Rescue Groups and Senior-friendly Shelters

Following are some of the many organizations that prepare all ages of dogs for successful adoption into a new home. Those listed here, although they don't specialize in helping senior dogs, won't automatically turn them away and, in fact, have a good track record of trying their best to adopt out seniors. The list is updated from time to time, but the rescue world changes frequently (along with increasingly positive attitudes toward the potential for adoption of senior dogs!).   


SOS Animal Shelter, East Enterprise, AL

Two by Two Rescue, Birmingham, AL, is an all volunteer organization. We receive no state funding or other assistance, all expenses are covered by donations, adoption fees and our own pockets. Our goal is to help animals in need until they can find their forever homes. All animals, if old enough, are spayed/ neutered, up to date on vaccinations, placed on heartworm prevention, treated for heartworms if positive, and socialized. We have very limited space, and we must keep the limited space we have available for animals in need. We are always looking for FOSTER HOMES so we can save more animals.


Friends of the Valdez Animal Shelter ....a group of volunteers dedicated to providing quality time to animals while they are at the Valdez Shelter and to increasing adoptions. Click on the link to find out more.

Alaska Mindful Paws is a non-profit organization managing the Homer Animal Shelter under contract with the City of Homer. They took over management in January of 2017 and appreciate the opportunity to serve our community and its companion animals.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral, Inc.
Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral is an all breed dog rescue in Fairbanks, Alaska, that takes in dogs from shelters, private releases and other sources. HBPRR adopts to the best home for the dogs we get and has a wonderful success rate with our adoptions. We have several senior dogs as well as puppies and go from the tiny Chihuahua's up to Mastiffs. Homeward Bound provides each pet with veterinary care as appropriate.  All animals are spayed or neutered, updated on their shots, microchipped, dewormed and have a health check before being released for adoption. We are a 501 (3)c non-profit organization and are always glad to accept donations to help us provide the best care for the dogs we take in as our adoption fees do not cover all medical care we provide for our dogs. All our dogs are housed in foster homes to keep them connected to family life instead of kenneled. We do not euthanize dogs based on age and will work hard to correct behavior problems of all animals we get in. We offer post adoption support to ensure the success of every family and pet.

Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue was originally formed as a Rescue organization to help meet the needs of the Mat-Su Valley and its pet over population problems. The dogs and puppies taken in were literally saved from certain death and ADPR formed to help save their lives. Since its beginning in 2003, ADPR has rescued and placed over 1000 dogs a year. As an all-volunteer organization it hasn't been easy but thanks to hundreds of dedicated and compassionate volunteers ADPR has continued to grow and succeed. We strive to be advocates for dogs in our community and elsewhere and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. It is our goal to be an asset not only to our rescued dogs and puppies but also to our community.


The Verde Valley Humane Society    VVHS exists to humanely protect all companion animals in our community, as well as the people who care for them and to educate in order to achieve our vision of a world free of animal cruelty and neglect.

R.E.S.C.U.E. (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education) CoveringPhoenix Valley, including Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, and Mesa.

Follow Your Heart, Mesa, AZ. Follow Your heart Animal Rescue is a 501(c) (3) organization with a simple mission- saving animals. To us, Follow Your Heart is more than just a name; it is our driven purpose.  We are an all foster based rescue in Mesa, Arizona.

Yavapai Humane Society, Prescott, AZ has been serving western Yavapai County and the Prescott area since 1972. Our mission is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of pets. We operate a shelter that has around 270 animals at any one time. We are proud of our no-kill ethic and our live release rate is currently the highest in Arizona, 94%. We offer free adoptions through our Senior for Senior program when a senior (59+) adopts a senior dog or cat (5+).

Friends for Life, Gilbert, AZ - A group of professionals joined together to aid cats and dogs who have been abandoned, neglected or otherwise placed in harm's way. Mission: To provide a sanctuary for the temporary housing of adoptable cats and dogs and a refuge for hard-to-place or unadoptable cats. To promote and encourage the responsible care of pets, especially spaying and neutering and vaccination of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary [FLPS] in Scottsdale, AZ, is dedicated to matching rescued senior animals with loving families to provide a meaningful and caring second chance at life. FLPS is one of only two senior animal rescues in Maricopa County, AZ. Formed in 2012 as a non-profit 501[c]3 organization, the focus of FLPS is to promote the rescue, adoption, and well-being of senior animals. FLPS also provides public education regarding the value of adopting a senior pet. FLPS has a fluctuating list of sweet senior dogs (and cats) available for adoption.


AR*RUFF (Arkansas Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends), Benton, AR, Email: Phone: 501-316-7247

Fayetteville, Arkansas, Animal Services and Animal Shelter
There is a strong commitment from the staff and volunteers at this shelter to helping find homes for all animals, regardless of age. They make a special point of advertising the advantages of adopting an older animal.

Arkansas Mountain Home Pets, Inc. is the result of many years of rescue work in Louisiana and Arkansas. As a registered non-profit corporation, the goal of the group is to be the primary resource for rescued, lost and found pets in the area. Working mainly with Yorkshire Terriers and Chihuahuas (and other small breeds as room permits), but also able to help seniors and special needs dogs. A Seniors for Seniors program places special senior dogs with senior citizens.

Ozark Humane Society, Harrison, AR
"We are a no kill shelter, currently have 180 dogs, and would be delighted to have our seniors and long-time residents adopted into a loving, new home." Please visit the adoptable animalspage.  Telephone 870-741-3050. Email:


CALIFIORNIA -- San Francisco

San Francisco Animal Care and Control
San Francisco's Animal Care & Control shelter does euthanize dogs, but only when there are absolutely no other alternatives. The staff there really knock themselves out to beat the deadline and find a home for every dog before his time is up. San Francisco Animal Care and Control, 1200 15th Street (at Harrison), San Francisco, CA 94103. Telephone: (415) 554-6364. Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control (FSFACC) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for this shelter. Ninety-five percent of all donations made to FSFACC are used to support the shelter and various community-oriented humane programs.

San Francisco SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA takes in dogs from San Francisco Animal Care and Control when they meet their criteria for being candidates for adoption
. You will sometimes find a senior dog here, as long as the dog has met the requirements.  When you adopt a dog, you'll get a free first medical exam from one of their on-site veterinarians, although you'll be responsible for the cost of follow-up appointments.

Grateful Dogs Rescue
Grateful Dogs Rescue is a non-profit all-volunteer organization dedicated to finding homes for dogs that are not made available for adoption from San Francisco Department of Animal Care & Control and other Bay Area shelters.  Rather than letting these dogs be euthanized, they save as many of these dogs as possible by providing foster homes and needed medical care until loving “forever homes” are found for them.

RocketDog Rescue
Rocket Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving lives at the speed of light!
It is is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with no paid staff, supported entirely by donations. A hard-working group of volunteers saves dogs from death at overcrowded shelters. Rocket Dog Rescue holds adoption days the first and third Sundays of each month. First Sunday of the month at: Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th Street, between Noe/Castro. Third Sunday of the month at: 18th and Castro. Hours: 12-4. Help is offered to anyone needing to give up a dog or needing discounted vet care, etc. Foster homes and volunteers also welcome.

 Hopalong Animal Rescue
This group works primarily with shelters in the Bay Area, taking in animals and seniors in danger of being euthanized due to overcrowding or other issues.

East Bay

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortman Way, Alameda, CA 94501. Telephone: 510-337-8565

Berkeley Humane Society, It takes community involvement to save the lives of shelter animals. You can make a difference by joining our amazing community members who dedicate their time and talents to our cause. Become a volunteer, intern, or foster to help animals in need!

Berkeley, CA -- Home At Last Animal Rescue
Millions of cats and dogs are killed at municipal shelters each year. We rescue as many as we can from these shelters and then provide the animals with housing, socialization, rehabilitation, medical care and medical care. Once the animals are adoptable, we hold adoption events to find our animals loving, permanent homes.

The Berkeley East Bay Humane Society is a private non-profit located in Berkeley, CA, devoted to finding forever homes for dogs and cats of all ages. The 'Golden Paws Program' promotes awareness and adoption of senior animals. Through the Golden Paws Program, senior people can adopt senior pets for half-price. All senior pets receive 20% off vaccines at our hospital for life, among other perks and freebies!

Milo Foundation -- Milo Foundation, Berkeley, CA. This organization has a 283-acre sanctuary near Willits, CA, and an Adoption Store in Berkeley, which is open Wednesdays to Sundays for adoptions, fostering, volunteering, donations. Telephone: 510-548-9301 Fax: 510-868-1822. Milo Pet Adoption Store, 1575 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707.

Oakland, CA -- The East Bay SPCA has adoptable cats and dogs and also offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and vet services. Our "Silver Muzzle Club" program allows us to have up to three senior dogs and six senior cats at a time available for adoption.

Oakland, CA -- Oakland Adoption Center of the East Bay SPCA
March 2004 kicked off the Silver Muzzle Club...their motto "experience counts". Check out the website -- under Adoption Animals you will see a key for the Silver Muzzle Club. Two kennels and four cat cages are dedicated to animals over 8 years. They will have a few more amenities since older dogs to stay at the shelter a little longer. Members of the Club will come from the local Alameda county municipal shelters as space becomes available. There are opportunities for folks to support these animals through special giving. 

Fremont, CA -- Furry Friends Rescue,
We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, fostering and finding forever homes for companion animals in the San Francisco Bay Area. All dogs and cats are home fostered by volunteer homes. We rescue dogs and cats of all ages (babies-seniors), all breed types, special medical or behavior needs. Also see information on our Golden Dogs program -- specializing in placing dogs of 8 years+. Join us on FaceBook & Twitter!

Walnut Creek, CA -- Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation

Marin County and North

Larkspur, CA -- Dogs on Death Row-- This organization rescues dogs in imminent danger of being euthanized -- by arranging for financial sponsors, foster homes, or medical care that will ultimately make those dogs adoptable. Another major objective of the organization is to create awareness of the need to eliminate the use of gassing and heart-prick methods of euthanizing -- both of which are inordinately painful to the animals and inhumane.

Novato, CA -- Marin Humane Society's Pet Partnerships Program
Pets who are abandoned, surrendered or strays get a broader opportunity to find a new home in northern California, thanks to the Marin Humane Society's "pet partnerships program." In this most compassionate of commitments, the society accepts animals from 29 different sanctuaries, adoption agencies, and rescue organizations in northern California. Hundreds of animals get increased visibility and a better chance of finding a new home.

Sonoma, CA -- Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter
Waives all adoption fees for any Senior over 65 when adopting an adult cat or dog. This group is great at finding good, stable homes for their older cats and dogs, and provides the benefits of pet adoption to senior citizens without the upfront expense.

Penngrove, CA -- Wonder Dog Rescue

"Wonder Dog’s current lifesaving mission is a synthesis of 30 years of rescue work. Our founder began in dog rescue in 1990 and started a Boston Terrier rescue in San Francisco. As the organization grew, so also did our ability to help other dogs in need. Today, we rescue all types of small dogs, from 6 weeks to 16 years! All of our dogs live in foster homes while awaiting adoption. There they are given the love and support they need to transition into their forever homes.

"We also rescue dogs who are at the greatest risk of euthanasia in the shelters due to medical issues, both physical and emotional. While some of these dogs continue on to being adopted, many remain with us as foster/hospice, or fospice dogs… beloved dogs who need care and compassion at the end of their lives."

Petaluma, CA -- North Bay Canine Rescue
--Dedicated to rescuing dogs from crisis situations, some of which include euthanasia by animal shelters, neglect and other forms of abuse, or "free to a good home" ads, which result in dogs being bounced from one home to another, or being acquired by animal brokers ("bunchers") and sold to research laboratories where they are used for testing, then discarded ("cruelty industries"). Dogs rescued by North Bay are spayed and neutered prior to placement and are placed only after home checks, medical evaluations, vaccinations, "return to rescue" agreements, contracts, and adoption fees. Dogs are fostered in a home environment, rather than a kennel, if at all possible. This group takes pride in their promise that, ". . . at any time and for any reason in the dog's life, if the need arises, he or she has a safe place with us ('return to rescue' policy)."

Campbell, CA -- St. Francis Animal Protection Society

A Northern California nonprofit founded in 1971, we're a small, but mighty group of volunteers who bring help, hope, and healing to at-risk animals-- from shelter cats and dogs to strays, ferals and displaced pets in need of a new place to call home. We approach rescue with an open heart, an open mind, and an entrepreneurial spirit.  Together, we engage, educate, and empower our community in the fight against overpopulation, cruelty, and neglect.

St. Helena, CA -- We Care Animal Rescue
1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena. Telephone: 707.963.7044.
We Care Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization established in 1982. Our shelter serves as a refuge for homeless cats and dogs in the Napa Valley. We foster and promote the general welfare of animals by caring for homeless cats and dogs, finding homes for them and educating the public on animal welfare in the Napa Valley. We are funded entirely by private donations and fundraising efforts. At out shelter in St. Helena where we provide nurturing care for up to seventy-five animals, we abide by a 'no-kill' philosophy.

