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Our Featured Virginia Beach, VA Partner:

East Coast Gentle Giants Rescue

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.

Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Website:
http://www.eastcoastgentlegiants.com

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Virginia, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

Midwest including: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

We will consider other states as long as we can contact a local Large/Giant Breed Rescue that can conduct the home inspection PRIOR to adopting one of our dogs.

PLEASE FILL OUT AN APPLICATION, WITHOUT THAT WE CANNOT ARRANGE VISITS OR SCHEDULE MEETINGS WITH ANY OF OUR ADOPTIVE DOGS.

About Our Rescue Group:

East Coast Gentle Giants Rescue, Inc a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable donation organization is a foster based Giant Breed/Mastiff Rescue based out of Richmond, VA. We currently serve the entire east coast with fosters in FL, GA, NC, VA, MD, CT, DE, NJ and NY. We are currently working on expanding our foster forces in some of the other east coast states that we do not have foster homes in currently. We adopt our dogs to the 48 contiguous states, we do not have restrictions on what states we adopt to, We are a local group of caring individuals dedicated to educating people on how to properly raise their Mastiff breeds. We take in dogs that have been turned over to shelters, abused, neglected, and help them on their way to recovery. We do take in owner surrenders when space is available. Our goal is to adopt our dogs out to great, forever, loving homes where they will be nurtured and taken care of the way we take care of our own dogs.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Donations can be made by clicking the Donate button at the top of the screen on the homepage of our personal website...

Come Meet our Pets:

3rd Annual World of Pets Expo
Feb 14, 2015 to Feb 15, 2015
10 am to 6 pm
Admission: $5 - $9

Our Adoption Process:

ADOPTION PROCESS
1) READ THE ADOPTION PROCESS
2) READ THE ADOPTION GUIDELINES
3) FILL OUT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION-NOTIFY YOUR VET AND YOUR REFERENCES THAT EAST COAST GENTLE GIANTS WILL BE CALLING
4) BE AVAILABLE FOR THE INITIAL PHONE INTERVIEW
5) SET UP A MEETING TIME FOR A HOME CHECK
6) MEET THE PERSPECTIVE FOSTER DOG
7) UPON THIS WE WILL BEGIN THE ADOPTION PROCESS
8) SIGN THE ADOPTION CONTRACT AND PAY THE ADOPTION FEE
9) ENJOY YOUR NEW FURBABY AT HOME!!!!

RECENT CHANGE IN OUR ADOPTION PROCESS: DUE TO THE UNAVAILABILITY OF A LOT OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, AND A HIGH NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS BEING TURNED IN, PLEASE DO NOT FILL OUT AN APPLICATION UNLESS YOU ARE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN ONE OF OUR RESCUE DOGS.

All of our dogs are check over by a licensed veterinarian. When they are medically cleared and altered they will be available for adoption. Dogs through our rescue require an adoption application be filled out if you have an interest in any of our rescues. After this process we will check your references and decide whether you are a good candidate for one of our rescue dogs. At this point we will set up a meeting with you and your family in order to make sure we have the perfect match between dog and owner. If we feel that it is a good match we will do a home visit to see where your new fur baby will be staying. After this is all checked out and approved, we will go ahead with the adoption process. At this point you will sign a contract stating that you are the care taker for this dog and that you are responsible for his/her well being. If for any reason at anytime in the dogs life, you can no longer care for them, we require that the dog come back to us so that we may find them another home.

All dogs will come with their annual shots, heart worm test, fecal test and rabies. Dogs that are not altered will be or will be required to be altered within 30 days and proof is required within 7 days of completion of the surgery. The only reason we adopt a dog out that is unaltered is when they are too young or too small for the surgery. We are not going to keep 8 week old puppies until they are 5 months to spay or neuter them, but we do take a deposit to ensure that they are spayed or neutered within an allotted amount of time after the adoption has taken place.

Our dogs are our number one priority, please be patient with the application process, if you have not heard back from us in a week just send us another email reminding us that you are still interested in a dog. We have a lot of dogs that require a lot of attention and we many not be able to get back to you right away.

The application process takes us a lot of time,especially when we have more than one person particularly interested in a certain dog. The whole process takes anywhere from 2 weeks up to a month. We want to ensure that you are just as dedicated to one of our rescues as we are. Please be patient but check back with us often on the status of your application.

Our adoption fees can be found here:

http://eastcoastgentlegiants.com/adoption-fees

Adoption fees are subject to change without notice.

Puppies under the age of 7 months have a significantly higher adoption fee then our other dogs and may require a spay or neuter deposit depending on the breed.

Puppies under 7 months, especially litters are very expensive to feed, de-worm and keep healthy due to risk of infections and communicable diseases. This is the reason puppies have a higher fee because they cost more to maintain in the long run.

For Seniors over 9 there is a reduced fee as well.

Please be advised that these adoption fees are collected to ensure a serious home for our rescue dogs only and also to cover the cost of our veterinary bills. Please keep in mind that some dogs only need to be sped up to date on shots and others require thousands of dollars of surgeries to make them better, and the fees for the adoption fee do not changed based on how much we have spent on the dog.

All of the dogs and puppies from our rescue come with:

UTD on shots including Distemper/Parvo (DaPPv) Bordatella Canine Flu(CIV, H3N8) and Rabies
Heartworm test (dog over 1 year old or younger dogs with no proof of hw meds andministered prior to entering rescue)
Deworming
Fecal test-Smear and float
Spay/Neuter (dogs over 7 months)
Microchip(HomeAgain)
5 Lbs of current food (Petway Supreme Chicken and Brown Rice)
Leash and Collar


Each dog we take in costs anywhere from $200-1,000 to treat and our adoption fees DO NOT change based on how much we have spent on the dog as far as veterinary care.

Because we rescue large and extra large breeds, our adoption fees do run higher then other rescues, this is mainly because (1) we cannot get any type of grants because we do not have IRS non-profit statues (2) most of our rescues weigh in excess of 115 lbs thereby making spay/neuter surgeries alone more costly then your average 50 lb dog.

Please do not ask if our adoption fees are negotiable. They are not, if you cannot afford the adoption fee for a dog that has been fully vetted, we will not adopt the dog out to you. Once in a while a dog that has come into rescue already vetted will have a reduced adoption fee.

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.