"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

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Rescue Groups You Can Support

A search through the following list will bring you to specific breed rescues, or to rescues that may be in your geographical area. But whether you find "your breed" or someone near you - every group is working hard for the animals, and every one of them is worthy of your help.

All Creatures Great and Small Animal Rescue"

... a foster based rescue focused on saving those animals who have been doomed to death at local rescues. We take the injured and ill that others reject. AND - we get them well and find them homes! We'd welcome your help as a volunteer, a foster, or a donor.

Please visit us at www.allcreatures.org

Animal Harbor Shelter
managed by The Franklin County Humane Society
Serving Franklin County, Tennessee

Animal Harbor is a full-service animal shelter facility operated by members of The Franklin County Humane Society, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The mission of The Franklin County Humane Society is to

  • Provide health care and temporary shelter for lost and homeless companion animals
  • Find new loving homes for these pets
  • Reduce pet overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering
  • Prevent cruelty to animals
  • Educate the community about animal welfare

The Franklin County Humane Society
P. O. Box 187
Winchester, TN 37398

The Animal House Jamaica.

At any given time we care for over 150 of Jamaica's forgotten animals and have survived four hurricanes within one three-year period.

Visit us at theanimalhousejamaica.org.

Animal Rescue of Carroll in Carroll, Iowa.

We have just started up in the past couple of years, but our efforts are going strong with nearly 200 adoptions. We are in process of receiving our 501c3 certificate, but are under a non-profit clause of our affiliate, A.P.E.

Everyone can access our website at: www.animalrescueofcarroll.org

Animal Aid of Portland Oregon

Animal Aid is a registered non-profit, no-kill, animal rescue and outreach organization serving the Portland Metro area since 1969. We are actively fundraising and seeking resource growth in support of our vital services to our communities.

Our mission is to reduce animal birth rates and animal suffering through educating the public about spaying and neutering, offering assistance to community members who cannot afford urgent veterinary care, and finding permanent homes for animals in our care, including those with special needs (see our Heartstrings program). We house cats in our free-roam shelter and dogs (and a few cats) in loving foster homes.

Please visit us at www.animalaidpdx.org

Ark R.A.I.N. Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. is a non-profit, 501-c-3 public charity. The Sanctuary is a "safe haven" which takes in animals that are in need of special care and a loving place to reside for the rest of their lives. For some animals Ark R.A.I.N. Wildlife Sanctuary is the last resort before euthanasia. We are currently home to around 65 species of rare, unusual, threatened or endangered animals, reptiles and birds from 6 continents. More than 200 creatures in all!

Our mission is twofold:

To Provide abundant love, protection, nutritional diets, natural habitats, specialized vet care, and quality rehabilitation for all of our animals...

To help save rare, threatened and endangered species and the environment by increasing public awareness with outreach programs presented by The Mobile Ark, the education department of Ark R.A.I.N. Sanctuary.

Please visit us at www.arkrain.org/

Beagles of Arizona Rescue Club (BARC)

The Beagles of Arizona Rescue Club takes Beagle and part-Beagle pets from local shelters where they have been sentenced to death.

All are adoptable, but some have minor medical problems to clear up first - and municipal shelters won't spend money for that!

BARC is but one of many rescue groups associated with the Maricopa County New Hope program.

Please visit the Beagles of Arizona Rescue Club website for information about our ongoing projects, pets for adoption, and more.

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue (CBHR) is a volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization rescuing and placing stray, unwanted, neglected, and abandoned basset hounds in permanent homes.

Rescued bassets primarily come from kill shelters in various regions of North and South Carolina. As with all breeds, overpopulation and owner irresponsibility contribute to an abundance of animals.

CBHR is a fully recognized 501(c)3 organization.

Please visit us at www.cbhr.com.

Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue is a regional rescue, operating in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Shih Tzu, Shih Tzu mixes and other small breed dogs Our primary focus is shelter and puppy mill dogs.

Visit us at crossroadsrescue.org

Father John's Animal House

Father John's Animal House in Lafayette, NJ, is a 'No-Kill' shelter that opened its doors in 2001. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization supported entirely by pet adoptions, donations, grants and various fundraising events. Our primary purpose is to provide love, companionship, shelter, food, socialization, and medical care for the many dogs and cats that come to us until permanent, loving homes can be found for them.

For more information and to view our adoptable animals, please visit our website www.sussex.petfinder.org

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County

A non-profit organization established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. An "open admissions" shelter, we accept animals regardless of age, health, temperament or breed.

Our active humane education department offers programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse and neglect in our community and beyond.

Visit us at: www.hawspets.org

J and J's is a small 501c3 located in Washington, NC - and is successfully moving threatned pets out of harm's way.

To see their pets for adoption and learn how you can help, visit jandjpetrescue.petfinder.com

Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue, Inc. is based in Old Fort, NC.

