What programs do you have?

Our programs are targeted both to high-risk dogs and owners in need. 

  • We are a foster-based rescue, and our volunteers take in dogs from shelters and sometimes from private owners based on availability and need to adopt to deserving and wonderful homes.

  • We run a community outreach program that visits neighborhoods in Central Virginia to disburse dog food, dog houses, and other supplies to owners in need.

  • We offer training programs for adopters and occasionally for private owners, both by phone and in person if available.

  • We partner with other groups to transport, rescue, and save dogs in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Can you help me?

We try to help current dog owners as much as our volunteer resources and time allow. Most people ask about our training advice request and what to do if they want to surrender a dog. The following links may be of help: 

  • DOG REHOMING FORM - this form is for owners who would like to surrender a dog. Owner surrenders are taken in by SOHO volunteers when and if an appropriate foster home is available. 

  • TRAINING ADVICE FORM - this form is for owners who need help training their dog and have a question that can be answered by a thirty to forty-five minute training advice phone call. 

We try to help as much as we can, but we are all-volunteer so please be patient if you submit a request.​

SOHO is a 501(c)3 registered public charity specializing in dog rescue and rehabilitation with a community outreach component. We have professional, certified trainers as a part of our group as well as dedicated, experienced volunteers. Please contact us if you have any questions about our programs, dogs, or intake / owner surrenders.

How do I contact you?

Please note: if you are inquiring about adoption and you have not yet filled out an adoption application, please do so at the links above.

  • We prefer contact by e-mail at saveourherdersoutreach@gmail.com.

  • You can also call and leave us a message at 804-657-7646 (804-657-SOHO)

  • Our mailing address is:

    • Save Our Herders Outreach, P.O. Box 11223, Richmond, VA, 23230​

We are a committed, highly experienced group of herding dog rescuers operating to save herding dogs in Virginia and the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. We have taken in many herding dogs into our foster homes and paired them with wonderful adoptive homes.  Our dogs come primarily from shelters, though we do occasionally take in owner surrenders based on evaluation and circumstance.


We are foster-based and do not have a main facility, as we believe that all dogs should have a home - even if it's temporary and while they are in search for their forever home.

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