I have fostered dogs for Save the Strays for over 10 years. This rescue makes sure every dog they take in gets thoroughly vetted, including extras like dentistry when needed. They also take in dogs that other rescues won't - seniors, dogs with serious or chronic illnesses, and dogs with disabilities. Whatever the issue, they go the extra mile to make sure their dogs have what they need.
I was extremely delighted and pleased to meet Sandra and all her furry friends. What a warm and inviting atmosphere she extended to me as well as the many furry faces she cares for and protects. I hope everyone who visits will not only bring home a fur-ever friend but leave a donation for all this saint of a woman does to rescue strays.
Many thanks to "Save the Strays" and Sandra.
Finds great homes for stray and unwanted dogs. Provides excellent care and vetting well beyond the basics for rescued dogs. Also provides lifetime care for dogs that don't get adopted.
I have fostered, Volunteered, and adopted from Save the Strays. Sandra does a great job matching dogs and people. Overall a great place.
When we first moved to North Carolina, we were dogless having lost our wonderful dog shortly before moving. I searched on a placement site and discovered our new baby, Pretzel, on the site. We contacted Sandra, who carefully reviewed our pet-owning history, before allowing us to adopt. I expected the care she took with the placement, but he next act of kindness was truly remarkable. After the volunteer delivery flight that she had arranged fell through, Sandra and her sister delivered our beloved Pretzel to our home!
We have had our Pretzel for almost five years and while he has become a wonderful part of our family, Sandra has become a good friend. During the time I have known Sandra, I have how devoted she is to the dogs in her care and how committed she is to providing each one of them a loving and safe home. If you ever decide to adopt a new dog, you could find a better or more reliable source than Save the Strays and Sandra.
We got our great little dog, Pretzel, from this amazing shelter. Since adopting our great little guy, we have had several occasions to speak with Sandra and ask questions about how to best look after him. She has always been generous both with her time and her knowledge of dogs. This is a great place to find and new companion and people who genuinely care for the dogs in their care
Sandra Dollar at Save the Strays was wonderfully sympathetic and efficient with our adoption of our new tripawed RUPERT. We had lost one of our little dogs and were heArtbroken. Sandra facilitates the adoption with care and attention to detail. She was awesome. I highly recommend you adopt from her. You won’t be sorry.
This is an awesome place to adopt from. I had been looking for months and couldn't find anything I really wanted. I saw Regan and I knew this was the dog for me. Save the Strays was prompt in answering my inquiry and setting up a meeting time. My nieces spend a lot of time with me and they had no issues with me bringing them. Sandra was very easy to get a long with and seemed genuinely interested in making sure it was a good fit. When we all decided that Regan was mine, they provided me with the leash, harness, a complete medical record, her medication schedule (flea/tick and heartworm) and the first dose of the heart worm medication. My vet and her staff was surprised at the detailed medical chart. I would DEFINITELY come to this shelter again if I were in the market for another animal. Sandra cares for each and everyone of the animals as if they were her own.
I adopted a senior pup from Save the Strays a few months ago. Lily (now know as Billi) was rescued from a shelter - she was surrendered by her owner unspayed at 13 years old. Save the Strays spent a lot of money getting her ready for her furever home (dental work, heartworm test, shots and spay surgery)
Billi has been the perfect addition to our family. Ms. Sandra made sure I received all of Billi's vet info and has stayed in touch checking on Billi to be sure we are all happy with the adoption.
Please consider adopting and/or financially supporting Save the Strays.
I've been friends-almost-family with Sandra for many years and as a dear friend who knows us well, she's matched us with 3 of our 4 beloved fur children over the years. Sandra puts her heart and soul into caring for her animals and matching them with their forever homes. Most recently, our home was feeling slightly empty as we were down from 3 dogs to just 1 dog, our sweet Daisy, a Boykin Spaniel mix that Sandra matched us with as a puppy about 13 years ago. I reached out to Sandra in December to ask if she had a dog that would fit our family and the first week in January we were adopted by Deke -- an approx. 3 year old Jack Russell Chihuahua mix. He is the absolute best and snuggled his way into our hearts within minutes of arriving. He attached himself to our 7-year-old daughter immediately and is often by her side. And he and Daisy have bonded as if they've known each other forever. Deke is perfect for our family -- the sweetest little thing. We've taken more pictures of Deke than of any other dog! We all enjoy holding and cuddling with him and he loves the attention!