Healing Hearts provides hope to all kinds of small animals. We are also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in the State of North Carolina.

Please Visit us at Petfinder.com

Kent County Animal Rescue, Kent County Animal Rescue, in Richibucto, N.B., Canada, is just starting to raise money for a shelter.

Volunteers have been rescuing dogs, cats, rabbits, and even raccoons for quite some time, but their homes are overflowing. It's time for a shelter.

You can learn all about them at their Facebook Page.

Mercy Fund Animal Rescue, Inc.
Marion, NC

Mercy Fund Animal Rescue, Inc. is based in the Marion, NC area.

Mercy holds Adoption Days every weekend in the Asheville or Marion area - so there's always one nearby. Come out and visit these fine folks one Saturday.

Please visit us at Petfinder.com

NC Saint Bernard / Golden Retriever Rescue NCSBGRR
Spring Lake, North Carolina

We are a small group that brings hope to orphaned Saint Bernards and Golden Retrievers in the NC/SC area. The sad reality is that large breed dogs, like the Saint Bernard, are typically the first to be euthanized at shelters through out this country for no other reason than their size.

Together we have banded together to hopefully put a dent in this alarming statistic.

Please visit us at Petfinder.com

The New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network (NJSRN) works to find permanent, loving homes for Miniature Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes throughout the northeastern United States. As part of our mission, NJSRN provides charitable and educational services by:

  • Assessing each dog's potential for permanent placement;
  • Ensuring that a dog's veterinary needs are met;
  • Providing quality temporary (foster) care;
  • Making the best possible match between dog and adopter;
  • Providing follow-up information and training to adoptive families;
  • Promoting responsible dog ownership;
  • Educating potential and current Miniature Schnauzer owners about breed characteristics, proper care and nutrition, health issues, training, and behavior; and
  • Providing referrals only to Miniature Schnauzer breeders who promote responsible breeding, including performing basic health checks and screening for PRA.
NJSRN will not euthanize any dog that enters our rescue program because a permanent home is not readily available. We will keep the dog in our rescue program until we find a suitable home. Because of age, illness, or other issues, we may decide to allow a dog to live out its life in foster care – as a permanent part of our rescue program – rather than placing it into an adoptive home.

NJSRN is an all-volunteer organization, registered as a charitable corporation in the State of New Jersey. We are approved by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Code, which means that we are recognized as a non-profit, charitable organization for tax purposes and that contributions to NJSRN may be tax-deductible.

Our websites are at www.njsrn.org and www.njsrn.petfinder.org.

New Rattitude, Inc., is an all-volunteer rescue group for Rat Terriers and Rat Terrier mixes.

New Rattitude is made up of Rat Terrier lovers all over the country, who join together to help as many dogs as we can. Our network of foster homes is supported by a "staff" of other volunteers who manage a variety of necessary tasks to handle administration, fund-raising, transportation, technology, and so on.

For more information, please visit us at www.newrattitude.org.

Palmetto Animal League

Palmetto Animal League has been the voice for animals in need in Beaufort County, SC for more than 30 years and continues to make a difference in the Lowcountry by actively promoting the humane treatment of animals and ending pet overpopulation through programs such as low-cost spay/neuter, rescue and education. With the help of generous foster families and volunteers, PAL has been able to find loving homes and spay/neuter approximately 5,000 animals since 2002. PAL's goal is to build a community where NO animal is left behind.

Visit us at www.palmettoanimalleague.org

PALS with Pawz trains rescued and donated dogs to serve as Autism/Mobility/Therapy and Neurological Disorder Service Dog Teams for physically, emotionally and psychologically disabled persons.

In addition, all of our Pawz candidates must participate in our READING Pawz and Therapy Pawz programs as part of their training. This way the dogs are exposed to various types of people and situations; and at the same time we are providing a valuable community service.

READING Pawz utilizes our Therapy dogs and their handlers by volunteering their time to children who need a little extra assistance with their reading.

We also work with at risk children through the READING Pawz Program. Classroom Pawz, takes the Service and/or Therapy Dogs into the elementary and middle schools, educating students on subjects such as: How to approach a strange dog, Importance of Service Dogs in our society, Dog Safety, etc.

If a dog does not make it through our program as either as Service or Therapy dog, then we adopt them out to good homes. The advantage of getting a dog from us is, that most dogs will have been house-trained and know a variety of commands already.

Visit us at: www.PALSwithPawz.org

PoundHounds Inc
"helping the invisible dogs in town pounds"

Pound Hounds is a Massachusetts-based animal welfare group dedicated to helping dogs in town pounds in the New England region. We do not have a shelter of our own; instead we focus on raising funds for the dogs in town pounds.

