Our Story

Hope for All Dogs is an all breed NO KILL Rescue. We rescue stray and unwanted dogs from high-kill shelters before they are euthanized. We focus on special needs dogs.

Hope's Story

My passion for creating Hope For All Dogs Rescue began after I rescued a 3 year old German Shepherd who had been brought to a vet to be euthanized because the owner used her strictly for breeding.

A friend of mine happened to be at the vets office at that time and called me immediately to ask if I could do something to prevent her from being put to sleep. When I got there my heart sank as I looked into her eyes and saw two things! One was the utter look of hopelessness, and the second was the incredible desire to want to fight to live!

I knew instantly I was going to do everything in my power to help this dog! When I went inside the kennel to get her out, her abdomen was so swollen that I had to pick her up and carry her. As I carried her out to my car she lifted her head and kissed my chin!

I rushed her to my own vet and when I got there they asked what her name was. I paused for a moment and said “Her name is Hope". I was told she needed to be brought to the University of North Carolina. The vet told me she needed a pace maker immediately and she may not survive the drive there. We arrived there late that same evening and she was brought in for a series of tests. Several hours later the head cardiologist came out to discuss her diagnosis. The prognosis was poor. She was in 4th stage heart failure, and she was too weak to undergo surgery. Her survival was unlikely.

Instead of surgery, they drained the fluid from her abdomen and placed her on several medications to help with her heart rate. Shortly after the consultation, one of the vet techs came out with Hope and I couldn't believe my eyes. They removed close to 20 pounds of fluid from her, and she was extremely emaciated and frail looking when I saw her.

We brought her home and Hope slowly regained her strength. She began acting like a healthy dog The first time I was able to see her run and play with the other dogs brought me such joy!

Hope remained on multiple medications and needed frequent drainage of the fluid n her abdomen. However, this once abused and neglected angel finally got to know what love meant.

Hope survived for 3 months. She passed away one night in her sleep. People criticized me by asking why I would spend so much money on a dog. Most people will not understand why I took in a dog that was so ill. My response is very simple. Even though Hope only lived for 3 months, those were probably the best 3 months of her life. I know they were mine!

Hence my rescue's name that there is truly "Hope For All Dogs"

— Lisa Roney: Founder of Hope For All Dogs

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