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The Dogist Rescue Partner Program is a new project that helps give back to the animal shelters that do so much good for animals without homes. This program helps feed dogs and find homes for pups in need.


Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & Sanctuary (HVARS) is a 501c3 non profit animal rescue, wildlife rehabilitation center & Low Cost vet service clinic.

Hudson Valley Animal Rescue was started in 2011 as a way to fund the wildlife rehabilitation that was so demanding and costly for a single person, buying formula and extensive vet care out of pocket. Our founder Celeste “Celie” Wiltse went to vet tech school in her 40s to learn all the ways to properly care for and help the wildlife she was rehabbing.  

After finishing school she started with a mobile hospital, one vet and herself performing low cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics once a week. She learned very quickly about the absolute need for a low cost clinic in our area and started her next adventure of making a stationary hospital that would allow room for growth and the ability to also rescue domestic animals. 

Over a two year period, we’ve converted a very beautiful old dairy barn that has been a part of our family for over 100 years into what is now our hospital & areas for our rescued dogs and cats. HVARS rescues & adopts out over 700 dogs, cats, pocket pets and a few farm animals each year. 

We have low cost vet services four day a week, one full time veterinarian and three part time veterinarians. We now have the ability to perform many types of surgeries – not only spaying & neutering – along with healthcare visits, x-rays, dentals, bloodwork and so much more than we weren’t able to do before. We have the capacity to hold around 60 dogs and 80 cats currently and are now working on expanding our spaces to help more dogs & cats in need. 

All of our adoptable animals come from high kill shelters in the south, local owner surrenders and local strays. All of our animals are full vaccinated, spayed/neutered, microchipped and dewormed prior to being up for adoption and leaving our facility. HVARS has has so much positive impact on the community and we can only hope to grow even further in the future.

About The Dogist Rescue Partner Program

Every season, The Dogist selects a new animal shelter to partner with. This partner is the beneficiary of the #FeedingFriends initiative, an effort to support rescue organizations by donating a day’s worth of meals to a shelter dog for every purchase made from The Dogist Shop. In addition, The Dogist will visit the shelter to photograph the dogs in need and feature them to help them find a home as soon as possible!

To apply to be next season's Rescue partner, please reach out here.