Resident & Adoptable Dogs

Adoption Information & Application

Virtual Tour

AHGRRS Wish List

Almost Heaven's Gift Store

Almost Heaven's Amazon Gift Store

A Big Thank You to Our Rescue Angels ~ We couldn't do it without you!

In Memory of Our Goldens - Rainbow Bridge

About Almost Heaven

Disclaimer/Privacy Policy

Almost Heaven AmazonSmile
Almost Heaven's Website

Walk for a Dog App

Donate a Thundershirt


Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary Logo

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. (AHGRRS)
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

"Where Old Gold Shines"

12 Nov 2015 ~ Question: Is AHGRRS going out of business? Answer: No, AHGRRS is NOT closing its Doors. Although a different rescue with a similar name has decided to close. AHGRRS has been saving lives since 2002 and plans to continue accepting as many orphan dogs - as space and finances allow.

Your donations will help keep our doors open to those who need us most. We have Adoptable Dogs in need of homes and many permanent residents who will never know the joy of living in a family environment because they are so damaged, old, or sick that they are best suited to living out their lives with us - here at the Sanctuary. Please consider giving a homeless dog a home.

Click Here to take a Virtual Tour of Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary.

P.O. Box 648
Capon Bridge, WV 26711
Phone: 304-856-1600 (Volunteer owned phone. Phone calls will be answered when possible)
Hours: By appointment only - NO one will be admitted unless they are approved adopters - NO exceptions

For the fastest response to your inquiry, please email us at or

  • If you cannot adopt at this time, but would like to help, please consider one or more of the following:
    • Sponsoring one of our residents. No donation is too small - all are deeply appreciated. Use the PayPal button or mail to AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711
    • Supporting one of the Fundraisers listed below

     Donation Note Card in Honor or Memory of a Special Person/Event

How about honoring that special person with a donation to AHGRR? Make a donation to AHGRR in honor of a special someone or in memory of a special pet or person and we will send them a lovely golden angel note card to let them know they have been honored in such a wonderful way.

The card exterior will be our standard logo in grayscale with a personalized message inside per your instructions.

Order using the PayPal button below or by mail specifying your personalized message to include in the card to:

AHGGRS at P.O. Box 648, Capon Bridge, WV 26711

Type personalized Donation Card message in the box below and click "Pay Now" button:

Below is a sample of the note they will receive.

Front of Note Card

Inside of Note Card -
Personalized With your information

     Help Out by Feeding a Pooch ~ Donate Food

Dog food donations to Almost Heaven can be made ordering from
Southern States - Winchester Branch

All dog food donations made through the Southern States - Winchester Branch can be ordered by phone for Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue c/o "Carol Free" to pick up. Please contact our administrator "Carol Free" at once you placed the order and she will arrange to have the food picked up.


The food Almost Heaven uses: Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food (Dry), Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner with Chopped Chicken (Canned) and Iams Minichunks

Southern States - Winchester Branch
447 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 662-0375


Note: Please contact or email copies of your Southern States "receipt" to so we are aware of your donation. Thank you.

     AmazonSmile ~ Shop to Support Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven AmazonSmile

Do you shop at Amazon? Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary (AHGRRS) is one of the listed charities on AmazonSmile, through AmazonSmile you can Shop to benefit AHGRRS!

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

     eBay "Giving Works" ~ Buy & Sell to Support Almost Heaven

Going Shopping? Like to shop Online? Check out the great deals available on eBay Giving Works to support Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary (AHGRRS)!

We are one of the listed charities on eBay Giving Works, where you can Shop, Sell and Donate to benefit AHGRRS through eBay, with the eBay Giving Works program. Here’s how:

BUY – You can find whatever you’re looking for on eBay. When you do, shop for items that benefit us. You can get a great deal and support AHGRRS at the same time! Shop now to support AHGRRS:

SELL – You can also support AHGRRS when you sell on eBay. Just designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great. Did you know charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings? Boost your sales and support AHGRRS while you’re at it! Plus eBay gives back to you, too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees. Sell now to support AHGRRS:


Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. (AHGRRS) is a small Golden Retriever rescue located in Hampshire County, WV. AHGRRS is in NO WAY, past or present, affiliated with the puppy mill (kennel?) in Lehigh County, PA similarly named Almost Heaven Kennels.

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization based in West Virginia and is not affiliated with any other organization having the same or similar name. Almost Heaven serves WV, VA, MD, and areas of PA. accepting senior or "special needs" dogs from shelters, owner give-ups, and other rescues and is a refuge for those dogs who otherwise may be labeled "hard to adopt" or "unadoptable" by ordinary standards. Some of our Sanctuary dogs are only with us until they become well enough to be adopted, or until that "special" home is found. Others will receive love and care here at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

Skip Free

Ralph E. (Skip) Free
May 22, 1951 - January 15, 2012

Skip was co-founder of Almost Heaven and dedicated a large portion of his life to helping and rescuing animals. Skip was a gentle, compassionate, dedicated man who gave up many personal comforts (including vacations) to help those dogs (animals) who needed him most. Skip leaves behind AHGRR's cofounder and wife, Carol Free.

Almost Heaven will continue to save those animals who need us. It was Skip's request, and last wish that the rescue continue it's work in his memory - and in his honor. It is a legacy that will be fulfilled. Donations in Skip's memory will be used for the comfort and care of the orphan dogs in the care of Almost Heaven.

Thank you, everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. This is a very difficult time - but Skip's spirit will see us all through ~ Carol

Almost Heaven's Logo courtesy of Darline Grubbs of Visit her website to see her Cosmic Canines - Beautiful Angel Animals & Animal Art. Available for purchase on Prints, Greeting & Note Cards. She also does custom work.

Copyright © 2002-2017 Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. All rights reserved.

Updated: October 2017

This web set created by Kimmber Designs (no longer in business)
"Specializing in canine web sites and graphic design for dog lovers!"