Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio

Address Website
7671 Southview Drive
Columbus, OH 43235
Social Networks
Phone Contact
614/800-3320  Ms. Cheryl Rakich


To provide homeless collies and other family-friendly dogs a safe haven; to reduce the number of unwanted pets by altering all dogs in our rehoming program; to educate the public about the importance of altering pets; and to share that owning a pet is a lifetime commitment.

2014 Accomplishments
  • We rescued 84 dogs and we found homes for most of them.

  • We continued to work for the elimination of puppy mills.

  • We saved 13 typically unadoptable dogs from euthanasia and provided companionship for seniors by enabling these senior dogs to be with senior citizens who are acting as permanent fosters.

  • We accepted 21 dogs from owners who no longer could care for them, all were placed in loving homes.

2015 Goals
  • We will rescue our 1,000th dog this year.

  • We will use video technology in our presentation for students and scout groups, making it more interesting and accessible to elementary and middle school-aged participants; we will contact more scout groups this year.

  • We will establish a therapy-training component to increase the impact of our senior to senior program. We will support certification of these human-dog pairs to be comfort givers in nursing homes and cancer centers.

  • We will continue to increase the number of fosters; our program, Be A Lifesaver, will help us achieve that goal.


In 2003, after learning that some collie rescue agencies in the Ohio area were reluctant to work with senior dogs, Cheryl Rakich and two other women formed Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio (AHDRO). The articles of incorporation were filed with the Ohio Secretary of State in 2003 and 501(c)(3) status was received in 2004.

AHDRO rescues collies and other breeds from shelters and owners, primarily in Ohio. It is important to us that each of our dogs receive complete veterinary care, including spaying or neutering, and that all medical issues are treated before adoption. In the absence of a shelter, we house our dogs in approved foster homes. We conduct thorough investigations of potential adoptive families to ensure that each dog goes to a loving, safe home.

Early on, a relationship was established with several veterinarians who examine every dog rescued and provide necessary medical care; also procedures were set in place to assure that the dogs will receive a safe, loving home. There was also program developed to teach local elementary and middle school children about the responsibilities of pet ownership. Through this program, our all-volunteer organization has worked with hundreds of children, rescued more than 800 dogs, and expanded to senior outreach.

Statement from Mrs. Cheryl Rakich , Community Volunteer

I am proud of our impact on the community! We are involved with area schools and scout troops to teach participants about pet ownership, and we have been dedicated to passing legislation that bans puppy mills.

I take great pride in the AHDRO board members who fundraise year-round to support dogs in need. We have a strong presence in our community and will continue to serve it for many more years.

Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio

Senior Staff
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 30 
Staff Retention Rate:

Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan No

Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mrs. Cheryl Rakich, Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term 1/2015 - 1/2016  
Board Members
Mr. Arnie Berger, Community Volunteer  
Mrs. Sue Love, Community Volunteer  
Mrs. Charlene Molnar, FedEx  
Mrs. Carol Mondillo, Community Volunteer  
Mrs. Paula Peyton, Community Volunteer  
Mrs. Pamela Pittman, Mast Global  
Ms. Liz Sayers, BMW  
Mrs. Janice Stemen-Smith, Alliance Data  
Mrs. Sara Tobin, GBQ Partners LLC  
Mrs. Traci Wylly, Community Volunteer  
Board Meetings Annually 11 
Board Meeting Attendance 83% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Gender Female 91%
  Male 9%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 100%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.

Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio

Pet Ownership Classes

We work to ensure that all pets have a safe, loving home. We offer presentations to schools and scout troops about pet care and ownership. We also offer seminars on a variety of relevant topics to any pet owner or foster family presented by professionals in their field.

Senior to Senior

Many senior dogs are seen as unadoptable, and many senior citizens are in need of companionship but do not have the extra income to support a pet. The Senior to Senior program matches individuals over 55 and older with limited financial resources with available senior dogs. Participants must be physically able to handle a dog and offer a safe home. The senior dogs placed through this program are older and quieter, and can provide companionship. We provide all food and veterinarian care for the dog; we only ask that the senior provide love.


We work to ensure the success of each adoption we facilitate. This begins when a dog is rescued and immediately seen by a veterinarian. Dogs are spayed or neutered, and any medical issues are treated. Once a dog is healthy and socialized, it is placed for adoption. Each potential adopter goes through an application process that includes an interview and home visit. Following adoption, we provide adopters with ongoing support, including information about care, feeding, and grooming.  

Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio
Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $121,851
Projected Expense $110,854
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenue by Source
  2014   2013   2012  
Total Direct Support $53,791  $23,179  $19,519 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $53,791  $23,179  $19,519 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $17,560  $11,925  $18,114 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events $56,068  $58,701  $29,069 
TOTAL REVENUE $127,419  $93,805  $66,702 

Expense by Type
  2014   2013   2012  
Programs $85,526  $66,227  $59,375 
Administration $4,298  $1,110  $473 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $89,824  $67,337  $59,848 

Assets and Liabilities
  2014   2013   2012  
Total Assets $132,912  $92,385  $65,938 
Current Assets $132,912  $92,385  $65,938 
Total Liabilities $4,343  $1,414  $1,435 
Current Liabilities
NET ASSETS $128,569  $90,971  $64,503 

Financial Documents Available:

FY 2014
  • Form 990 or 990EZ
FY 2013
  • Form 990 or 990EZ
FY 2012
  • Form 990 or 990EZ