Rescue Info/Contacts

Great Pyrenees Rescue

The Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue Association, Inc (AGPR) has an active rescue group throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you’re interested in adopting a rescue or placement Pyrenees through our organization, there are a few facts that you should know first.

  • We believe that any prospective owner of a Great Pyrenees should be educated about the breed before placement is considered. This breed is NOT meant for everyone, hence the education.
  • We stand behind ALL placements that are done through our club. If you adopt a dog through AGPR, you can expect us to be there if you have any questions about the breed, if you need help, if you’re having problems, or for any reason at all; you can consider us your *adopted* breeder.
  • We expect that all prospective adoptive homes have appropriate fencing, that they are able to care for a large breed of dog, that they can provide appropriate medical care, and that they are committed to making the adoption of a rescue dog a success.
  • We expect that if you adopt a Great Pyrenees through us, that you will RETURN THE DOG TO US if ANY changes occur in your living situation and you are unable to properly care for or keep your Pyrenees. If you need to surrender your Great Pyrenees, please complete the Intake Questionnaire and return to:
    Victoria Marshman, Intake Coordinator
  • AGPR is a 501C3 organization and all donations are tax deductable. We are affiliated with the Great Pyrenees Club of America.
  • We are ALL volunteers who receive no compensation for our efforts other than educating the public, caring for Great Pyrenees dogs in need and helping to permanently place them in their forever homes. If we do not contact you immediately, please be patient because many of us have jobs, families and a limited amount of free time. Rescue emergencies always take priority.

What exactly is rescue?

Through our efforts, we attempt to rehome Great Pyrenees dogs through placement of rescue. Placement Pyrs come from homes where the owners can no longer keep or care for their dog. Rescue Pyrs come from shelters, and may have been turned in by their owners or may have found as a stray.

Great Pyrenees dogs that are turned in by their owners or taken from shelters shelters are evaluated, given vet care, spayed or neutered, and boarded or fostered. Good homes are found and the dogs are placed for a minimal fee which is applied to the dog’s care.

Pyrs end up in rescue for many different reasons. Once the Pyr is no longer a puppy, it becomes large, barks, sheds, costs money to keep, requires obedience training, and needs a fenced yard or leash walking. There are many other reasons people decide not to keep their dogs or decide to neglect or abuse them. Adopting one of these special creatures that has been lost, turned in, or dumped by their previous owner is a generous act. Providing a loving home will lead to the lifelong devotion and loyalty of a grateful Pyr rescue.


Our volunteers help out in many ways. Some screen applicants, transport dogs, foster and evaluate dogs, bathe and groom, help with club events, check on Pyrs in shelters, educate the public and provide other assistance as well.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact anyone listed below for more information on how you can help. If you would like to make a financial donation, you can do so via our PayPal link at the bottom of this page. All volunteer efforts, whether financial or physical, are greatly appreciated.

For more information about the breed, adoption or volunteering, please contact:

Victoria Marshman
Foster Coordinator
Richmond, VA

Celeste Miller