Adoption Information

AGPR Adoption Application Information

Adopting a Great Pyrenees Rescue dog is not meant to be easy. Most people who adopt a rescued Great Pyr from Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue (AGPR) are not only are aware of this, but also appreciate all that we do to place our dogs with homes that understand the breed. Some potential adopters tell us that we make adopting a rescued Great Pyr too difficult and time consuming. Actually, we are just trying to avoid “impulse buyers”. A person can impulse buy from a pet store or a breeder who advertises in the newspaper. They make getting a pure bred dog very easy to purchase without any consideration of your present environment or life situation. AGPR maintains that if adopting a Great Pyr is too easy, then the new owner may also find it just as easy to give up.

Prior to submitting an application to adopt, please take the time to better understand the breed and their personality. You can find some introductory information here. The Great Pyrenees breed is not for everyone and our goal is to make their next home their forever home.

The following Application guidelines have been established by AGPR to further assist us with our goal of matching our rescued Great Pyrs with the right home and environment.

The Dogs

All of our rescue dogs are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. There are no exceptions. Shots, including Rabies, Distemper/ parvo , and Bordetella, are given. They have been wormed, groomed, heartworm checked and placed on heartworm preventative.

All dogs are evaluated for temperament and health. Each new home is given a contract with temperament and vet information about the dog.

Adoption Fees

Our adoption fees are $400 for adults and $450 for puppies (12 months and younger), inclusive of all medical care, and goes directly to our rescue fund to help pay for the health and vet treatment of previous and new rescued Pyrs.

The Homes

AGPR has one primary Pet Program for its Pyrs. We do have a Livestock Guardian Program at this time, but we do not always have LGD’s available for adoption. If you’re interested in adopting a Livestock Guardian dog, please  read through the LGD pages before filling out our adoption application. You may also contact Victoria Marshman at with any questions or concerns.

The first step in applying for a Pet rescue dog is fulfilling the following:

1. All potential Pet adopters must keep their Pyr inside as a house pet. Why? Less chance of the neighbors complaining about barking. Less chances of escaping from the yard. And most importantly, a Pyr likes to be with its flock.

2. All potential Pet adopters must be able to provide regular vet care.

3. All potential adopters must be at least 25 years of age.

4. When you complete an application, it is understood that you are requesting to adopt a dog that will live in your home. We do not place dogs that you want to give as a gift to someone. Your adopted Pyr should be considered a part of your family.

5. All adopters must have a securely fenced yard (4’ minimum…may vary depending on dog) and live within 4 – 5 hours of Richmond, Virginia.

6. All current pets in the household must be spayed/neutered.

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