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Northeast Ohio and National Animal Rescues
A New Leash On Life Rescue
A New Leash On Life Rescue was established in 2005, and consists of foster homes located in the Northeast Ohio region. They work together to save as many animals as possible facing euthanasia in local shelters. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and work strictly on a volunteer basis.
All Dogs Heaven
All Dogs’ Heaven (ADH) is an all volunteer rescue group dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned, neglected, abused and puppy mill dogs. In addition, as space permits, they even take in dogs that cannot be cared for by their current owner. All Dogs’ Heaven is a non-profit 501c3 organization and has no paid staff and operate through the volunteers that donate time and talent to save the lives of the many wonderful dogs that we have in our care.
Animal Rescue Facebook Directory
Click on the state of your choosing to find listings of Animal Rescue Group Pages on Facebook.
Animal Rescue Site
The Animal Rescue Site provides simple, effective, feel-good ways to address an urgent, specific need: providing food and vital care for some of the eight million unwanted animals given to shelters every year in the U.S., as well as animals in desperate need around the world. Over four million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted. Each click on the purple “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE” button at The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary. Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at the Fund for Animals’ renowned animal sanctuaries, pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation, North Shore Animal League America, amazing International Fund for Animal Welfare programs that save animals in dire situations worldwide, Rescue Bank, and other worthy animal care facilities and programs supported by the GreaterGood.org foundation. 100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to their charitable partners.
Ohio Animal Shelters receive pets from stray animals, relatives when an owner has passed away, humane organizations and animal control agencies and from owners who can no longer care for their pets. When animals are taken in, they rarely have a medical history. If there is one available that indicates medical aid or veterinary care has been given; this information is passed on to the new owner. The Animal Shelters cannot guarantee the health or temperament of an animal adopted from the Shelter.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Their organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. They are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.
Berea Animal Rescue
Berea Animal Rescue Fund “ARF” began in 1987 as a small group of animal lovers started a ‘grassroots’ movement, recognizing the desperate housing and healthcare needs of homeless animals. Their efforts began in the southwest suburban Cleveland area, transforming a family’s garage into an animal “shelter.” The ARF movement grew when the city of Berea provided us a small building, utility costs included. In return, ARF would always have a cage open for the city’s stray animals. Now, after 20 years of service and thousands of success stories later ARF continues to save lives and make friends. The Berea Animal Rescue Fund “ARF” is a 501(c)3 Non Profit and operates as a No Time Limit Shelter.
BREW Midwest Beagle Rescue
Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare of Northern Virginia, Inc. (BREW) was founded in February 1999 by Laura Charles Johnson in response to the growing number of beagles in the DC area who needed help. Ms. Johnson had worked in rescue for more than a year before founding BREW. As Laura became more involved in rescue, she learned most breeds were represented by local rescue groups. Beagles were the exception. BREW became incorporated in February of 1999 and received its non-profit determination from the IRS in April of 2000.
Canine Lifeline, Inc.
Canine Lifeline is an all volunteer 501(c)3 organization with a mission to save adoptable dogs from being euthanized at shelters due to overcrowding or treatable medical conditions such as heartworm. All of their dogs are in foster homes throughout Northeast Ohio. Canine Lifeline does not have a shelter; all of their dogs are in foster homes
Cherished Cockers Rescue
Cherished Cockers is an Ohio based, all volunteer group of Cocker Spaniel lovers who wish to help Cocker Spaniels have the life they deserve. The organization is funded by donations and fundraising events, which goes directly to helping the Cocker Spaniels that have been rescued by Cherished Cockers Rescue. They do not have a shelter; instead all of the Cocker Spaniels rescued live in foster homes.
At times, theymay board a Cocker at a kennel, if no foster home is available.
Cleveland Animal Protective League
The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s mission is to foster compassion and end animal suffering. Incorporated in 1913, they are an independent, nonprofit humane society located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. As a 501(c)(3) agency, they are not funded or controlled by any government or national animal welfare organization. Their animal shelter, services, and programs are made available through fundraising, donations, foundation and corporate support, and service fees. They are committed to 100 percent placement of adoptable animals and envision a time when every friendly, healthy, homeless animal in our community can be cared for until a new family is found.
