Norwegian Elkhound Rescue


A number of deserving dogs are looking for foster or permanent homes.

Click on their picture below to read about them.





JNMRF is looking for volunteers

If you can foster, help with transport, or help screen applications, please fill out an application to adopt or contact so we can get your information



Check out all our rescue items available through
Fun Time Dog Shop



Sweet Xena thanks you for your help! 

Click here to see her status.



The designation PENDING is added once the adoptive home has been informed that the match has been approved and arrangements to meet the dog have been made.  Should the match not work for all concerned, the dog will be re-listed for adoption.

There are Many Ways to Help

Sponsor a dog
Support Long Term Foster Care
Donate for Dogs in need of Special Veterinary Care
Browse or Shop the Internet with our Fundraising Partners

Click here to see a few of the special dogs that are being cared for in our program.


Click here to see who is Getting Ready to Look for a Home


Looking to help more than one dog?  A special page where you can find dogs who are already bonded with one another and are looking for a home together.  Two is MUCH more fun than one!  Click here to see who is waiting.


Don't forget our senior elkhounds designated by asterisks after their names!  They deserve a home in their golden years.

 If there is no dog listed near you, please go to and help a shelter dog.

Established in August of 1996, we believe this to be the oldest Elkhound Rescue page on the Internet. It arose from the common desires of group of people with one common goal: to find caring, loving homes for Norwegian Elkhounds and Elkhound mixes, in both the United States and Canada. Eventually these desires and goal became the foundation of a rescue organization called the John Nelsen Moosedog Rescue Fund.

If you cannot adopt a needy Elkhound now, but would like to help with our efforts, you can make a donation to:


John Nelsen Moosedog Rescue Fund
P.O. Box 65
Mendenhall, PA 19357


Via PayPal

If you need other information, contact us at or visit us at

Your donations and gifts are tax deductible. We have received our determination letter from the IRS and are classified as a tax exempt organization described in section 501c3.

If you wish to refer a needy dog to us, please use the Submit for Adoption form to provide as much information as possible.  We are a national rescue and need information on the location of the dog as well as the legal owner or responsible party.



Updated May 10, 2024









a Senior