What if a dog I am interested in is Heartworm Positive?

Because heartworms are so prevalent in the south , we do have a number of dogs that have tested positive for heartworms in our care.  We will give you the medication to treat your dog. It is important that a dog undergoing heartworm treatment is calm and relaxed for a few weeks following treatment so we prefer for the treatment to occur in your home as opposed to being in our kennels.

What is your return policy?

LHR will take back any newly adopted pet if the adoption does not work out for any reason.  Please e-mail us to start the return process.  If you are having behavioral or medical issues with the pet, please specify the problem as we may be able to assist!

Can I get my adoption fee refunded if my new pet doesn’t work out?

In general, no. We want potential pet owners to be sure they are ready to adopt. We would rather you think about it before you adopt, rather than after. We are willing to work through any issues that arise and depending on the situation, we may be able to offer an exchange (if the pup you chose doesn’t get along with an existing pet for example) or a partial refund (for extenuating circumstances.)

I found a pet that I want to adopt but am not sure if he/she will work out in my home with my other pets. Can I do a trial adoption?

We do trial adoptions in certain situations, usually just for our adult pets. If you are interested in a trial adoption, speak with us  about your situation. You will be required to do all of the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee, but your contract will have a stipulation that entitles you to a full refund if you return the pet to us within a certain time frame.

We usually don’t do trial adoptions with puppies. Puppies will almost always get along well with the other pets in the home. We would prefer that an adopter be 100% ready and committed to that puppy before adopting. If you have concerns about raising a puppy, please talk to a counselor. You might discover that one of our older dogs will be a better fit for your lifestyle since they are usually much less work than a puppy.

What if I’m having problems with the pet I adopted from LHR and need help?

We try to set the right expectations about anything that we know about the pet before you adopt (dogs/puppies need training and possibly housebreaking, separation anxiety is possible in dogs abandoned at shelters, puppies tend to cry the first few days, dogs/puppies need regular exercise to be good dogs, etc…) but if you are experiencing a problem, we want to help you fix it.

We have volunteer trainers willing to help with behavioral issues and we have veterinarians that can offer advice on what to do with medical problems. We also send home every pet with 30 days of free health insurance that comes in handy should a medical problem develop after adoption. We want every adoption to be successful.

We like to follow up with you  after you adopt from us to ensure that you have the support that you need. If you need to contact us before that, please email us at LaurasHopeRescue@gmail.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours.


Many of our adopters have enjoyed the benefits and security of carrying accident and illness coverage on their dogs. Two great options are Healthy Paws Pet Insurance and PetFirst Pet Insurance.

Adopting a Shelter/Rescue Dog: The Official Guide – 2017 Edition


This free book is designed to be a quick and easy-to-read primer on must-know information for anyone adopting a new shelter pet! There is so much information available about adopting dogs out there that trying to know what to do can become an overwhelming obstacle.

Download your FREE COPY HERE.

via https://www.lifestylepets.org/shelter-dog/

​​​​​​​Laura's Hope Rescue

Our adoption process includes the completion of an online application, a phone/home interview, veterinary reference, an adoption fee and a contract.

Our adoption fee is $300.  Laura's Hope relies on our adoption fee in order to save another life.  Every penny of the adoption fee goes right back into the dogs!  The fee helps us fully vet, feed, provide proper housing and care for another dog.  The adoption fee helps us save one more life!
It also helps cover transportation fees for our rescue dogs. Most of our dogs and puppies are transported to PA from other states who have high kill shelter numbers due to a lack of spay and neutering in those areas.

Occasionally, some of our puppies are in PA foster homes, but most of the rescued dogs are in foster care in the state they originated from.

We carefully screen the dogs and the applications to ensure a good match.

​​Every dog that Laura's Hope Rescue saves will receive:

a behavior and health evaluation,
vaccines current for their age with their vaccination record and any past medical paperwork to give to your vet
be spayed/neutered,
be de-wormed,
receive flea and tick prevention,
and receive any other medical treatments that might be required.

