Refuge Rescue

… is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 charity and dog rescue group founded in August of 2015. We rescue dogs of all breeds and all ages. Our organization is located in Woodstock, Georgia and we adopt our dogs to pre-approved homes within a 50 mile radius of our rescue.

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).



Find your perfect companion at Refuge Rescue! Take your best friend home today!


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Whether working an adoption event or assisting in animal care, your help allows us to continue to rescue! Learn more where you can lend a hand.

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, urine, mildew and bacteria trapped inside thick mats of fur… some as large as tennis balls. Their skin and feet were urine scalded. They all have dental disease. They were 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

Ways to donate: (**Be sure to indicate that it’s for *Puppy Mill Rescues*!)
Credit card – click here.
Directly via PayPal – click here

Mail a check: Refuge Rescue, Inc P.O. Box 1923 Woodstock, GA 30188 

Adoption Events:

Are you looking to adopt a dog? We have a variety of dogs that are ready for their forever home. 

Come join the fun at the Ultimate Air Dog Show on Saturday, June 8, 2019 between 10 am and 2 pm at Carriage Kia of Woodstock, 630 Olde Rope Mill Rd, Woodstock. 

You will meet some of our available dogs at Carriage Kia Woodstock. The radio station 104.7 The Fish will be broadcasting live. This will be a great event for the entire family.

 Visit us on June __th from 11 am until 3 pm at our adoption event at PetSmart at 142 Woodstock Square Ave in Woodstock, Georgia 30189. 


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. 

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