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Frontier Rescued Dogs

For more than 10 years we did private rescue in addition to working with North East Rottweiler Rescue. We donated large sums of money to rescue groups and provided uncountable hours of service to rescues and for the benefit of rescue dogs.

We no longer have the space to foster
, but below are just a few of the dogs we have helped

Are you looking for a rescue dog?
 PLEASE know the laws of your state regarding rescue groups. There are many many groups out there who go to great lengths to skirt state laws or who operate entirely in intentioal disregard for them. Make sure the group you are dealing with is operating in both an ethical manner AND is properly licensed. All the other type of groups are the main contributor in the spread of illnesses and in inappropriate placements with no screening or follow up. many of these groups will not even take dogs back if they don't work out

OK so you want to adopt a dog from a rescue here in NH

FIRST never adopt sight unseen.

Don't long distance adopt so a group can ship direct to you and avoid NH laws

Rescue groups in NH must be licensed as a shelter/rescue and have a home base IN NH. They can have foster homes that do not need to be licensed themselves as long as all adoptions are done at the licensed facility or Petco/Petsmart, not the foster home

Some groups try to get around this law by being licensed as a broker. Brokers are NOT allowed foster homes.

NO LEGITIMATE rescue will be licensed as a broker instead of a rescue/shelter. Doing so is just an effort to circumvent NH laws, in particular the quarantine and inspection laws. There is NO EXCUSE for a legitimate rescue to operate in NH without a proper shelter/rescue license!!

MAKE SURE the group you deal with has a NH RESCUE/SHELTER license.

Make sure the dog is in a foster home for a period of time before you adopt it.

Make sure the dog has a current (less than 2 weeks old) health certificate issued by a NH veterinarian

There is a blog entry is making the rounds about how the "new" NH law regarding foster homes is killing shelter dogs. There is no new law, the state merely clarified the current rules making it clear that BROKER licensed rescues could not have foster homes (and they were never supposed to!).

In contrast there are MANY properly licensed NH rescues who work hard to follow the laws and provide carefully screened adoptors with the best and healthiest dog for their home

For more about the laws regarding NH Rescues and the difference between a legitimate properly licensed group and a Broker licensed group, click here


Dingo was an Australian Cattle Dog born April 20,1999.
She was bought from a pet store here in NH by some nice people after being at the store for 3 months! However, it was a perfect example of why dogs should not be bought at a pet store. She was not the breed of dog suitable for them. Dingo also proved to be too much and too rough for the established dogs. So she came here to what my husband calls the "temperament rehabilitation center" on November 11, 1999. Sadly we adopted Dingo to a great home in Dec but she ran out of their yard one day and was hit and killed by a car



Lydia was an oversized and lovely young Shiba Inu who had been running feral for some time in a residential NY neighborhood. Sadly after many months with us, the very difficult decision was made to put Lydia to sleep. She was a very feral dog who never adapted to domestic life

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Daisy was a stray pinto Shiba Inu picked up in a rural NH town. She was a very nice dog, though a bit noisey when confined. She would much rather be with people. She loved people, all people any age or size or sex! She appeared to have been a VERY well trained and cared for pet but we never were able to find her owners. Daisy was successfully adopted to a fine home


Abby was a Black & tan Shiba Inu puppy born November 2001. Abby was purchased from a pet store by a nice family who loved her, but sadly the man of the house proved to be extremely allergic to her. Abby was successfully adopted to a nice home.


Brassy's former family could not keep her due to a family conflict. Her dad was a dark red APBT and her mom a fawn Shar Pei. We spayed Brassy and had her entropion fixed and she was adopted to a fabulous home.


Mishu was a 10 month old, sesame, female, Shiba Inu. Mishu became homeless when her male owner was sent overseas to Iraq in May 2004. His wife could not care for young kids and an untrained Shiba puppy. Mishu was QUICKLY adopted to a really great home!

North East Rottweiler Rescue & Referral Fosters

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North East's Miss Madeline (Maddie). Was a baby girl born April 7, 1999 Maddie Came to us as a scared, fearful, snarly 8 1/2 week old . We were her last hope and if we could not straighten her out she would be euthanised. We kept her awhile, trained and socialized and Maddie was successfully adopted out to a family who loved her


North East's Tonka (Tonka) Tonka was a boy born July 24, 1999. His mom (Shayna) was picked up as a stray in Massachussetts and was sent to a shelter foster home where one night she gave birth to 5 pups! Tonka was adopted successfully


North East's Tessa (Tessa) was a sweet petitie young lady who was born approximatly Sept 1 1999. Until Nov. 26 1999 she had never seen the outside of the basement where she was born! She had fleas and every worm known to dogs. (We got rid of all of those pests right away!)
The entire world was new to her and some of it is a bit scarey. However Tessa had a sound temperament and by the time we adopted her to her new home in January she was a perfectly normal puppy!

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North East's Shenandoah (Shannon) was found on a snowbank in a store parking lot by a man driving a snow plow in Maine. We never discovered if she was dumped by someone or somehow got "misplaced".
She was born sometime in December of 1999 and after several months with us was adopted successfully to a very experienced home.

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North East's Chief Brody (Brody) was born into rescue. His mom , Charlotte, was picked up as a stray and it soon became apparent that Charlotte was expecting! Brody was born 2/3/00 in a litter of 10. Brody was adopted in 2000 but 1 year later he was returned after he was permantly disabled in a front leg by a car accident. He was later adopted by the same family that adopted Maddie above!


Contrary to what you may be reading on Facebook and on blogs by some "rescues" and volunteers that NH has banned foster homes etc. You should know the rules have not really changed. Just been clarified.

Brokers have NEVER supposed to have foster homes. NEVER. 
rule clarification is at 1704:10 e

Some "rescue" groups have chosen to have a broker license for their own reasons (My personal suspicion is that it is to get around premises inspections and the 48 hour quarantine and NH vet exam/health certificate) Broker definition is at 437:2 in the link below

Legitimate rescue groups with a NH Shelter / rescue license are inspected randomly at hours convenient for the license holder, must hold dogs 48 hours after importation to NH and obtain a NH vet exam and health certificate. There are MANY NH rescue groups so licensed that obtain their dogs from as far away as Texas and California. (and a group can partner with a boarding kennel to be their inspectable premises instead of a group member's home)

Legitimate rescue groups with a proper shelter/rescue license can indeed still foster dogs. (1704:10) The dogs can be placed into fosters to address behavioral or medical rehabilitation. ALL dogs pulled from shelters need at minimum a few days to a week in a foster home to address behavioral issues- house manners, housebreaking, crate training, and medical issues-parasite treatment, bladder infections, respiratory symptoms etc, etc.. so meeting the state guidelines is not hard

Two examples of legitimate rescue groups properly licensed by the state of NH are and

There is NO legitimate reason a rescue would have only a broker license and be operating in NH. NONE.

Additionally the occasional operator section (1706) does NOT allow joe schmoe to sell dogs in Walmart parking lot to unsuspecting adopters. There are VERY specific rules for this unlicensed groups and individuals to do this including a quarantine and vet exam/ veterinary presence .

DO NOT believe the frenzy these people are causing (and they are creating a nightmare at the state vet office which is already very underfunded and now flooded with calls and emails from the misinformed.)

Choose rescues to deal with in NH that are properly licensed and do NOT deal with rescues licensed as only brokers

Here are the actual rules. They are VERY clear and not rocket science (5 links below)

Broker Application:

Shelter Application (Rescues need this one):

Commercial Kennel Application (10 or more litters/year or 50 or more dogs/pups):


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