Our rescue program is centered around using decompression, positive reinforcement, and mutual respect to rehabilitate dogs coming from abusive and neglectful situations, as well as those considered feral. Because of their histories, these dogs often have behavioral challenges causing them to appear “unadoptable” in shelters and traditional rescue settings, which makes them susceptible to euthanasia. The HKRT process allows traumatized dogs as much time as they need to adjust and become comfortable in a home setting before finding their forever family, with a focus on safety and quality of life for all involved. View our Adoptable Dogs and Sanctuary Dogs!

Additionally, we provide training and rehabilitation services to families in our community who have dogs with special behavioral needs. We empower humans through education and realistic, low-cost training and management techniques, which allows more dogs to find and keep homes. Our free community group training classes focus on management, socialization, and enrichment tools to further our outreach to those who need it most. View our range of training options!

With our mission, we are reducing shelter capacity, increasing live release rates, and decreasing the number of dogs rehomed or euthanized due to fear – based reactivity and manageable behaviors. ​

Considering adding a new member to your family? We have wonderful fur babies waiting for their forever homes. Check them out here!

At your wit's end with your pup's shenanigans? We can help!

We have a variety of training options available from group classes to virtual and in-person behavior assessments and private training at your home or our office and you can request training assistance by filling out this form!


Pup Pantry


We are offering free dog food and treats for senior and low-income members of the community!

Supplies vary and are limited so it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop by our office any time during normal business hours!

Upcoming Events

Head over to our Calendar to see what else we have going on!

  • August 16, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

    Enjoy a wonderful atmosphere for our annual Paint a Dog at Pinot's Palette where you can hang out with friends and hopefully make new ones too!

  • August 25, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

    Bring your pup for a tutoring session on how to properly greet people!

  • August 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

    Last Saturday of Each Month

    Have a reactive dog? Feel frustrated or lost? Join us to talk about it and learn you're not alone!

  • August 31, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

    Last Wednesday of Each Month

    If you've lost any type of pet, join us as we work our way through the process of healing together.

  • Coming September 2022!

    A group training class just for folks 55 and up. More details to come! Sign up for updates from us by clicking on the Subscribe button in the lower left corner of your screen.

  • September 24, 2022

    Swing by our booth at this year's Huntsville Obedience Training Club's (HOTC) Dog Fair at Monte Sano State Park!

  • October 8, 2022

    Swing by our booth at this year's Rocket City Pride Fest!

How You Can Help

We have a variety of ways in which you can help us - click on the tiles below for more information!

  • New!!!

    Each student of our School of Hard Knocks group classes receives a free Max & Neo collar. Now you can purchase a pack of collars at bulk pricing!

  • New!!!

    Honor someone's legacy by creating a memorial fund with Ever Loved.

  • Sponsor a dog in our adoption or sanctuary programs or sponsor a group training class or a private training session.

  • Support us by donating, shopping for HKRT swag, or shop one of our affiliates!

  • Volunteer as a short-term foster or volunteer some of your time to help organize events or help at our office! Check our Volunteer page and submit your application.

How To Find Us

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All intakes are on hold until further notice. This includes animals from owners, off the street, and other organizations.

We must make the health, training, and adoption of the dogs currently in our care our top priority.

We do offer free group training classes that focus on basic obedience and teaching you how to manage your dog's behavioral issues.

See our Training Page for more information!


If you would like to meet one of our dogs, please read through our Adoption Process then fill out the Adoption Application, both can be found here. We will reach out to you.

Meetings must be scheduled in advance as all dogs are in foster homes and this requires time to coordinate.

Our Location

We are located inside Lowe Mill at Door 2 (clearly marked on building).

2211 Seminole Dr
Studio 1055
Huntsville, AL 35805

Office Hours
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Friday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

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