True North Dog Rescue, Inc.

Our Adoptable Dogs


True North Dog Rescue, Inc. Mission

 TNDR is a group of volunteers dedicated primarily to saving dogs in danger of being euthanized from HIGH KILL shelters and rehoming them in New England. 

Our Process   

TNDR dogs are transported to us by volunteers, temperament tested and then placed in foster homes in NH and VT. TNDR dogs are seen by a vet at Veremedy Pet Hospital for a complete exam, spay/ neuter, heartworm/ Lyme test and vaccinations. We temperament test and start to work on training and any behavior issues while the dog is in foster care. We gather inquiries from our website, check references and then make the best possible match for a dog and a family. After the dog is adopted we continue to provide TNDR adoptive families with training consulting and support. We check in periodically with adopters and maintain an alumni page on our website as well as a Facebook page for people to post updates and pictures of their TNDR dog. 

 Our Promise   

We promise to support and encourage adopters with their TNDR adopted family member. We promise to give you all of the information we have about your adopted dog from the temperament test (when applicable) to speaking with the foster family, we want to be sure all TNDR adopters are perfectly matched with their new family member. A great thing about adopting a dog that has been living in a foster home is that we get to know these dogs. They live in our families, interact with our kids, (sometimes chase our cats,) surf our counters, walk on leashes, house train when necessary, crate train and learn some manners. Foster families complete an evaluation and in most cases are very open to having further contact with adoptive families and answering any questions. 

Adopting a TNDR Dog  

 If you are interested in adopting a TNDR dog please visit our website and complete the adoption inquiry. Please know we check vet, personal, and landlord references be sure to provide the names and phone numbers so we can complete an inquiry located on our Adopt page. We also do a home visit. We charge an adoption fee that can vary from dog to dog based on their expenses prior to adoption.  

Our standard adoption fees are as follows:

  Puppies 8-16 weeks $375

 Dogs 16 weeks – 5 years $350 

Dogs 7 years and older $250 

Some of the expenses covered by adoption fees include, boarding, health care, food and accommodations of special needs and cost of transport. We base all adoption decisions on the home we feel will be best for the dog. We do not adopt to people under 21 years of age, and preference is often given to homeowners or people with extended rental history. We do not have a physical location such as a shelter. We are a network of foster homes. All dog introductions will be made by appointment after your application has been approved. We are a volunteer run organization, we all have families and full time jobs. Once you submit your inquiry please be patient. We do our very best to check applications and respond to people as quickly as we can. Often we are very busy and it may take us a few days to respond. Our Petfinder website is updated daily. If you see a dog listed under Adoptable Dogs assume it is available for adoption.   

Fostering a Dog 

We are always looking for good, safe, loving and supportive foster homes. If you would like to make a difference in a dog’s life by fostering PLEASE visit our website to read more about our program and complete the foster questionnaire. Fostering is a very rewarding experience, watching and participating in the transformation from terrified shelter dog to confident family member is awesome. Foster lengths vary from two weeks to six months depending on the dog. The average foster stay is about six weeks. 


TNDR is always looking for volunteers. There are many opportunities to work with TNDR even if you are not in a position to foster. Training; volunteer to attend our training classes with one of our dogs in foster care. You will learn valuable training techniques while helping to change a foster dog’s life and make them more adoptable. Recruit foster homes; help us by posting flyers at your vet, pet stores and community bulletin boards, post for us on craigslist and other public forums. Collect donations from some of our drop locations and deliver them to our foster homes. Sponsor a dog at your business or workplace; create a flier and raise awareness about the dogs we have available for adoption. Exercise dogs. Transport; we always have dogs that need a list to vet and grooming appointments, from shelters to VT and sometimes from their foster home to training class. 


TNDR needs many things that people have around their homes and could be donated to help the dogs. Sheets, towels, blankets and crates to name a few. We have drop off locations for donations and volunteers that would happily pick up donations if you are near a drop off location. We welcome donations of any size from a collar and a leash or a dog bowl to dog beds, crates and dog food every bit helps. We do accept cash donations through Paypal on our website. If you have items you would like to donate please email us


True North Dog Rescue, Inc.
Woodstock, VT 05091

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