Sandra makes the entire adoption process easy, including the logistics of getting the dog from South Carolina to our home in New Jersey. She maintains a high level of professionalism, and most importantly, she puts the needs of the dogs at the forefront and makes sure each receives the care and love they deserve. Thank you, Sandra and Save the Strays for all you do for the animals and for connecting them with their families! We are so happy to have Daisy and Deke!
Amy, Jorge, Liliana, Daisy and Deke
I came to South Carolina on a long work trip and was looking for dogs to foster during my time here. After emailing/Facebook messaging multiple rescues, Sandra was the first to respond and told me she had a few dogs she thought I could help. She dropped Jett off at the Air BnB I was staying in, as well as everything I would need (crate, toys, food, bowls, medications) for her while fostering. Not all rescues will do this, and I have often supported previous foster dog on my own dime. After five weeks, Jett was adopted! I am so glad they rescued such a great pup and gave her the second chance she deserved to find a new and furever home!
We have had dogs before, but this is our first adoption experience. Sandra made the meeting with our dog so comfortable and friendly. She has a natural gift for dogs and people! Save the Strays is definitely on a mission to benefit dogs in need of love. These little orphans find the security of their forever homes - and that is the vision we had as we began our quest for a furbaby friend. We know we all have much to learn about each other, but Sandra assured us that she is always available to help. From the Brown household, we pray for God's blessing and favor to continue toward Sandra and Save the Strays Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.
We adopted Georgi, now Indigo from Sandra at Save the Strays. She is now completely a part of our family; she and our other rescue Neeko(black and tan) are constant companions. Whatever he has she wants and vice versa. He has even taken to faking her out by asking to go out and then circles back and grabs the bone she was chewing on! They are very entertaining.
We also appreciate all of the information Sandra provided us; from standard records on our pup, to new research about switching food and manufacturers on a regular basis, to delaying spaying or neutering due to new studies on better health and longevity.
Thank you Sandra and Save the Strays for our new love!
The Bierce-Wahl family
I adopted Captain, a six month old Lab/Hound mix. We had such a great experience, and couldn't have asked for a better person to find a forever companion from.
My boyfriend and I graduated college and moved from WI all the way to SC, and after leaving our homes we missed having pups around. We looked and looked and nothing really spoke to us to get jumping on the adoption process. Then I found Calum with Sandra. Reading about this sweet boy we automatically fell in love with him. Speaking with Sandra she made everything so easy and gave loads of information that was so very helpful. Sandra cares so much about the animals that are in her care and you can tell by how she gives detailed reports on each of them, and is so thorough with their work. Sandra made the whole adoption process painless and was always in contact which was great. She gave us lots of tips with the adoption packet as well with his medical history and what to expect next, all very helpful and made the decision easy!
I adopted 2 six month old pups, they were in excellent health. I was very impressed with the owner and the environment the pets we're in, and was very helpful in giving me sdvice and information, I highly recommend this rescue if you are looking for your next pet.
As a foster and volunteer, I can't say enough good things about Sandra and her rescue. Her rescue provides a safe home and medical needs for abused and neglected dogs that otherwise have run out of chances, as well as provide sanctuary for senior dogs. She also goes to great lengths to find suitable adopters for her dogs. Her passion, dedication and love for animals is reflected in every wagging tail that passes through her rescue.
When my husband and I were thinking of adding a puppy to the family, we always knew we would adopt. Our Obi showed up at the right place at the right time. My husband and I were able to get our boy within a couple days. He has been a great addition to our family. Even our older dog nurtures him like he were her own. Thank you Save The Strags for completing our family.
Years ago we adopted one of the best pets we have ever had from Save the Strays! The work they do to help so many needy animals (many that would never get attention elsewhere) is so impressive. Sandra is great to work with and does everything she can to prepare the pets and you for a great relationship. Highly recommend!!
