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Welcome to Four Paws Elkhound Rescue

A Norwegian Elkhound and Snow Dog Rescue



Four Paws Elkhound Rescue is a nonprofit 501c(3) network kennel dog rescue.  Four Paws  was created out of the need for a breed specific rescue for Norwegian Elkhounds and Snow Dogs.


The organization serves owners, rescues, shelters, adopters, fosters, networkers, vets, breeders, and businesses.   Local, national and international communities benefit from this rescue.


Norwegian Elkhounds and Snow Dogs are abused, neglected and abandoned every day.  Their instinctive guarding behavior is perceived as a threat.  Their standoffishness is taken as uncaring.  When their teeth latch onto an arm to play, people are afraid.  When they are misunderstood, they become in danger.

The social problem that creates the necessity for Four Paws Elkhound Rescue is the need for education.  People can show aggressive behavior toward an already domineering dog.  Norwegian Elkhounds and Snow Dogs are bred to hunt large animals such as moose, elk and bear.  They are very tough and their instinct is to take charge to stay alive. 


When these dogs are left chained outside with barely enough food and water to survive, they tend to guard their food.  When they have very little human contact, they become scared and untrusting of humans.  They can lash out in fear.   These behaviors are misconstrued by those who do not understand the instincts.   If the shelter, rescue or owner is not familiar with the breed, these dogs are in danger of being euthanized. 

Four Paws Elkhound Rescue works tirelessly every day to ensure Norwegian Elkhounds and Snow Dogs are given the best possible chance at a new life.   Thru understanding and recognizing the needs of these rescue dogs, Four Paws Elkhound Rescue finds new homes that best fit the needs of the dog.  


Four Paws Elkhound Rescue works as a team with the owners of the dog and the new family to ensure the best match possible.   Behavior evaluations, meet and greets, and dog training are some of the ways that help ensure each dog’s success. 


Join with us to help us continue “Saving Norwegian Elkhounds and Snow Dogs, Four Paws at a Time.”

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Four Paws Elkhound Rescue

1985 Lincoln Way

Suite 23164

White Oak, PA 15131


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