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Morningstar's Mountainside Dog Rescue and Adoptions is nestled in the mountains in the heart of apple country, near historic Gettysburg. Morningstar Dog Rescue's goal is to find the perfect family for each of our rescued dogs. We can also help if you need to find a home for your dog. The Rescue specializes in those dogs that are harder to place because of large size, age, color or injury. The ones who need "that extra little something". For instance not socialized, abused or neglected dog. But of course all dogs are welcome. Unfortunately there is a very limited amount of space at the rescue. If we are unable to physically take the dog we will most certainly do anything possible to help re home the pet. While the dogs are here they live in a home environment. Living each day like a dog should. Socializing with other dogs, going outside for play and get fresh air, Learn to walk on a leash or go up and down stairs. They learn how to go outside to potty. Get used to people coming and going. And only get crated if I have to go some place for a short time. Under most circumstances (mainly age or injury) before putting a dog up for adoption the rescue neuters or spays the dog (if unable to do so the adopter must sign as part of the contract they will have this done as soon as the pup is old enough or healed), brings them UTD on all shots.(we no longer get the dog its lyme shot because of adverse reactions worse than treating the disease) Check and give heartworm meds, get the dog a 1 yr rabies tag & certificate, The dog is wormed and his teeth are cleaned. And we are trying to get some of them micro-chipped. They are also given any other medical care that might be needed. The rescued dog is also groomed. We do our best to access for temperament. The rescue will not accept or adopt an aggressive dog. And we start teaching the dog "manners". Most importantly they are loved while here. We ask an adoption donation for each dog. We would hope the donation would be $400. We try give a bit of a break to someone adopting an older dog or one who might have extra needs. And a bit higher to highly adoptable dogs in demand. We try to work work with the potential adopter if the dog is older or needs meds. This amount helps to cover the following and allow us to help the next dog. Vetting; spay/neuter, vaccines, flea and tick treatment, HW meds. Also food, toys, leashes and collars when needed, coats for the little ones and big guys, transportation to get a dog here. And medical emergencies we have had come here. A broken hip, two broken legs, and a snake bite. So as you can see we aren't making money just trying to keep our heads above water enough to keep bringing dogs here to find their home.

Please contact Morningstar Dog Rescue at email: or (717)-677-6890 with the name of the dog that you are interested in meeting. We ask that an adoption application be filled out before meeting the dog so we can feel we better know you. A contract MUST be completed and returned to rescue before animals are taken home. A home check is also done to be sure the adoption will be successful for the dog and the family. We also ask for an adoption donation. We do adopt to out of state applicants. I will also assist in anyway I can in getting a dog and family together even if it isn't one of my dogs! It's all about saving the dogs.

Click here to download our APPLICATION and Questionaire in WPS format

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Click here to download our CONTRACT in WPS format

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