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Our Featured Hartford, VT Partner:

White River Animal Rescue VT

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

All of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York.

About Our Rescue Group:

White River Animal Rescue is a private rescue, not a shelter. We are an ALL_VOLUNTEER, 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving dogs and puppies.
WRAR Directors and Volunteers do not accept a salary for their services.
We provide: Adoption of dogs, appropriate veterinary care, and microchipping All dogs over the age of 4 months are spayed and neutered. WRAR provides financial assistance to those who cannot otherwise afford to spay or neuter their pet.

Please note: WE DO NOT HAVE A PHYSICAL SHELTER. Our animals are in foster homes in Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, or New Hampshire. Appointments are necessary to meet any dog.

We at White River Animal Rescue believe that the adoption of a dog or puppy is a COMMITMENT and, once adopted, is a member of the family. Although not pleasant, we do have the right to deny any application, and you must be 25 years or older to adopt from us. All adoptions are made at the discretion of WRAR, and an adoption may be denied at the staff’s discretion.

Come Meet our Pets:

Our pets are located in and at foster homes throughout New England. Please call to find out where your next pet is located.

Our Adoption Process:

WRAR screens all potential adopters. This means that an application must be submitted for review BEFORE we will answer any questions. A phone interview with the Rescue Director will be conducted within two days of application submittal. Both of these requirements must happen before a visit with any of our dogs.

We do not adopt to anyone under the age of 25. We understand that this is upsetting for those under the age of 25. There is no exception to this.

All puppies under the age of 6 months will be adopted only to adopters who are home all day OR who may bring the puppy to work. There is no exception to this.

Let's be honest!
We are all busy. Rescue people are VERY busy with this in mind, also understand that your email inquiry is one out of a dozen other inquiries. So in the spirit of friendly customer service keep the following in mind for any inquiry to any rescue:

A question such as: "Could I have more information about (insert dog name here)? Is vague and confounding. "Information" for one person is not the same "information" to someone else.
"Is the puppy housebroken?" Really? If you ask this question please realize that your email is immediately deleted.
"Is the puppy good with kids?" The question should be "Are your children good with puppies?" Humans are responsible for dog behavior. Puppies are not responsible for their behavior. Parents are responsible for their children's behavior around puppies.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.