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My name is Rockford!
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For the LOVE of DOGS Rescue

Facts about me

(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Has special needs

My story

Rockford is an incredibly precious boy with the moist ridiculously adorable mug! and like a few of our other dogs, highly perceptive... he watches and feels everything!

He likely was born with a keen awareness of his environment but we also feel certain his early life experience honed his acutely perceptive nature. What this means in Rockfords case is he will understand what your breath is saying! It's an incredible gift actually to be able to share communication with a dog like Rockford.

WE so love seeing this sweet chocolate brindle boy be relaxed and content & so unlike the petrified puppy who arrived to us with burned skin, thin, wormy and sickly!

​Rockford has always come to life in the company of other dogs and we have used that to help him find HIS way to befriending people.. Rockford is a dog that will require dedication and loyalty.. he doesn't trust new people easily, not in an aggressive way, just so incredibly reserved. Life has told him that is the way to keep himself safe.. Once in Rockford's trust circle, it is so rewarding to watch his layers unfold!!

For more info on Rockford and his journey, visit our website.. better yet, fill out an application to come give this darling a boy a chance!

For the LOVE of DOGS Rescue

Contact info
Pet ID
800 Old Kitchawan Rd, Ossining, NY 10562

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

Application Submission
Our application is designed to help us get to know you, the type for dog that would best fit your home & the particular qualities you are looking for in the dog you want to make a member of your family. All of us at Love Dogs spend a great deal of quality time with every dog in our care. We've had the honor of befriending hundreds of dogs, each one unique and beautiful.. As a result we have learned an incredible amount about dogs in general and what it is they like about people! The more we know about you, the better we will be at match making! When you submit your application, please ask your references to call our Reference Hotline at 845-204-8253 to leave their recommendation on our reference voicemail.

Application Processing
Once your references have left their recommendations on our system, we will be able to complete processing on your application, after which, we will be in touch to discuss next steps, answer & ask any lingering questions and plan the path ahead! Once approved we will contact you to schedule a meet and greet!

Meet & Greet
Its exciting for everyone, you the dogs and staff to gather for a meeting! Dogs do best if they are left in charge of the actual approach and subsequent greeting. We suggest that you arrive.. deep breaths.. as calm, open minded and light hearted as you can.. dogs pick up on energy first and foremost. This initial meeting will provide a lot of information about you to the dogs you meet. We will guide you through the language each dog is sharing so that your initial encounter will set the stage for a foundation of trust. When bringing children it is especially important to discuss with them what their role will be during the meet. We can provide you with an easy child friendly outline!

Please be aware that some lucky dogs may receive several inquiries and applications. We strive to honor the order in which we receive applications and simultaneously do our best to ensure great happily-ever-after matches! We require all immediate family members to attend a Meet & Greet before being able to move forward to adoption. There are times it takes multiple visits to establish your best match and get everyone off to a best ever start. How you begin this relationship strongly influences what will lay ahead. We make ourselves available to help in every way possible!
Medical Information
Each dog in our care gets a second thorough physical exam, necessary tests and medical care upon arriving to New York in addition to their initial routine exam at time of departure from shelter. Any areas of concern are thoroughly investigated and addressed with the dog's best interest in mind. The basics every dog receives are:
Current distemper, parvo, bordetella & rabies vaccines
Monthly flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives
Age appropriate spay/neuter
Because we do rescue a variety of dogs, some who may not have had proper care or nutrition may require such "extras" as dental cleaning, eye exam, orthopedic surgery etc. We like to send our dogs off to their new homes in the best possible health. We share everything we know about every dog with every adopter! You will be given full medical records on your dog on the day you adopt. We will gladly discuss any aspect with you at any time.

All adoptions include a full hour of educational discussion with one of our experienced adoption counselors. You will see and experience demonstrations about dog body language and how best to understand and communicate with your dog as well as what you will be helpful to know before bringing your new family member home.

The adoption fee is $375.00. Donations are ALWAYS welcome!

We operate under(and work together with) SPCA of Westchester so all checks and donations should be written to them.

Post Adoption Support
Adoption is the just the beginning of what we all hope will be a lovely journey with your dog, full of meaning and deep connection. The transition to home life may add some surprising new experiences, for you and your dog. We are quite familiar with the sort of things that may arise and can help you to find simple solutions that will keep things going well! Please don't hesitate to call on us for support. We want to hear from you no matter what. We find all updates to be both reassuring and heart warming. Everyone understands that all relationships can at times require education, patience and work. You and your dog(s) can count on us to be there for support! Oh, and we REALLY enjoy photo updates more than you can imagine!!

More about this rescue

​We are a small, hands on organization that specializes in rescuing dogs who are often overlooked.. Mama dogs, older dogs, dogs in need of medical attention & dogs who may for whatever reason, require a little extra time.. more observation, deeper connection and reasons to trust the people making decisions for them. ​
Each relationship begins with a fresh start. Every dog is unique and every dog in our care is heard, appreciated and respected. We consciously and continuously open our own hearts and minds so we can clearly see and respond to the dog that is present before us. Dogs may come to us afraid, defensive or checked out but thankfully with proper care, handling and love they transform and as they do we relate to that dog and not the dog who was!
Our rescue is located on the grounds of a serene and magnificent, private horse farm in Westchester County NY.
​Not only does the farm provide a sanctuary for homeless dogs it also provides sanctuary for special equines in need.
​​Part of the magic here has to do with the integrity of our mission. Our combined efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals stem from a foundation of respect, kindness, clear intention and a humble desire to learn from every animal in our care.