4 Legged Kidz Need'n Adoption

4 Legged Kidz Adopted to Wonderful Homes


We have too many great dogs to select just one to feature, so please check out our pet list and see for yourself. It will take you only a few minutes, and you might find someone for whom you did not KNOW you were "looking." If you do not fall in love with anyone on this site, check out our sister site which lists DAWGS who also can be transported to approved adopters: Advocates for DAWGs


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 general.

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 animals nationwide.

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 homes.

This website is simply a showcase to give special DAWGs optimum exposure with special people.


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 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.


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.

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