Our Adoptable Dogs

Happy Tails!



Multi Rescue Dog Adoption Event
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Emerson Animal Hospital
371 Kinderkamack Road
Emerson, NJ
We will be holding a donation drive so if you have
dog food, crates, blankets, towels etc
please come drop off
We will also be raffling off some great baskets so come on by

Who We Are

Almost Home Dog Rescue of NJ (AHDR), is a 501 (c) 3 organization with volunteers having over 18 years experience in the animal rescue field. AHDR does not have a shelter facility, we rely on volunteers to take our dogs into their homes and care for them until they are adopted. We get our dogs from many different situations: local pounds, shelters, owner surrenders and more. AHDRs goal is to help mend these broken hearts and bodies and place these, once unfortunate dogs and puppies into their new loving forever homes. You can help us! The more volunteers and foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you would like to join forces with us to help us grow and accomplish our mission of having no more homeless dogs, then please contact us. The more volunteers and foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. Think about it, if you only help one dog, that one dogs life has changed forever.Contact us today at

Why adopt from Almost Home Dog Rescue of NJ?

Our dogs and puppies are...
Spayed or Neutered
Vaccinated (5 in 1 dog vaccination and Rabies)
Heartworm tested
Microchipped (HomeAgain internal microchip I.D.)
Healthy and socialized

Where may I see the pets available for adoption?

Almost Home Dog Rescue (AHDR) of NJ does not have a shelter. Our pets are all in foster homes. Appointments for meet and greets will only be set after an adoption application has been completed and reviewed by our adoption coordinator. Pets also appear at the Petco on Route 17 North in Paramus NJ every other Saturday. Checkout the upcoming adoption schedule for dates.

Our Adoption Application?

Our adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in adopting one of our pets please fill our our Online Adoption Application

Why do I have to fill out an adoption application?

Almost Home Dog Rescue (AHDR) of NJ puts much more than just money into our pets. They are treated as a member of their foster family. We want to ensure that the pet you want to adopt is the right fit for your family as well. We use the applications, vet reference check and in-home interview to ensure this.

What is a home visit and why is it required?

A home visit is an in-home pre-adoption interview. You will be visited by an AHDR volunteer and usually the pet you are wanting to adopt. This is to verify the information provided on the adoption application as well as explain our adoption policies. This also allows you to see how the pet may behave in the new environment.

Will the pet be spayed or neutered?

All pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption (If old enough, if not will be covered by us by our vet)

Why an adoption fee?

AHDR's fee for a dog adoption is $350. Your pet has been part of a foster home environment where they have received love, socialization and training. In addition, pets are already altered, microchipped, dewormed, current on all vaccinations as needed for their age unless otherwise noted. Taking all the costs of feeding and other supplies as well, our adoption fee is really very minimal, rarely covering our expenses.

What if my pet gets sick after the adoption?

You are responsible for all medical care after the adoption agreement is signed, unless other arrangements have been made. You will receive copies of all veterinary records with your adoption contract so that your vet will know your pet's medical history.

Why is my pet microchipped?

All pets that are rescued through AHDR are microchipped with Home Again technology. This is a special program for shelter pets that provides information for your pet to be returned to you if he gets lost and ends up at animal control, a veterinary office or another rescue.

Come Visit Us!

Petco Paramus 450 Route 17 North
(By the Midland Avenue exit)
Call store for directions


Saturday, June 4th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 18th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fostercare & Volunteering

Say yes, and help save the lives of homeless dogs. Give fostering a try! The lives you save and the love you get will warm your heart. If you have children, the lessons they learn from fostering will enrich their lives! Our simple Foster Program saves lives this way: Dogs, who may otherwise be destroyed at an over-crowded shelter or are being surrendered by their owners are temporarily placed with you, their Foster Family, until a Forever Family is found. We only ask that you give your foster pet shelter and love. AHDR is only a phone call away for any questions and guidance through your whole foster experience. Medical expenses are paid by AHDR. Or, if you can help contribute, donations are always appreciated. You can also take your Foster Pet to scheduled Pet Adoption Days, or a volunteer from AHDR can do so. If you can open your heart and your home for a homeless dog and see him through to his new forever home, words could not describe the feeling of satisfaction you will receive. If you cannot foster, that's no problem. We need volunteers to help us out on our adoptions days to help handle a dog looking for his/her new forever home and many different other areas. Please see our list of many other areas in which you can offer to help on our volunteer application. Either way, please e-mail us at or take a moment to fill out our online volunteer application and let us know where you can help. Online Volunteer Application

Why do we need foster homes?

Since Almost Home Dogs Rescue of NJ does not have a physical shelter facility, our success depends on a network of foster families who open their hearts and homes to dogs and puppies on a temporary basis until their forever homes are found. There are so many unwanted and abandoned dogs in this world. Healthy and adoptable animals are euthanized each and everyday simply because there is not enough space to house them. Their only crime is being homeless. This is where you come in. AHDR can only help as many animals as we have available foster families to care for them. So it is vital to our success that we continually recruit loving foster families into our program.

What is a foster home?

Foster homes offer a loving and safe home to adult dogs and puppies until they go to their forever homes. All the dogs and puppies are examined by a veterinarian, up to date on all vaccinations and usually altered before or during the stay of being in the foster home. AHDR covers the expense of the medical costs and will provide all supplies needed such as a crate, bowls food etc. We just need the love, time and patience of the foster home to care for our pet until they find their new forever home.

What kind of people foster pets?

Pet foster parents come from all walks of life. The most important qualities we lod for are compassion, patience, flexibility and commitment. A terrific pet foster parent could be someone who loves dogs and has extra room in their home and heart to share with a homeless dog who is waiting for its forever home. Could be someone who is unable to care for a dog of their own at this time, but can help on a temporary basis from time to time. Could also be someone who wants to assess how their own dog will respond to a new friend in their household. This way they may be able to adopt in the future for themselves, saving another life.

How long is my commitment?

Depending on the needs of the dog, your foster care commitment could vary from several days to several weeks or even months. AHDR makes every effort to give you a good estimate of how long your commitment to your foster dog will be.

How to get started fostering today

If you would like to join our team to help homeless and abandoned dogs, simply take a few minutes to fill out our online foster application. After receiving your completed foster application, one of our AHDR's volunteers will call be in contact with you. Thank you in advance for considering to help a homeless dog. Online Foster Application

Almost Home Dog Rescue of NJ
PO Box 610
Allendale, NJ 07401
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter
Almost Home Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer organization, and we depend on the generosity of folks like you to help us help homeless animals in need. You can really help by mailing us a donation check to our address above or by making a secure donation online via credit card using PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account). Just click on the donation button below
We are a Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 organization - your donation is tax deductable

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