Getting to appreciate Animal Rescue better

Growing up, I had only come to be familiar with images and clips of the pitiable plight of homeless persons, especially children all across the world. You wouldn’t blame me if I didn’t really give much thought to the reality of animals being in such circumstance. Rarely is there any spotlight on animals with no shelter.

Now in my adult years, I have come to be aware that there have been concerted efforts to rescue under-privileged animals too, though not as pronounced as the ones on humans. Interestingly, I used to be familiar with rescue for wild animals species going extinct only. However, in recent times, I have come to discover humanitarian causes for homeless domestic animals are well on the ground.

As I think about it now, I can pick out several factors that could render a domestic animal homeless. Of course, it is only rational to look at homeless animals from just the perspective of domestic animals. Even though animals in the wild also stay in habitats, it’s hard to really say they are homeless if they are away from their usual place of habitation. After all, don’t they just mostly wander around in the wild?


Some studies seem to suggest for very homeless human there are at least five equally displaced animals. The worst hit seems to be man’s canine friend- out of every ten dogs there are only one is guaranteed a home. It’s that alarming?! It is almost the same sad story for cats too.

In case you think it could only be their owners simply turning them out due to inability to further care for them, then you couldn’t be more wrong. Let’s see together other events could throw animals out there in the cold:

  • The owner travels and has left the pet with someone else to babysit. This is not a bad idea only if the dog or cat isn’t so fond of the owner that it eventually sneaks out to go search for its best friend.
  • When adventure goes wrong;no doubt about home pets curious about what’s happening at another end of the city.
  • Owner passes away, and family isn’t interested in keeping a dog, or there’s even no family coming around, and our little cat ends up on the street.
  • The misunderstanding arises between dog and owner, and the man decides they can no longer coexist mutually.
  • Plain cruelty; just like that, people tend to become hostile towards those they once loved.
  • Life-threatening illness could push a dog owner to surrender it to where it might get better care.


In very simple terms, animal rescue is about giving animals in hopeless situations a new lease of life.

Thankfully, there are now numerous animal welfare and rescue organizations all across the globe that offer hope to hundreds of thousands of endangered animals- domestic and wild. While they almost all depend on generous donations to sustain operations, they can still do with more support.

Adopting Pets from Animal Rescue

Now and then, there are available animals (that have completed their rehabilitation process) up for adoption. Unfortunately, many are skeptical about getting a pet dog or cat from these centers. Contrary to the general negative stereotype about, there are several merits in adopting animals from rescue homes.


  • Lesser paperwork and those things that frustrate adoption process
  • Of course, it is a charitable thing.
  • Dogs or cats do offer good companionship, especially if you’re without a partner.
  • You’ll be happier since the dog shelters raise the dogs in an atmosphere of overwhelming affection
  • No worries over infections, as they are given special care.
  • You’ll get the best advice about your pet since the shelter keepers understand each animal very well.


It is hard to really think of any disadvantages except the time it might take the pet to adapt to its new environment.

From experience shared by people who have adopted pets from animal rescue homes, there is no doubt that it is a worthwhile experience. To get started on the adoption, you can find the closest center to you. The website has a rich directory of animal rescue centers and could help you find one closest to you. Save a dog today, by adopting/rescuing one!

Our Partner Rescue Organizations

While the list below is not at all complete it will give you a good starting point.

We have been in touch with all of them and are very happy with the work they are doing!

If you happen to work for an animal rescue organization yourself and you would like to be on the list below, just get in contact with us and we will add you as well!

General Rescue Organizations

Carolina Border Collie Rescue (CBCR)


Type: Breed Rescue

Carolina Border Collie Rescue (CBCR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1991 by a group of dedicated volunteers to provide rescue, education, and counseling to prevent the mistreatment and neglect of border collies in the Carolinas.

Through the support of many dedicated volunteers and generous supporters, CBCR has become a successful and well-known all-volunteer, foster-home based rescue group. We have over 50 active volunteer members and utilize their talents to place an average of 40-50 dogs annually in new, permanent and loving homes. READ MORE