About Our Rescue Group

We are a family of dog lovers that began by adopting or rescuing dogs on our own. As the number of dogs in our household began to swell, we came to realize that we couldn't save every dog and keep them all, but we could continue to save more dogs, and help them to find their forever homes.

We began to think of our family and our home with a certain motto: we take the old, the ugly, the broken down, the unwanted and abused, because it truly is what we do. What started as a lesson to our children that we could make a difference a little at a time, has evolved into a passion and a mission for us all.

Our name has 2 meanings, the first is that for a number of these dogs, especially those in high kill shelters, it truly IS the dog's life that hangs in the balance waiting for someone to step forward on their behalf and give them another chance, which brings out the second meaning. It is the old saying that "it's a dog's life", meaning the easy life, the caring, the adoration and appreciation we shower upon our own cherished pets, which is exactly the ending we do our best to find for every dog we encounter.

Come Meet Our Pets

We are located in northwestern Vermont and accept owner surrenders and strays from the area, as well as rescuing dogs from shelters in other areas with high euthanasia rates, often referred to as "high kill shelters". We adopt throughout New England on a case by case basis.

We do not have a central location at this time, although it's a dream each of us holds dear. We are a small group of loving individuals who care for the animals in our homes until the right "furever" home comes along. We do show our dogs by appointment, and have begun scheduling adoption events at area businesses. Transportation of your new furriend is available at a reasonable cost on an individual basis.

Our Adoption Process

When you see a dog you'd like to make your very own, the first step is to complete an adoption application. We ask questions regarding your home life and your own expectations of the dog. We do require prior approval from a landlord if you do rent. We also require a vet reference or 3 personal references if you have never owned a pet before. Our fees are generally $150-250 based upon several factors, such as age of the dog and the amount of vetting the dog has required. In the event that the dog is unable to be altered prior to adoption, a $50 deposit will be required to be refunded upon proof of sterilization within 90 days of the adoption. We do require a signed adoption contract upon finalization of an adoption.