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Our Featured Richmond, VA Partner:

GUARD - Giantbreed United Advocates and Rescue Division

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:

GUARD rescues and adopts out throughout the state of Virginia primarily, but will adopt out to any state we can get a fellow rescue to partner with us for the adoption process. Applicants must be willing to drive to the dog's foster home to meet them before approval or decision - therefore, if we can get a partner to do your home visit, and you're willing to drive to meet the dog, that's pretty much the only restriction!

About Our Rescue Group:

We are a small foster based rescue group that specializes in Great Danes and Mastiffs, but will also take other giant breeds as space allows. We work closely with other giant breed, breed-specific rescues to help as many dogs in need as possible! The number of foster homes we have is directly related to how many dogs we can help - email us today if you're interested in opening your heart and home to a gentle giant in need!!

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Come Meet our Pets:

All of GUARD's dogs are in foster homes, but "like" our page on Facebook ( to stay abreast of events, where you can meet some gentle giants and learn about the breeds, submit adoption applications, and more!

Our Adoption Process:

We require an adoption application, vet reference, and home visit. Adopted dogs are under contract.

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.