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Please know that due to the pandemic, application processing is taking longer than normal.  Home visits may take a while to schedule, depending on the availability of a volunteer willing to do the home visit.  Be patient.  We are a very small group of volunteers, and we're doing the best we can.  

*You do not need to "register" to complete anything on our website.
*Click LIST on the left side of our website to see all of our available dogs* 
**Please begin by reading "Adoption Info":

We are currently serving the Eastern Panhandle of WV and surrouding areas, provided that one of our volunteers is able to complete a home visit as part of the adoption application process.

As our volunteer base expands, we intend to extend our service area.
We are a tiny rescue, with a very small number of volunteers.  As part of the application process, we require that one of OUR volunteers completes a home visit.  If we do not have a volunteer willing to travel to do a home visit, we would not be able to move forward with the adoption application.

To submit an adoption application, please click on "Forms/Applications" on the left side of this page, then just click on "NEW" beside Adoption Application, after reading the information below:

We pull dogs from animal shelters and government-run animal control facilities.  Most dogs in shelters are often unwanted, abandoned, stray, neglected, and/or abused.  It is our job to find the perfect, loving homes for them, so they can thrive and be valued family members. 

We do not have a boarding facility or kennel.  All of our dogs are in private, personal, loving & safe foster homes.  We will move a dog for a meet/greet only after an online adoption application is submitted AND approved. 


Applicants must be 23 years of age or older.

Some dogs require a fenced-in yard.  This is non-negotiable for those dogs, for their safety.
We will not adopt any dog into a home that uses any "invisible fence" style fencing, as it does not prohibit other animals from entering your yard or from people entering your yard & stealing your dog.  The same is true about "tie-outs".  We will not adopt to households that use pinch, prong, or electronic style collars. 

Leaving a dog outdoors, unleashed and unsupervised, for any amount of time, without a physical fence is dangerous for the dog.  The same applies to "doggy doors."  If your dog can come & go as they please, the dog can be in danger while unsupervised.  


We do not typically adopt out shelter dogs to households that have intact animals.
"Intact" means that the animal has not been spayed or neutered.

Please spay/neuter your dog.  There are millions of unwanted dogs in shelters.
Here's a link:  http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

Adult dogs adopted through PawsCrossedDogRescue will normally be spayed/neutered prior to adoption.  Puppies adopted through PawsCrossedDogRescue must be spayed/neutered before the age of 9 months, at the expense of the adopters.  Certificate of spay/neuter must be provided to PawsCrossedDogRescue.

We will not adopt puppies into a household where the adult guardians are away from home for long periods of time each day.  Puppies need multiple opportunities to go outside to relieve themselves, and need human tactile stimulation.  Crating a puppy for extended periods in a day is not fair to the pup.  If there are children 8 years old and under in the household, we may require a fenced-in yard for the safety of the puppy.  Kids can open doors, and puppies can run out.  It can make for a dangerous situation.

We will not adopt any dog into a home that currently has animals that are not up-to-date on vetting and vaccinations. 


We complete background checks, vet references, personal references, a HOME VISIT, and other standard adoption application procedures.  This can take 10 days to 2 weeks (or more sometimes) to complete.  Please be patient.  Yes, a home visit is required.  There are no exceptions.  If one of our volunteers is unable to do a home visit, we will not be able to move forward with an adoption application.

We usually have multiple adoption applications being submitted for the same dog.  We do not consider applications in the order they are received.  We try to fit the right dog with the most appropriate home.  Please know that your application is one of many being considered for each dog. 

Our adoption counselors, application processors, and adoption approval committees are all volunteers.  Most of these folks have full time jobs in addition to their volunteer work at PawsCrossedDogRescue.  We appreciate your patience.

The decisions made in terms of approving / declining adoption applications are final. 
We do not provide reasons for denial of any adoption or foster application. 
Applicants agree to these terms and others via the online adoption application via electronic signature. 


We serve the Eastern Panhandle of WV and surrounding areas. 
As our volunteer & foster base grows, we expect our service area to grow, too. 



P O Box 1658 •  Hedgesville, WV 25427  •  PawsCrossedDogRescue [ at ] Yahoo.com