Upon adoption they will be given dog food they are currently adjusted to for you to mix with the food that you wish to use.  

They will not only receive medical care, they will receive the love and attention that they deserve from  our wonderful foster families.

They will know the true meaning of being loved and become great family members who are properly socialized!

This is a private rescue and is run out of my home. Some of the dogs are living in foster care as well.
Visitation and Meet and Greets are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. 

​We ask that you please submit an application and include any questions about a dog you are interested in.

This allows us to get to know about you, as you get to know about our rescues AND how to become part of the Laura's Hope Rescue family!



We DO require an approved application prior to meeting any of our animals. 

Applications can take 24-48 hours to complete, sometimes longer if it's a weekend.
  We do NOT review applications over the weekends.  If you have submitted an application it will be answered on Monday.

          ***Laura's Hope Rescue reserves the right to deny adoption to anyone, at any time, for any reason. In order to do what is best for each animal, they are adopted on a first come first served basis at the rescue to qualified recipients only. If you are approved there is a $50 NON-refundable deposit which is payable through paypal to hold a particular dog.***

Adoption Requirements:

       All current pets in your home must be spayed/neutered.  Your adoptive dog must be part of the family, and allowed inside your home.  If you are looking for a ‘guard dog’ or a strictly outside dog, we’re sorry – but LHR is not for you.

Adoption Steps: 

          All applicants must complete a phone interview.   If you are approved,  then we will conduct a home inspection and a meet-and-greet if you have other pets!  If everything passes, an adoption contract is signed, and we welcome you to the Laura's Hope family!

​​How To Help Rover Adjust

Our guest writer, Paige Johnson, and her pup GG have made it through the adjustment period, and you can too!

For many people, pets are as beloved as children, and when they are upset it can be stressful for the owner. Animals are sensitive creatures, and not only do they become agitated when change occurs, they can sense those feelings in their humans as well. Major life events, such as a move, can have a big impact on an animal’s behavior and mood, and sometimes it can take weeks or even months for a pet to adjust to a new living environment.

However, there are things you can do to help your pet get used to the idea, and most of them revolve around the fairly easy principle of keeping as many things as you can the same or similar to what they’re used to. Having a set schedule is important for pets, so do your best to make sure they have that security even during the chaotic moments of a move.

Here are some of the best tips on how to keep your pet safe and happy during the transition.

Familiarity is key

Moving into a new home sometimes necessitates buying new furniture, dishes, or appliances, and while that’s a great way to kick off a new chapter in your life, it can be stressful for your pet. Try to make sure your animal still has the same food dishes, toys, and bed during and just after the move. Once they get used to the new place, it’s probably okay to introduce new things, but during the transition it’s best to give them the things they know and love. Security will help them stay calm and happy.

It’s also a good idea to try and keep those items in similar places; for instance, if the food and water dishes were always beside the back door, place them there in the new house, too.

Give them time

If possible, take your pet to the new home a few times before you move in and let them walk around and get used to the rooms and smell. Giving them a sense of familiarity will help greatly when moving day comes.

Safety measures

Your pet’s safety is extremely important during a move, when things are at their most chaotic and there are people and belongings everywhere. Small animals may get scared at the busy environment and hide among boxes or crates, where they could get hurt. Some pets may take the opportunity to sneak out if the doors are left open by movers. It’s a good idea to bring a crate and leash on moving day, along with your pet’s favorite toys, and keep them within your sight or have a friend help you keep an eye on them.

Stick to your routine

Before, during, and after the move, stick to your normal routine with your pet. Outside time, feeding times, playtime, and cuddle time are all extremely important parts of your animal’s life, so make sure they get enough of everything during the move. It’s highly likely that you’ll be very busy leading up to and right after your move. So, don’t hesitate to hire a dog walker or pet sitter to help you manage your dog-related responsibilities. Your pooch will be happier sticking to their regular routine, and you’ll have one less thing on your plate to worry about. In the end, your pet will feel safe and loved no matter what’s going on around them.