Almost 5 years ago now I had been searching shelter & rescue group websites about a year & half for a new (to me) companion when Petfinder led me to Save the Strays. I had already decided it was best for me at my age, as well as the dog, to choose a mature spayed female in spite of my natural attraction to high energy young males. I found a lovely, charming 4 year old mixed spaniel female whose sweet disposition quickly won my heart, so my search was finally over (I thought). I felt my "stellar" credentials would guarantee a speedy adoption, but discovered that STS was not just trying to peddle mutts they were saddled with. These people truly cared about all the dogs in their keep & examined me, my motives, & my references thoroughly before they would permit the adoption. I was also amazed at the detailed medical history provided me & my Vet to guide their introduction to Bunny, as well as nutrition guidelines & other maintenance habits that had proven beneficial for her well-being. They were very candid about any health issues she had experienced. Surprisingly I was required to sign a contract that bound me to return Bunny to STS if for any reason I was no longer able to care for her. Many shelters/groups have a no return policy but Sandra Dollar, the founder, needs to be certain her "peeps" are not lost in the shuffle but guaranteed to be protected. They are also a no-kill operation which is big in my book.We stay in touch so they know she is OK. If I ever decide to adopt a companion for Bunny or, God forbid, that I should lose her, Sandra is the first call I would make. They do an awful lot with very little & I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Thank you so much for your review and - most of all - for giving Bunny such a great home, Roy. We do try our best to ensure that our dogs and adopters are a good match, including our "no fault" return policy.
In December of 2016, I adopted my first and only pet through Sandra. My pets name is Yoda and he is a dachsund/chihuahua mix. Going through the process Sandra became like a long lost friend. She answered all my questions plus giving me information that I didi not even know I needed. When I went to pick my pet up, I was made comfortable and reassured that I would do fine so most of my fears were put to rest.
Yoda has become my baby and when I have to leave him I get back to him as soon as possible.
Thanks for your kind words, Lillie. Glad to hear you and Yoda are doing well. We're still hoping you'll adopt a "brother" or "sister" for him. We do have some chiweenies available!
We have adopted three dogs over the past years from this wonderful organization. Two of these dogs would have probably been turned away from most organizations but not from the Save the Strays and I am so grateful. I am very blessed that they became a part of my family.
Repeat adoptions are the best reviews we can get, Sherry! Thank you for opening your home and heart to three of our dogs and giving them such wonderful lives.
We would give Save the Strays Animal Rescue a 'higher than five star rating' if we could!!
We had adopted two of our beloved 'babies' from them, and were beyond pleased and happy with the results. Sandra Dollar was courteous and friendly and completely helpful in helping us to pick the 'perfect' dogs for our lifestyle and unique needs. Our Shih Tzu/Yorkshire or Silky Terrier mixes were amazing and loving companions and absolutely perfect in every way!!!
We looked months for a rescue. Found Bailey at Save The Strays. Sandra Dollar was very welcoming when we arrived. Amazed at how organized she was. Had her folder, organized with everything we needed. Bailey is a wonderful, kind and smart dog. So happy we found her. Thank you Sandy
Thanks for your wonderful comments, Bobbie! We like to make sure our adopters are well informed about the dog they are adopting and about dog care in general. That's why we give each adopter an adoption packet with their dog's vet records and lots of helpful articles on critical topics like vet exams, vaccination schedules, food and feeding tips, the importance of training and identification tags, and more.
We adopted a beautiful 2 year old German Shepherd named Sasha from Save The Strays back in 2011. We had her for 7 years until her back legs stopped working due to Degeneritive Myelopathy. She crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in April of 2018. Sandra and Save The Strays does a great job for the unwanted and abandoned animals.
Thank you for staying in touch with us over the years, Jeff. We always appreciated your updates on Sasha and are grateful for the wonderful life you gave her.
Sandra has committed herself to saving those dogs who need help the most: the sick, the disabled, the elderly, and the unwanted strays. The dogs that Save The Strays rescues would have no chance of making it to adoption in most government or non-profit shelters. Sandra is a fierce and passionate rescuer of underdogs who works tirelessly to find loving homes for these deserving pets.
