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We are a foster-based dog rescue located in Midlothian, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond. We consist of dedicated animal lovers who open our homes to foster those that have been left behind. We pull our dogs from municipal animal shelters where they would otherwise not stand a chance. We specialize in pregnant and nursing mothers, orphans, and neonates who are especially vulnerable in shelters. As a result, we often have lots of adorable puppies for adoption. We also love rescuing adult dogs, too! All of our dogs are fostered in a home environment, many times with other dogs and children. We try to teach them all what it is like to be loved, to learn good doggie manners, and to become well-socialized canine members of the community. Our goal is to rescue homeless dogs that are at risk of euthanasia due to overcrowding in shelters and not only give them a chance at life, but to give them a chance at the best life.

Saving shelter dogs one puppy at a time

A non-profit dog rescue located in Midlothian, VA

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Every dog deserves their best life!

What Our Fosters Say

"The people at SR just felt like family the very first time I met them. The way they treat each other and the way they treat all the dogs in their care is second to none. I’m so proud to be a part of Sanctuary Rescue."
"I always thought it would be too hard to give up my foster when they were adopted. A friend challenged me to look at it in a different way: "When a foster finds a forever home, a spot in MY home opens up to help save another shelter dog." It worked! I am usually sad to see them go, but that pales in comparison to the happiness that comes with knowing the dog gets a wonderful forever home!"

To join our wonderful team of fosters, view the foster tab!

"Foster pups make great temporary house guests! It's a fun project the whole family can participate in and there aren't many things better than puppy snuggles. SR is the most supportive rescue I've ever fostered with!"

What Our Adoptive Families Say

"We are so grateful for SR and everyone who saved and helped this guy thrive before he became ours! He was the perfect addition to our little family. I still get choked up thinking about what his fate may have been if it weren't for Sanctuary Rescue!"
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"Princess Fern is literally THE BEST dog ever. She's wicked smart and the kindest, sweetest pup. We're so grateful that she's part of our family. Thank you Sanctuary Rescue for saving her and giving her love and healing." 
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"Roxanne celebrated her first birthday yesterday! We are so lucky to have this wild girl in our lives and are thankful to everyone at Sanctuary Rescue who took care of her until we found her."
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