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Dogs for Adoption

(Please read all on this page as you scroll down to view our adoptable dogs…)

HVARS Dog Adoption Fees:

Cash: $350 Credit: $350 plus processing fees –

The adoption fee includes all of the following services

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Vaccines
  • Heart worm test for dogs over 6 months
  • Micro chip
  • Worming
  • Frontline.

HVARS Adoption Application:

ALL those interested in adopting from HVARS must complete and submit an adoption application; all applications MUST be approved. After your application has been processed and approved an appointment is made for you to meet the animals that may be a great match for your family.

(Please find HVARS Adoption Application & Agreement under the Adoptions tab at the top of our website)

When applying for a dog, please keep in mind that we accept many applications and applying for a specific dog does NOT mean you are guaranteed to get that dog; If the dog you initially were interested in is no longer available, HVARS will help find a pet that best matches your family!

How to Find HVARS Adoptable Dogs:

Though we do our best, we are not always able to keep our webpage up-to-the-minute with newly arriving puppies; But if you are looking for a puppy or an adult dog of any age – the best thing to do is to:

  1. Check out our adoptable animals on our Website (see Below)
  2. Check our face book page often (Facebook/Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary)
  3. You can visit us and our available adoptable animals at Petco in Poughkeespie (1933 South Road /Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601)-  (845) 298-4380 – on most Saturdays from 11am til 4pm. (Please call HVARS or Petco Poughkeepsie in advance to confirm.)
  4. Visit Adopt-a-Pet and Petfinder websites.
  • On (Click on this link or)… go to, and locate the “find a pet to adopt” tab, use HVARS zip code 12603 to search, or under the “Shelters & Rescues” tab type in Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary to search and select HVARS from the list of organizations.)
  • On (Click on this link or)… go to and click on “find a pet” and select “find a shelter/rescue”; type in Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and search.

You can also call us at 845-392-4849, and remember to leave a message if we are unable to answer.



Sunday & Puxy 3 1/2 month old boxer mixes. (one boy & one girl)

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Our sweet Southern Belle from South Carolina!
Meet SANDY. She’s a two-four year old, 50-lb. Pitbull mix who has been through the ringer. When she was brought in to a shelter down South, Sandy weighed just 18 lbs. and suffered from mange,* secondary infections and a URI.
But, just look at her now…all fifty, compact, short, stocky pounds of her! She is great with male dogs and possibly cats (though not 100% tested just yet). Sandy is heart worm negative, spayed, UTD on vaccinations and micro-chipped. It seems that life in the North has served her well.
Despite being failed by people in the past, Sandy LOVES people. She is super affectionate and somewhere along the way, put herself in the category of ‘lap dog’ but when you look at that face, how can you not agree that Sandy should be able to be whatever Sandy wants to be…including to be with a furever family!
While Sandy may steal your lap and steal your covers, she’ll also steal your heart. She has stolen every heart at HVARS, so we know what we’re talking about.
Fill out an application at Just in time for Thanksgiving and something to be extra thankful for this year!
*Sandy’s demodex mange, while treatable, is often a death sentence for shelter dogs because rarely does, or can, anyone devote the time it takes to treat it. We’re so glad we took that time. Sandy is now the picture of perfect health!dsc_0035 dsc_0047 dsc_0050 dsc_0066 dsc_0069 dsc_0071


**Meet TEDDY! At 11+ yrs old this guy is our oldest and also our smallest senior currently available. We believe he is some type of Chow (maybe Shar Pei) mix. Teddy is dog-friendly, enjoys chasing cats and spends most of his day sleeping on his dog bed, only waking to eat breakfast and dinner. If you are searching for a dog with the personality that’s more like that of a cat, this is the guy for you. Given Teddy’s hearing issues, he is no watchdog but he’ll provide many hours for you to sit back and watch HIM!

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**Meet (Kyle) COGNAC! Some may argue that this guy is actually not a senior because well…he has the energy and attitude of the young and confident little piggy that he is…we mean Staffie! This guy loves his toys, loves to go for long walks and loves to have all the attention to himself. He may be a little full of himself but look at him, you would be too if you were as handsome as he is! Cognac is dog selective-mostly with male dogs which is typical because he was not neutered until later in life. With the right dogs though, he could be fine with most dogs. A home without young children would be best because as we said, he isn’t quite “senior” acting. If you are looking for an adorable, short, stout little “pig dog,” look no further…we’ve got him right here, just waiting for you!

