My name is Raleigh (FAMILY DOG)!

German Shepherd Dog/Norwegian Elkhound Mix Dog for adoption in Kermit, West Virginia - Raleigh (FAMILY DOG)
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Facts about Raleigh (FAMILY DOG)

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Norwegian Elkhound Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 8602771

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Available to adopters in DE, MD, PA, NJ, CT, or MA.

Approx 7 years and 55 lb

5/25/16: Raleigh and I are celebrating her 1 year anniversary in foster. Sunday made one year since I met her, laying on docs examining table with her leg basically reduced to hamburger meat. 

Raleigh survived terrible owners, being hit by cars twice, several surgeries, and months in boarding until she'd healed enough to come home to foster. She deserves the best family ever...are you that family?

On May 22, 2015, a friend contacted me about a dog named Raleigh. She'd been hit by a car in the past and her owners hadn't gotten her any treatment. On this day, she was injured again (same leg) and the owners again declined treatment but this time agreed to surrender her.  My vet wasn't sure if he could save her leg, but he wanted to try. After thousands of dollars in donations, multiple surgeries, and 5 months in boarding during her recovery, Raleigh was finally able to come home to foster with me on October 5th. He did manage to save her leg, but she doesn't really use it. Her spine was injured and for those five months in boarding, she was bladder and bowel incontinent. Her tail was cropped during her recovery to make for easier clean up.

When I got her home to foster, I wanted to try to figure out ways to help her improve the incontinence issue. Someone recommended a holistic treatment for the incontinence and it worked great! Raleigh is now fully bladder continent and only occasionally has bowel accidents. She's about 5-6 years old and weighs about 50 lb. Raleigh would do best in a home with someone who's home most of the time to encourage her to go outside to do her business. Right now she'd rather stay indoors where it's warm all the time, but with encouragement she will go outside to potty. You just have to pay attention and keep her on a schedule.

I tested her with a cat outside that wasn't afraid of dogs and she didn't show any interest in the cat. I don't know if she would chase a cat that runs from dogs, but honestly she doesn't move that quickly so I doubt she could catch a cat these days.

As far as other dogs, Raleigh is fine with males but acts dominant/bossy around females.

11/27/15 update: She is good with kids My niece and nephew stayed last night They are 8 and 13 but she did great and so did they. She's a sweet dog who deserves so much more than life has thrown at her so far. We're hoping someone can find it in their heart to give her a forever home.


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We adopt to residents of MD, PA, NJ, CT, NY, MA, RI, NH, VT, or ME. Rescue inquiries welcome. Scroll down for additional information.

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ARTBAR stands for A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue.

Our 501(c)(3) non-profit status is currently pending with the IRS as of 1/14/17. Once approved, donations will be tax deductible as permitted by law.

We are located in rural southwestern West Virginia and we seek assistance from rescues and adopters in northeastern states and sponsors nationwide. We are one of several rescues in the southern portion of the state and are always interested in collaborating with other rescues in our area to save lives. Volunteers are needed to foster dogs and drive on transports. The area we service is very rural and most of the animals we take in have lived their lives outdoors, though we do sometimes get surrendered indoor pets. We rescue from shelters, local strays, locally injured animals, and owner surrenders and get them the medical care they need. Donations are the lifeline of our rescue work.

Rescues: We have transport available to northeastern states. PA-based rescues, we are PA licensed. If you have not pulled from us before, please submit our rescue application and we'll be in touch soon. If you are not located in the northeast, you will need to arrange transport beginning in Lenore, WV.

           Rescue Application:

Adopters:   Adoption Fee: $250. Transport fee for adopters further than 100 miles from Lenore WV: $50. All dogs are altered, vaccinated, 4DX tested, wormed, and flea treated prior to adoption. Our adoption process includes an online application, vet reference, home visit, meet-n-greet with the animal and your family/current pets, adoption contract and adoption fee. Should you ever need to give up one of our animals, they must be returned to us. We ALWAYS take our pets back.

           Adoption Application:

Weekend volunteer driver help is needed between Charleston WV and northeastern states. Timing is early morning in Charleston to later in the night up in New England. If you would like to help us transport dogs to our northern partner rescues, please submit our driver application and we'll be in touch soon. We can also use local weekday transport help in this area for moving dogs from shelters to vets to foster homes.

          Driver Application :

Sponsors are always needed and appreciated!  We submitted our application to the IRS for 501(c)(3) non-profit status on 1/14/17. Sponsoring saves lives!

Foster homes are always needed near Williamson WV, Logan WV, Man WV and Charleston WV.

           Foster Application​

Thank you for helping A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue!
Jessica White, Founder
Sponsors/Adopters can text me at 304-784-6678
TEXT ONLY as I cannot take calls during the business day.

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About ARTBAR, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

Rescues, we have transport assistance to northeastern states. PA-based rescues, we are PA licensed.

We can work with adopters in northeastern states.

Volunteers needed to foster dogs and help with transporting them from shelter to vet to foster homes. Email us at:

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Donations are used for vetting, food, supplies, and transport costs.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We are foster-based. All meetings are by appointment.

Please submit our adoption application. All adopters are prescreened before in-person meetings are arranged.

Email us at:

Our Adoption Process...

Application, vet reference, home visit, meet-n-greet, adoption contract where you agree to return the dog to ARTBAR if you can't keep it, adoption fee $250. Transport fee $50 for all adopters who are more than 100 miles from Lenore WV. All dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and 4DX tested prior to adoption.