Once upon a time there was a woman, Sandra Dollar. I met her eight years ago, having seen the picture of an older cocker spaniel on Petfinder. I fell in love with this sweet senior dog, so my husband and I traveled to rural SC to meet. We pulled up to the address, which looked like an individual’s residence. Surely this couldn’t be an animal rescue, but it was. As soon as I met Sandra, I realized this WAS her residence...she just happened to share it with many special animals waiting for their forever homes. It would never have occurred to her to kennel these dogs, who had probably been through difficult times. Until they found loving owners (and for some that might never happen), they were “ her dogs,” no matter how many there were. There was Paddy (that was the name we chose), freshly groomed and eager to meet us. Sandra did not have to do this. Heaven knows she probably had plenty of vet bills she needed to pay, but she took the time to have Paddy look special. We ended up adopting this sweet dog, and although his time with us was not as long as we would have liked, we knew going in that this was part of the process of adopting an older dog, loving then letting go.
Over the years we have continued to keep in touch with Sandra and support her work. We know she stretches every dollar for maximum effectiveness, and she never complains. I don’t know where she gets her strength and resiliance. I just know that when I become discouraged with the world and people’s bad behavior, I think of Sandra, and I know as long as she lives, I can count on her to remind me that one person really does make a difference. With sincere gratitude for this wonderful organization, it is my pleasure to spread the word of this extraordinary lady and Save the Strays.
It takes a special person to adopt an older dog, and we're very grateful to those who, over the years, have opened their hearts and homes to these special babies. Thank you, Susan, for your care and compassion for Paddy and for your continuing support of our work.
I first met Sandra Dollar, who runs this non-profit, many years ago when I adopted a sweet dog named Amber. I had seen Amber on Petfinder and thought she was such a beautiful girl. I wanted to adopt her to be a companion for my senior male dog. Sandra and I spoke at length and I filled out an application. Since I lived several hours away there wasn’t an in-home visit, I drove to meet Sandra and Amber.
Sandra was kind and very informative; I knew that Amber’s best interest was her main concern. She was able to provide a great deal of information, not only about her history, but of her breed, which helped immensely in my decision making.
Amber (who I named Abby) spent seven wonderful years with me before passing on. Throughout those years I continued to speak with Sandra about her care, and often received recommendations on where to get help or how to approach different issues. I sincerely appreciated her dedication to her family of adoptees. She has re-homed hundreds of dogs, but they and their families are still “hers”. It shows! I continue to support this worthy cause to this day.
Thank you for your kind words (and financial support for our work), Carolyn. We love hearing from our adopters. Whether it's an update or a question or an "issue," we're always glad to help.
We adopted Micah from save the strays about 11 years ago.....we live in Pennsylvania and Micah was brought up by a van to us.......Sandy made the adoption so very easy for us...... during the course of 11 years, we stayed in touch and if any physical problems arose, Sandy would offer her assistance with advice or even sent up to us in Pennsylvania some supplements to help Micah......a wonderful experience from a very caring lady.....
Always glad to help an adopter with anything we possibly can, Doris. Micah was a special little guy, and I was sorry to hear that he has passed. But I know he had a wonderful life with you folks and I'm grateful for that. He could not have asked for a better, more loving home.