Peninsula and  South Bay

San Mateo, CA -- The Peninsula Humane Society (PHS/SPCA), a private, non-profit guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals. As an ethical choice, we accept all animals in need of care and often provide a second chance to the neediest animals: those who would otherwise be turned away at so-called "no kill" agencies that accept only highly adoptable animals. We also serve as our County's provider of animal rescue and control services and, as such, have no control over the number of incoming animals. Our record is outstanding. Since 2003, we have placed into homes 100% of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats. E-mail: Phone: (650) 340-7022. Time is always of the essence in getting a senior dog out of this shelter because the demand for space is so high.

Milpitas, CA -- Humane Society Silicon Valley
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, nonprofit organization offering high-quality adoptions, medical services, education programs and pet care services to enhance the human-animal bond. In April 2009, we opened our new Animal Community Center in Milpitas that features an Adoption Galleria, Medical Center specializing in affordable spaying/neutering, a Veterinary Hospital with a public viewing alcove, a Pet Store and Pet-Friendly Cafe, Doggie Daycare, Boarding and Grooming, a Dog Park and Training Center, and an Education Center featuring programs for children, teens and families.


Redwood City, CA -- Pets In Need
Based in Redwood City, CA, this wonderful organization hosts an excellent web page with very helpful information on adoptions.

South of San Francisco and Monterey Peninsula

Pacific Grove, CA -- Animal Friends Rescue Project, is dedicated to finding lifelong, loving homes for stray, abandoned, and abused cats and dogs. We rescue animals that are at risk of being euthanized at local animal shelters. We serve as a safety net for senior animals, animals with medical needs, underage animals, and nursing or pregnant animals as well as for animals that have just been in a shelter too long. Telephone: 831-333-0722, E-mail:

Santa Cruz SPCA
Serving our community since 1938, we offer programs and resources focused on humane education, spay/neuter awareness and assistance, and adoption and rescue, as well as support for our human community. By keeping animals healthy, happy, and well-homed, we aim to reduce the number of pets that end up in shelters and enhance the quality of life for all.

Northern CA -- Other Locations North and Northeast of San Francisco

Eureka, CA -- Friends for Life
Friends For Life Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the suffering and killing of homeless companion animals in Humboldt County and beyond through programs designed to (1) place homeless companion animals in permanent, loving, adoptive homes, (2) reduce the number of dogs and cats being born, and (3) enrich the human-animal bond. E-mail: or call 707-442-5999 for more information. Please visit our website.

Fresno area -- Second Chance Animal Shelter We are a volunteer based, non-profit open admission shelter. We are located in California and provide care to animals within the cities of Selma, Fowler, and Kingsburg, regardless of age, health, or behavior.

Grass Valley, CA -- Mixed Mutts Mixed Breed Dog RescueAll dogs adopted through Mixed Mutts are neutered, brought up-to-date on shots, microchipped and heartworm tested prior to adoption. While in foster care, all dogs are kept current on heartworm preventative and flea preventative. Because we want to match the best family for the dog, best dog for the family, we try our best to get to know the dog's quirks, likes and dislikes. They are taught indoor etiquette and are housebroken if not that way when they come in. Dogs adopted through Mixed Mutts are adopted out only to homes where the dog will be part of the family. Adoption fees vary depending on age and needs of the dog. When placing a dog, a donation is requested. Telephone: 530.268.9317. E-mail:

Grass Valley, CA --Sammie's Friends Some of you may not know that we have Sammie's Friends animals all over the U.S. (West Virginia, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Montana, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nevada, Utah and Arizona) and we even have two in Canada and one in Mexico.  If you see an animal that you like and want to adopt we will work with you by phone to determine that you and the pet are a good match.  We have sent animals by plane, private and commercial, transport services, individual volunteers have driven animals to new places.  Our very own Co-Founder, Curt has driven two dogs to Canada and one cat to Oregon.  This mostly applies to adult cats and dogs.  We have also placed three horses on Sanctuaries out of state.

Oroville, CA -- North West SPCA
Please visit the website to find out about the currently available senior canines, and to find out the shelter's exact location and hours of operation.

Jelly's Place, San Pablo   Jelly's Place is founded on the belief that animals deserve to be well treated and cared for. We provide rescue, TNR (trap-neuter-release) of feral cats, veterinary care, and placement for unwanted, abandoned, neglected, hurt, and abused dogs and cats.  Jelly's Place is all women-led. Our animals are fostered by caring volunteers in their own homes and at our no-kill shelter located in San Pablo. 

Redding, CA -- City of Shasta Lake Shelter
The City of Shasta Lake Shelter is located near Redding, CA. We are a very small facility, with only ten dog kennels and nine cat kennels. Not many people know of our shelter, so we are hoping to provide more exposure for our highly adoptable animals. Thank you for viewing and considering one of our pets. They all need a "second chance."

Redlands, CA -- Redlands Friends of Animals Shelter
We are a small shelter with just 28 dog kennels and one catery. On average, we house 60+ dogs (sometimes up to 85 dogs) and 80+ cats. Our volunteer group - REDlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) ( helps the shelter by finding adopters, assisting in rescues and taking animals to offsite adoption events.

Sacramento, CA -- Sacramento SPCA
The Sacramento SPCA is a non-profit organization located at 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento. Shelter Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday -- 11am - 4pm; Wednesday & Thursday -- 1pm - 6pm. Closed Mondays and some holidays. Phone Number: (916) 383-PETS (7387). The shelter has many wonderful pets who need loving homes -- many of them seniors. Also needed are volunteers and foster homes. Please call or E-mail if you are interested. Make a difference in an animal's life! E-mail:

Sacramento, CA -- Friends of Auburn-Placer County Animal Shelter
Telephone: 916-663-3335. Friends of Auburn - Placer County Animal Shelter.

Lake Tahoe/Reno -- Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation
Lake Tahoe, CA /Reno, NV -- Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation is a small group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing companion animals. They state, "We have no shelter and rely solely on foster homes and adoptions to save lives. We rescue animals that are in imminent danger of euthanasia, usually directly from the euthanasia holding rooms of local shelters. We have rescued over 500 animals from certain death since March of 1999, but millions more were not so lucky and died--unloved and unwanted--in shelters across the country. We hope that you can help us turn the tide of suffering and death."

Vallecito, CA -- Calaveras Humane Society
The mission of the Calaveras Humane Society is to promote an excellent quality of life for the animals of our county. Our vision is to work for the day when every adoptable animal will have a forever home and when sterilization is a routine part of dog and cat care. WHO WE ARE: We are an all-volunteer force of citizens who simply care about the destiny and comfort of pet animals. We try to pick up where the county government leaves off. WHO WE ARE NOT: We are not the government, nor are we funded by them. We rely totally on donations and on fund raisers. In fact, we provide most of the animals' food, the shelter's labor, and the medicines needed to prepare an animal for adoption by the community, at no charge to the county government. This is truly a labor of love and duty. 

Willits, CA -- Milo Foundation -- Milo Foundation, Berkeley, CA. A 283-acre sanctuary near Willits, CA. Adoption Store in Berkeley is open Wednesdays to Sundays for adoptions, fostering, volunteering, donations. Telephone: 510-548-9301 Fax: 510-868-1822. Milo Pet Adoption Store, 1575 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707.

Southern CA

San Luis Obispo, CA
Volunteers at the San Luis Obispo County Shelter look after the welfare of the homeless dogs and cats that find their way to the County shelter.  They can help you find a senior dog to adopt.

Beoples Buddies, Los Angeles.   Beople's Buddies Animal Rescue is a Los Angeles-based 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to rehabilitate abandoned animals and promote forever homes through compatibility-based placements.

Paw Works, , Ventura County, CA (Thousand Oaks, Camarillo)
"Established on January 17, 2014, Paw Works was founded with the clear mission: to help make Ventura County “No Kill”. By forming a rescue organization designed to place unwanted animals from county and city shelters in permanent homes, they hoped to help ease the tragic burden that is created when owners abandon their animals, and fail to spay or neuter their pets. Ventura County was able to achieve No Kill status less then a month after Paw Works was formed, through the shear determination and support provided directly from our organization. Today, Paw Works takes in over 1,600 abandoned animals from multiple counties in Southern California, as well as from other rescue organizations throughout the state yearly."

Wagging Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit that rescues orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in California and beyond who are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. We advocate responsible pet guardianship, fight discrimination and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a compassionate future for all life. Wagging Dog Rescue is a grassroots nonprofit that champions the rights of animals worldwide and works to create a better future for all lives. We rescue orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in SoCal and ’round the globe who have no other options and are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. We advocate responsible pet guardianship, stand against discrimination – in all forms – and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a more compassionate future. WDR came about in November 2011 after our Founder, Cassandra, spent some time volunteering at her local municipal animal shelter. Finding the volunteer program to be inefficient and seeing too many good family pets put down simply because of a lack of options when the shelter ran out of kennel space, she resolved to focus her energy on saving as many dogs as possible, one dog at a time. Euthanasia is not an acceptable form of population control. Cassandra began to recruit like-minded people to her cause, and Wagging Dog Rescue was born. E-mail:

Beagles & Buddies, El Monte, CA
Beagles & Buddies focuses on the rescue of purebred Beagles and Beagle mixes along with other small dogs from pounds, humane societies and the street. Each rescued dog receives a medical exam and treatment. All vaccinations are updated based on the history available for the dog. Beagles & Buddies spays or neuters all dogs to assist in the fight against pet overpopulation. Beagles & Buddies finds safe, new homes for almost all of its dogs. In accordance with their no-kill policy, any dog that is not adopted remains at their sanctuary. For available dogs, see the website. Telephone: 626 444-9664. E-mail:

Baldwin Park Animal Shelter, Los Angeles, CA, always has a few seniors up for adoption and works hard to find homes for them. Address: 4275 N. Elton Baldwin Park, CA 91706. Phone: (626) 962-3577. Hours: Monday - Thursday 12 PM - 7 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Closed Sundays and Holidays. Directions: Exit 605 Freeway at Ramona. Shelter is located off Ramona, between Maine and Puente Aves.

The Brittany Foundation, Los Angeles, CAThis agency has many seniors and special needs dogs in need of sponsorships and/or foster homes. Any help is always greatly appreciated.

Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Los Angeles , NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) is an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society, bringing together passionate individuals, city shelters and an entire coalition of animal welfare organizations to end the killing of pets in L.A. city shelters.  Visit our NKLA Pet Adoption Center to meet over 100 dogs & cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners.   NKLA Pet Adoption Center, 1845 Pontius Avenue, West Los Angeles 90025

The Amanda Foundation, Los Angeles, CA -- In Latin the name "Amanda" means worthy of love, so our charity is named not for a person but for our philosophy towards our Dog and Cat companions. They are worthy of our love and protection. For over 30 years our mission has been to rescue as many loyal pals from the shelters and then find them loving new homes. At the same time we endeavor to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter in order to reduce pet overpopulation.

The Lange Foundation, West Los Angeles, CA -- Dedicated to saving impounded companion animals, and preparing them for a journey to a new, safe, loving world. Lange Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), tax deductible organization.

K-9 PALS, Santa Barbara, CA, is the all volunteer non-profit organization working on behalf of the dogs of the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter. Our mission is to promote adoptions, provide humane care, and to strive to eliminate the euthanasia of shelter dogs for reasons other than serious health or behavior problems.

Pet Orphans Fund  Pet Orphans is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of companion animal welfare and to combating overpopulation, abandonment and the need for euthanasia. We have been rescuing, rehabilitating and placing animals in loving "forever homes" for 40 years.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Encinitas, CA,always has senior pets at its facility, many of which come from other shelters through the Second Chance Program

San Diego -- Chula Vista Animal Care Facility -- To see currently available dogs in San Diego county, and for information on location and hours of operation, please visit the website.

San Diego -- Thrive Animal Rescue -- "Our mission is to save abandoned dogs from the loneliness of shelter life and to place them into loving families and forever homes."  There are always seniors in need of placement.

San Diego Special Needs Rescue is dedicated to rescuing small dogs from life-threatening situations.... in danger of being euthanized in animal shelters, neglected or abused. Dogs are also accepted from individuals (when space permits) so they are not bounced around to different homes or collected and sold to research labs by "bunchers."

Wagging Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit that rescues orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in California and beyond who are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. "We advocate responsible pet guardianship, fight discrimination and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a compassionate future for all life. Phone: 310-853-0757;


Denver Dumb Friends League
In addition to re-homing companion animals, the DDFL offers on their website an outstanding collection of articles on coping with common behavior problems. (Click on "Tips and Information" to access the articles).

Colorado Springs All Breed Rescue mission: Foster and place adoptable shelter dogs into permanent homes; assist in increasing adoptions of shelter dogs by promoting awareness and working with area shelters; and to educate our community to be responsible dog owners. Telephone: 719-264-6460 or 719-260-0668 E-mail:

Brighter Days Dog Rescue Boulder, CO 80301. Our modern-day heroes don’t wear capes. Instead, they wear slobber and fur. At BDDR, we receive emails about dogs in urgent situations from volunteers all over the U.S. Sometimes these precious pups are just hours away from being euthanized, so, like canine crusaders, we do everything in our power to take these dogs from death row and unite them with the families they were meant to be with.

