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                       Your Adoption Story
 Schnapps, now Sugar Bear                   

                   A Note from Sugar Bear

  Do you have a story and photo you would like to share about your  adopted pup or dog?  We're looking for some laughs, maybe some tears, how they have changed your life, how they have touched your heart.  We will post your photo on our home page and story to the Your Adoption Story page to share with all of our visitors.  Maybe, just maybe, you'll inspire someone to share their life with a homeless dog. Please send a photo and your story to: OhioPuppyRescue@aol.com  


 Your Donations Help Support Our Community Projects

2013 was a year of great success and impact on the community through Ohio Puppy Rescue and Central Ohio Dog Rescue League efforts.   

*****Ohio Puppy Rescue Spay/Neuter Fund continues to focus primarily on our partnership with Pikes Friends, Pike Co. Humane Association, Shawnee Animal Hospital to provide free spay and neutering.  Our efforts have a "no questions asked" service to Pike and Scioto Counties for those who wish to have their dog altered.  The word has spread to several residents of these Counties who joined the efforts to stop unwanted dogs in their Counties.  In 2014, we will begin partnerships in Franklin County to provide free alters to pit bulls and black dogs, two of the types of the dogs euthanized at local shelters.

 *****We  request a "Pay It Forward" commitment from all who adopt a mill survivor.  This means that each person in the family promises to learn about puppy mills and tells at least one person about what they learned.

 *****We began a close relationship with Central Ohio Dog Rescue League and adopted the group as our sister organization under a DBA.  In 2013, we began joining talents and experiences to work with local organizations who focus on shutting down breeders who don't provide humane conditions and medical treatment to companion animals.   We also focused attention on rescuing pets no longer wanted by their families and dumped off at local shelters.

In order to continue our efforts in supporting our community, the rescue community, and the pet over population, additional funding is required. We need continuous and generous donations in order to sustain our life-changing work into 2014 and future years.  Please consider a donation to enable our work to continue.  Donations can be made by adopting one of our wonderful rescues, donate through your Community Giving programs at your workplace or directly by sending a monetary gift through
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Kurt and Melissa

Puppy mill rescue, Kurt, and his Mom,  Melissa McCrady,
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Puppy mill rescue, King Louie, and his Mom,  

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Ohio Puppy Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity organization.


We are not a shelter.  We foster the rescues in our foster homes, therefore, we do not have hours of operation.  All visits with our rescues are by appointment only, after, an application is receive and pre-screened.  


Adoption Process Points of Interest:

  • You must submit an adoption application.  In order to do so, you must register first.  When email confirmation and password is received, you can then log in and apply.  Link to application is found either on the dog's web page or in the Pages of Interest section at the bottom left of the web page, Forms/Applications link. 
  • Application are pre-screened in the order they are received. Please allow 5-7 days for this process
  • If several applications are submitted for same dog the best match is selected
  • A Volunteer will contact applicant via phone or email if pre-screening requirements are met
  • If "Adoption Pending" is listed along with pet's name, there is an applicant already scheduled to meet the dog
  • Some dogs are adopted on a spay/neuter contract with a $50.00 refundable deposit
  • We have the right to deny or decline any applicant
  • We will adopt out of State applicants, however, you must be willing to meet the dog in person in the  central Ohio area.  We do not ship or transport
  • All applicants are notified once the adoption has been completed via email


Some of our adoption qualifications:

  • You must be 24 years of age or older.
  • You must own your home or have pre-approval from your landlord.  With certain dogs, apartment life is acceptable.  Landlord must be notified prior to applying.
  • Someone must be available to exercise and socialize your adopted dog at least once every 3-4 hours during the day.
  • Dogs under the age of six months are not adopted to families with children younger than 7 years old.
  • Someone in the adoptive family (immediate or extended) must have first-hand puppy raising experience if adopting a puppy. 
  • All pets in the applicants home must be up to date with vaccines, visit the vet as recommend, and are altered.

We require that each of our pets are adopted to a permanent, stable, safe and loving home for their entire lives.   


Costs from tax deductible adoption fee's are applied to shelter pull fees, transportation costs, supplies and medical costs.



  • Tax deductible adoption fee's are listed in each dog's bio.



Many shelters charge Rescue's for pull fees which are anywhere from $50 to $175.00


Our dogs and puppies come not only from Ohio but from PA, MI, IL, VA, WV, GA, MO, OK, IA, TN, KY and IN which involve transportation costs (van rental, driver fee's, GAS, tolls). 

VET BILLS - Our biggest expense.  Rescue, many times, pays for boarding at the vet for a minimum of two weeks on transports out of state.  All animals are thoroughly examined by a certified vet prior to release for adoption.  All puppies are wormed and given their first set of shots and all adult dogs are altered, given necessary vaccines to bring them up to date on shots, given heartworm and seasonal flea control, and heartworm are tested.

Many rescue groups will not deal with puppies.  They have good reason.  Puppies who have been placed in shelters, or not properly taken care of in their early weeks, often need vet care.  We rarely receive a litter of pups that does not need antibiotics or more when they arrive into our care.  One puppy who needs a two or three day hospitalization easily runs us $1000.  If one puppy in the litter is sick, they all will require treatment.  We have had virus's go through litters that have run up to $8,0000.  Once we commit to saving a dog, we commit to the well being of that life and will treat and care for them as one of our own but the costs are high - both emotionally and financially. 
SPECIAL NEEDS - We oft times rescue special needs dogs.  They may range from needing extended vet care, extended foster care, specialized surgery or training to manage a genetic defect, such as blindness.  The adult dogs we rescue from Ohio Puppy Mills typically cost us over $300.00 in vet care. 

Please also check your local shelters



 Please review the Adoption Contract which is required to be signed by both adopter and OPR Representative at the time of adoption.




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Ohio Puppy Rescue's Approved Shelter Award
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Ohio Puppy Rescue's Dog Rescue and Relief Award 

OPR Recommended Training Facility is:
Ohio Canine Center
Adam Abbot and Stephen Sharrock are graduates of National K9 School for dog trainers. They have years of experience working with all different breeds of dogs as well as managing the daycare grooming facilities. They are certified to train in the following areas: Basic Obedience; Advanced Obedience; Behavior Modification; Utility; Breed Identification; Puppy Development; Tracking; Scent Detection; Personal Protection; Police K-9; Soft Mouth Retrieval; and Assistance Dog Training. 

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Steve and Tess, an OPR Rescue

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