Hi my name is Joanie Dittman-Guthrie. I met Save the Stays back in August 2007 through Pet Finders.We had just lost our pup Spunky in July from diabetes and we were heartbroken.One evening my husband saw our adorable MImi in a picture with her sister on the Save the Strays website. We contacted the Rescue and spoke with Sandra Dollar. Sandra was so helpful and went out of her way to answer any questions we had about adopting Mimi..she sent pictures and information to us that made us know that Mimi would be such a great addition to our family.. we live in Connecticut... Sandra was able to arrange for transportation to get Mimi up to us.. Mimi will be 12 June 8th and we just love her to pieces.. April of 2016 I contacted Sandra and mentioned I would love to adopt another yellow lab pup so Mimi would have company.. at the rescue a litter of pups was available and Sandra once again made our hearts full by sending us Lacey..Lacey will be 3 in November.. Sandra was able to get help with transportation for us with Pilots to Paws .I cannot say enough how dedicated Sandra is at Save the Strays..she loves everyone of the pups in her care and it reflects in her work with them..I referred my cousin in New Hampshire to Save the Strays and they adopted a beautiful beagle pup.If and when I would love another dog for our home in Connecticut I will not hesitate to contact Sandra at Save the Strays ..please know that this organization is worthy of any and every praise for what they do with abandoned and stray animals..My heart is full of pride for all the love and compassion that this Shelter provides for these beautiful animals.Warmest regards Joanie Dittman-Guthrie and Family
Thanks for giving Mimi and Lacey such a loving home, Joanie. We were thrilled when you wanted to adopt a second dog from us - love those repeat adoptions! And God bless Pilots-N-Paws for helping us get our dogs to such wonderful homes. With their help, we've placed dogs all up and down the Atlantic coast, from Maine to Florida and westward to the Mississippi!
Save The Strays holds a huge place in our hearts. This is where we adopted our precious 7 year old Michael. This is reason enough to give her five stars but she does so much more.
Sandra rescued Michael and his siblings and gave them the love and attention they needed. We were blessed to find Michael on Sandra's website and it was love at first sight. One of the great things that Sandra does is conduct interviews with prospective adopters. She wants to insure that her dogs go to the best homes possible. She interviewed me at least two times and the questions were centered around one topic-would we give Michael the best home he could have. As we were leaving with Michael, Sandra told us that if it didn't work out, she would come and get him. That's how passionate and caring she is for the wonderful canines she rescues. Sandra will also keep a rescue dog at her facility until she is satisfied that it will find a good home. And a few times, she has kept the dog for it's entire life because she won't send it to just anyone. My wife and I have encountered many dog rescue homes over the years. Save the Strays is without a doubt the absolute best! We've stayed in touch with Sandra over the years because it's great to have a friend who loves dogs and will do everything humanly possible to insure they have a good home. We and Michael give Sandra and Save The Strays Animal Rescue & Sanctuary five woofs!
Thank you, Dave. I love it when you, Sandy and Michael come for a visit. He is one wonderful dog! Thank you for mentioning that we do provide lifelong sanctuary for dogs that aren't adopted. Older dogs, shy dogs and those with medical conditions can be hard to find homes for. Although we believe there is a home for every dog, given enough time, if we don't find one for a dog, we make sure they have a home with us.
It's been several years since I adopted from Save the Strays, but my experience with this organization has always been a positive one. I had been out to look at several different dogs, but my other dog just didn't seem all that interested in the pups we had visited with. One day I received an email from Sandra, and she said she had a new dog come in, his name was Scottie. She sent me a picture of him, and I'm thinking, he's not a Scottie he's a Scruffy! I went out that Saturday to take a look at him. He jumped the fence, and my other dog jumped out of the car and the two took off into the woods together. I knew I had found the right dog. Sandra never pushed me to adopt a dog for the sake of adoption. She always wants her dogs to go to good homes, but she also wants them to go to the right home.
Scruffy was a great dog, Kelly. He had been bounced around a lot before we got him, so I was so grateful when he got a stable, loving home with you. Thanks so much for giving him that.
Back in 2013 I had just moved to a ranch style home with almost an acre fenced in. I thought maybe I could help another dog that needed a home. I already had 3, but 2 were up there in age and my younger one needed someone closer in age. I had gone through many on PetFinder when I happened on Violet from "Save the Strays". My heart went out to this little brown dog that looked so scared. As it turned out....she was. She had been feral when Sandra rescued her at nearly 6 months old. But because of her fear, Sandra was having a difficult time finding a forever home because she was way too timid to go to anyone. Sandra had worked and worked with her to try and get her to trust her. I told her it didn't matter to me...I was retired and had plenty of time and that I wanted to help change her life. Sandra made sure that I knew that I could bring her back if things didn't go well. She even sent me a video so I could see how she was so skittish. Sandra is in SC and I am in GA....but she arranged for a transport to meet me near Madison, GA. She turned from Violet to Lizzy because she didn't move her head but her little eyes darted all around with fear. This past November I discovered a Lizzy look-a-like at a Rescue in Dalton GA. She had been surrendered and the comment the vet put on her paperwork was "very scared". Lizzy is my shadow and now this little girl River is Lizzy's shadow. They looked so much alike when young. River brings out a playfulness that even Lizzy didn't know she had! But Lizzy has a place that is only hers and it's next to my leg when sitting. If someone else tries to sit there she patiently waits (staring at me) for me to move them. She has to always be touching me. All my friends and family adore Lizzy. So a big THANK YOU to Sandra for finding her, working with her and trusting me to make it work!
