… is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 charity and dog rescue group founded in August of 2015. We rescue dogs of all breed and all ages. Our organization is located in Woodstock, Georgia and we adopt our dogs to pre-approved homes in all areas.
Our Mission is
… to save responsibly as many dogs as we can from high kill shelters and to find them forever homes.
… to educate the public about animals in high kill shelters throughout Georgia and the responsibilities involved with pet ownership, such as spay/neuter, heartworm and flea prevention, and vaccines.
Contact us today at (678) 250-DOGS (3647).
Puppy Mill Horrors! We Need Your Help!
We had an extremely exhausting, exasperating and emotional roller-coaster of a weekend March 2nd/3rd. You may have heard the news of the hoarder/puppy mill situation in South Georgia that resulted in more than 700 small breed puppy mill dogs being released and moved to rescue groups throughout the region. We are one of those rescue groups.
We accepted 15 neglected, emaciated, matted, precious souls into our program! We were told these dogs were in a warehouse, living in crates their whole lives – crates upon crates, stacked on top of each other, from floor to ceiling, with several dogs in one crate. When they arrived, they reeked of filth — feces and urine and mildew and bacteria trapped inside thick mats of fur… some as large as tennis balls. Their skin and feet are urine scalded. They all have dental disease. They are all emaciated. We did an initial bath, groom, and de-flea as we started their intake process…It will take much more work to get several of them completely mat free. We expect their medical costs will be extensive.
As you likely know, we just rescued 12 death row puppies, so our resources are beyond stretched. The last thing we needed to do was to accept high medical needs dogs into our program. But when we heard of the horrors these dogs experienced – for so many years – every single day of their lives, we had to help.
These precious souls deserve the very best, and we are committed to ensuring they wind up with dream homes and happy futures.
As we have worked through the intake process with each one, evaluating and bathing them – and then creating space for them in our kennel, we’ve moved through a mix of emotions – from disgust to sadness to sorrow to anger… and then, eventually to a little bit of happiness as we could clearly see and feel their relief at being in a quiet place probably for the first time ever, being clean for possibly the first time ever, feeling terrified yet, somehow knowing they were in a better place. Seeing their tails wag and receiving their sweet thank-you kisses… there definitely were tears on our part. We’ll be christening them with names, having them vet checked and working to gain their trust.
We’ll be posting updates on their progress and introducing them to you individually soon.
We need your support to continue to help them. Their dental and other medical issues will be very costly to treat.
Donations are needed to assist with veterinary care and the overall wellness of the dogs. We’ll need fosters soon, too.
Mail a check: Refuge Rescue, Inc P.O. Box 1923 Woodstock, GA 30188
Are you looking to adopt a dog? We have a variety of dogs that are ready for their forever home.
We originally had an adoption event scheduled for March 10th, but are short-handed due to the care level needed for the 15 dogs that we rescued from the puppy mill this week. If you would like to meet one of our dogs, please let us know and we will set up an appointment to introduce him/her to you at our kennel. Thank you!
Visit us on March 24th from 11 am until 3 pm at our adoption event at PetSmart at 142 Woodstock Square Ave in Woodstock, Georgia 30189.
Want to be more active in the New Year?
Join us on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Kennesaw Mountain Trails.
We will bring a group of our Refuge Rescue dogs and puppies. You bring some comfortable shoes and your favorite friends/family members.
The starting place will be in the Overflow Parking Lot (off Old Hwy. 41, just West of Stilesboro Rd.) See you there!
Join us on Facebook to read the latest announcement about the start time.
Featured Dog Leela
Leela is a 4-year-old active dog who has been with Refuge Rescue for several months. She currently lives at our kennel facility but would love to have her own home. She loves to be around people and with a proper introduction, she gets along with dogs.
Leela loves nothing more than to go on walks and lean up against you for attention and stomach rubs. Please consider adopting Leela. And if you don’t have the space open, maybe you can foster her temporarily until her forever family finds her. Click here to learn more about Leela.