Downeast Dog News

Rescue of the Month: Almost Home Rescue of New England

Helping Dogs Find their Forever Homes
By Susan Spisak | Jan 04, 2021

When I called Adele Jones, President of Almost Home Rescue of New England (AHR), she was at her desk, working on “dog stuff.” This busy lady runs AHR’s day-to-day operations, training classes, and deals with import issues. More importantly, she puts out fires and makes sure her valuable volunteers are happy.

Since their inception in 2005, the 501(c) (3) nonprofit that serves Maine and New Hampshire, has not only given hope to at-risk southern shelter dogs but area owner surrenders, too. They also aid local shelters as needed, fostering dogs who aren’t thriving in a kennel environment. “We get asked quite often too,” she said.

The pandemic has made things bleak for their southern shelter partners, “Of course they didn’t slow down.” Many ran out of room and dogs didn’t make it. Once protocols loosened up, “We were happy to get going,” said Jones of restarting southern pulls. And the pandemic’s limitations compelled many people to adopt a new canine from them, “We couldn’t get them up here fast enough.”

Because of the health crisis, they’re operating with additional procedures put forth by authorities. One guideline requires that they must monitor COVID-19 trends and can’t accept dogs from states with elevated cases. And AHR’s Maine-destined transports must stop at Jones’ property for handoff as her address is their state licensing location. Fosters’ cars line her street awaiting their crated dogs – they’re loaded by masked and gloved workers.

AHR does not accept general applications, nor do they have a wait list. “We want to know what dogs they want…So we’re not wasting everyone’s time.” The plus? Adoption fees may be prepaid and AHR can list the dog as “adoption pending” before the canine even arrives – avoiding duplication of efforts and applications.

Fundraising has been hampered – but they’re grateful to the private citizens, corporations, and past adopters who have gifted them with donations. Their 9th Annual Party for the Pups! is going to be virtual and will showcase a silent auction. Please check out their social pages and bid away for terrific items - and you’ll be helping their dogs. (

AHR checks vet references, verifies landlord approval and references if applicable, and performs home visits (now virtually). Their policy is to rescue for life, and if the dog cannot stay with the adoptive family, they must be returned to AHR. Jones does have a concern regarding recent adoptions, “We’re hoping we do not have an influx of [returned] dogs when people go back to their ‘normal’ work schedule.”

The all-volunteer AHR is a Maine and New Hampshire Licensed and Permitted Dog Importer and follows all mandated guidelines. For information on fostering, volunteering, and to see all their adoptables, visit Donations are welcomed and necessary as they often bring in dogs with special medical needs. Mail to AHR, PO Box 9421 #377, South Portland, ME, 04116-9421 or donate online at