About Us

Good Dog Rescue is an all-breed rescue group headquartered in the South. Our group is comprised of volunteers all over the Southeast who love dogs and want to help those that end up homeless through no fault of their own. Loyal and loving dogs turn up every day in 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 Good 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 very 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.

What We Do

Good Dog is dedicated to animal rescue. Our primary goal is helping homeless and abandoned dogs.

South to North Connection

Every month, dozens of our Southern Good Dogs ride the transport north to their new forever and foster homes. The USDA-licensed transport drives up every week to meet new forever and foster families at various locations along the Tennessee-New England route. Our Southern adoptions are long-distance and the dogs are taken directly home from the transport .

We facilitate long-distance adoptions by the transfer of pictures and information about the dog, and we arrange to have the adopter speak to the dog's foster parents. When a dog is in a New England foster home, we are more than happy to arrange a pre-adoption meeting!


Prior to adoption, all our Good Dogs receive complete vetting, including spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccines (rabies, bordetella, distemper combo), fecal exam, testing for heartworms and tick-related diseases (and treatment if indicated) and prescribed monthly heartworm and flea/tick prevention.

What We Do

Good Dog is dedicated to animal rescue. In addition to our primary goal of helping homeless and abandoned dogs, we

1. donate money to low-cost spay/neuter clinics in the south to help solve the problem of pet overpopulation;
2. engage in community outreach activities with local schools to help educate children and young adults about animal rescue and responsible pet ownership;
3. team with non-profit organizations that train rescued dogs to assist disabled people. Several of our Good Dogs have become certified service dogs, helping disabled people lead more independent lives.

We are proud of the work we do with our good dogs and in our local communities.

Adopting a Friend

The process to adopt a Good Dog includes:
1. adoption application
2. phone interview with the adoption coordinator
3. phone interview with the foster mom
4. home visit
5. veterinary reference and personal references
6. adoption contract
7. adoption fee*
*adoption fees vary and can be found on each dog's adoption application at the end of the profile.


  • We love Sundance! What a loving sweet little angel. We're already snuggling up together on the couch, taking some little runs in the back field, got a new chew toy. We love him sooooo much. Thank you for helping to make this wonderful new chapter in our lives possible.

    -- Charley Cordle / South Westerlo NY
  • We adopted Spencer from GoodDogRescue in 2006. I remember how well coordinated everything was, and chating with the foster mom, answering my many questions. Spencer is probably nearly 11 years old now. We thank you each and every day for bringing Spencer into our lives. God Bless all the angel volunteers that have been going strong all theses years! Love!

    -- Khandan Baradaran / Weston MA
  • The most adorable puppy in the world arrived Today! Toby is gorgeous! He arrived very happy and wanting to play. We are just crazy about him. My boys are on Cloud Nine! He is so smart and well behaved! Thank you!

    -- Stacy Meisner / Deep River CT
  • Shadow has settled in really well. He loves to cuddle after he runs around with his toys. We are so happy to have him in our family! Thank you, GDR, for all you do to find the right homes for the dogs that come your way.

    -- Becky Freiberg / S Glastonbury CT

Our Adopters

Max is great!

Max is great! He's adjusting very well to his new home. He follows our other dog, Bryce, around everywhere and they have become inseparable. Thank you so much! Kaitlyn Williams / Northbridge MA

I adopted Dexter...

I adopted Dexter in 2013. He is such a sweet, smart and goofy dog and I'm so grateful to GDR for bringing us together! Here he is on his 3rd birthday. He's the king every day, but he doesn't always wear a crown. Cori Ware / Troy NY.

Toby is gorgeous!

The most adorable puppy in the world arrived today! Toby is gorgeous! He arrived very happy and wanting to play. We are just crazy about him. My boys are on Cloud Nine! Thank you! Stacy Meisner / Deep River CT.

Visit us on Facebook

Facebook is a great source of references from our adopters. Visit our FaceBook page to see thousands of photos and updates from our adopters over the years. This is what the Good Dog Rescue experience is all about.