Close To Home Animal Rescue
Close to Home Animal Rescue (CHAR) was established in December 2009 from the unified vision of five Co-Founders. All of who, volunteer their time and efforts in order to save the lives of animals that have been abused, homeless or have survived being bred for profit in Ohio’s puppy mills. Close to Home Animal Rescue (CHAR) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit all-volunteer animal welfare organization. Their rescued animals are placed in volunteer foster homes where they are assessed, socialized, cared for and loved until they are adopted into the best possible forever home for that particular animal.
Coalition for Animal Concerns
The Coalition for Animal Concerns (CAC) is a group of concerned citizens, rescue groups and veterinarians. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for the animals in Stark County, OH and surrounding areas. Whether it is improving conditions and adoptions at the dog pound, educating the public about spay/neuter and pet care issues, or organizing low-cost spay/neuter programs, we just want to make a difference for the animals.
Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue
Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue (CCDR) was formed in August 2000 as a non-profit organization. They are dedicated to rescuing Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes all across the country and will help any Dachshund regardless of health or age.
CODA – Cleveland Ohio Dog Advocates
CODA does not follow the shelter/kennel model for rescue. Their dogs all live in loving home environments while in care, so that they get to know each individual dog personally and can be sure to match each dog to the best family for that particular dog.
Cute & Cuddly Siamese Rescue
For more information, contact Judy at: 216-739-0705
Dachshund Rescue of North America
Dachshund Rescue of North America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with one sole purpose — rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing needy dachshunds and mostly dachshund mixes. They are a network of experienced rescue people throughout the United States and Canada who were previously doing rescue independently and realized the benefits of joining together and combining resources. Last year they placed 1009 dogs.
Erie Shores Humane Society
Erie Shores Humane Society is a grass roots, non profit animal welfare organization. We have been helping animals in need for 24 years. They follow the humane, no kill philosophy and are dedicated to the present and future well-being of all animals. They believe now is the time for people to take an active part in solving the deplorable problems involving animals we see around us and want to educate people about awareness and the responsibility of pet ownership.
Fido’s Companion Rescue, Inc.
FIDO’s Companion Inc. is a small, closely held, non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of volunteers who perform vital functions in the process of rescuing animals. They operate out of Avon, Ohio. They primarily rescue dogs from the Lorain County Dog Pound before they are put to sleep. They also secondarily assist with taking in homeless stray dogs and provide funding for the spay/neuter of homeless dogs and cats for other independent local rescuers and vet clinics who take them in off the street and work to re-home them.
For the Love of PITS
For the Love of Pits® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Cleveland-based organization run exclusively by volunteers. They focus their rescue efforts on homeless pit bull dogs located in the Cleveland and Akron areas. Their mission is to restore, preserve and protect the prestigious legacy of the American pit bull terrier and to improve the environment in which pit bull dogs and their owners live.
Freedom Greyhound Rescue
FGR is a 501(c)3 organization consisting of a group of dedicated, hard working volunteers that share a love for greyhounds and love for their community. Their passion and devotion has made it possible for the organization to be formed. Their vision is to help the retired racing greyhounds reach their forever homes taking them from track, to house, to loving home.
Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village
Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village goes above and beyond for the animals and for the people of northeast Ohio. Animals at Rescue Village are cared for until they find a new home, including those that are abused, sick or injured, those that may need behavior training, or those that simply need the gift of time. Animals are never euthanized due to age, special needs, or lack of space. Their passion for combining professionalism with innovation, collaboration, and a great big heart runs through everything we do. All who come through these doors, be they four-legged or two-legged (or the occasional turtle or snake), are treated with respect.
German Shorthaired Pointer Care Rescue of Ohio
GSP Care of Ohio Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to helping GSP’s in need throughout Ohio, Indiana and northern Kentucky. They work with shelters, humane organizations, and individual owners to assist with behavior issues, placement, health care, and other decisions and issues regarding GSP’s. They will take homeless GSP’s into our foster care program, evaluate their temperaments, ensure that they are spayed/neutered and will place them in an appropriate home.
Golden Retrievers in Need Rescue Service, Inc. (G.R.I.N.)
G.R.I.N. is a volunteer-staffed organization dedicated to finding forever homes for rescued golden retrievers giving those displaced goldens a new beginning; provide public education on responsible dog ownership and care. G.R.I.N. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization totally staffed by volunteers and have over 650 active members. They serve Northeastern Ohio and many outlying surrounding areas that do not have a local golden rescue. Goldens come to them from various sources including shelters, pounds, strays and owner surrenders.
Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. (GTR)
Golden Treasures Rescue (GTR) is an all-volunteer rescue, providing veterinary care, foster homes and permanent new homes for golden retrievers in the Ohio area. They rescue golden retrievers from owners that sometimes have to surrender their dogs because of health, moving, work schedules. Golden Retrievers abandoned or taken to shelters need special attention and Golden Treasures Rescue will help with medical treatment and re-socialization of each dog into a new home.
Greyhound Adoption of Ohio
Greyhound Adoption of Ohio was established in January of 1993. It is the largest greyhound adoption group in the state of Ohio and the first group to be incorporated in Ohio. Since their inception, they have placed more than 2000 greyhounds in loving homes. They retrieve retired or rejected greyhounds from the racing kennels, bring them to the kennel and prepare them for their new lives. They are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501 (C) 3 of the IRS code.
Heaven Can Wait Rescue & Adoption
Heaven Can’t Wait is a non-profit, 501(c)3, all volunteer, rescue group located in Akron, Ohio. We rescue dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from the high-kill Summit County Animal Control Facility (also known as the pound), most on the day they are going to be euthanized. Heaven Can Wait is the ONLY rescue group that ONLY rescues from the Summit County Animal Control Facility. They devote their rescuing to the most destitute, who have no chance of living beyond the day they are going to be euthanized. While Heaven Can Wait cannot save all the animals from certain death at the pound, we try to make a difference, one animal at a time.
Heart of Ohio Great Pyrenees Rescue
Heart of Ohio Great Pyrenees Rescue, Inc.(HOGPR), is a non-profit organization to rescue, foster and educate about the Great Pyrenees breed. Their mission is to: provide care for, and including a safe haven for, lost and abandoned Great Pyrenees in OH; place rescued Great Pyrenees into loving, suitable homes that will care for, protect and love the dog(s); educate the general public about Great Pyrenees and to educate people who adopt Great Pyrenees about the breed; and to educate the public at large about pet ownership responsibilities.
Humane Society of Greater Akron
Celebrating animals is their passion. The Humane Society of Greater Akron, incorporated in 1968, is dedicated to alleviating animal suffering, preventing and investigating animal cruelty, protecting the welfare of animals and providing quality adoption services. It is their goal to respond to the ongoing needs of the animals and residents of Summit County and to educate the community, whose support we need to accomplish this mission.
Husky Havoc: Rescue, Referral, & Transport (Husky Havoc: RRT)
Though not yet a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that offers tax deductions on your donations, donations are all the more appreciated when they happen. The money will go to the veterinary care of our foster dogs, and for transport of rescued northern breed dogs in the Midwest USA. You will receive a certificate stating what your donation was used for. Donations over $50 will receive a free copy of It’s a Sibe Thing…You Wouldn’t Understand.
Internet Miniature Pinscher Service
The Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Inc. (IMPS) was formed in 1998 and attempts to assist Miniature Pinschers in need by providing foster care, transport, adoptive homes, veterinary care, and other services and information for the well-being of Miniature Pinschers. All Miniature Pinschers placed through IMPS will be spayed or neutered prior to placement, and have been thoroughly evaluated by a breed representative for temperament and training needs.
Irish Setter Club of Ohio Rescue
ISCO Rescue is a nonprofit group of volunteers located across Ohio. All monies donated to the ISCO rescue program go towards the rescue and rehabilitation of the dogs in our program. They are committed to the health and well-being of our breed and are concerned for the welfare of any Irish Setter in need. Every year there are Irish Setters of every age across the country in need of new homes and families. The dogs available for adoption through rescue come from several different sources. Some they find in animal shelters. Some are turned over to our program because of a change in family circumstances such as a divorce or job transfer, or because the owners were not prepared for the energy level of a young Irish setter.
Japanese Chin Care and Rescue Effort
JCCARE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue organization comprised of all volunteers dedicated to the health and welfare of Japanese Chin dogs. Their sole purpose is to help, rehabilitate and find homes for abused, abandoned, or relinquished Japanese Chin across the United States of America. They are not affiliated with the national breed club, but operate completely on our own. Their Chin are not here because they are bad. Some were very much loved and pampered family pets and are here because of unfortunate situations, such as a move or divorce, death of their owner, or because of financial hardship.
