Goochland Hickory Hill Canine Rescue

Hickory Hill K-9 Rescue Inc
Hanover County,
VA 23005

Hickory Hill Canine Rescue has ceased operating

The pet on the right is looking for a home. Click on the photo for more information.

We would like to thank all the people that donated time, food, money and assisted us in rescuing and adopting the dogs. We still have some sanctuary dogs that will be with us for the rest of their lives. If you are looking for a dog please see the links to rescues and shelters on this page and the DOGS page and FAQ's page. If you would like to know more about us read on.

Hickory Hill Canine Rescue are a private rescue group that have been helping homeless dogs for over 14 years. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation and rescue dogs from the Hanover County Pound as well as Caroline and King William Pounds in Virginia. All of these dogs were owned by someone at some time. Those that are given to the pound by their owner have a very short time to find a home. Most of these dogs are picked up as strays but seem housebroken, child friendly, some even know basic commands. Hickory Hill Canine Rescue is their last chance.

Who We Are
The overpopulation of unwanted animals is what motivates us to do rescue work. These wonderful animals that die in the pounds and shelters every day at some point belonged to someone. Most of these animals enter the pound as strays but seem housebroken, child friendly, some even know basic commands. The millions of unwanted animals that will die every day can be prevented. We as people create the need for Animal Control facilities. The answer is very simple: SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. Most cities and counties have some type of low cost program to help you help your pet. Please do not think you simply cannot afford it or that it does not matter. Spaying and neutering your pet saves lives. So many die needlessly. We encourage anyone looking for a pet to consider the happiness a pound dog can bring to your life not to mention what you bring to theirs. Their gratitude can simply be overwhelming.

Thank You for the Donations
Thank you to everyone who has ever donated food, animal supplies, time, money, old blankets, whatever to help a homeless animal. Millions of animals are dying all over the world each and every year. To any rescue organization your donations allow them to continue to rescue and care for some of these animals.

Adopting a Friend
When looking for that new family member please remember to really think about the things you and your family want and need in a pet that fits the family lifestyle. Get to know your breeds! Some breeds require more space, exercise and circumstances than others. Even if you are going to adopt a mixed breed, look into what it's primary breed needs in a home, environment and exercise. Your new family member needs to be wanted by everyone in the family and included in your daily lives to be truly happy. Click here for more information on how to find the right dog.

Changes to Dog Tethering Law
From July 1, 2020, there are changes to dog tethering laws across the state of Virginia.

The legislation expanded the definition of 'adequate shelter' for family dogs. It is illegal to leave tethered dogs outside when temperatures are below 32°F or above 85°F or when the weather service issues warnings for hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather.

The legislation also increases the minimum length of a tether from 10 feet to 15 feet.

Additionally, dogs must be provided adequate shelter during hot weather that is properly shaded and does not readily conduct heat. During cold weather, the shelter must have a windbreak at its entrance and provide bedding material (such as straw, cedar shavings, or similar) that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat.

Adequate Shelter Virgina Code 3.2-6500
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Keep your dog in the family

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