Save A Mutt Kennel

Mission Statement


    To obtain dogs & cats from shelters and pounds with high euthanasia rates. We will advocate for that animal in hopes of finding them a new forever home. We will provide the ground work for the pet such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, vet care and basic training.


    The dog above is Bear. He is a pit bull who was in the center of an abuse case in NC. He was found at an abandoned home along with another dog. They were both tied with log chains and were in horrible shape. Bear had his jaw literally torn off.  His injury required some major work to repair. The other dog had a broken leg and some other serious injuries. They AC officer that was dispatched to the location was ordered to put them down due to their extent of their injuries. On further investigation the site appeared to have been used for dog fighting and the county agreed to try to prosecute the person responsible but he had ran across state lines to avoid being caught. 


     The shelter released the dogs to us since we were out of state. At that time the county automatically put pits or any pit mixes down due to their county pit bull ordinance. So, Bear was the beginning of something good when the shelter relaxed their anti pit bull way of thinking. Bear was probably the first pit bull in years that was inside the shelter walls and actually got to leave alive. Today the shelter is a totally different place. They will allow pits to even be placed in their shelter adoption program if they pass temperament tests. If they have a flaw that requires training that is not a certain death sentence. They will call a rescue for help and they can be released that way.


     Bear is not the same dog that came to me all mangled and broken in 2011. He is a very loved forever resident of Save A Mutt. He spends his days being spoiled and he returns the favor with unlimited kisses and tail wags. He adores the puppies that end up here and he can often be found entertaining the babies. His fondness earned him the name "Nanny Bear"! He has NEVER met a person he did not love. If any dog had a valid reason to hate humans it would be Bear. However, in true pit bull fashion he is forgiving! 


     We have many dogs like Bear that have been abused, neglected and forgotten. We are committed to taking care of them for life. We don't just take the easy ones, the dogs that we do get adopted help us provide care for the many animals that are permanent residents.

We are not a non profit 501(C), but just a rescue kennel that is funded out of our own pockets. We are geared toward helping the needier animal. 

A Little About Us

    We help animals no matter the location, but the majority of our animals come from kill shelters in the southern states. Some states that we save dogs from actually still use the primitive methods of euthanasia called the "Gas Chamber “You can click on the link to watch a video that will explain more about the "gas chamber". You can read about the other method called "heart stick". It is not pleasant either.


     The sad fact is that many people are clueless that so many animals lose their life this way. Our southern kill shelters have astronomical euthanasia rates. 


     Our animals are fostered in VA and NC. We don't have a physical shelter. Once they are adopted to individual northern homes, we transport them to one of our many locations in the North East. All our animals will have a home secured with their own individual adopter before they ever leave our location! We can provide access to low cost transport for our adopted animals. 


    We quarantine our animals in a foster home for a period of 2 weeks before they are shipped. This allows us to monitor the pet, and make sure that it is 100% healthy before it is shipped. No more than 48 hrs before an animal is transported to it's new adopted home; it will be checked by a licensed vet and issued a health certificate. All adopted animals will be current on age appropriate vaccinations, de-worming and age appropriate tests. All pets will be micro-chipped. We make sure that all pets 6 months and over are altered before they leave our care. We can suggest low cost spay neuter options for the pets who are adopted under 6 months of age. It is the responsibility of the adopter to ensure that their pet is altered by 6 months of age in the event they adopt a puppy.



Notice: We reserve the right to back out of an adoption AT ANY POINT that we feel we have just cause to take such action. In the event that WE DECIDE that we don't want to follow through with the adoption we will refund the fees in full to the person in question

What if I saw one of Save A Mutt Kennel's dogs listed on another rescue's website or Adopt A Pet Page as a COURTESY LISTING etc... and it is not listed on this website?

Just because the dog is not listed on this web site does not mean it is not available. It simply means our volunteer that is in charge of that particular dog(s)may not have gotten around to listing it on our main website yet. Please follow the directions in the original listing for contact info and the steps to take to adopt one of our pets! 

What is a "Courtesy Listing"?

It is the act of posting/listing/advertising an animal that does not belong to your rescue as a favor to another rescue! After all if you are in rescue for the RIGHT reasons you are in it to help ALL animals, not just the ones that belong to your group!