Lake Humane Society
Since 1937, the Lake Humane Society has operated as a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare and protection of animals in Lake County and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Focusing on the relief of suffering and the prevention of cruelty and abuse to animals, the Lake Humane Society strives to inform and educate children and adults in the humane and respectful treatment of all living creatures. Their mission is to Provide a gentle and caring haven for the homeless, abandoned, and injured animals of Lake County and persevere in defending and protecting animal life through education, integrity, and leadership.
Lighthouse Boxer Rescue
Lighthouse Boxer Rescue is a non-profit boxer rescue organization dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of displaced boxers and to educating the public on the importance of responsible pet care. Their organization takes in boxers from animal shelters, owner surrenders, and/or stray turn-ins and places them in a trained foster home to be evaluated, vetted, and spay/neutered prior to being placed in adoptive homes. All applications are thoroughly screened through use of personal and vet references and mandatory home visits prior to meeting our dogs.
Lorain County SPCA
The Lorain County SPCA are a NO KILL shelter, whose objectives are to prevent animal cruelty, promote spaying and neutering, rescue sick, abused and injured cats, dogs and puppies. All of their dogs are spayed and neutered with all of their shots. Cats are spayed and neutered, have all shots, and are leukemia negative.
Since Love-A-Stray doesn’t have a “physical” shelter and our animals are housed in foster homes, they do not have some of the usual operating expenses that would be required for a shelter. Consequently adoption fees, fundraising efforts, and donations go directly to a great cause- the animals! Their four fold mission is to: lessen pet overpopulation by sterilizing adoptable animals and employing aggressive low-cost spay/neuter programs in an effort to provide financial assistance for families who otherwise would not be able to sterilize their pet. Offer housing for unwanted, homeless animals and when necessary, provide medical treatment including emergency veterinary care. Value the life of all rescue animals by providing innovative behavior rehabilitation, when applicable, and placing them from nurturing foster families into loving, compatible, permanent homes. Educate the public on the importance of being an advocate for animals emphasizing humane treatment and sterilization.
Miami Valley Gordon Setter Rescue
The Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the “Beauty, Brains & Bird Sense” in Gordon Setters. The club was organized in 1924 and currently has over 1,000 members. Most of our membership is concentrated in the United States, but we also have members from 15 to 20 countries worldwide. The club serves as an umbrella organization for a number of regional groups (both independent clubs and area committees) who organize and put on events for Gordons, including specialty shows (conformation events), obedience trials, hunting tests, field trials and other special programs. There are more than 22 affiliated clubs and area committees in the United States.
Middleburg Heights Animal Foundation
The goal of Veteran’s Best Friend is to place appropriate dogs and provide the necessary training so that the dog can be the Veterans’ service dog. They view this goal as a win-win for both the dog and Veteran involved. Not only does such a union benefit the dog and Veteran, but it also benefits the community by helping the Veteran. Many Veterans that suffer from psychological conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder find daily activities very challenging, tasks like going to the store or even work can disable them. For a long time the answer has been medications, but such treatments can be further limiting, have undesired side-effects and long-term use can cause health issues for the Veteran. The use and support of a Service Dog is as natural as it can get, with the hopes of reducing the medications used and helping the Veteran regain their freedom…by having the confidence to go out in public
Midwest Akita Rescue Society
In 1998, Midwest Akita Rescue Society (MARS) was formed by a very small group of concerned individuals that felt that they could assist orphaned Akitas residing in the Midwestern region. The purpose of this organization was to rescue, medically treat, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, relinquished or otherwise homeless Akita dogs. Co-Founders Deanna O’Brien and Lisa R. McCluskey were a part of the initial individuals that helped create MARS. The majority of Akitas come from animal shelters. When an Akita is brought into the shelter, the shelter notifies MARS and a MARS volunteer adopts the dog from the shelter when necessary. More and more Akitas are being turned into rescue by their owners. Once the cute little puppy grows into a very large, powerful adult, the owner does not want to face the task of living with an Akita. All Akitas are given a complete temperament evaluation screening.
Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue
Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue is a 501c3, Non-Profit Organization. We are funded entirely by donations and run by the hearts of our Volunteers who are dedicated to rescuing Boston Terriers from shelters and individuals and finding them permanent homes. They have no shelter, their rescued Bostons are fostered in our homes until they find their new loving, responsible, lifelong homes.
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NBRAN – National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network
National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network (NBRAN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a network of caring and dedicated volunteers in the United States and Canada who have a deep passion for dog rescue and specifically the homeless American Brittany, affectionately called a “Britt.”
