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                       Your Adoption Story
 Schnapps, now Sugar Bear                   

                   A Note from Sugar Bear

  Do you have a story and photo you would like to share about your  adopted pup or dog?  We're looking for some laughs, maybe some tears, how they have changed your life, how they have touched your heart.  We will post your photo on our home page and story to the Your Adoption Story page to share with all of our visitors.  Maybe, just maybe, you'll inspire someone to share their life with a homeless dog. Please send a photo and your story to: OhioPuppyRescue@aol.com  


 Your Donations Help Support Our Community Projects

2013 was a year of great success and impact on the community through Ohio Puppy Rescue and Central Ohio Dog Rescue League efforts.   

*****Ohio Puppy Rescue Spay/Neuter Fund continues to focus primarily on our partnership with Pikes Friends, Pike Co. Humane Association, Shawnee Animal Hospital to provide free spay and neutering.  Our efforts have a "no questions asked" service to Pike and Scioto Counties for those who wish to have their dog altered.  The word has spread to several residents of these Counties who joined the efforts to stop unwanted dogs in their Counties.  In 2014, we will begin partnerships in Franklin County to provide free alters to pit bulls and black dogs, two of the types of the dogs euthanized at local shelters.

 *****We  request a "Pay It Forward" commitment from all who adopt a mill survivor.  This means that each person in the family promises to learn about puppy mills and tells at least one person about what they learned.

 *****We began a close relationship with Central Ohio Dog Rescue League and adopted the group as our sister organization under a DBA.  In 2013, we began joining talents and experiences to work with local organizations who focus on shutting down breeders who don't provide humane conditions and medical treatment to companion animals.   We also focused attention on rescuing pets no longer wanted by their families and dumped off at local shelters.

In order to continue our efforts in supporting our community, the rescue community, and the pet over population, additional funding is required. We need continuous and generous donations in order to sustain our life-changing work into 2014 and future years.  Please consider a donation to enable our work to continue.  Donations can be made by adopting one of our wonderful rescues, donate through your Community Giving programs at your workplace or directly by sending a monetary gift through
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Kurt and Melissa

Puppy mill rescue, Kurt, and his Mom,  Melissa McCrady,
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Puppy mill rescue, King Louie, and his Mom,  

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OPR Mission Statement

The mission of OPR is:

  • The rescue, care and adoption of unwanted and homeless dogs. 
  • Continued education of the general public on the importance of
    • Spaying/neutering
    • Positive training methods
    • Exercise and appropriate medical treatment with humane care
    • The understanding of puppy mills 
  • To work hand and hand with other ethical rescue groups promoting good working relationships to save more lives so that we can continue our passion that enables small miracles for the dogs and the people who love them.

Our purpose is to rescue homeless dogs, owner surrender, and Puppy Mill survivors/Breeder releases to be adopted to properly matched families through a multi-step adoption process including dog training and education of the families to ensure permanent placement.

Our History:
  •  OhioPuppy Rescue (OPR) was established in February, 2008.  We obtained our 501(c)(3) status in April, 2010.  In 2013 we began our partnership with Central Ohio Dog Rescue League, combining our talents and knowledge of rescue in support of local agency efforts.  Our primary focus is the rescue and fostering of puppies, pregnant females, mother's with new litters and motherless litters that have been turned into shelters or found on the streets and puppy mill survivors. Our belief is that a dog who has proper training along with an adoptive family's education of proper care creates the foundation for permanent placement.
    • 2008 Adoptions:    45
    • 2009 Adoptions:  113
    • 2010 Adoptions:  116
    • 2011 Adoptions:  158 
    • 2012 Adoptions:    60
    • 2013 Adoptions:    26 (OPR)  Please go to codrl.org for their 2013 Happy Tails    

2013 Accomplishments

  • A total of 518 wonderful puppies and dogs to wonderful forever homes.  With those 518 adoptions, there are a minimum of 518people out there educating others on the need to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue.
  • We continued the Ohio Puppy Rescue Spay/Neuter Fund partnership with Pikes Friends, Pike Co. Humane Association, and Shawnee Animal Hospital  to provide free spay and neutering.  Our "no questions asked" service has been highly successful for those who wish to have their dog altered.
  • We were hit hard with a bout of Distemper, Parvovirus, and parasites which caused us to lose a total seven precious lives.  Other than distemper, these events do happen in rescue and cause astronomical medical bills, which is why we ended the year in the red.  These events did not shut us down, but caused us to take a year to focus more on community giving and allow our sister organization to focus on shelter and mill rescues.
  • We obtained a "Pay It Forward" commitment to all who adopt a mill survivor so that all members of the family learn more about puppy mills and tell at least one more person.  The hope is that the one person will then tell another.
  • We committed to never pay for a mill release but rather support local humane organizations in shutting mills down.
  • Central Ohio Dog Rescue League (CODRL) became a dba of Ohio Puppy Rescue.

What still needs to be accomplished?

  • Continue educating the public why spaying and neutering is essential in saving the lives of 3 to 4 million pets per year from being euthanized each year.
  • Have Ohio become one of the "puppy-free pet store" states. 
  • Continue and grow our relationship with shelters to rescue dogs in their care and decrease the number of pets euthanized.
  • Continue to work with local agencies to assist with their efforts to shut down breeders who mistreat companion animals and provide foster homes for the survivors.
  • Find a cure for parvovirus and distemper.
  • End the use of gas chambers for euthanizing pets in shelters
  • Continue to pressure state officials to enforce laws protecting animals in mills and shelters.

OPR Charity Status:  501(c)(3) non profit Animal Rescue organization
CODRL is a legal DBA of OPR
Organizations are headquartered in Westerville & Hilliard, Ohio
Foster homes are located all over Central Ohio

Financial:  2013 Net Income -$909.24

President: Bonnie H.
Treasurer: Donna C.
Board of Directors: Amy B., Anne S., Hilary T., Cindy S.
Volunteers:  39 OPR & CODRL volunteers
Foster Homes: 20+





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Featured Pet

Ohio Puppy Rescue's Approved Shelter Award
OPR Canine Aware
Ohio Puppy Rescue's Dog Rescue and Relief Award 

OPR Recommended Training Facility is:
Ohio Canine Center
Adam Abbot and Stephen Sharrock are graduates of National K9 School for dog trainers. They have years of experience working with all different breeds of dogs as well as managing the daycare grooming facilities. They are certified to train in the following areas: Basic Obedience; Advanced Obedience; Behavior Modification; Utility; Breed Identification; Puppy Development; Tracking; Scent Detection; Personal Protection; Police K-9; Soft Mouth Retrieval; and Assistance Dog Training. 

Tessa and Steve

Steve and Tess, an OPR Rescue

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