- Does AHDRO need volunteers to help with rescue efforts?
- Why does AHDRO do home visits on prospective adopters and fosters?
- Can I make a tax deductible donation to Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio?
- May I visit your facility on short notice?
- What is AHDRO’s adoption fee?
- Is a fenced yard a requirement for an AHDRO dog?
- What breed does Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio offer?
- Why Collies?
- Can I get an unaltered dog from AHDRO?
Does AHDRO need volunteers to help with rescue efforts?
Absolutely! We are always looking for volunteers to help: foster, transport, groom, set up events, fundraise. Nearly all talents are needed and used in rescue to run the day to day operation or to offer expertise only once. You need not live in the Columbus area to be involved. Please tell us what you are interested in helping with and we can get you started. Contact our Event/Volunteer Director for more information.
Why does AHDRO do home visits on prospective adopters and fosters?
When clients come to us to adopt or foster a homeless dog, we believe it is important to get to know them and see the home environment. By meeting the client in their home, we can suggest the appropriate dog or dogs for the client’s lifestyle. The more we learn about potential adopters/fosters, the better the match will be. All of the dogs in our program have lost one or more homes in their lives, often through no fault of their own.
We owe it to our dogs to find the best match so that these loving pets never have to experience the heartache of losing a family again. Some homes and lifestyles are not suited for our dogs because the characteristics of the breed or a particular personality trait of the dog desired. If the home is not approved, it is with the best interest of the dog and the client in mind.
Can I make a tax deductible donation to Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio?
Yes!!!!!! We’d be grateful if you’d join us in our rescue efforts by making a donation. We are a registered nonprofit organization and your donations may be tax deductible. We are always in need of money toward veterinary expenses, food, and supplies. We gladly accept items on our wish list. Checks or items can be shipped to:
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio
c/o Bev Schwieterman, Treasurer
7123 Durness Place
Columbus, OH 43235
A receipt for your donation will be sent on request.
May I visit your facility on short notice?
AHDRO does not have a facility. Our dogs are located in foster homes located throughout Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia. We believe foster homes are a great benefit to clients. Our dogs are assessed in a home environment. Any issues such as housetraining, chewing, or table surfing can be observed and the process of training can begin prior to adoption.
Before a client can see our dogs, the application process, vet check, and a home visit needs to be completed. Home visits are a way to get to know you better and make sure that a Collie or another AHDRO dog is right for you. Some of our dogs are featured at local pet events held during the warmer months and at Petco in Dublin, Ohio throughout the year.
What is AHDRO’s adoption donation?
The adoption donation varies from $175-$300. Our dogs receive all required vaccinations and have been heartworm tested and treated, if positive for the disease. Our Collies are placed on Interceptor, which also serves as a dewormer for several intestinal parasites. They also have been micro chipped.
All AHDRO dogs are spayed or neutered before being adopted into their forever homes unless they are deemed too young at that time. Dentals may have been performed on older dogs with severe periodontal disease. We have also paid for a hip replacement, heart surgery, and other miscellaneous illnesses. The adoption donation rarely covers all of our expenses.
Is a fenced yard a requirement for an AHDRO dog?
No, we look at the needs of each dog. Dogs that are bolters or extremely active may require a fenced yard. Others will do fine on a leash with daily walks. We do not allow our dogs to be left chained unattended nor do we want our dogs off lead. Many dogs that are found in shelters have wandered away from their prior home.
What breeds does Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio offer?
AHDRO rescues Collies. Many volunteers own and understand this herding breed. Periodically, we might have other “family friendly” breeds such as Golden Retrievers or Collies mixed with another family friendly breed.
Collies are great family dogs. They are loving, tolerant, and eager
to please. Collies are watchful and protective but not aggressive. They require an average amount of exercise and come in two coat lengths, rough (long) and smooth (Labrador length). Collies live happily in an urban setting as well as in the country. Older collies are content to live in an apartment with a short daily walk. Collies respond well to positive reinforcement.
Can I get an unaltered dog from AHDRO?
Absolutely NOT! The pet overpopulation in this country has become a national crisis. Part of the AHDRO mission is to help reduce the number of dogs euthanized in this country. If we place a puppy for adoption that is too young to be altered, a contract must be signed stating that the adopter agrees to have the pet spayed/neutered as soon as she/he reaches the age to safely be sterilized.
AHDRO believes that breeding should be done only by people knowledgeable in the science of breeding. Dogs bred carelessly can result in birth defects and death. Some irresponsible breeders continue the lineage of unhealthy dogs, hurting instead of improving the breed.