NE Ohio Greyhound Rescue, Inc.
NE Ohio Greyhound Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to taking in retired racing greyhounds and preparing them for life as cherished pets. They give each of the greyhounds in our care basic training and socialization, teach them house manners (stairs and housebreaking, etc.), provide premium quality food and supplements, and give them the best veterinary care available.
North Coast Bernese Mountain Dog
The North Coast Bernese Mountain Dg Club of Ohio is a group of Bernese Mountain Dog owners and enthusiasts from all over Ohio and surrounding states. They are a diverse group of individuals that share one common bond – We LOVE our BERNERS! They have a passion for their faithful and furry friends. Our organization gives us the opportunity to connect with others who love this majestic breed.They strive to learn more about our Berners through club meetings, events, dog shows and through our most valued resource… each other.
Northcoast Greyhound Connection
North Coast Greyhound Connection & Adoption of Ohio is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization out of Fremont, Ohio dedicated to finding homes for as many retired Greyhounds as possible, and to educate the community about Greyhounds and the need for adoption. North Coast Greyhound Connection & Adoption of Ohio is run by unpaid volunteers who fell in love with this ancient breed and wanted to spread the joy of adopting a Greyhound to others. Please check out our site then feel free to contact us with any questions. Their volunteer base stretches from the west in Toledo, Ohio to the east in the Akron, Ohio area with many points in between.
Northeast Ohio Collie Rescue
NorthEast Ohio Collie Rescue Inc. was founded in 1995 by a group of individuals interested in the welfare of the Collie breed. A major portion of those charter members also belong to local Collie clubs, obedience clubs, as well as having affiliations with other rescue organizations and local animal shelters. Northeast Ohio Collie Rescue Inc. is dedicated to providing an alternative to those Collies in the northeast Ohio area who have been abandoned, abused, or given up by their owner, medical care, rehabilitation, and locating permanent new homes for these dogs.
Northeast Ohio Shetland Sheepdog Rescue
Northeast Ohio Shetland Sheepdog Rescue, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit network of individuals concerned with the welfare of Shelties. It is not a shelter. They are dedicated to providing an alternative to dogs in Northeast Ohio who have been abandoned, abused, or given up by their owners. Their mission is to provide medical care, rehabilitation, and to locate permanent new homes for these dogs. They also advocate and provide assistance to families who are experiencing difficulties with their Sheltie, through education on the care and needs of the breed, in order to prevent the need for rescue of these animals.
Northeast Ohio SPCA
The purpose of the Northeast Ohio SPCA no-kill Pet Shelter is to provide a safe haven for abandoned, healthy homeless, and adoptable loving pets until they can find a home. The shelter opened in April of 2004 and the shelter has succesfully adopted out more than 6,600 pets to loving homes in the community. The Northeast Ohio SPCA is a non-profit, private agency and receives no government funding. The shelter relies on donations and support from members in the community.
Ohio Basset Rescue, Inc.
Ohio Basset Rescue (OBR) is an all volunteer organization – dedicated to helping the homeless hounds of Ohio. Their volunteer network spans to the four corners of Ohio. Their funds come solely through donations and fundraisers. OBR does not have a shelter of its own. Our “shelter” exists through our foster families that open their hearts and homes to a hound in need. Once these homeless hounds are with OBR, the dog is then given all necessary medical attention – all vaccinations (including bordatella, rabies & distemper series combination); heartworm test – monthly preventative is given if the dog tests negative, treatment for the disease is given if they test positive; spay/neuter – to prevent more hounds from facing as uncertain of a future; and any other needed medical treatment.
Ohio Pet Placement Foundation, Inc.
Ohio Pet Placement was founded as a 501(c)(3) foundation in 2005. Since its inception Ohio Pet Placement has been dedicated to finding homes for lost, abused, abandoned, unwanted and neglected animals. Pets including but not limited to reptiles, rabbits, cats, birds and dogs have already found forever homes through Ohio Pet Placement. Ohio Pet Placement is working to relieve animal suffering and put an end to animal cruelty in all forms. Their volunteers work to raise awareness of animal cruelty and work to educate potential pet owners on the responsibilities of pet ownership. Ohio Pet Placement will not only find homes for animals but will also rehabilitate and train special needs pets. This includes animals that have suffered both physically and emotionally.
