SIRIUS STARS CANINE RESCUE (SSCR) is a small 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue operated by an extended animal-loving family living in south central Pennsylvania. While we have always been a family of animal lovers, the seeds for our online animal rescue work were sewn during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and SSCR was henceforth officially organized in December of 2006. We do not operate a shelter per se, but rather, all of our dogs are fostered at private homes. SSCR dogs are rescued primarily from high kill animal control facilities where wonderful, happy family dogs are often euthanized simply due to overcrowding and lack of space. Although SSCR does not accept local stray animals, we will take local owner surrenders on very rare occasions when we have room. Currently, SSCR has set a self-imposed limit of rescuing 25 dogs per calendar year. This limitation helps us to make responsible decisions about when to bring new dogs into our rescue program based on our available space and our adoption rate. We are NO-KILL, meaning that all dogs which come to SSCR stay with us until they find the right home. We pride ourselves on patiently and diligently searching for the best adoption match we can find for each needy SSCR dog. We are not in a hurry to shove dogs out the door to the first person who comes along. We are looking for adopters who understand that rescue animals are never perfect, have usually been through the mill, and are "works in progress". We are searching for adopters who have just as much patience and determination to offer their new pet as they have love. Adopters who are eager to throw in the towel at the first sign of difficulty should not be considering a rescue pet in the first place. The vast majority of the dogs that come to us have a history of wandering and being picked up as a stray, so outdoor safety at the adopter's home is of particular importance to us. We will occasionally adopt suitable dogs to EXPERIENCED ONLY leashwalkers, but we prefer homes with tangible fencing. We are firm in our stance of NOT adopting to homes with invisible underground fencing, homes where dogs will be tied out on tethers, and homes without tangible fencing where the adopter wants to "boundary train" their dog with visual and/or verbal cues. There is nothing more rewarding than truly giving your all to help a needy animal, but rescue animals are not for everyone, so please consider what kind of commitment level you can honestly offer an animal before you apply for any rescue pet! Remember, when you adopt a shelter pet you help to save two lives~the one you bring home and the one who takes its place!


Over the years, we at SSCR have become all too familiar with the euthanization of healthy and happy dogs and cats simply because of a lack of space. In any given morning at any given filled-to-capacity county pound in our country, it is not unusual for dozens of animals to be euthanized at one time.. and our society as a whole is so clueless. How many people have ever given this issue much thought? Would YOU like to be the one who makes the decision about which animals are put down? Please take a moment to consider and absorb the gravity of this quote, taken directly from a woman we know and work with who is a daily caretaker at a high kill facility in the south. Her husband is one of the animal control officers who must euthanize animals. She says..." I pity those wonderful dogs and cats who die simply for space. Last night my husband and I spent our evening discussing each dog and what good and bad points we could think of, deciding who dies when morning comes. Its the worst burden in the world. I really cannot stress that enough. These dogs I know like I know my own. Every day I am with them, they are happy to see me, I love them, take them for walks, they know us as their people. I cry so much. I live feeling sick on my stomach all the time but still have to suck it up and keep up the happy face every day, acting like a normal person in society. I suppose my only saving grace is that I know our dogs at our facility are loved and treated with kindness. I am sick about the dogs who are not so lucky and neglected their entire shelter stay and then killed in a painful manner, and trust me, it is going on in our country every day. So hats off to my wonderful man who takes their lives as he fights back the tears. He kisses them one last time and tells them they are good boys and girls.....and a life of misery I wish on all those who make our jobs necessary."

Pet overpopulation is such a tremendous problem in our country today. Until people understand that spaying/neutering is the only solution to pet overpopulation, unnecessary death of beautiful companion animals will be an ugly and daily reality of our country. So many people go about their lives and don't give a passing thought to the daily euthanasia that goes on at high kill pounds all over our country. SCCR generally works with just a handful of high kill county pounds in the south, but our country has over 3,100 counties! Our hearts go out to the diligent and compassionate animal care workers who must encounter these harsh realities every day and yet press on, trying to make a difference in a largely indifferent society. It's like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon.

Did you know? There are 45 cats and dogs for every one person born.
Only 1 out of 10 dogs born ever find a permanent home.
Only 1 out of 12 cats born ever find a permanent home.
25 to 30% of pets in shelters are pure bred.
800 dogs and cats are destroyed (killed) each HOUR in the U.S. because there are not enough homes for them!

Every time a person buys a pet from a breeder or pet store, a perfectly adoptable animal is killed instead at a high volume pound or shelter. Don't be a part of the problem... ADOPT a pet in need. Rescue groups such as ours are full of incredibly wonderful and highly adoptable dogs, and we are diligently searching for forever homes for them. We often can not rescue other needy animals until the dogs we currently have are adopted.......So, if you are looking for a dog, please ADOPT. If you don't find what you are looking for at a rescue, make sure you check your local pounds and shelters too because they are full of hundreds of lovely dogs as well... ALSO......If your pets are not currently spayed and neutered, please call your vet for an appointment the responsible thing to help end the cycle of pet overpopulation. Sirius Stars Canine Rescue is firm in our position that all dogs being rehomed through our organization will be spayed and neutered before placement.


Dogs available for adoption deserve loving permanent homes. Anyone interested in adopting a dog from SSCR must fill out an application (see CONTACT US below) and be approved for adoption. The approval process includes an adoption application, reference checks and a home visit. Meetings with dogs usually take place at the home visit. Because we require a home visit for our adoptions, we prefer to adopt to people who are located within a 2 hour's driving distance from the 17331 zip code. Please visit to see if your location qualifies. If you are located MORE than 2 hours away from us, please email, and we will share our long distance adoption requirements / policies with you.


We are a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue group, and any donation/gift to our rescue is tax deductible. Our adoption fees are additionally used to defray SSCR vetting and rescue expenses, which regularly exceed the funds we receive. Our adoption fees are based on the dogs' ages:

0 to 5 years ~ $350
5 years and older ~ $250


Lifelong loyalty to your dog
We are looking for pet owners who are loving and responsible. We are searching for adopters who can offer a rescue dog the best possible forever home for the remainder of its lifetime. We allow adopters a two week adjustment period to determine whether an adoption is a good match or not. If a dog is returned to us within the initial two week adjustment period, the full adoption fee is refunded. If a dog is returned to us after the two week period, no refund is offered. Our adopted dogs may not be rehomed into any other situation without our knowledge and consent. Nor may any of our adopted dogs be taken to a shelter or pound for relinquishment. We adamantly require that any dog adopted from us must be returned to us in the event the owner no longer wants or is unable to care for the dog.

Love and safety of your pet are important
Dogs are social creatures and have needs similar to our own. Your dog wants to be part of your pack. Therefore, we do not adopt to individuals looking for outdoor pets. We believe all dogs should be kept primarily indoors. PLEASE NOTE~If you own your own home, we will ONLY adopt to you if you have secure outdoor fencing or if you can commit to leashwalking your pet 100% of the time. We will NOT adopt to homes that tether dogs to outdoor lines or allow them to roam freely outside while unleashed. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. ALSO, PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, WE WILL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ADOPT OUR SSCR DOGS TO HOMES WITH UNDERGROUND INVISIBLE FENCING! IF YOU HAVE ELECTRIC UNDERGROUND FENCING AND CONTACT US, WE WILL KINDLY ASK YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR SEARCH ELSEWHERE, SO PLEASE NOTE THIS STIPULATION IF IT APPLIES TO YOU. We will also consider (on a case by case basis) apartment and condo dwellers who do not own a yard but must rather leash walk their dogs 100% of the time. If you are a home owner and currently do not have outdoor fencing but are planning to install some, please submit your application AFTER the installation is complete so that the fencing may be inspected during your home visit. Please understand that we are not obligated to hold dogs to the exclusion of other applicants in order to accommodate anyone's fence installation schedule. We also reserve the right to refuse applicants who may not meet our adoption standards.

Adopting with children
Some of the dogs needing new homes may not be comfortable with or suitable for young children. Therefore, we may not always have dogs available that would be a good match to families with children under 8-10 years old. In that case, you would be welcome to complete an adoption application, and we would keep it on file in the event that a compatible dog comes in.

All dogs deserve to live in a loving home, but is a rescue dog right for you?
Diane Morgan, a fellow animal lover and rescuer, has written a very thought-provoking NOTE TO ADOPTERS. Please contemplate her wise advice as you consider adopting a rescue dog. Diane writes.... "Lassie and Cleo and Rin Tin Tin and Toto don't show up in rescue. We don't get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up. But we are Rescue and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or indeed of "getting" anything. Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this -- a rescue dog will make you a better person.".


Please EMAIL US ( ) and we will contact you with specific instructions about our adoption process, including instructions on how to complete and return our ADOPTION APPLICATION. As mentioned above, our adoption process includes an adoption application, personal and vet reference checks, and a home visit (which is scheduled after a successful reference check).

Please note: We are more than happy to chat about our dogs and answer your questions if you e-mail us. Please be aware that multiple applications for the same pet are generally considered according to the order in which they arrive into our mailbox, although we do reserve the right to adopt to the homes which we feel are best suited for each individual dog!


We are thrilled to report that SSCR received official 501(c)3 non-profit status at the beginning of 2009. If you would like to send us a tax-deductible donation or gift to financially support our rescue mission, please email us and we will share our mailing address with you. All revenue goes directly towards the fabulous dogs which are rescued through our SSCR organization, including veterinary care, rescue and transport costs, and food. THANK YOU!
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Sirius Stars Canine Rescue
Hanover, PA 17331
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