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Rescue is Rewarding!

“A greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Following is a list of noteworthy organizations, and links to their homepages, that are dedicated to dog and animal rescue and adoption. Some are national in scope and some are oriented toward specific breeds. We will continue to add and update this list, occasionally high-lighting a particular organization we feel is worthy of special mention.

National Organizations

Petfinder.com – A national organization with a database of over 100,000 adoptable pets across the country. You can utilize their powerful search tool to locate a specific animal by breed, age size, gender and location. They also offer a complete list of animal welfare organizations.

The Senior Dogs Project – This wonderful organization promotes the adoption of older dogs; provides current information on the special care that older dogs need so that they and their human companions may fully enjoy their golden years; and documents the strong, loving bonds that people have with their older dogs. Also posts information and pictures of senior dogs needing homes in the United States and Canada.

Canine Companions for Independence - A non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Greyhound Pets of America - This organization is the largest non-profit greyhound adoption group, and has adopted over 60,000 greyhounds nationwide. GPA is run entirely by volunteers, and has 10,000 member and 47 chapters across the country.

Rescue Workers Adoption Page - This webpage has been created for the purpose of providing a place for canine and feline rescue workers to showcase some of the animals they have up for adoption or animals who are otherwise awaiting rescue.

Puppy Mill Rescue - Created to locate, foster, vet, and place in forever loving homes, purebred dogs previously used as breeders in puppy mills

Bichon ResQ - a central location on the web where one can learn about Bichon Rescue and the causes as to why there is even a need for such.  Additionally, information is provided concerning the characteristics of responsible rescue.

Dachshund Rescue of North America - www.drna.org - is an organization with one sole purpose — rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing needy dachshunds and mostly dachshund mixes. 

Small Paws Rescue - The largest Bichon Frise rescue operation in the US.

The Greyhound Project - A wonderful site that provides an overview on Greyhound adoption plus a database locator for retired Greyhound racing dogs.

Local North Carolina Organizations

Animal Protection Society of DurhamTheir mission is to educate the public about the humane care and treatment of animals, promote spay/neuter and encourage the adoption of homeless animals.  APS of Durham cares for nearly 7,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens each year.  In addition to providing shelter to animals, they also provide low-cost rabies and microchip clinics to the public and educational programs to local schools and civic groups.

Animal Protection Society of Orange County, Chapel Hill, NC - APS runs a multifaceted animal shelter operation with the placement of unwanted animals into new homes being one of their most crucial goals of the APS. They have attained the highest APS adoption rate in North Carolina.

Best Friends - Cares for stray, abandoned and abused companion animals primarily in North Carolina's Research Triangle Region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. Holds adoption fairs regularly, generally once a month, throughout the Triangle.

Golden Retriever Rescue -  Volunteer based organization that finds loving, “forever” families for homeless Golden Retrievers.

German Shepherd Rescue - Dedicated to saving as many dogs as it can effectively care for. Concentrates primarily on rescuing German Shepherds although it does occasionally take other breeds and mixed breeds. Carefully screens adopters so that the available dogs can be matched up with the most suitable homes.

Independent Animal Rescue - A private non-profit organization that cares for stray, abandoned and abused companion animals primarily in North Carolina's Research Triangle Region of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.

Lab Rescue of North Carolina – Operated by volunteers to re-home abused, abandoned or unwanted Labrador into loving homes.

Second Chance - Animal rescue operation serving the NC, Triangle area. Also holds frequent Adopt-A-Thons at area locations.

The Pet Foster Network - The Pet Foster Network is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization helping local animal rescue groups and shelters to recruit as many foster parents as possible. Our goals are to promote the joys and needs of pet fostering in Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties, North Carolina, and to provide educational materials to develop successful foster programs.

Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC -