ARTBAR Q & A for the public

Thank you for contacting ARTBAR, Inc. Here is general information that should answer most questions from the public.

We are a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit foster-based animal rescue located in rural southwestern West Virginia headquartered in Mingo County near the Kentucky border. We primarily rescue dogs but do occasionally also intake cats.

Venmo is our preferred donation method:

Our Facebook page is A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue, Inc.

Please follow our founder, Jessica Hill White, on Facebook:

Right now we only have two foster homes, so that seriously limits what we can intake.

To request to surrender a dog to us, please text Jessica at 304-784-6678. Include 3 good photos of the dog as well as information about how it is around other dogs and adults/children. If the dog has any signs of aggression with humans or dogs, we cannot take it. We mostly rescue dogs and only take in a very few cats. If the cat is pregnant or has kittens, there’s a better chance we can find a rescue to take it. Jessica lives in a very rural area. The text is more likely to reach her during the business day. Sometimes texts do not get through to her phone at home.

All dogs surrendered to us must be good with dogs and people, no food/toy guarding/aggression issues. No dogs with bite histories. If they are not good with livestock, we may be able to assist.

Our volunteers work full time day jobs. We are not animal control and we do not have a shelter, so you can’t drop animals off to us today and we can’t come out now and pick up strays. The Mingo County dog warden can be reached at 304-235-0252. We are not affiliated with county animal control. Please call them directly for strays or to find out if they have picked up your dog. As far as we know, they do not intake cats but you can ask the dog warden about that when you call.

We urgently need more foster homes in the vicinity of Mingo County WV or up near Charleston WV or over in the Lexington KY area near Sheabel Vet. The link to our foster application is on

Our adoptable dogs are listed at – We do not do local adoptions and do not have any puppies or small dogs available at this time.

You can view our fundraisers at and you can donate at

We are located in Mingo County in southwestern West Virginia near the star in our logo.

Our rescue works in rural southwestern WV and southeastern KY. We do not rescue from outside the area.

We are accepting VERY FEW animals until we can find some new foster homes. No one in our area seems to want to offer to foster, they just ask us to intake animals.

We do not do direct adoptions locally. We intake and vet and assess dogs and then place them with our thoroughly-screened partner rescues in the northeast where their chances at adoption are much higher due to higher population density.

PA-based rescues, we are PA licensed.

Rescues who want to partner with us, please visit for information on how to proceed.

To any donors looking for tax receipts:

If you donated via PayPal, you can generate a report from PayPal to show you the amount you sent to us during the previous year.

If you donated via check, use your checking statements to calculate what you sent to us during the previous year.

If you donated via Venmo, you can log into Venmo and look in the MINE section to see what you sent us during the previous year.

Please subscribe to our site!

To select us on Amazon Smile or Kroger Community Rewards program as your charity of choice, search for A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue.

When our intake is closed, other rescues you can contact for help are One By One Animal Advocates and The Paws Squad.

For donation information, please visit our DONATE page, which also includes a link to our Wish List.

Venmo is the preferred method for donating to us. It’s an app for your phone. There are no fees. The donation gets to us instantly. Matching dollar challenges are done primarily through Venmo.

If you’re new to Venmo, download the app to your device, set up an account, log in and then click this Venmo link to get to our account. Friend us on Venmo and that’ll make it easier for you to find us in the future.

We desperately need foster homes and drivers! Click VOLUNTEER on our site. You can foster in Lexington KY area or in southwestern WV in Mingo/Logan county area.

We only adopt to northeastern states. Click ADOPT on our site. We do not adopt locally in WV.

Rescue inquiries welcome! Click RESCUE on our site. We transport to northeastern states.

Our mailing address is ARTBAR, Inc., PO Box 394, Lenore, WV 25676

Our shipping address for packages is: Jessica Hill White, 100 Hillcrest Dr., Williamson, WV 25661.

No, we do not need assistance with our website.

If your question is not answered on this page, someone will get back to you shortly.