Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to all your questions about Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue!

What types of animals does the LHAR rescue?

Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue is strictly a dog rescue. At this time, we do not take in cats or other animals.

Where are your adoption events held and are you a no-kill shelter?

Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue is not a shelter with a facility, visiting hours and staff. A large portion of our dogs have been rescued from rural shelters/dog pounds as they were running out of time and scheduled to be euthanized. We also work with rescue organizations in rural WV and Kentucky that assist with owner relinquished dogs. The rescued dogs are now safe and living in a network of loving, private foster homes in Maryland. Due to COVID-19, all adoptions require an approved application for a specific dog.  If the application is approved, an appointment will be scheduled to meet the dog at Wagsmore Adopt and Shop (located at 450 Prospect Avenue, Frederick MD).

Whom do I contact if I have a question or problem?

Unfortunately, we cannot take in dogs or cats from private homes. We deal strictly with animal shelters/dog pounds. When the dog has reached it’s time limitation at the pound and is scheduled to be euthanized, we are contacted by several shelters to rescue dogs and pups to bring them into our foster care.

Will you hold a dog until we can adopt it?

We are unable to hold dogs to accommodate adopter’s personal schedules. Please apply only if you are available to pick up the dog on the adoption date given on the dog’s Petfinder page on the Petfinder website.

How do I know if I am approved to adopt the dog?

Our rescue volunteers correspond with applicants via email. A congratulatory email will be sent upon approval with detailed adoption instructions. Our rescue works very quickly, often processing applications within 24 hours. It is IMPERATIVE that you check your email frequently throughout the day. If we do not receive timely responses, we will move on to the next application.

Can I meet the dog before I fill out an application?

No, due to COVID-19 all adoptions must have an approved application for a specific dog.  Upon approval, an appointment will be set to meet the dog at Wagsmore-Adopt & Shop.  We are unable to permit private visitations for the puppies due to their being fostered in private homes.


  • Puppies are most often all spoken for on their adoption day by applicants who are willing to select their puppy from the website without visitation.
  • We certainly understand if you are unable to commit to selecting a puppy in this manner. However, we can not guarantee there will be any puppies remaining after adoption day.
I want a puppy because adult dogs aren't trainable. Right?

All dogs have an individual level of train ability as adults.

Can I get a dog I can breed?

No. All LHAR dogs that are old enough for surgery will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The puppies that not old enough to be spayed or neutered at the time of adoption, will be adopted on a spay/neuter contract. This contract requires the owner to have the dog spayed or neutered by 6 months of age.

If our new dog isn't working out for us, can we return it?

If the pup has been adopted for less than 48 hours, we will take them back. Please note the adoption donation is non-refundable. We will accept our adopted dogs back into the rescue if we have space in our foster homes. We may require the adopter to keep the dog in their home until another adoptive home can be found by our rescue. If there are no aggression issues, LHAR will help re-home the dog.

Exceptions are made for puppies but in either case the adoption donation fee is not refundable.

Can I get a dog for free?


How much is the adoption fee?

Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non profit rescue organization. Please know that 100% of our fees are used for our dog’s care and veterinary costs. Our adoption fee per dog is $275 plus an additional $100 refundable spay/neuter deposit for pups too young to be spayed/neutered at the time of their adoption. This deposit will be refunded upon proof of spay/neuter.

Do I need to have a fenced yard in order to adopt?

A fenced yard is preferred, unless living in apartment-type housing.

Once we apply, is the dog ours?

Processing your application does not imply that you have been approved for adoption. We often process many applications for one dog and select the best match. If there are children in the home, please use proper judgment to ensure this policy is understood.

How do I know if the dog I am interested in is still available?

Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue is very diligent in keeping our website updated on a timely basis. If it states – Adoption pending – next to the pup’s name, it has an application being worked on.

Can I get a puppy?

We rescue dogs of all ages. We require that someone is in the home half of the day for young puppies who can only hold their bladder for short periods of time.

I don't want a dog with behavioral problems. Don't all rescue/shelter dogs have behavior problems?

Most of our rescued dogs have no history; therefore, no guarantees can be made regarding unforeseen behavior problems. That being said, it can not be assumed that all rescued dogs have behavior problems any more than any other dog. Any good owner must be willing to take the time to work with and train their dog.

Do you adopt out of state?

We adopt out of state only if the adopter is able to pick up the dog at the foster home. We do not provide any means of delivery or transportation.


Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue
Wagsmore-Adopt & Shop.
450 Prospect Blvd
Frederick, Maryland 21701

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Working Hours

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 – 6:00 pm
Sun 12:00 – 5:00 pm

How to Become A Volunteer?

While we are always in need of volunteers, we are not able to bring anyone new on during the COVID-19 crisis.  Please check back with us at a later date.

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Many of our volunteer needs involve adoption events.  You must love holding, petting, and playing with dogs!

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Reach out to us!  NOTE:  While we are still dealing with COVID-19, we are unable to bring on new volunteers.  When we are once again able to do public events, we will need volunteers.

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