throughout the well-populated northeast
region. In the interest of fostering this wider audience for our
wonderful wards, AARF will arrange volunteer relay transports to approved
long-distance adopters as necessary.
The AARF is a coalition of shelters and independent rescue volunteers who have
coalesced under 501(c)(c) Project BREED sponsorship to help homeless
animals in the Appalachian Region of Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and surrounding states.
Although a regionalized
coalition of Project BREED (Breed Rescue Efforts and EDucation), AARF does not
place geographic boundaries on our services. We also promote
local adoptions elsewhere by referring potential adopters to shelters and
breed-specific rescue organizations in their area. We have helped other organizations, both in and out of state and even
out of the United States.
Send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an application
and stating the dog in which you are interested and your geographic
location. Upon receipt of an acceptable application, an AARF
representative will email you to schedule a mutually convenient appointment for
you to telephone to complete the adoption review and humane education
process. Upon approval, a contract will be emailed to you. When
the signed contract and adoption fee are received, arrangements will be
made for volunteer relay transport of your new family member if
necessary. Adoption fees vary because of subsidies for senior DAWGs and
other special circumstances.
By adopting a dog posted on this website, you are
helping save another animal from death row in an Appalachian shelter by freeing
up limited foster home space.
VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS
We are also always in need of financial
help. Adoption fees are insufficient to cover expenses incurred by
rescue and fostering volunteers for various impoundment release fees (which
often cover no vetting for the animal), dogfood, heartworm and flea preventive,
extraordinary vetting (including heartworm treatment for infested dogs,
repair or amputation of limbs when necessary, and other expensive veterinary
care which is not reimbursable in nominal adoption fees). In addition,
sponsorship is needed for elderly dogs and cats to remain in foster care for the
remainder of their lives.
Donations to Project BREED, Inc., for the DAWGs
rescued and adopted by AARF volunteers are tax deductible to the greatest extent
allowable by law for 501(c)(3) nonprofit charities.
Volunteers are also needed for fostering and for relay transports.
Dogs R Us
Detroit Metro Area, MI