Great Dog Rescue New England is a nonprofit, shelterless, all-breed rescue group headquartered in Massachusetts. Our group is comprised of volunteers all over New England who love dogs and want to help those that end up homeless through no fault of their own. We are:

  • Incorporated in the State of Massachusetts;
  • Registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Charities Division;
  • Established as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with the Internal Revenue Service; and
  • Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture to import dogs into the state.


No. Great Dog Rescue is a shelterless rescue organization so we have no building or phone. Our dogs live in private foster homes until adopted, and our volunteers work from their homes. If you are interested in one of our Great Dogs, the first step is to complete and submit an adoption application.


Loyal and loving dogs turn up every day in New England and Southern shelters, as owners turn them in or they’re found roaming the streets after being dumped. To the best of our abilities, we evaluate all of our Great Dogs’ temperament and suitability for living with other dogs, cats, and children. A dog’s health is checked, and we make sure they are up-to-date on all shots and are spayed or neutered. Then, we place them in loving foster homes until they find their own family. Our goal is to meet the needs of each dog as an individual and to assure proper placement in a loving forever home.


We emphasize matching the right dog to the right family so that all will have many happy years together. Completing and submitting the adoption application is the first step and the fastest way to begin the adoption process (application is posted on our main page). Additional steps include:

  • phone interview
  • veterinary & personal references check
  • home visit
  • adoption fee
  • adoption contract (can be previewed on our website)


The formal process varies depending upon our volunteer’s availability. The process is reasonably fast, so you should apply for a dog when you are ready to welcome a new pet into your home.


The standard adoption fee is $400 for dogs and $425 for puppies 5 months and younger.


Great Dog Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer rescue. We are not funded or subsidized by any state or federal agency, although we are required to adhere to strict state regulations. Our operation runs solely on the adoption fees we collect and the donations we receive from caring people like you. There are many costs involved in running the rescue, the very least of which includes veterinary care, transportation from the south, food, kennel care, rent for the required quarantine space (per state
regulations), and associated utilities. All of our dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, up to date on their vaccinations, tested for heartworm, ehrilicia & lyme disease, receive two vet exams and health certificates and are microchipped. Our adopters receive 30 days free of Sheltercare pet insurance, a free bag of Science Diet food and a free vet visit to Harvard Veterinary Clinic.The money we receive for adoption fees and donations barely covers the costs associated with rescuing dogs and we need every penny to keep rescuing dogs in need.


Yes! Great Dog is run solely by volunteers, and more help is always needed. There are many ways you can help:

  • Fostering:
    As a shelterless rescue, we rely heavily on the generosity of people who are willing to open their homes and hearts to our dogs until they are adopted. As a foster home, your job is to love, care for, and feed a homeless or abandoned dog until she finds her own forever family. The approval process for our foster homes is the same as for adopters, so if you are interested in fostering, please complete and submit an adoption application (available on our main page; be sure to
    indicate "foster home" at the top of the application).
  • Home Visits:
    A home visit is required for all our adopters. As a home visitor, your role is to be our eyes and ears and make sure the home would provide a safe, loving environment for one of our dogs. A form is provided to you prior to each visit, so you know exactly what to look for and ask.
  • Adoption Coordinator:
    We have a need for volunteers to help screen applications. This role requires conducting a phone interview, doing a vet check, finding a volunteer to do the home visit, maintaining contact with foster moms and adopter about adoption progress, and finalizing adoptions. Generally, you would manage the adoption approval process from start to finish.
  • Foster Home Coordinator:
    We need helping finding New England foster homes for our southern dogs who are coming north. You would use our existing database to place dogs, and also work to approve new foster homes.
  • Driver:
    Occasionally we need people to help our dogs get from one location to another. A valid driver's
    license, car, a crate (depending on the dog), and a desire to help are all you need!

If you are interested in doing home visits, adoption coordination, foster home coordination, or transporting dogs, kindly complete and submit the volunteer application


Yes! All donations go directly to the dogs and every little bit helps (and your donation is tax deductible). Your financial donation will help us to rescue and vet dogs in need. You can paypal a donation to by clicking the paypal button on our main page, or by mailing a check to our post office box: Great Dog Rescue NE, 9 Bartlet Street #316, Andover, MA 01810.




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