With town budgets so tight, money for spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, basic vet care is limited or non-existent. We raise funds to help pay for these things, plus some extraordinary medical care like x-rays or heartworm treatment and obedience training.

Money is so tight, we know Animal Control Officers who purchase cleaning supplies with their own money! So we help out with supplies and equipment too. We funded spay/neuter surgeries for over 100 dogs in Massachusetts last year, helped over 20 dogs with medical care, and funded training services for 5.

Please visit us at www.poundhounds.org.

Rescue the Animals, SPCA

Rescue the Animals, SPCA is located in Abilene Texas and serves West Texas Counties. Pleae visit their website at www.rescuetheanimals.org.

Safe Haven Animal Rescue

We're a rural rescue in Midwestern Georgia that also serves Mideastern Alabama,working to save as many animals as possible using only fosters at this time. We are in the process of building a shelter on 62 acres in Harris County, GA.

Safe Haven tests all animals (cats for Felv/Fiv, dogs for Heartworms), spay/neuter, rabies, all shots, and microchip. We always need extra volunteers, supplies, and donations.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Email us at safehavenga@yahoo.com or visit us at http://safehavenrescuega.com/

Saintly Bernards Rescue
Ambler, PA

Saintly Bernards Rescue is a member of the National Saint Bernard Rescue Organization, and serves the Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area.

Please visit us at: Petfinder.com

Saintly Bernards Rescue
Ambler, PA 19002
Phone: (215) 643-1447

Silver Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit dog and cat rescue based in Nashville, TN. We are supported solely by donations and adoptions. We have no paid staff and all funds go directly to supporting the animals.

See our pets for adoption at our Petfinder site.

Contact us at:
PO Box 111888
Nashville, TN 37222

Southern Star MinPin Rescue, Inc.

Southern Star MinPin Rescue, Inc. (SSMPR) is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Miniature Pinschers (minpins) of all ages. Upon entering our care, each minpin is evaluated for general health and updated on vaccinations. After the Miniature Pinscher is restored to good physical and emotional health and spayed or neutered the search begins for the best and most appropriate home.

Careful consideration is taken to ensure that the new home meets the specific needs of the individual minpin by providing a loving and safe haven for this new family member.

Prospective owners and family members are carefully screened and the home premises inspected before the minpin is introduced into the new environment. At a future date, a follow-up visit is made by SSMPR, to ensure that all is going well.

SSMPR, remains available as a supportive resource to the family for the life of the minpin. All new owners of a minpin from SSMPR, are required to sign a contract agreeing to maintain the best possible health of the minpin and further stating that,in the event circumstances change and the minpin can no longer remain in their home, it must be returned to SSMPR and cannot be sold, given away or taken to a shelter for replacement.

The rescue has volunteers in Alabama, Illinois, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

More information is available at www.ssmpr.org or by calling (866) 331-PINS

We provide low cost spay/neuter financial aid to low income pet owners in Franklin County North Carolina. We are all volunteer with no paid staff so all monies go directly to the SNIP Fund.

Our slogan is "Spay it Forward!"

Please visit us at: www.spcafc.org

Stray Pets in Need

Stray Pets in Need serves the Wellesley, MA area. Our mission is to promote the well-being of animals and responsible human-animal relationships.

Stray Pets in Need of MA, Inc. was formed in 1991 to promote the well-being of animals and responsible human/animal relationships. Each year over 400 animals are placed in new, carefully selected adoptive homes.

Please visit us at www.straypetsinneed.info

Wild Heir Labrador Rescue

Wild Heir Labrador Rescue, acting on behalf of homeless Labrador Retrievers, gives these wonderful dogs a second chance at life. From shelter to rescue to forever home, a rescued retriever becomes the ultimate family companion.

Please visit us at www.wildheirlabradorrescue.org

Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Inc.

Dedicated to Ending the Suffering in Wisconsin Puppy Mills Through Public Education

PO Box 516 * Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 * info@NoWisconsinPuppyMills.com

Just as the name suggests,this group is dedicated to putting a stop to the suffering and abuse dogs face in puppy mills. Visit them at www.nowisconsinpuppymills.com to see how you can help.

"...if one person is unkind to an animal, it is considered to be cruelty,
but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce,
the cruelty is condoned and, once sums of money are at stake,
will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people."

-- Ruth Harrison

Yorkie Friends Rescue

Our Mission Statement:

Yorkie Friends Rescue believes that all Yorkshire Terriers and Yorkie mixes deserve loving and caring homes and the medical care necessary to ensure the best possible quality of life, regardless of their age or condition; and the members will rescue Yorkies and Yorkie mixes in need, then strive to work together in a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect to achieve that goal for the Yorkies in our care; and through our endeavors we shall seek to educate the public about responsible pet ownership, as well as the cruelty to animals that exists in our country, and how they can help to end it.

Visit us at www.YorkieFriendsRescue.com

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