Ohio Pug Rescue
Ohio Pug Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer organization operating a surrender, foster care, and placement program for all Pugs in Ohio – no matter their age, condition, or health. They hope that if you decide a Pug is for you, you will consider adopting a rescue dog. They are wonderful animals who have run into circumstances beyond their control and now find themselves in need of a new home with people who are willing to make a commitment to them for the rest of their lives.
One of A Kind Pet Rescue
One of A Kind Pets Rescue is a non-profit organization founded in November 2005 and is funded by private donations. The organization is dedicated to saving animal lives, rescuing pets in imminent danger of euthanasia, spaying/neutering and adoption of homeless animals into appropriate, loving homes. They are a no-time-limit shelter and no adoptable animal is euthanized. Many of our animals come from Animal Control Facilities (the pound) just prior to their scheduled euthanasia. Ill and/or injured animals brought to us by Good Samaritans are often given priority. Owner surrenders and strays are accepted when space is available.
Other Ohio Animal Rescues
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Paws and Prayers
Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted dogs and cats; to prevent overpopulation through spay/neuter; to restore dignity, trust and quality of life for neglected, abused and homeless dogs and cats; to find the best home for each dog and cat in our care; to educate adopters and our community on pet care, spaying/neutering, training and suitable animal selection for their lifestyle; to provide a network of resources, volunteers and fosters for animals, animal shelters/pounds and the community.
The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1976. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization considered to be one of Ohio’s most reputable long-standing cat and dog humane rescue groups. The group is dedicated to the rescue of pets in Northeastern Ohio. Their mission is to rescue stray and/or abused cats and dogs and place them in good homes. It is a PAWS policy to adopt animals to responsible homes only in the greater Cleveland area. They provide medical care to rescued animals and foster them in our own homes. They also make sure that they are spayed or neutered so that they do not continue the cycle of births that result in more pets than homes.
Petfinder is an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. It is also a directory of more than 13,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Organizations maintain their own home pages and available-pet databases. From the comfort of their personal computers, pet lovers can search for a pet that best matches their needs. They can then reference a shelter’s Web page and discover what services it offers. Petfinder also includes classified ads, discussion forums and a library of animal welfare articles.
The Pet Society is an independent, nonprofit orginazation located in Cleveland. As a 501(c)(3) agency they are not funded or controlled by any government or national welfare organization. Their rescue services are made possible through fundraising, donor and foundation support
They provide care for approximately 200 animals annually and many of the animals we rescue are from high kill gassing facilities. Governed by a Board of Directors, The Pet Society no-kill organization that focuses on finding caring, loving homes for orphaned cats and dogs and ending the destruction of healthy adoptable pets who have been deemed to the Gas chamber.
The Place-A-Pet Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose primary goal is to give homeless and unwanted pets a second chance by preparing them for a home and following through with the adoption process. We prepare the animals for adoption by providing them with medical and emotional support, as well as any necessary training they may need. An important goal of the Foundation is to educate the public to have compassion, understanding, and awareness about animals .
Portage Animal Protective League
The Portage APL is a “limited access, unlimited stay” shelter. This means that adoptable animals remain at the shelter until they find the right home. All animals admitted to the shelter receive the love and care they deserve. We do not give or sell any of our shelter animals for research. Portage APL does not euthanize any adoptable animals in order to make room for more animals. That is why we are called a “limited access” shelter.
R.E.A.L. Rott Rescue (Respect Every Animals Life)
R.E.A.L. Rott Rescue is a small, private rottweiler rescue in Ashland, Ohio. Multiple homeless Rottweilers and work with them in our home to assess personality, temperament, training, and needs, then place them up for adoption. Their goal is to find not just any home for each dog, but the perfect match for both the dog, and its new family. All dogs get vet check-ups, and they make sure they are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots (rabies, DHLPP, and bordatella), heartworm tested, and checked for worms. We work with all our dogs on crate training, house breaking, and basic obedience.
Rescue Me! helps find homes for rescue dogs, rescue cats, as well as horses, rabbits and birds. Dog rescue and cat rescue shelters, and individuals, can post animals for adoption free.
Rose’s Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit rescue made up of a small group of volunteers, and no paid employees. All of our funds come from donations. Their dogs are in area foster homes or they are housed at Rose’s in a heated pole building with a “bedroom” with a dog door to a small fenced area to potty in through out the day and night. At Rose’s they get to play in a four-acre fenced in area and swim in the pond every day! We do not have a shelter per se and only under special circumstances are any of our animals “kenneled”.
