Rainbow of Hope Animal Rescue

Rainbow of Hope Animal Rescue (fka Friends of the Schuyler County Animal Shelter Inc) is no longer managing the Schuyler County Animal Shelter. (Please see our story below). Dogs advertised here are dogs in our foster program. If you are interested in one of them you may email us at sford@stny.rr.com or call us at 607-562-8085. Please note that adoption fees for dogs are $175.00 and are not negotiable and all potential adopters go through a screening process that includes the completion of an adoption application, the checking of references, a meet and greet and home visit. The first step before any meet and greet is the completion of an adoption application. We will send you an application if you contact us at sford@stny.rr.com

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"Saving just one dog won't change the world, but it surely will change the world for that one dog."


The Rainbow of Hope Animal Rescue, Inc. (ROHAR) is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) corporation originally incorporated in December 2004 to improve the quality of life of the dogs housed in the Watkins Glen, Schuyler County animal shelter.

We started by simply supplying comfort items like good quality food, blankets, toys and snacks. We then provided assistance in the development of a foster program in order to help more dogs find forever homes. Our foster program utilized a small number of volunteers who agree to take into their homes dogs that have health problems, need additional socialization or simply were overcrowding the shelter. As we grew in volunteers and donations we also started funding vaccinations, spays and neuters, as well as the more specialized veterinary care sometimes needed by the shelter residents.

In October 2006 we offered to take over management of the shelter from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s department so we could have more influence over the adoption and euthanasia decisions of the shelter. The Schuyler County Legislature approved the transfer of management to us on Monday May 12, 2008 effective June 1, 2008 for a one year trial period. Despite the fact that we reduced the euthanasia rate to less than 1%, brought the shelter into compliance with New York State Ag & Markets law and raised the adoption standards at the shelter, our contract was terminated July 31, 2009. So we have renamed our organization and broadened our assistance to help any owners or dogs in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins and surrounding counties in New York as well as nearby Pennsylvania.

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