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**Meet PENNY LANE! The first thing you see when you look at this girl is that she is tired, she is worn and sadly, she has been used for one too many years. Penny has been bred more times than you can, or should be able to, imagine. We rescued her with ears that are ripped, legs that are scarred, nipples that hang so low they sway and, course, yet another littler of puppies. But, let’s talk about some goodness in this sweet lady. This lovely dog has the best and most optimistic personality given all that she has been through. She is dog-friendly, but no cats – she is a hound with all the characteristics a hound dog possesses. We estimate that she is 6-7 years old. Penny Lane has been a mama far too many times. It’s time for her to be the baby and get the pampering she deserves!

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**Meet HARRY! This big guy is actually our youngest senior at about 6 years old. Some might say he’s not quite a senior but he is one of our longest residents here at the rescue and sadly, even though he’s been with us for an extended period of time, Harry continues to be overlooked. Harry is one big, handsome guy who is dog and cat-friendly. He would do best in a home that is quiet and with some very patient parents who can earn his trust. He warms up over time and has shown us that whover gives him the most treats is to who he’s attached at the hip! Harry is in need of that special home with people where he can thrive just as he has done with some of the employees and volunteers here. Won’t you consider being that that special home and those special people for Harry?

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**Meet JADA! Can you say BEAUTIFUL! This girl has one of the prettiest coats that fits right in with her sweet personality. Jada is a 10 yr old Pittie mix. She is dog-selective (mostly with females) and cat-friendly. She can be a little anxious but we can’t blame her> Prior to landing on a soft bed here at our rescue, she was sitting in a shelter for more than 6 months! Where she called home before that is anyone’s guess. But let’s not guess any longer – make your home Jada’s home!

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Chase is a 1 1/2yr old mastiff/pit mix that is a total love. He is very dog friendly, is as goofy as he is strong and loves everyone he meets – and especially loves everyone’s lap! Chase is currently available and waiting for his forever family to come along.

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*****************************************************************************************************************Meet Mister!

This big boy has some story…at only 10 months old he found himself fighting for his life. He was in a life or death situation with very few options. Misters story starts back in June when he was running the streets of Newburgh, NY, he was not being watched by his owners and off a leash he was struck by a car. Running him over, giving him scratches and bruises all over his body, if that wasn’t enough he also has a completely shattered back leg. He was taken into an animal hospital to be euthanized and once there some of the staff realized he had a chance to live and asked the owners to surrender him. They searched high and low for rescues to take him in but his wounds and breaks were far worse than anyone expected and after a rescue committed to him and then backed out last minute we were contacted. Many of you don’t know this but we pay for about 3 orthopedic surgeries a month. We have to have special doctors come in to perform the surgeries and they cost a lot more money. So to us, this was just another dog with a bad leg who needed help. We gladly took him in and got him right to the vet’s office. We had 2 options- 1) take his leg off or 2) save it because it was still savable and he had feeling in it. We chose the more costly but also the better quality of life for him in the long run. The next day he was admitted for surgery, he came out with a plate, a pin, 7 screws and wire holding his leg together. He had to have a FHO (femoral head osteotomy) and he also got neutered. Poor guy was in rough shape but seeing him start to use his leg only 3 days after surgery showed that we made the right decision. It was a battle to keep him quiet for so long, at times we were worried it wasn’t healing properly but now 3 months later, he is healed, he runs and plays like a normal dog. He has a “full of himself” personality and he LOVES attention. He is an awesome dog who is dog/cat friendly. You would never know that only a few months prior he was in such bad shape, he does walk with a limp but his leg does not bother him at all. He is FINALLY ready to find a forever family to love him as much as we do. Mister is house broken, crate trained and great on or off a leash. He would do best in a home with older children as he thinks he’s a 70 LB lap dog. What is he? We have not a clue but he has the legs of a basset, the colors of a St Bernard, head of a Great Dane and body of a Pit!! He is a MUTT of all sorts, but a very cute one at that. Whoever gets lucky enough to adopt this boy will be more than happy with the choice they made! If you are interested in donating towards Misters and other dogs vet bills, you can send a donation through PayPal on our website, it would be greatly appreciated, this month is coming to an end and we dealt with 3 going on 4 orthopedic surgeries. It gets very costly and we do not look for these cases, they just happen to fall into our rescue time and time again.


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*****************************************************************************************************************Frank- This very big handsome guy is some type of pointer mix. He is very sweet, good with some other dogs and starting to learn manners. He and his brother (Neil) grew up in a shelter from the time they were 3 months old. At 1yr old, they have been broken free and are learning the dog life outside the kennel. They need someone with patients, time and a lot of love.

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