St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
The sanctuary is located in Erie County, Ohio. They have 30 acres of quiet and peaceful natural beauty. The work they do here is for the love of the animals. That is why they 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 they take in are the ones no one else would have because of age or illness. They take them into our home and we take them into our hearts. No matter what abuse or neglect they came from, they will know the touch of a human hand is not always rough. They will know what it feels like to be loved.
Save Ohio Strays
Save Ohio Strays is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes of companion animal rescue, care and placement of those destined for premature euthanasia. They took the opportunity to give immediate help to the strays in Medina County and surrounding areas. They rescue as many as possible destined for euthanasia. They provide foster care, work with them and place them in loving homes. Central to this undertaking is the support of their foster home network. All the animals cared for in this network are tested, inoculated and altered.
Second Chance Dalmatian Rescue
Established in 2004, Second Chances Dalmatian Rescue is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. It is made up of a network of foster homes and volunteers who work to rescue abused, abandoned, unwanted and homeless Dalmatians. Priority is given to those Dalmatians who are in the greatest danger of being euthanized in area shelters. The organization will also work to promote responsible pet ownership, spay and neuter programs, and community education. They will ensure quality of life for family pets by seeking safe, loving and caring homes when placing Dalmatians.
Shar Pei Savers, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The volunteers of Shar Pei Savers, Inc. are devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Chinese Shar Pei dogs. Their commitment to our rescue dogs and our adoptive families goes way beyond the placement of a dog — we are there every step of the way — from initial adjustment to ongoing education on health and well-being.
Starting Over Airedale Rescue (SOAR)
Starting Over Airedale Rescue, Inc. (SOAR) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Michigan on July 2, 2009. They are an all-volunteer organization doing the work of Airedale rescue in the states of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The volunteers of SOAR have many collective years of experience doing Airedale rescue. With this experience comes the knowledge of what it takes to work with families who need to give up their Airedales, animal shelters, adoption applications, adoptive families, foster homes, veterinarians, fundraising, volunteers and everything in between.
Southern Star Min Pin Rescue
Southern Star MinPin Rescue, Inc. (SSMPR) is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Miniature Pinschers (minpins) of all ages. Upon entering their care, each minpin is evaluated for general health and updated on vaccinations. After the Miniature Pinscher is restored to good physical and emotional health and spayed or neutered the search begins for the best and most appropriate home. Careful consideration is taken to ensure that the new home meets the specific needs of the individual minpin by providing a loving and safe haven for this new family member.
Team Greyhound Adoption of Ohio
Team Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, Inc., is a non-profit group placing retired racing greyhounds into adoption in most of Ohio and parts of adjacent states. Since 1999, they have placed nearly 1,500 retired racers into loving adoptive homes! The racers that they place are trained in Ohio prisons for a minimum of three months prior to adoption. This training ensures a secure match with the adoptive families through their training in socialization, basic obedience, and house manners. The racers reside in foster homes after graduation from their training program, where they have an opportunity to be shown at meet-n-greets in our branches throughout Ohio.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and lifelong care of senior dogs abandoned in shelters and pounds. All of their dogs live in Sanctuary-approved foster homes until a permanent home can be found. Senior dogs too ill to be adopted stay in a Sanctuary hospice foster home for life. All senior dogs are spayed or neutered prior to placement.
Valley-Save-A-Pet is completing their 29th year. During this time they have worked tirelessly to provide health care, shelter, and a future filled with love for the dogs and cats we have rescued. They operate one of the most extensive spay and neuter programs in Ohio, including their “Trap, Neuter, and Return” feral-cat project. They also provide funds for emergency care of animals owned by needy people. They are a total volunteer organization that depends on your contributions to meet our operating budget. 100% of all donations goes to helping animals.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
WSPA’s vision is of a world where animal welfare matters, and animal cruelty ends. WSPA has been promoting animal welfare for more than 25 years. Their work is concentrated in regions of the world where few, if any, measures exist to protect animals. WSPA’s work is focused on four priority animal welfare areas: Companion animals – responsible pet ownership, humane stray management and cruelty prevention. Commercial exploitation of wildlife – intensive farming and the cruel management and killing of wild animals for food or by-products. Farm animals – intensive farming, long distance transport and slaughter of animals for food. Disaster management – providing care to animals suffering as a result of man-made or natural disasters, and thereby protecting people’s livelihoods.