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Why does DDR rescue from the south?

There is an overpopulation of dogs in the South. Many owners do not spay or neuter their pets which encourages this epidemic. Most dogs are found as strays or they are surrendered by their owners. It is not uncommon to find dogs running along the highway, tethered to a tree with a 2-3 foot lead, in a crate outdoors for it’s entire life, or left inside a home or outdoors after the family has moved to a new home etc.

Why do people surrender their pets?

We hear different stories all the time. The most common reasons are: Job loss, divorce, loss of interest in the dog, too expensive, the dog barks, their child isn’t interested any longer etc.

Why are there so many dogs in kill shelters in the south?

Hundreds of dogs are placed into shelters on a weekly basis. Shelters become overcrowded, so they are forced to euthanize. The number of days a dog has to live in any given shelter depends on the number of spaces available. It could be days, it could be weeks.

How do I know if I am adopting a healthy dog?

All dogs receive a full examination. The veterinarian performs the following: Rabies, DHLPP and Bordetella vaccinations, fecal exam/deworming, heartworm test, and spayed or neuter the dog. If for any reason the dog requires extra medical attention, the dog is treated. You will receive the vet records when you pick up your dog. When we adopt a dog to any family, the dog is healthy to the best of our knowledge.

I just adopted my dog and he or she is coughing?

Although all dogs receive the Bordatella vaccination, it does not cover all strains. Think of it like the Flu vaccination for humans. Many cases will go away on it’s own, others require antibiotics. You can also get an over-the-counter cough medicine but you will need to run this by your Veterinarian first. Not all cough meds are good for dogs.

I just adopted my dog and he or she has worms?

Unfortunately this does happen. We do deworm our dogs, often more than once. Please be sure to pick the stools up immediately from your yard and bring a stool sample to your vet so he/she can get another dose of dewormer.

Where can I download an adoption application?

Download DDR Adoption Application

How long does it take for my application to get approved?

It can take a few days to a week to sift through the applications. Some dogs receive more inquiries than others. Try to be patient as we do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. We are an all-volunteer organizations and most of us work full-time jobs.

How to the dogs come up north?

We use several reputable transportation companies. These transportation companies are approved by the Department of Agriculture. Prior to travel, each dog is required to have a health certificate certifying that the dog is in good health with no transmissible diseases.

How can I become a DDR volunteer?

There are several things you can do to help DDR. We need people to perform home visits, transport the dog(s), fundraising, screening application etc. Download the volunteer application and email it back to Don’t forget to put “volunteer application” in the subject line.

Are shelters humane about euthanizing the dogs?

More and more shelters are euthanizing by needle. Unfortunately, there are still gas chambers out there who use this barbaric method to euthanize dogs. It’s a painful and suffering death for the dogs. Shelters who still use the gas chamber are: Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana – Dogs only live for four days before meeting their fate. There are people who work at some facilities in the south who thrive on putting the dogs to sleep or abusing them. It’s disgusting and immoral!

Why does it cost so much to adopt a dog?

Every dog is required to be quarantine for a minimum of 14 days (Puppies 30 days) prior to heading up north. This is to ensure they don’t come down with anything they may have picked up at the shelter. Therefore we pay a local boarding facility to take care of our new orphan. All our dogs are thoroughly vetted. If he or she requires additional medical attention, we will treat the dog despite the cost. We use transportation companies (not affiliated to DDR), to transport all dogs. The cost is usually $150-$185.

What should I do if my dog gets loose?

First off, you should have your own ID tag on your dog. Please call us immediately in case we receive a call. Plus, we have resources to recommend. Call all your local town Veterinarians, Police Departments, and Animal Control Officers. Have laminated posters made to post around town.

How much do volunteers get paid?

Zero! We don’t get paid a thing. In fact, often we put in our own money to help vet the dogs. We do this because we want to help those little heartbeats who cannot help themselves.

Does DDR profit from adoption fees?

No. We do not take money for personal gain.

When is Last Chance Highway going to air again?

To the best of our knowledge, the show is not being renewed.

How can I contact Shelly from Last Chance Highway?

Shelly started her own rescue called, Southern Jewel Dog Rescue. You can finder her at

How do I introduce a dog to our cat?

Metro Animal has helpful tips. Click here to go to their website.

Can you recommend pet insurance?

Yes. VPI Pet Insurance. Make sure you add the cancer rider. It doesn’t cost a lot to add this option.

What do you recommend for training tips?

Double Dog Rescue highly recommends John Gagnon’s.  They teach dogs through behavioral management and positive reinforcement.  John Gagnon’s is located in Cholchester, CT and they can be reached at  If Cholchester is not near you, you can search for a list of certified trainers in your area on both &

What should I do if my dog has been vomiting and/or having diarrhea?

Dogs get very dehydrated when vomiting or having diarrhea. Check his or her gums. If they are white or gray, rush them to emergency. This means they are severely dehydrated and require intravenous fluids. Definitely consult your veterinarian. Give your dog a bland diet for their meals by boiling chicken/hamburg and rice. This will help bind things up.

Can I use over-the-counter meds for my dog?

Yes. Please consult your veterinarian regarding the proper dosage for your dogs weight. Many of our volunteers keep a first aid kit for their dogs. You can buy a plastic toolbox at any Target or WalMart. You can fill it with: Gauze, bandage tape, Pedialyte for dehydration, Benedryl to relieve swelling and itching, Pepto-Bismol for an upset stomach and/or vomiting, Dramamine for car sickness, Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting. Call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

What are the poisonous plants and food for dogs?

Foods Include: Grapes, Raisins, Onions, Chocolate (especially Semi-Sweet, Dark Chocolate and Bakers Chocolate), Cocoa Powder, White Garlic, and Macadamia Nuts. Plants Include: Holly, Tulips, Hyacinth, Daffodil, Lily, Azalea, Crocus, Rhododendron, Clematis, Day Lily, Foxglove, Lily of the Valley, Narcissus, and Morning Glory. Call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.