We are so grateful to adopters like you, Kathleen, who are willing to give a shy dog a chance. In most cases, they come around fairly quickly once they understand they are safe and loved. Thank you for giving Lizzy the opportunity to blossom!
We saw the sweetest little face online through Petfinder 16 months ago. He was half Chihuahua and half Shih Tzu, a big surprise because we thought 'some kind of terrier'. After visiting a few adoption 'fairs' and assessing whether or not one of the dogs we'd spotted would be a good fit with our 8 month old Pug we still hadn't found 'the one'. But this guy was, to us. We just had to introduce 'her' to 'him' and see how they did together. However, as it turned out, while we knew we'd be good dog parents and give this little sweet guy the best possible life, Sandra, who runs SaveTheStrays had to know that was so. She set aside as long as was mutually needed to spend time talking and to getting to us. She has a LOT of dogs and has a huge heart. These pups are her life. She carefully checks references and needed us to know that if for any reason this did not work out - adopting our Dexter who was then known as Triscuit - we were to bring him back to her and she would not cash our check for the adoption fee for two weeks. Or longer if need be. I cannot seem how she is not overwhelmed, but she is so dedicated and the care these dogs get when they land with her after their hard existences before, they are individually loved and cared for until Sandra feels sure they have their best possible shot at health and happiness. She keeps the littles inside with her and separately kenneled at night or they are are skittish but they are well socialized. The big dogs have clean, protective runs in insulated kennels outside and they too are loved and each known well. It was reassuring to us, although we would 'never' return a pup we committed to, that she wanted them back to rehome if anything didn't work. She cares so much. The world needs more people like her. And Dexter has been for fourteen months a great and loved addition to our family.
I adopted the best dog from Save the Strays. Her picture was on their web site and I called. They asked a lot of questions about how u take care of my dogs and spoke with my vet and other references. They even bought her to my home! They are the best.
In 2010, I knew I wanted another companion, as my fur-baby had passed away several years prior. I also knew that I wanted to adopt, not shop! Save the Strays Animal Rescue and Sanctuary was one of the rescues that I had researched online, and after looking around on their website, I could tell that they cared greatly about the animals in their care. I was able to find my four-legged son Bertie (now changed to Buddy) in their page of available dogs, and I fell in love! The adoption application process was very easy, but they were also very thorough, to ensure that Buddy went to a good home. Sandra was a pleasure to work with, and even met me halfway between the shelter and my home at the time (NC) so I wouldn't have to drive so far! I could tell she loved Buddy and I believe it was a bittersweet day for her, but that day changed my entire life for the better! Buddy will be ten years old this fall, and I still stay in touch with Sandra and send updates about my Buds. I also donate when I can, so that they can continue to provide the best care possible for animals. I highly recommend this organization!
This is a wonderful shelter where many dogs are given a second chance at a wonderful life. My wife and I were fortunate enough to find our beloved little dachshund mix through this great shelter. We were particularly impressed with the care that was taken to clear us as potential puppy parents and the kindness of the two ladies who run the shelter. When the original transport for our new puppy fell through, these generous ladies hand delivered our new little guy to us. Their perfect rating is well-deserved.
I first found this rescue back in 2013 when I adopted Bizzy. Working with Sandra the owner is wonderful. Then we had space for a new pup so we called Sandra again and adopted Max. Now we have a 4-Pack. I would highly recommend working with this rescue as they are kind and caring and absolutely love what they do. If you are not in the market to rescue, a donation is always appreciated by this wonderful place.