Colorado Animal Rescue, Glenwood Springs, CO
2801 County Road 114, Phone: (970) 947-9173

Denkai Animal Sanctuary, located near Grover, Colorado, surrounded by the beautiful and serene Pawnee National Grasslands, is home to more than 100 horses, dogs, cats and other animals on any given day who come from shelters, rescue groups and owners no longer able to care for their pets from around the United States. The Sanctuary has quickly become a destination for several hundred visitors and volunteers each year including local youth at risk who have found sanctuary themselves in the kindness offered to them. Denkai Animal Sanctuary is unique in that it aims to provide a combination of services for animals in need, at-risk youth, and environmental awareness. Founded in May of 2004 by Floss Blackburn, Denkai Animal Sanctuary began with 25 animals on 15 acres with minimal facilities and a few volunteers. The sanctuary is now situated on 640 acres and includes numerous outbuildings and several acres of pasture. Since inception, volunteers have logged more than 200,000 hours helping the animals and children at Denkai. Denkai has actively operated using sustainable energies, such as wind and solar. Denkai has doubled its fundraising income in the past year, largely through our website. Individuals who have heard about our organization can log onto our website to learn more about our efforts, and can easily make monetary donations through Network for Good.

Foothills Animal Shelter, Golden, CO --
Foothills Animal Shelter provides support to our surrounding community through education, services that strengthen the human-pet bond, and humane care for the animals we serve.

  • We Care: We cultivate meaningful and lasting relationships by creating a safe, supportive environment for our community. We treat people and pets with compassion and respect. We seek opportunities to bring joy and fulfillment to others.
  • We Continuously Evolve: We actively look and work towards the future. We create an innovative and inspirational environment. We embrace fresh ideas and believe collaboration is the key to achieving our goals.
  • We Own It:  We believe transparency and open communication allows our community to trust us. We build a stronger community for ourselves and others by exceeding expectations through flexibility, reliability and compassion.


Animal Haven, Inc., is a small, private shelter that was incorporated in 1948, dedicated to rescuing and re-homing adoptable animals of all ages. Serving the Greater New Haven area, the group has made a commitment to always have on hand and ready for adoption at least two seniors in need of new homes. Animal Haven, Inc., 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT 06473. 

Super Paws Rescue, Inc. -- We are an animal rescue organization. Our goal is to safely re-home animals. We assist the pets in high kill shelters and at risk pets.  SPRI is a group of volunteers. We work together to help the animals and we rely on the help of people like you so donations are always welcome. Donations can be monetary as well as items such as food and treats, old towels, bleach, dog and cat supplies etc.

The Simon Foundation -- Bloomfield, CT --  Providing a safe haven for animals in need, our facility brings to life a vision of hope shared by Mark and Linda Greenberg. This 36,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility leaves no stone unturned:  3,000 square feet of training space for rehabilitating and training dogs, and a home simulation room to expose them to the home environment, kennels with outdoor runs, exercise pens,full boarding and grooming facilities.

Connecticut Humane Society
.... with branches in Newington, Bethany, Waterford, and Westport, tries their best to help senior dogs. There are always some needing adoption at their locations. Visit the site to find the address of the one nearest to your home.

The Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter is a division of the New Haven Police Department. The goal of the animal shelter and its staff is to service the community as effectively as possible. Members of this unit care for all animals with compassion, using the safest and most humane treatments. Through its partnership with the City of New Haven Humane Commission, The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, Inc., and The North Shore Animal League, the shelter sponsors several off-site adoption events throughout the year. Adoptions at the shelter occur year-round. The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, Inc., is a vital non-profit organization that provides numerous essential services in support of New Haven's animal shelter community, particularly in terms of promoting animal adoption, raising funds to help cover the costs of sheltering animals, and providing animal socialization. Find out how to become a volunteer. Address: 81 Fournier Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Hours: Monday to Saturday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. E-mail: Phone: 203-946-8110.

West Cornwall, CT (near Torrington, CT) -- The Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals is a no-kill shelter in West Cornwall, CT (in the hills of Litchfield County). There is generally always a senior dog in residence, as there is no age discrimination. All dogs are rescued from area pounds and must pass a temperament test before being placed for adoption. Located on Rt. 128 in West Cornwall, CT. Hours are Wed-Fri, noon - 4pm and Sat/Sun, 11am - 4pm.

West Haven, CT -- West Haven Animal Shelter will usually be housing a senior or two. Please see the website or hone: 203-937-3642 (leave message if no one answers). E-mail:

Norwalk, CT -- PAWSis a 501(3)(C)non-profit, no-kill animal shelter incorporated in 1962. Located in Norwalk, CT, and dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless cats and dogs. E-mail:, Telephone: 203-750-9572. Please visit the website.

Milford Pet-Friendly Senior Living "We realize that companion animals are essential to keeping people healthy and vibrant and to reducing blood pressure and stress. Often older people need and want animals to give them love and companionship throughout their golden years. We recognize that pets can be expensive if one is on disability, Social Security, or limited income. We will work with shelters to provide you a loving pet that fits you...for people 55 years or older." Milford Animal Control, Silver Sand Beach, Conn. State Park; Stratford Animal Shelter, 9 Frog Pond Lane, Stratford, CT; West Haven Animal Shelter, 7 Collis St., West Haven, CT.

Sadie Mae Foundation Animal Rescue League Inc., Manchester, CT, is a non-profit (501c3) rescue organization. We are a small group of individuals, dedicated to rescuing animals from local shelters when they have run out of time and are in danger of euthanasia. The Sadie Mae Foundation partners with local pounds and shelters that must use euthanasia for various reasons, such as overcrowding. On occasion we will offer assistance to long distance pounds and shelters. We rescue as many animals as we are able to, regardless of breed, age or those with special needs.


Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, senior dogs and disabled dogs. We serve the Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia areas.

Delaware Humane Association, Wilmington, DE
The Delaware Humane Association has developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan to guide the organization in achieving its vision of securing a safe environment for all companion animals. Various aspects of the Strategic Plan focus on DHA's efforts to act as a voice for companion animals and to enhance their welfare through the four-fold mission of providing temporary shelter, spay/neuter services, humane education programs, and adoption/placement resources.

Faithful Friends, Wilmington, DE, was founded in 2000, as Citizens for the Protection and Care of Animals, by a group of local animal lovers who believe there is a better way to address the problem of pet homelessness than mass euthanasia. Mission: to end the routine killing of dogs and cats through rescue and adoption of homeless pets, affordable spay/neuter programs that target the neediest pet owners in our community, and outreach programs that prevent pet relinquishments. 3 Germay Drive, Suite 4, Wilmington, DE 19804. Phone: 302.427.8514.


Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, senior dogs and disabled dogs. We serve the Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia areas.

Hedgesville Hounds Metropolitan Washington, DC Area. The Hedgesville Hound group was formally established in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) organization comprising people who, combined, have several decades of experience. Together we placed more than 120 wonderful dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes in wonderful homes across the Maryland and D.C. Metropolitan area in 2006. "Hedgesville Hounds" exist everywhere. They are dogs of every breed, every size, and every age who by circumstance, ignorance, or cruelty and neglect, were put at risk. Sometimes they are cats, and even rabbits. Our effort has been quite simple: to give them a voice. And a little help with arrangements. And then let these wonderful creatures do the rest.

Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Northern Virginia/Washington DC
A volunteer from HART writes: "We are a group that prowls the area shelters, accepts owner surrenders, strays, etc., and places every dog eventually. As of October 2000, we had already doubled our 1999 placement of 500 dogs. We accept puppies and very young dogs into our program, but the majority of our dogs are older. We try to take as many as possible from the shelters, as their short time has run out. Like most rescue groups, we struggle to raise enough funds and awareness to get our work done."

Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington, DC   In 2016 the Humane Rescue Alliance was established by the historic merger of two iconic animal welfare organizations: the Washington Humane Society (WHS) and the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL).  Both organizations have more than a century of experience protecting, rescuing, and caring for animals in the District of Columbia. WHS was established in 1870 as the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States while WARL, founded in 1914, operated the first animal shelter in the nation’s capital. Over the decades, thousands of animals—and people—have benefited from WHS and WARL programs and services.


Max's Pet Connection, Umatilla, Florida, is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of all small breed dogs and mixes. "We rescue abandoned, neglected, and abused small dogs. They are rehabilitated and adopted out to loving homes. We are a no kill rescue and do not euthanize to make room for new dogs." Max's Pet Connection telephone: 352-669-2855; 352-575-1959; 352-748-0815 E-mail:

The Animal League   This Hollywood, FL-based group rescues dogs being retired from puppy mills, rehabilitates them, and makes them highly adoptable. Many of the dogs are in the "senior" category. It's a wonderful program deserving of attention and support.

Pet Rescue By Judy  Pet Rescue By Judy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue of cats and dogs. Our Shelter is located at 401 South Laurel Ave. Sanford, FL, 32773. Many of our animals come to us with medical needs. They are doctored to the best of our ability and resources. Obviously, our most urgent goal is to rescue animals that are abandoned or in distress, update their vaccines, and find good new homes for them. But we attempt to be more proactive than that. It is our heartfelt desire to prevent any animal from the need to be "rescued." With that vision in mind, we take a three-prong approach through the education of pet owners and the general public about: proper care of animals, including correct diet of good quality food, fresh clean water, daily exercise, and lots of love; spaying and neutering companion animals (dogs and cats) in order to prevent euthanasia and over-population; low-cost spay/neuter clinics and wellness centers in local communities. We offer a Senior for Senior reduced adoption donation of 50% of the required donation on all adoptions for seniors 55 and older. Our shelter is located at 401 South Laurel Ave., Sanford, FL 32773. Please visit the website or E-mail us:

Paws 4 You Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer, donor-subsidized animal rescue organization based in Miami, Florida. "Our top priority is to save animals from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services. On average 100 animals are destroyed every day at this county shelter! Rescued animals vary from being sick, injured, homeless and surrendered to simply lost. We give these animals a safe environment, professional medical care, training, support, hope and lots of love. Our animals are sterilized, vaccinated and ID micro-chipped to prevent future loss. Some require major surgery to repair broken limbs, while others may need rehabilitation time and specific medical care for conditions ranging from respiratory illnesses and skin infections to cherry eyes and heartworm." Paws 4 You Rescue also offers a Seniors 4 Seniors program that is outstanding.

Vintage Paws is a 501(c) 3 non-profit senior dog sanctuary located in Sarasota, Florida. "Our mission is to provide a sanctuary for displaced senior dogs to live out their lives with dignity, surrounded by the loving care they deserve. Due to the present issue of limited space, Vintage Paws currently accepts a small number of senior dogs on a case-by-case basis. These are dogs whose owners have passed, whose owners can no longer care for them, dogs who have been abandoned at a shelter, or otherwise deemed unadoptable due to age or illness."


Athens, GA -- Athens-Clark County Animal Control
Athens-Clarke County Animal Services now advertises the shelter animals! To find a lost dog or a new friend, go to their online listing of dogs or call the shelter at 706-613-3540.   
WE WILL NO LONGER BE POSTING ALL OF THE DOGS AT THE SHELTER: Instead, what you will find on this page are the dogs we choose to spotlight.

The Atlanta Dog Squad is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to placing abandoned and unwanted retrievers in new homes. We rescue, foster and find permanent homes for Labrador, Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling, Flat-Coated and Curly-Coated Retrievers, as well as retriever mixes.Atlanta Dog Squad is registered with the IRS as a charitable organization under code section 501(c)(3). E-mail:

Best Friends in Atlanta -- This group works collaboratively with area shelters, animal welfare organizations and individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in the region. The Best Friends Pet Adoption Center is a lifesaving hub for animals and a base for local programming and coalition-building to help the metro-Atlanta area in its final push to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters, while strengthening the movement in the Southeast. Together, we will Save Them All.

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends (AARF), Atlanta, GA Phone: 678-318-1886. Their "Silver Paws" program matches older dogs with senior citizens. They pay for all medical care and offer to board the dogs when needed.

Atlanta, GA -- Orphan Annie Rescue   Orphan Annie Rescue is a no-kill rescue group that saves dogs from all over Georgia; many of them come to us on their "last day" at high intake shelters. All of our dogs are located in loving foster homes in the metro Atlanta area. We have a variety of breeds, sizes, and personalities within our program, and we look forward to working with you to find the right match. As an all-volunteer organization, we do our best to respond to emails within 24 hours and applications within 3 - 4 days.

Atlanta, GA -- Angels Among Us  Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. We operate through a network of volunteers and foster homes in the metro Atlanta area. Our efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference… one pet at a time.

Atlanta, GA -- SPOT Society
Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT), a program of the Southern Hope Humane Society, has a mission to reduce the number of animals impounded and killed in Atlanta area animal control facilities by: funding and providing low to no cost spay/neuters for pets of disadvantaged residents of the metro area (targeted geographical areas for spay/neuter programs include the metro Atlanta area and rural communities with no low-cost spay/neuter resources); providing community education/counseling services to individuals regarding the effects of pet overpopulation on the community, the benefits of spay/neuter, tenets of responsible pet guardianship and the importance of pet identification; promoting companion animal adoption.

Fulton County, GA -- Lifeline Animal Project at Fulton County Animal Services -- Based in Atlanta, LifeLine Animal Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission of ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in county shelters. We are the largest animal welfare organization in Georgia. LifeLine manages the Fulton County Animal Services shelter and provides animal enforcement services for Fulton County. We look at the root causes of pet homelessness and work with our community to provide accessible pet care. Our goal is to keep people and pets together.

Bainbridge, GA -- The Bainbridge Humane Society ALWAYS has many, many dogs -- seniors, pups, Chihuahua mixes, Doxies, Corgis, Mini Aussie, Rat/Jack, Bassets that are very sweet among many of our other assorted dogs and cats that are in need of adoption. Most animals come to us when they are surrendered by a family that gives such reasons as: moving, divorce, death, and other challenges of life. Many are in good health, 'though some may need attention; but they are almost all super friendly and ready for a second chance to LIVE. We try very hard to arrange/request transport either by ground or through Pilots N Paws. We have so many that need rescue.

Cleveland, GA -- White County Animal Control -- Rescue Coordinator/Officer Jessica Moore writes: "We take great pride in the cleanliness and health of our animals and we absolutely use euthanasia as a last resort. I have been our rescue coordinator for over three years and work day and night and on my days off to secure transport/rescue for our animals so we do not have to worry about euthanizing for space. We work hard here as a team and care about our animals. We do not have a large budget, but we can give Vanguard Plus 5 Vaccinations (DA2PP), Strongid, and we can perform HW tests.  Phone: (706) 219-2689

Canton GA -- Cherokee County Animal Shelter, 1015 Univeter Rd. Phone: 770-345-7270. E-mail:

Conyers, GA -- Old Dog Home There are a ton of unwanted old dogs out there. Through no fault of their own, they find themselves at local shelters, dumped in parking lots, or posted “free to good home” on that yard sale site. We believe that old dogs deserve better.  Old Dog Home rescues old dogs (aged 7+) from Atlanta-area animal shelters and cares for all of their physical, emotional, and medical needs until we can find their “forever families”. We also work to educate the public about caring for their old dogs, in order to keep those dogs safe, happy, and out of the shelter.

Georgia and the Southeast -- Save our Souls -- S.O.S. Rescue  This group is focused on finding loving homes for homeless animals from the Southeast U.S., where there are many high-kill shelters, and taking them to the Northeast, where there are more available homes for them.

Duluth, GA -- Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, Inc. (SHF) is a small group of volunteers registered as a non-profit animal welfare organization. Our mission is to rescue and find new homes for dogs and cats. We have no paid staff members and receive no government funding. All donations are 100% tax deductible. We accept cats and dogs on a space-available basis and operate on a no-kill philosophy. Pets are housed either in our licensed shelter or in a foster home until ready for adoption. All pets offered for adoption are healthy, spayed or neutered, and fully vetted. General info 770-217-3699; E-mail:

Jonesboro, GA -- Clayton County Humane Society
Many fine dogs await their fate here (hoping it will be a loving home). All have very limited time before they are "dispatched." Staff and volunteers work hard to provide loving care and to find a new home for each, but your help is desperately needed. Please visit the shelter to find your new dog and/or donate to support the efforts of the dedicated people working at this shelter. Contact Claudia --

Kennesaw, GA -- Mostly Mutts
Mostly Mutts is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, pulling dogs from local animal shelters each week. Mostly Mutts houses, rehabilitates and vets the dogs, then adopts them to families who pass a carefuk screening process. The group has a strong focus spay/neuter through their "Stop 'LITTERING' Spay/Neuter " campaign. Email: Phone: 770-325-7300

Lawrenceville, GA -- Gwinnet Humane Society,
A foster home/humane organization that accepts owner-surrenders and rescues from kill-shelters. You'll always find a few seniors here.

Lilburn, GA -- Alcovy Pet Rescue is dedicated to providing abandoned and neglected cats and dogs with a safe and caring environment while tirelessly searching for adoption opportunities. We are a group of volunteers who have united together for the sole purpose of saving homeless and abused animals. All animals are examined by our veterinarians and given all vaccinations and a spay/neuter. Formed in 2005; a 501c3 non-profit rescue. We welcome any tax deductible donations. For more information please E-mail:

Marietta, GA -- Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue, , is a domestic non-profit organization licensed through the Georgia State Department of Agriculture. The group consist of all volunteers dedicated to finding wonderful homes for rescued pets and to reducing the pet population. All rescued pets are spayed / neutered, vaccinated and heartworm tested prior to adoption. We are working to secure a happy healthy future for all beloved pets.

Marietta, GA -- Cobb County Animal Control is a great place to find that addition to your family. Adoption fees are $30 for puppies, $40 for dogs more than one year old, $30 for kittens, and $40 for cates more than one year old. Our website provides access to several educational videos that will tell you how to adopt and also such useful information as how to protect your animals from the intense heat of summer and how to provide proper identification for your pet.

McDonough, GA -- Henry County, GA Humane Society -- Henry County Humane Society is a 501 c 3 non profit charity organization licensed by the Georgia State Department of Agriculture. We work closely with our local animal control facility to help reduce their numbers and find suitable homes for pets who have found themselves impounded and unwanted. We survive on donations, we receive no county, state, or government funding. Your help saves lives! Potential adopters must complete an application including vet references. Fenced yards are required for large dogs and some smaller active breeds.

Newnan, GA -- Newnan-Coweta Humane Society
Coweta County Animal Control, Telephone: 770-254-3735. Or voice mail: 770-253-4694. Address: 91 Selt Road Newnan, GA 30263. E-mail: Donna Rossi dfrossi @ (remove spaces in address before sending)


Hawaii Dog Foundation -- Hawaii Dog Foundation is an all-volunteer, no-kill rescue group that finds safe, loving homes for Oahu’s stray and unwanted dogs.  "Our dogs all live in foster homes with families, so there is no shelter that you can visit.  Instead, we hold Adoption Events / Meet & Greets on a regular basis so that you can come and meet our dogs."


Boise, ID -- Idaho Humane Society
The Idaho Humane Society often takes in senior dogs and gives their best to find homes for them. Visit the website or call the shelter at (208) 342-3508.

Colville, ID -- Colville Pet Rescue
Colville Pet Rescue works to adopt dogs and other pets from the local shelter and to place them into homes, emphasizing appropriate and humane treatment of the animals that are adopted.

Meridian, ID -- Meridien Canine Rescue
"Meridian Canine Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill canine rescue dedicated to giving homeless and owner surrendered dogs a second chance. We have both a facility and a network of foster homes, several staff members, great business partnerships, and a whole bunch of awesome volunteers — all of which help us care for dogs in need.  We strongly believe that no dog should walk alone. That’s why we strive to provide a safe environment and exceptional quality of life to our dogs."


The Hinsdale Humane Society, Hinsdale, IL, is a 53-year-old not-for-profit agency dedicated to the care and adoption of unwanted and abandoned animals and the offering of humane education programs to prevent suffering and neglect. Our Friends for Life Program places animals six years of age or older with seniors 65 years of age or older at no charge. Hinsdale Humane Society, Hinsdale, IL. Telephone 630-323-5630; Email:

Heartland Animal Shelter, Northbrook, IL    Saving the lives of homeless pets since 2002.

Village of Oak Park Animal Control, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL. This shelter is very pro-active on behalf of their adoptable animals, including the seniors. Volunteers and staff take time to get to know the animals and share their insights with prospective adopters. Phone: 708-358-5480; email:

Save-A-Pet, 31664 North Fairfield Road in Grayslake, IL. E-mail:, phone: 847-740-7788, ext. 100. Save-A-Pet is a no-kill shelter.

PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is Chicago's largest no-kill humane organization. Our work is focused on alleviating our city's tragic pet overpopulation problem through spay/neuter and pet adoption. PAWS Chicago envisions a no-kill Chicago--a city in which pets are not destroyed due to homelessness.

Rockford, IL - Winnebago County Animal Services --Winnebago County Animal Services is dedicated to finding forever loving homes for all the cats and dogs that come through our facility. We often have senior pets available for adoption. Call 815-319-4100 for information, visit our website, or better yet come and visit us at 4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103.

Waterloo, IL -- Humane Society of Monroe County
The Humane Society of Monroe County was founded in 2002 by a small group of people with an interest in helping those animals who lack the love and care of a good home. HSMC is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization supported entirely by donations. The Mission of the Humane Society of Monroe County is to make a difference in the lives of animals.


Animal Rescue Fund The mission of the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is to provide shelter, medical care, and love to abused, abandoned, neglected, and unwanted animals until permanent homes can be found. Through educational efforts, public awareness, and community involvement, ARF seeks to relieve animal suffering; to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and overpopulation; to eliminate euthanasia as a way of animal control, thereby creating a “no-kill” community in which both animals and humans benefit from the goodness of each other. 1209 W. Riggin Road, Muncie, IN.  Phone: (765) 282-2733  Email:

Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership
Please see the website of the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, and be sure to search for the seniors. There is usually at least one posted.

CILRA (Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose goal is placing rescued, purebred Labrador Retrievers in suitable, loving homes throughout Indiana, Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. E-mail: Toll-free: 1-888-882-1900Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption, Inc. RR2 Box 110A Ladoga, IN 47954 (765) 942-0217 Fax (630) 415-1973

Danville, INDIANA --The Jericho Society is a non-for profit 501 C organization founded by Henry Sakowitz in l984 as an organization dedicated to non-euthanizing alternatives for pet population control. The Jericho Society is one of the very few no-kill shelters located in Indiana. For over 15 years it has operated a kennel and "cattery" that provide room, board and medical care for unwanted dogs and cats. Many of these animals are available for adoption. The kennel currently houses 127 dogs and cats. All animals are spayed and neutered upon acceptance to the facility.

Indiana Petite Paws Rescue Angels, Inc., northwest Indiana
Rescuing toy dogs from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Focusing on the rescue of the Yorkshire Terrier, but no paw too small. Offering a "seniors for seniors" program. Volunteers and members available statewide. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Always in NEED of volunteers and foster homes.

New Hope Pet Rescue, Syracuse, IN, is a group of three women doing their part to address the ever-growing pet overpopulation problem. In addition to keeping dogs and cats in our own homes, we have enlisted several other foster homes. We are a nonprofit organization. All of our dogs are wormed, flea free, heartworm tested, spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and heartworm prevention. Email:


Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center -- "... a city -funded shelter where we try to place the animals who overflow the capacity of the Center with rescue organizations. The Center's Director, Misha Goodman, is wonderful, and the animals here are treated very well. They have medical treatment, grooming and many go to obedience school. The dogs are given two scenic walks a day along the Iowa River by loyal volunteers, indoor kennels with beds and toys, large outdoor kennels, too, on a daily basis, as well as play time with other dogs. Unfortunately, we reach capacity and are a low-kill facility, doing everything we can to place dogs into new homes and failing that, with rescue organizations. We have dogs of all breeds; many appear to be purebred and may appeal to people looking for a particular type of dog, and often many senior dogs looking for a loving friend. We have a great website that shows pictures, stats of each dog, and even some movies of them."

Cedar Falls, Iowa -- Agape Fosters is NOT a shelter. They are a small group of foster homes committed to assisting and placing homeless animals into loving, responsible, lifelong homes. Agape Fosters is also committed to educating folks on the need for spay/neuter, regular preventative vet care, where and where not to get a companion animal, and how to choose the animal that is best suited to join your family. E-mail: Telephone: 319-345-6509

King's Harvest Ministries Pet Assistance Program, Davenport, IA, has been established to assist the homeless/poor of the Quad Cities and surrounding areas care for their animals. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers working to help control the pet population, prevent dumping of unwanted animals and reduce additional burdens from families that are already struggling to make ends meet. Our Mission: Helping pets of the homeless, giving hope to the hopeless. Contact person: Sharon Shipley 563.468.9795 Web site under construction:

Animal Lifeline of Iowa
A no-kill, special needs shelter that is always open to helping senior animals.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern SD, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).

Washington, IA -- PAWS & More Animal Shelter
There are some wonderful dogs to be visited (and adopted, of course!) via the PAWS & More Animal Shelter website.


Please use the following link to access a huge list of dog rescue groups in Kansas:



Plaquemine -- SOS Rescue (Save Our Strays Rescue), Plaquemine, LA. Phone: 225-687-7994

Shreveport -- Animal Welfare, Inc. is a 501 c 3 organization set up in 1979 to help pets, pet owners, and the community. Our Spay/Neuter Voucher Program helps pet owners pay to get their pets spayed and neutered. Our adoption program features many great pets -- all spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, on heartworm prevention, tested for FeLV, crate trained, and some are house trained. Phone: 318-221-0053.

Thibodaux -- HOPE for Animals -- What started as a chapter of the SPCA later transformed into the Humane Organization for the Protection and Education for Animals. HOPE for Animals is a no-kill, non-profit rescue group based in Thibodaux, Louisiana. We strive to educate the community on animal welfare issues. Through donations and fundraisers, we maintain an adoption program in which we rescue, care for, and re-home approximately 200 dogs and cats a year. Our ultimate goal is to see the day when all animals have a home, but until then, we will continue our efforts to care for homeless pets and promote responsible pet ownership. Please visit our website.Phone: 985-447-9454. E-mail:


Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, Fryeburg, Maine


Bowie, MD SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County
"We are a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization dedicated to local animal welfare. We run an active rescue-and-adoption program, a progressive spay/neuter program, and our county's only independent humane investigation program. Because we make a lifetime commitment to the animals we place, they often come back to us later in life when their owners cannot or aren't willing to keep them. We often need help placing these special pets and spreading the word about them." 301-262-5625,

CompAnimals Senior Pet Rescue, Elkton, MD
Call 410-392-2269 or E-mail

Frederick County Animal Control, 832 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. Phone: 301-694-1546

The Humane Society of Charles County
It is the Mission of the Humane Society of Charles County (HSCC) to provide shelter and care for homeless, injured, and neglected animals through adoption, fostering, community partnerships, education, and affordable spay-neuter and vaccine services.


Senior dogs have always held a special place in the hearts of our Board Members. In 2017, with the help of a specially designated gift from the late Ronnie Hadorn, PetConnect Rescue is excited that we were able to bring a long-time dream into reality by launching our Senior Dog Program.  Potomac, MD

Pet Network
The Rapphannock Humane Society encompasses Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline counties. The Pet Network website presents directions for locating the shelters in each county. You can use the Shelter Links for information about other animal shelters and rescues that may be able to help you find or place a pet.

Prince George's County, MD, Animal Management Division
Always work hard to place the seniors who wind up at the shelter.

Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, senior dogs and disabled dogs. We serve the Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia areas.

Reach Out Rescue and Resources, Westminster, MD
"We are a small group of rescuers with a big amount of passion for dogs. In shelters we know that the last to be adopted or saved are the black dogs, senior dogs and hounds. So we are dedicating this Rescue to trying to help this group of dogs." Please see dogs that are currently available. And, if you don't find one on their site, you can contact them to tell them more about yourself and the kind of dog to whom you'd like to give a home.

All Paws Rescue -- Accord, MA
Veterinarian-approved, family-friendly dogs and pet adoption advice are offered via the All Paws website. You may also inquire via E-mail about All Paws or any of the dogs available for adoption. All Paws Rescue P.O. Box 569 Accord, MA 02018-0569.

Manchester Animal Shelter (Friends of) is a volunteer organization which runs the Manchester Animal Shelter located at 490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, NH 03102. Phone: 603-628-3544 E-mail: Shelter Manager: Ken Murphy. A no-kill shelter; all pets altered prior to adoption.

Taunton Animal Shelter --Taunton, MA
AEach year the Shelter helps adopt 500 animals into pet-loving families in New England. The Taunton Animal Shelter is a volunteer-based home located on West Water Street in Taunton, MA. Since the early 90’s, 20 cats and dogs of all ages, breeds and colors have been available for adoption every month. The Shelter is very proud of the adoption success it has had and the ability it has to add that special animal to local families.

Mutt Rescue -- Chicopee, MA
Telephone: (413) 594-8144

Northeast Animal Shelter -- Salem, MA
This organization has never practiced euthanasia and has placed more than 73,000 animals since its founding in 1976. They are at 204 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. Telephone: (978) 745-9888.

PoundHounds Inc. -- Hopkinton, MA
PoundHounds is an all-breed volunteer rescue organization that facilitate the placement of abandoned or surrendered dogs currently in non-profit shelters or town-run pounds in Massachusetts. They contact, or are contacted, by pounds and shelters about dogs that need to be placed. Because many of these pounds have no budget or charter to work with dogs that are sick, injured, or have behavior problems, they will assume this responsibility and provide rehabilitative care, including medical treatment, boarding, or training, depending on the dog's requirements. They then try to place the dog through advertising, referrals, and participation in pet adoption events. Their goal is to find the best homes for the dogs in their care. PoundHounds Adoption Hotline: 508-435-5029. E-mail:

The Quincy Animal Shelter, Quincy, MA is an all-volunteer-run, non-profit organization taking care of the homeless cats and dogs of the city of Quincy, MA. Every animal receives age-appropriate vaccinations and is spayed or neutered before going to a forever home.


Animal Placement Bureau, Grand Rapids, MI
The Animal Placement Bureau is a volunteer foster care network with no paid staff and no sheltering facility. All of the dogs in the care of this group live with our volunteers and become as much a part of their family as their own dogs. APB is recognized federally as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose primary goal is to place homeless dogs into loving, lifelong homes. APB is funded solely by private donations and fundraisers and does not receive any state, local, or federal funding. Major expenses are the result of the extensive medical care we provide for each dog in our care including wormings, vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgeries.

Guardian Angel Animal Rescue, Livonia, MI
Guardian Angel Animal rescue is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to saving homeless dogs and cats and providing them with care in loving foster homes until wonderful adoptive homes can be found. Phone: 734-332-9459; Email:

Jethro's Place Animal Sanctuary, Ferndale, MI,
has a wonderful website that features the senior dogs currently in their guardianship. The sanctuary makes every effort to find homes for these dogs, who are already housetrained, current on their shots, and have had their health checked by a veterinarian. Please visit the website and click on "Adopt a Senior Pet" to see photos of the dogs and to find out more. Phone: 800-459-3886. E-mail:

Owosso, MI -- Shiawassee Humane Society    Our shelter is home to more than meets the eye. In fact, we have over 100 "guests" on a daily basis! While our main facility mostly houses dogs and cats, we occasionally have rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and more. There's a whole bevy of loving animals waiting to meet you and their family today! We were lucky to start our organization back in 1951 and we've been able to successfully keep our doors open for well over 60 years now. It's taken a lot of love, hard work and dedication, but the animals make every day a joy for us!


Home for Life, Stillwater, MN
In the world of animal welfare as it has always existed, there are two doors through which any shelter or rescue animal will eventually pass:  Door Number One is adoption.  Door Number Two is euthanasia.  Now, thanks to Home for Life's® visionary efforts, another option exists: The Third Door®. The care-for-life sanctuary.  At the time of our founding in 1997, contrary to current practice, we opened our doors to the animals deemed to have little or nothing to offer people. Today, we still welcome cats who are feral, or who test positive for leukemia. We welcome dogs even when they are unsociable or incontinent. We help animals from across the country - and the world - and will not turn an animal away just because it is old or disabled. Home for Life® can provide secure, loving, high-quality care for life for these animals, thanks to supporters like you!

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).

Top Dog Foundation  Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a loving and permanent home for dogs that are deemed “un-adoptable” because of age and health; that would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized   Vision: That every senior dog; homeless, abandoned, or labeled “un-adoptable” and scheduled for expiration because of age, and health, will have a loving and permanent home . . . that their transition from this life will be in the arms of someone who loves them.


Dog Lovers' Digest Listings


The Callaway Hills Animal Shelter, Jefferson City, MO, is a privately owned and operated no-kill shelter located about 10 miles north of Jefferson City. We usually house well over 100 animals at any time, and we have several wonderful older dogs who have lived at the shelter all or most of their lives. These dogs are well treated at the shelter, but they have no idea how good life can be in a home of their own, with their own person to love. How wonderful it would be if they could find out, and how rewarding it would be to show them what a loving home is really like! Please visit our website for more information about our adoption terms and conditions, and to see all of our pets for adoption. You can also call us at (573) 896-40 49, or e-mail for more information.

Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter, Kansas City, MO
Wayside Waifs, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944. Mission: to provide for the well-being of unwanted companion animals; to place as many animals as possible in responsible homes; to educate the public on the humane treatment of pets; to offer cemetery services; and to help reduce pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering adopted pets.

Heart of America Humane Society, Lee's Summit, MO, and Ottawa, KS
Two strong advocates for senior dogs -- Tim Chancey and Cindy Livingston, both members of the Heart of America Humane Society -- pay special attention to the seniors at the Lee's Summit, MO, and Ottawa, KA, shelters -- often taking them to their own homes for fostering (and sometimes forever). Please visit the Heart of America Humane Society site where you can view the currently available dogs -- a number of them seniors.


Senior Dog House & Rescue, Mainly Flathead and Lake Counties including the cities of Bigfork, Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Polson
The Senior Dog House and Rescue is a non-profit, private organization in the state of Montana. This group is dedicated to rescuing, living with and adopting senior dogs. Though the focus is on older dogs, this rescue also includes the special needs, abused and neglected animals of all ages. The ages may vary but the need is the same, they all need great, loving homes of their own. Volunteers house, love and provide medical attention in a safe, healthy home environment to as many seniors as resources allow. All animals taken in will remain here for the rest of their lives if the right home for each animal does not appear. Animals come from statewide shelters and occasionally from shelters in other states. Also accepted are strays from the local area; every attempt is made to return lost animals to their guardians. Owner surrenders are accepted when there is room.

Bozeman, MT -- Heart of the Valley
There are many animals in Bozeman needing homes, among them quite a few seniors. There are Labs and Lab mixes galore, Irish Setter/Husky mixes, Border Collies, Rottweilers, Shepherds and Shepherd mixes, et., etc. To view the dogs, go to the Heaert of the Valley ebsite.

Montana Shelters
There are always some great seniors awaiting adoption at Montana shelters. At times they have Dalmatians, German Shepherds, Lhasa Apsos, Spitzes, and always a number of wonderful Labs and Lab mixes. There are many small dogs, too, if that's what you're looking for. See some of these wonderful companions for yourself at this link.


Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).


Dogtown, Carson City, Nevada. This organization has "a special spot in our hearts for the older crowd." Always happy to help with finding a home for an old dog.

A Home for Spot, Las Vegas, Nevada
A Home 4 Spot is a volunteer-based organization that provides foster care and medicine while seeking permanent homes for abandoned dogs. Founded by a Las Vegas resident, A Home 4 Spot began operations in March 2009. Since that time, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has saved over 6,500+ local dogs from being euthanized. Since the beginning of 2012, the organization has raised over $1,000,500 for the medical treatment of animals that would otherwise be killed.

SPCA of Reno, Nevada
They really care about the seniors here, and are always interested in finding the best possible foster and permanent homes for them.

The Reno Gazette
Although this really isn't an "agency," the Pet Ad pages in this newspaper are a wonderful source for finding and placing pets. If you're looking for a dog, get a copy of the paper at your local newsstand. If you'd like to place an ad for a dog who needs a home, talk to "Elaine" in the Lifestyle/Petfinder Dept. She will help write/format an ad (and will advise you to include a photo in it). Telephone: 775- 788-6361; fax 775-788-6436; voice mail for ads: 775- 324-0225, x1361.

Washoe County, Reno, NV -- Washoe County Animal Services. Phone: (775) 353-8900. To see the complete list of all available dogs at Washoe County, go to

Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation, Incline Village, NV
The Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation state that they have " . . . a special place in our hearts for senior and disabled pets. (Although we prefer to call them special!) At any given time, most of the animals available for adoption have been deemed "unadoptable" and were scheduled for euthanasia. With help from people like you, we have been able to place each and every animal that we have rescued into a loving home. Some of the animals on the Dog and Cat pages are considered senior, but to us they are just beginning. Please visit our Adoptable Animals pages to see the pets that we have available right now. And again, if you don't see what you are looking for, please contact us -- given a little time, we can find whatever it is that you are looking for."


Animal Adoption Center is a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats in southern NJ. We shelter, nurture, and support all loving animals until they find their families and can leave us for safe, caring homes. Phone: 856-435-9116, E-mail:

The Animal Orphanage, Voorhees, NJSenior Dogs and cats tend to stay at this shelter longer than most other animals, simply because of their age. And the majority of the time, they are the most wonderful dogs and cats in the world, because they are mature. Take take a look at the seniors at this shelter! They are in need of a warm, loving home. 419 Cooper Road, Voorhees, New Jersey 08043. Phone: 856-627-9111.

Friends Of Wayne Animals, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) rescue organization based in Wayne, NJ, serving the North Jersey area, dedicated to the welfare, sheltering and placement of homeless animals. "We are committed to educating the public about the humane treatment of animals, preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation, and promoting animal welfare. OUR VISION: To end euthanasia of adoptable animals so one day, no healthy companion animal will be euthanized for lack of a home, space, or compassion." "We care for them until you do" Facebook: FOWA Rescue Phone: 973 902 7512 E-mail:

The Bergen County Animal Shelter is a county-operated shelter providing animal control to 49 communities in Bergen County, NJ. The shelter is located at 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ. Phone: 201-646-3200 E-mail: bcas @ (Remove spaces in address before sending.)

The Friends of the Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter works with the municipal shelter in the community of Bloomfield. The group is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can visit the shelter -- just off the Garden State Parkway (exit 150 North) in Bloomfield, NJ, or call the shelter directly at 973-680-4135. E-mail:

Burlington County Animal Alliance
Rescues companion animals from the Burlington Country shelter and keeps them in foster homes until they are adopted.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
A limited-admission facility that prides itself on a 90% adoption rate; low administrative overhead; specialized behavior modification programs; participation in animal rescues from overcrowded facilities and abuse situations. 124 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936. Telephone: (973) 386-0068.

Mostly Shepherds (New Monmouth, NJ) is a non-profit animal rescue organization that primarily rescues German Shepherds, but also rescues other dogs and cats. All our animals are evaluated by a licensed veterinarian, receive check-ups and shots, as needed, and are spayed or neutered, if necessary. Our goal is to find the "right owner" for the "right pet". We help you find the dog that's best for you


St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, NJ    Founded in 1939, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center operates animal shelters in Madison, North Branch and the Noah's Ark Campus in Ledgewood NJ. We welcome animals directly from guardians, animals rescued by our animal control officers, from overcrowded shelters across New Jersey, from disaster situations, and from distance partners.  Our nationally renowned Training and Behavior Center, located at our Madison campus, offers specialized training classes and behavior consultations.

The Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA) was founded in 1891 and incorporated in June 1947, as a non-profit organization and a chapter of the NJ State SPCA. The staff and board of trustees are deeply involved and committed to all aspects of animal care and welfare. In its function as a humane society, the shelter serves as a refuge for thousands of stray, unwanted, abused, abandoned and sick animals. Phone: 856-691-1500. Address: 1244 N. Delsea Drive,Vineland, NJ 08361.

Orphaned Pets Inc., Westfield, NJ
This group writes:  "We'd love to hear from you. Call us at any time to talk. Whether you're interested in a pet right now, are thinking of getting a pet in the future, would like to volunteer or just want to have your questions answered, call Diane at (908) 232-4153 or Debbie at (973)635-7395. We're very friendly, we love animals and we'd be happy to hear from you." E-mail:

Pet Rescue of Mercer is an all volunteer, not-for-profit animal rescue group based in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ. PRM rescues neglected, abused, and abandoned animals from local shelters by finding quality homes for them. We always have several senior dogs, as well as many other dogs and cats available for adoption! We are also always looking for dedicated volunteers.

Rogers Rescue, serving New Jersey and Eastern PA, a VIRTUAL SHELTER, without facility or kennel. All of the adoptable pets are currently living in the homes of our volunteers where they're being loved and treated as members of the family. While in foster care the rescued dogs are fully vetted, treated for any known illnesses, evaluated, socialized and if need be, started on housebreaking and obedience training. After your application is reviewed and approved, you will get to talk to the foster parent(s) and learn all about the dog you're interested in adopting.

Rawhide Rescue, East Green Brook, NJ was formed to serve the needs of homeless dogs and cats by providing loving and expedient rescue, foster homes and permanent placement. We network and teamwork with other rescue groups and shelters. Rawhide Rescue is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Rawhide Pet Rescue 83 Rock Road, East Green Brook, NJ 08812 Phones: (908) 581-3417 (cell) or (908) 561-8056 Email:


Animal Humane New Mexico
Has a special focus on fostering and encouraging adoptions of senior dogs.

People's Anti-Cruelty Association

"PACA / AAR is the oldest no-kill animal rescue group in New Mexico. Our main focus is abandoned, abused cats and dogs. We provide all needed medical care, spay/neuter, as well as any major surgery required. We also provide a safe haven until an adoptive home is found."

New Mexico Lap Dog Rescue
Marie Steele, who runs Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico, says, "One of our specialties is caring for the older, less-adoptable canines, who take your heart and breath away when you look into their eyes."


This no-kill shelter with three locations has served New York City with compassion and dedication for more than a century. Their website and newsletter are outstanding.

Animal Haven
Animal Haven is a no-kill shelter for abandoned animals in New York City. Their mission is to place cats and dogs in loving homes and to give lifetime care for animals who can't be placed. They are a source for family pets, a care facility for senior dogs and cats, and a sanctuary for pets whose owners have asked that they be cared for after they have passed away.

New Yorkers for Companion Animals (NYCA)
is a small, nonprofit, volunteer run organization based in New York City's upper east side. The cats and dogs we have up for adoption are all rescued animals. Many are former pets abandoned at city pounds, found on the streets or given up by their owners. Regardless of how an animal comes to us, we provide food, shelter, and medical care. E-mail:

Posh Pets Rescue, New York City, NY, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals, many of whom are rescued at the very last moment from euthanasia at the city shelters. Safe haven is provided to all those who find their way here through whatever circumstance, whether abandoned, injured or neglected. No matter the breed, health or age, Posh Pets believes that all should live secure, healthy lives and the group works tirelessly to find the right homes with people who will love their pets for a lifetime.

Sentient Creatures is a non-profit animal rescue group that functions exclusively on contributions from the public. Sentient Creatures does not operate a physical shelter to house those rescued, and are therefore always in need of loving, safe, foster homes for these special dogs. Founded in 1994 to expand the work of animal rescue begun by Chitra Besbroda in 1973, Sentient Creatures is the only group dedicated to consistently rescuing Harlem's abandoned, abused, and neglected "junkyard dogs."

Stray from the Heart is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless dogs...providing shelter, veterinary care and loving homes for abandoned, lost, neglected and abused animals. Stray from the Heart, PO Box 11, New York, NY 10024-0011. E-mail:


Elmsford, New York -- Paws Crossed

Homeward Bound, Albany, NY, is a nonprofit dog rescue organization, rescuing dogs who have been turned over to shelters, surrendered to their own surrender program and rescued from puppy mills. Homeward Bound dogs live in a foster home until they are ready to move into your home. This foster arrangement allows the dogs to learn to live in a home, and also provides the opportunity to appropriately match families with the dogs. All dogs are up to date on shots and have seen a vet. All Homeward Bound Dogs are spayed/neutered (or must be after adoption), and dogs in the adoptive home must also be spayed/neutered.

Little Shelter Dog & Cat Adoption Center, Huntington, LI, NY
Little Shelter is always there for the special needs cases and seniors. If you would like to help or adopt a very special dog, you're sure to find one on the website.

Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, Pomona, NY

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Save-A-Pet USA
"Save-A-Pet USA believes it is our moral responsibility to protect and improve the lives of abused, abandoned, and homeless cats and dogs, and to place them in loving permanent homes. We provide spay and neuter services and any necessary medical care for pets. We work diligently to educate the public, especially children, on the importance of pet sterilization, responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals." Location: 608 Route 112; phone (631) 473-6333.

North Shore Animal League America, Port Washington, NY
"Old age is not a disease; it's just old age," say the folks at NSAL. Their special "Seniors for Seniors" program is a winner.

Pets Alive Inc., in the Catskills, NY is a not-for-profit no-kill Sanctuary which does NOT believe that euthanasia is the final solution. At any given time more than 40% of their dogs are seniors. There are many and varied breeds and mixed breeds. This organization was founded because an elderly, abandoned Golden Retriever saved the founder's 18-month-old son's life in 1972. They will take in ANY Golden -- age is NOT a consideration. They are all welcome to spend their very golden years with our family.

Rochester, NY -- Animal Service League
Founded in 1953, the Animal Service League is an all-volunteer organization concerned with the rescue, care and welfare of homeless domestic animals in the Rochester, New York, area. Cats, dogs, birds and other domestic animals in need of shelter and veterinary help are cared for until they can be restored to their original owners or new homes found. No animal is ever destroyed for lack of a permanent home. The animals are cared for on a temporary basis in our Haven Homes until they are ready to be placed in a permanent home. When available for adoption, the animals are shown at "Adoption Day" events held most weekends at various area merchants. The web site and our business line (585) 234-7275 can give you the exact times and locations for these events.

Sprakers, New York -- Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter
133 Hilltop Road, Sprakers, NY 12166. Telephone: 518-673-5670.Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter operates as a "quality of life" shelter. All adult animals are spayed and neutered prior to being made available for adoption. In addition, all animals receive all necessary shots, wormings, and other medical treatments, and all dogs are licensed before leaving the shelter. All would-be adoptive families are carefully screened before being allowed to take home any pet.

Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare is a 501c3 rescue organization founded in 1972. Their goal is to rescue and find homes for any animals that need help, primarily dogs and cats who have been abandoned or were born on the street.

Tri-Lakes Humane Society is a small, non-profit, no-kill shelter that works very hard at finding forever homes for our furry friends. P. O. Box 1111 (33 Algonquin Ave; after August 20, 2003: 255 George Lapan Mem. Hwy.), Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Phone: 1-518-891-0017 Fax: 1-518-891-1553 E-mail:

Ulster County SPCA, Kingston, NY
Recently became a no-kill shelter with wonderful, gentle seniors available for adoption.

Warwick Valley Humane Society, Warwick, NY
Senior citizens over the age of 60 (verification required) are able to adopt a designated senior dog or cat. All adoption fees including spay/neuter costs are waived with the exception of the dog license fee, which is required by New York State Law. Please stop by the shelter for an application and a visit with one of the senior animals currently waiting to become your lifelong friend. 48 Public Works Drive, Warwick, NY 10990, P.O. Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990. Phone: (845) 986-2473


Friends Forever, Greensboro, NC, is "... a small, private, all-breed animal orphanage . . . dedicated to finding permanent companion pet homes for animals in need. We are available daily by appointment. Our rescue pets live in an in-home environment until they are adopted. Our adoption process includes an application, a trial visit, an adoption contract with fee and follow-up after placement. All of our rescues are healthy, completely vetted, socialized, crate trained companion pets waiting to be adopted. We are thankful for each and every forever home we adopt to and appreciate all inquiries into adopting one of our rescue pets." Telephone: (336) 855-1899 or E-mail:

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc., Staley, NC
Happy Hills is a non-profit rescue group in North Carolina dedicated to providing nutritious meals, shelter, and veterinary care to needy animals and finding loving, responsible homes for as many abandoned and abused animals as possible. They accept any and all breeds. This organization often has senior dogs, and has been very successful in placing them. They never put a dog down due to age, unless there is a serious, untreatable, fatal illness and it is a kindness to end their suffering.

Winnabow, NC -- Paws' Place
The Paw's Place mission: "
(1) We save pets - the abandoned, the abused and the neglected, whose previous backgrounds were ALL filled with neglect due to overpopulation and uninformed owners, who lacked the foresight to spay or neuter, or to provide heartworm preventative for their domestic pets. (2) We nurse them back to health. (3) We provide a sanctuary for those that are unable to be adopted. (4) And, most important of all, we find them loving homes - no matter how long it takes. Paw's Place receives unwanted, abused and neglected animals from the community, and in return, provides healthy companion animals. Paw's Place has several programs with the community schools to provide animal care, education, and volunteer work programs. From August 1999 to December 2003, we have adopted over 565 dogs and puppies and house another 100."

Onslow County Animal Services, Jacksonville, North Carolina
This shelter allows goes "above and beyond" when it comes to senior dogs that come into their program.  In addition to an outreach program, which focuses on getting the word out about the senior dogs in need of adoption, there is also a foster coordinator who works on getting the seniors out of the shelter and into foster homes while awaiting adoption.



Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).


Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio (AHDRO)'s mission is to provide homeless Collies and other family-friendly dogs a safe haven where they will receive medical care, nutrition, and love until an approved home is found; to reduce the number of unwanted pets by altering all dogs in our rehoming program; to educate the public about the importance of altering pets, and to promote the message that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment.

Angels for Canfield, Ohio, takes in senior dogs. Mission: "Angels for Animals believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measure. Our mission is to educate the people of our community about pet overpopulation and regular veterinary care for pets; cultivate an awareness and responsibility toward the needs of companion animals; provide for the well-being of our community's animals that are abandoned or otherwise in need; and instill respect for and appreciation of all living things."

Paws and Prayers is based in the Northeast Ohio region. "Our primary mission is to rescue, care for, and find loving homes for homeless cats and dogs. Our secondary goal is to make sure all of these animals are spayed or neutered. It is a big task, but we are ready! We operate as a non-profit, incorporated organization that functions solely with foster homes and adoption volunteers. We have many senior dogs looking for homes.

Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Hours of operation - Tuesday through Saturday Noon until 4:00 PM Wednesday evenings until 7:00 PM During the month of June we will be open on Sundays from 1 to 4 PM for adoptions only. Telephone: (740) 392-2287 E-Mail:

St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located in Erie County, Ohio.  We have 30 acres of quiet and peaceful natural beauty.  The work we do here is for the love of the animals.  That is why we take the sickest of the sick and the oldest of the old and give them a home for the time they have left on this earth.  The animals we take in are the ones no one else would have because of age or illness.  We take them into our home and we take them into our hearts. 

Society for the Protection of Animals, Inc., P.O. Box 1047, Fremont, Ohio 43420. To fill out an application go to the website

Mt. Gilead, Ohio -- Humane Society of Morrow County
The Humane Society of Morrow County is a 501(c)(3) organization.  We have been striving for the humane treatment of all animals – be it dogs, cats, horses or others– since 1974. That mission continues today.  While we currently do not have a shelter, we do have many animals in foster homes that are available for adoptionand longing for a forever home. We do not euthanize animals within our foster program, so once a pet is processed into our foster program they remain with us until the perfect match is found.

Portage Animal Protection League , Ravenna, OH
The Portage Animal Protective League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the care and welfare of the abused, abandoned, sick and injured animals that come through our doors. Almost 1000 such animals come to us each year and, unfortunately, many more cannot be accommodated until space becomes available. Our Humane Officer works tirelessly to uphold and enforce the Ohio animal cruelty laws in all of Portage County.


Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville
"The Mission of the Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville, a nonprofit corporation, is to provide care for abandoned companion animals. We educate the public on animal welfare issues, respond to complaints and assist the authorities with resolution of abuse and neglect cases. We optimize opportunity for placement of homeless animals."

Washington County SPCA  An open-access shelter serving the animals, citizens and communities of Washington County: providing shelter and medical care for stray, abandoned or surrendered animals in the community; responding with personal commitment, humane sensitivity, compassion, and technical skill to the needs of these animals; actively promoting suitable adoptions of the animals; encouraging the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats through GCSNAP and Alley Cat Alliance; helping to prevent cruelty to animals by promoting education in the community. T

Animal Rescue Foundation, Tulsa
Since 1988, The Animal Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been rescuing pets from the City Animal Shelters and caring for them until they are adopted.


Lab Rescue OK is a volunteer group of people dedicated to saving purbred Labrador Retriever in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the surrounding dog at a time. Tulsa, OK

Pets and People Humane Society, Yukon
Pets & People Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill humane society that rescues adoptable cats and dogs from municipal animal control facilities across the state of Oklahoma on the day they are to be euthanized. We provide a safe harbor for our pets until they are adopted into responsible, loving homes. All are spayed or neutered to help end the vicious cycle of homeless pets. 701 Inla, Yukon, OK 73085. Telephone: 405.350.PETS

Saving Pets At Risk, Inc., Shawnee, OK, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable rescue corporation dedicated to finding homes for homeless and abandoned animals in Shawnee, OK, and surrounding areas. At this time, SPAR, Inc. is limited to finding homes for dogs and cats that are being cared for in foster homes. It is our goal to eventually branch out and rescue from local animal shelters but that will require more foster help and better funding.

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Norman, OK, is a non-profit organization which provides temporary safe shelter and proper veterinary care for homeless dogs and cats that are awaiting adoption. SECOND CHANCE actively works to place these stray and abandoned animals in permanent loving homes with caring people."


Unicorn Point Animal Sanctuary, Bonanza, OR
The organization is a no-kill shelter and sanctuary, caring for all types of animals in all conditions and of all ages.

Greenhill Humane Society Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944. We operate the only animal shelter within the Eugene/Springfield area.

Portland, OR -- The Second Chance program of the Oregon Humane Society takes dogs from the smaller shelters throughout Oregon and southwest Washington and transfers them to their own center, where the chances for adoption are greatly increased. Currently they have a 90% adoption rate for dogs. There are always some senior dogs in residence.

Pet Lodge Adoptions is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization. Headed by a vet tech who has been doing animal rescue for 16 years, Pet Lodge is on 14 acres with several large fenced yards. The dogs are kept in groups of 2 to 4; as of June 2001, they are housing 60 dogs, 9 cats, 8 rabbits, 2 large Iguanas and even a rescued gerbil. Adoptions are screened by phone and then by a home visit. All dogs are spayed/neutered before going out. Contracts state that the animal MUST be brought back to Pet Lodge if, at any time in the future the adopter can no longer keep an animal, regardless of the length of time that has elapsed. Adoption fees are "open." P


The Pennsylvania SPCA is dedicated to rescuing animals from abuse and neglect, providing lifesaving care and treatment, and reducing pet-overpopulation through low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics and public awareness initiatives. Through these efforts, the organization prevents cruelty towards animals and promotes respect for their welfare, thus enhancing the lives of people and their companion animals throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania SPCA will NOT kill any animal to make room for another. You can help their efforts by adopting, fostering, volunteering, and donating.

Pittsburgh, PA -- Animal Friends -- Because this organization makes a commitment to every animal who enters the shelter, regardless of age or medical condition, they often have senior animals in need of a quiet, calm, mature home. Through the Golden Age Retrievers program, Animal Friends offers adopters over the age of 50 a number of "perks," including an adoption starter kit and any support necessary to turn the adoption into a lifelong relationship! In 2003, 170 senior citizens took advantage of the Golden Age Retrievers program, resulting in the adoptions of 108 dogs and 62 cats!

Stroudsburg, PA --Camp Papillon -- Camp Papillon is a non-profit, no-kill 501c3 animal rescue group dedicated to giving all homeless animals in the Poconos a chance for life. Nearly one hundred animals are currently in foster care at Camp Papillon. Each year hundreds of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and many more are placed in their forever homes by Camp Papillon. Camp Papillon consists of a board of directors and many dedicated volunteers and numerous Foster Parents.

The West Shore Shelter of the Humane Society of Harrisburg, Inc. is a non-profit shelter that is trying desperately to be a "no-kill" shelter. Shelter hours are 12-8 weekdays and 11-4 week-ends (no appointment needed). The address is 710 Eppley Road, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055.

Happy Dog Rescue
Covering the Basking Ridge area of NJ west to Hamburg, PA. As far north as Stroudsburg and Pocono Pines, and as far south as Quakertown, PA or Lambertville, NJ. If you are more than 75 minutes drive time from zip code 18064, we will not adopt to you. To find out how far away you are, put in your home address and get directions to 18064 at


A Second Chance Animal Shelter, Manning, SC/Mission Statement: To shelter and protect the unwanted and abandoned animals of Clarendon County, to facilitate the adoption of those animals, to promote population control through spay and neuter programs and to educate the community about the care of animals.  As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the animals in our care, we solely rely on private donations to do what we do. We are a low kill/no kill shelter and do not euthanize to make room for additional animals, but only in the event of a terminal illness or injury.

Save the Strays Animal Rescue, Bethune, SC,a 501c3 charity, often takes in senior dogs that have been abandoned, turned in to shelters or are no longer wanted by their owners. We do not euthanize; any dog not adopted has a home with us for life. We do, however, try to place all adoptable dogs, no matter what their age. Telephone: 843-334-8459. E-mail:

Humane Society of McCormick County, McCormick, SC, is a private, non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, to providing shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to implementing educational programs and services, to promoting responsible pet ownership including population control and to placing animals in humane environments.


Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).

For up-to-the-minute listings of Senior Dogs available for adoption in South Dakota, please E-mail:


St. Francis Animal Rescue and Refuge (SFARR) (Oakland, TN) is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no-kill animal rescue and refuge, depending solely on volunteers, adoption fees and donations. SFARR Rescue is dedicated to rescuing abandoned, abused, neglected, injured and sick animals and providing an opportunity for these animals to be adopted into permanent, safe, loving homes. SFARR Refuge provides a permanent safe-haven for animals considered unadoptable because of behavioral and health problems. We hold regular adoption events for our dogs, as all of our dogs and cats are in foster care. Please call 901-482-9921 or check out our website.

Cleveland Animal Protective League
We have been creating “happily ever afters” at the Cleveland APL since 1913. Begin your adoption journey by viewing all of our animals that are currently available for adoption and find your new best friend!

Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary, Springfield, TN
FFAS is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected animals in and around the Robertson County TN area. Foster homes are used to house all the animals in their care. Their main goal is to build a sanctuary on a piece of land (preferably donated), to house more animals. Euthanasia is not used as a means of population control.
E-mail: Address: 3913 Green Rd., Springfield, TN 37172.

Germantown Animal Shelter is located at 7700 Southern Ave., Germantown, TN. Telephone: 901-757-7358. Hours: 10 - 2:30 Monday through Friday, and 10 - 2 on Saturday. Although they do euthanize, this shelter will keep the animals as long as they don't get full and the animal is not seriously ill or aggressive.

Young-Williams Animal Center, Knoxville. At Young-Williams Animal Center, our mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare and enhance the human-animal bond.

The Blount County Humane Society, Maryville, TN is a grass roots, citizen based, non profit "Animal Protection Organization" in the truest and longest traditions of the movement. "We believe that animal protection stands for the preservation of animal life, not the ending of it. Our goal is to make Blount County a no kill community by building a safe shelter that saves our dogs and cats by following the no kill philosophy." Blount County Humane Society, 1005 E. Broadway 37804 Telephone: (865) 233-3739 E-mail:

Noah's Arc, Talbott and Morristown, TN
Noah's Arc, Inc., is an organization founded in 1991 by a couple of Jefferson County, Tennessee, attorneys as an alternative to the animal shelter. Their purpose is to rescue animals that have been abandoned or abused, provide medical care, find good homes for them, and, in general, to prevent animal overpopulation. Members are citizens who volunteer their help and/or donate money for this purpose.

Almost Home Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up solely of volunteers. Our primary purpose is to rescue mistreated or homeless animals and place them in loving environments. We are based in the East Tennessee area. Almost Home believes that every animal deserves a loving home regardless of appearance, age, or physical limitation. No animal is expendable! We strive to give animals the safe and happy life they deserve.


SPCA of Brazoria County in Lake Jackson, Texas
The SPCA of Brazoria County has proudly operated the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter as a no kill facility since 2016. Our shelter achieves a “live release rate” of at least 90% of animals who come into the shelter’s care.

Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, Inc, Bedford, TX, is an all-volunteer, non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to rescuing companion animals and placing them into foster homes until they can be permanently adopted. We are based in Bedford, Texas. The best way to get in touch with us is to call (817) 792-5122 and leave a message.

A Different Breed Animal Rescue, Dallas, TX, has a unique approach -- "Attacking the Problem at the Source." The organization's mission is to address the tragic consequences of pet overpopulation by focusing on sterilization, adoption and education. In 2003, the city of Dallas impounded 32,738 dogs and cats. Out of these, 26,157 were killed by lethal injection. A Different Breed Rescue believes the solution to this epidemic is simple: Stop the births! Spay one female dog or cat at four months of age, and in seven years you have prevented 7,300 births. Cats and dogs are born faster than they can be adopted. Founding ADB directors: Monique Voelker, Barbara Canter, Debbie Ferrell, Becky Haisma, and Cathi Wood.

Austin, TX -- Pets AliveAustin Pets Alive! is not your average animal shelter. We pioneer innovative lifesaving programs designed to save the animals most at risk of euthanasia.

Baytown Humane Society, Baytown, TX
to relieve the suffering of animals and to improve their chances for adoption into loving and forever homes. Vision... that no animal entering into Baytown Area Shelters need be destroyed due to a lack of loving homes and responsible pet owners. Please don't confuse Baytown Humane Society with Baytown Animal Control!! The city is charged with diminishing the numbers of unwanted animals, while The Humane Society works very hard to find them loving homes before they are destroyed. Telephone: (281) 424-3103

Corsicana, TX -- City of Corsicana Animal Shelter -- Telephone: 903-654-4928 . E-mail: The City of Corsicana is located approximately 55 miles south of Dallas on Interstate 45. Corsicana has had an animal shelter in the city for many years, but it had previously been operated by the Navarro County Humane Society. On July 1, 2003, the City of Corsicana took over operations and placed the shelter under the Police Department. A very dedicated and caring staff at the shelter do their very best to find forever homes for as many animals in the shelter's care as possible.

The Humane Society of Novarro County  (HSNC) supports efforts in the humane treatment of companion animals by providing financial assistance for spay/neuter surgery and for food for feral cats. Members of the HSNC also volunteer at the City Shelter, transport and foster animals for the City Shelter, and, both collectively and individually, do as much as possible to help the animals within their local, rural community of about 40,000 people.

Dallas, TX -- Dog & Kitty City is truly a no kill shelter. Many senior dogs are available for adoption there. Located at 2719 Manor Way, Dallas TX 75235 E-mail: Or visit the website.

Dallas, TX -- The Queenie Foundation
The Queenie Foundation of Dallas, TX, educates the public and supports the animal protection movement with love, respect and honor to create planetary compassion for life.

DFW CARES (CAnine REScues) The primary purpose of this site is to share our knowledge about Dog Rescue.This site was really built with you in mind and we hope you will find it useful.  Your comments or questions are of course welcome.

Furever Friends, Ft. Worth, TX
Furever Friends, Inc. is an animal rescue organization founded in 1995 by experienced animal welfare volunteers who wanted to work with local animal shelters, veterinarians, and the community to find homes for unwanted and abandoned animals. Furever Friends is not a shelter, but a group of volunteers who foster animals in their homes until permanent homes can be found. Foster animals are brought to adoption sites around the Fort Worth and mid-cities area until suitable homes can be found. No adoptable animal is ever euthanized because a permanent home could not be found. Furever Friends, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization run solely by volunteers. We have no paid staff and all moneys raised through donations, fund raisers, and adoptions are used for the care of Furever Friends' animals.

Hamilton, TX -- Huts for Mutts Dog Rescue -- The purpose and objective of "Huts For Mutts" is to find homes for loving animals and spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The group, from small beginnings, has achieved enormous success in the Hamilton area.

Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue, is a non-profit 501-(c)-3, all-volunteer organization dedicated to beagle and hound rescue. We are a small group of volunteers who foster dogs in our homes. Most of our animals come from high-kill animal control facilities where they were scheduled to be euthanized. Our goal is finding homes for the dogs with families who want to continue our mission of giving the neglected dogs a second chance. Houston, TX.; Telephone: (713) 987-2076; E-mail:

McKinney, TX -- Animal Care Center at
Stonebridge Ranch
is a full service veterinary hospital with an adoption program for the medically and behaviorally challenged. Please contact Animal Care Center at Stonebridge Ranch, 972-540-2220 or E-mail

The Humane Society of Tom Green County, San Angelo, TX is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare through provision of shelter, community education, leadership, and action. Our vision is to end euthanasia of adoptable animals so that, one day, no healthy companion animals will be euthanized for lack of a home, for lack of space, for lack of compassion. Contact Information: Kristin Pfluger, Humane Society Executive Director, Telephone: 915.653.8056.

Sherman, Texas -- Animal Refuge Foundation
ARF, Martha and Jim Hovers' Animal Refuge Foundation, wasn't planned. According to Martha, "The dogs just started showing up." A 25-acre property is home to more than 150 dogs; the bedroom is sleeping quarters for a minimum of 12. ARF, 3377 Spalding Rd., Sherman, TX 75092.

Waco Humane Society -- Energetic, caring, and compassionate people manage and staff this shelter, and focus on ending neglect, cruelty, and overpopulation of companion animals.


Utah Lab Rescue  rescues mostly purebred Labradors from the local city shelters, and at times in other special circumstances.

Best Friends, Southern Utah (Kanab)
Located in southern Utah, north of the Grand Canyon, this is the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned companion and domestic animals. The organization's aim is to "bring about a time when no homeless, unwanted animals are destroyed in shelters and when every dog or cat ever born can be guaranteed a good life in a good home."

Hurricane, UT -- Hurricane Animal Shelter
Big dogs and small dogs, young and senior -- you'll find them all at the Hurricane Animal Shelter. Telephone: (435) 635-8314 Hurricane Animal Shelter, 2084 S. 700 W., Hurricane, Utah 84737

P.A.W.S. (Providing Animals With Support) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose main goal is to find quality homes for shelter animals and animals surrendered by individuals who can no longer care for them.


The Humane Society of Chittenden County, South Burlington, VT is a private and independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving both Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties whose mission is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent animal suffering. We're funded solely by the generous contributions of local businesses, foundations, and individuals.We receive no local, state, or federal funding for the services we provide. We are registered, inspected, and authorized annually to operate as an animal shelter by the State of Vermont. Each year we take in roughly 750 - 1,000 animals (dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and more) and work to care for and responsibly place them in loving forever homes. We're proud of our successes and aim each day to make the right match for every animal -- and every potential adopter -- in our care.

Second Chance Animal Center, Rt 7A, Shaftsbury, VT. Second Chance Animal Center, established in 1959 as the Bennington County Humane Society, is a private, limited-admission, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the needs of homeless animals as well as the needs of pet owners in our community. Our service area includes all towns in Bennington County (Vermont), sections of Washington and Rensselaer Counties in New York State, and northern areas of Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

VIRGINIA (also see Washington, DC, below)

Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation, Richmond, VA AARF is an acronym that stands for Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation. We are a Richmond, Virginia based, non-profit, all volunteer, non-euthanizing organization founded in May of 1993. Our goal is to rescue orphaned animals and place them in loving homes.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) is Arlington County, Virginia's official animal shelter and humane society. Dogs and puppies, cats and kittens and small companion animals are available for adoption to residents of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Senior dogs that have had behavioral evaluations and have received several vaccinations and health tests are usually available for viewing at the shelter. The shelter is located at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington VA 22206. Photos and descriptions of the dogs available for adoption can also be seen at the AWLA website,

Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. CSK9 is a small non-profit volunteer rescue organization that rescues dogs who, through no fault of their own, are spending their last days at humane societies and city or county animal shelters. Due to a limited number of foster homes, we can only accept dogs from shelters. The founders bring with them many years of experience in breed rescues, foster care, adoption screening and counseling. Our volunteers provide endless hours of special attention, loving care and rehabilitation to our orphans. They rejoice in their role as a stepping stone in a dog's path out of the shelter into its forever home.

Chesterfield United Rescue Education (CURE), Midlothian, VA,  is not a shelter, but an organization that pulls dogs from the local shelter and places them in loving foster homes. All dogs are immunized, groomed, spayed/neutered and provided other medical attention. Dogs are on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. Adoption fees are $90.00 for dogs, $75.00 for cats. The adoption fee does not cover the total expenses incurred for dogs and cats but helps the effort to continue pulling animals from a shelter environment and giving them the care they need. E-mail:

HAPPE (Homeless Animal Protection-Placement-Education) in Chesterfield, VA, is a group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing, fostering, and placing homeless and at-risk cats and dogs. The group is committed to decreasing dog and cat overpopulation through education regarding responsible pet guardianship and spay/neuter programs.

 The Humane Society of Warren County, Front Royal, VA The Humane Society of Warren County, Front Royal, VA, is a non-profit organization providing services to the Warren County area.

HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team), Fairfax Station, VA.   HART prefers to adopt within the Washington DC metro area.

K-9 New Life Center, Virginia Beach, VA
An all breed no kill rescue center located in Virginia Beach, VA. The K-9 New Life Center is like no other shelter. Dogs are taken in and given their own rooms, toys and beds. The rescued dogs are able to romp and frolic with other dogs as well as a group of caring volunteers everyday! Hours: Fridays from 4 to 6 and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5. Address: 2993 Seaboard Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Telephone: (757) 721-BARK.

New Hope Sanctuary, New Kent, VA. We help a lot of people with the initial medical care for strays that they have found, and would like to keep, but cannot afford because the initial cost of spay/neuter/shots can be overwhelming when an unexpected animal falls into their laps. I would rather the animal be able to stay with the family that rescued it, then to be turned into a shelter due to lack of initial funds.

Partners Among Cats And Canines (PACC) Franklin, VA is a mixed breed rescue for dogs and cats. PACC has a network of foster homes for the animals to live in until forever homes can be found.  Email: Address: PACC, P.O. Box 1133, Franklin, VA 23851 Phone: 757-562-0202.

Pound Pals of Radford, Inc., Radford, VA, works toward the prevention of suffering, neglect, abuse and cruelty to animals by cooperating with local animal shelter in all phases of animal placement and rescue. Pound Pals of Radford, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. E-mail:

RAWL (Rappahannock Animal Welfare League).based in Amissville, Virginia, manages the daily operation of the only "no kill" Animal Shelter in the area. "We provide an energetic adoption program that finds loving homes for the dogs in our care. We seek to rehabilitate and adopt every dog. We also have annual rabies clinics and spay/neuter education programs. RAWL has made a deep and abiding commitment to saving pet lives and we depend on your donations to fulfill our mission!" 


Save a Dog, Save a Cat (SADSAC) is a non-profit organization located in Prince William County, VA. Mailing Address: SADSAC, PO Box 972, Dumfries, VA 22026. Phone Number: 703-221-0324. E-mail:

The SPCA of Northern Virginia is a non-profit, all-volunteer, private organization and receives all our funding from membership dues, donations, and fundraising events. We do not have a shelter facility, and depend on foster parents to care for domestic animals until adoption. Investigating reports of cruelty, abuse, neglect, and abandonment is one of our primary functions. In most situations, an animal need not be removed from its home. Education is the key to successful pet ownership and the prevention of future inhumane treatment of animals. The SPCA of Northern Virginia will adopt to residents of Northern Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland only. Arlington, VA. Telephone: 703-799-9390. E-mail:

Southeastern VA -- Hampton  Roads Pet -- A Facebook informational resource online providing information on pets for the Hampton Roads Virginia area.... .dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and pet rescue as well as putting an end to animal abuse.


Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Northern Virginia/Washington DC
A volunteer from HART writes: "We are a group that prowls the area shelters, accepts owner surrenders, strays, etc., and places every dog eventually. As of October 2000, we had already doubled our 1999 placement of 500 dogs. We accept puppies and very young dogs into our program, but the majority of our dogs are older. We try to take as many as possible from the shelters, as their short time has run out. Like most rescue groups, we struggle to raise enough funds and awareness to get our work done."

Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington, D.C.  "At the Humane Rescue Alliance, we honor more than 150 years of commitment to protecting animals, supporting families, and advocating for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. HRA serves as a national leader and local champion for all animals."


Colville, WA --Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is a shelter located in rural Stevens County of northeast Washington State.  Our mission to inspire the public to support the humane treatment of animals and to transform the lives of companion animals in need.

PAWS, Lynnwood, WA, is people helping animals. Statement: "We are the kind of people who delight in the company of an animal friend, who are awed by a majestic eagle in flight. Like you, we understand that animals enrich our lives. We also know they cannot speak for themselves and need protection. That is why PAWS brings together people like you to ensure animals are respected, safe and have a voice. PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people." 15305 44th Ave, Lynnwood, WA, Phone: 425.787.2500.

Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue is a non-profit referral organization dedicated to placing unwanted purebred dogs into suitable homes, and preventing unwanted purebreds from overloading the shelter system. Towards attaining those goals, we promote responsible dog ownership by educating the public in the selection, care and training of dogs. Founded as a non-political organization in 1987, SPDR works cooperatively with breeders, animal shelters, breed clubs, and individuals to accomplish SPDR's purpose. SPDR volunteers currently work with over 3500 dogs per year in need of new homes.

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County is the largest shelter in the state of Washington. Their mission is to protect and promote the well-being of animals and to nurture the relationship between people and animals.


Jackson County Animal Shelter
Cottageville -- This is a small rural shelter where the stasff have been working hard to find homes for all their adoptable dogs. At times the shelter must take in dogs due to legal action, and becomes very full. If you can take one of the seniors, it would mean so much.

Mason County Animal Shelter
Mason County Shelter is a small shelter in a very rural part of West Virginia. This shelter accepts animals for $1.00, and most times people won't even pay that, so they toss the puppies, dogs, cats and kittens over the fence or put them in the "night deposit" box. This shelter NEEDS help. The animals here are wonderful! PLEASE help save their lives! Rescues and adoptive homes, please call the Mason County contact people: Judy or Kimberly Oliver ( at (304-675-6458)or Missy Holestin ( at (304)395-1312 after 9:00pm for information on how you can send donations or rescue one or more of these precious dogs and cats.

Monroe County Animal League, Union, WV is an all- volunteer, non-profit organization. Monroe County does not have an animal shelter. All pets are fostered by individuals. We're willing to assist with transportation when needed and anxious to work with you to help you find the pet you desire.

Humane Society of Raleigh County  is located in Beckley, West Virginia.

Jackson County Animal Shelter, Cottageville, West Virginia Back a couple of years ago, there were horrible pictures of this shelter with a dumpster full of dead dogs. The staff and community involved with this shelter have tried so hard to keep that from ever happening again. For two years. with the help of supporters, it was possible. Dogs are still in danger, however, when the shelter becomes full, which it does on a regular basis. Supporters have been able to get many of the dogs sponsored, transport is free, and the dogs are great dogs. Rescue contact: Dreama / Bobbie Working closely with the shelter is a group called Animal Rights Fur-Ever (ARF): This is a group of local volunteers assisting with the JCAS rescue/transport program. Please visit the website and find out how you can support their work.


Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin -- Executive Director Lauren Wojtasiak founded Underdog in 2012 after volunteering with other humane organizations throughout Wisconsin for about 10 years. Lauren’s deep care for animals led her to form a rescue and vet clinic that helps the neediest of animals, while providing a quality experience for our adopters, volunteers, and clients.  Under Lauren’s leadership, Underdog has grown to save thousands of lives through our 150+ foster homes with support before, during, and after adoptions take place. Lauren and her family live on the north side of Madison with their rescue cat, Snax. 


Wymong Shelters and Rescue Groupsare listed on the Paws of Jackson Hole website. Please visit the site to find a shelter or rescue group near you.

Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter "The mission of our Shelter is to provide humane care to, and find homes for, lost and abandoned companion animals; educate the public regarding responsible animal ownership; and enforce animal regulations. We accept strays and surrendered dogs and cats from Teton County, Wyoming and look to place them in loving and suitable forever homes."


SAINTS -- Senior Animals in Need Today Society, Mission, BC, Canada
Mission Statement: "We are an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have no where else to go. We provide a special place to be loved, cherished, and to receive proper medical care for the rest of their days. All animals deserve to have hope for a better tomorrow. Because of their infirmities and physical challenges, many homeless senior and special needs animals have very little chance of finding a new home. At various shelters throughout B.C., dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to find these special animals a place to finish their journey in comfort and in love. SAINTS exists to help senior and special needs animals when all else fails. If we can, in time, find them a special home of their own, then we do. If that very special home never comes, they will be safe and cherished until the end of their days. We pledge to love them, to care for them, and make their dreams come true. We promise each of them that they will never be alone again..."

ARTS Senior Animal Rescue, Calgary,  Alberta, Canada -- ARTS Senior Animal Rescue is a rescue dedicated to helping senior animals in need - 8 years old plus for dogs and 10 years old plus for cats.


"The Oldies Club ........Helping older dogs find forever homes. Homes and volunteers needed across the UK." According to information on their site, "The Oldies' Club was formed on an internet dog chat forum by a large group of people who felt great empathy with the plight of elderly dogs that end up in rescue centres all over the country. The initial inspiration behind the idea was a 13-year-old collie we called Ted . Ted was blind in one eye and was terrified in the noisy, stark kennel environment. ..." 

National Animal Welfare Trust This organization has a site called Animal Aid for the Elderly.

In Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, the Wood Green Animal Shelters are a good resource.