Animal Rescues: Creating Positive Impacts

Animal Rescues: Creating Positive Impacts

Animal rescue programs, whether they are known locally or nationwide, are beneficial and wonderful organizations that help find loving homes for pets (usually dogs or cats) that have been lost, mistreated, abandoned or simply grew up on the streets. Without the existence of local animal rescues, the United States would be facing many more issues relating to stray dogs and cats than they do today.

General Purpose

The general purpose of animal rescue organizations is primarily to work hard in order to save the lives of pets in need. Sometimes, pets that have simply been too long in the shelter are eligible for euthanasia, and these pet rescues have no desire to see that happen to any animal. Thus, animal rescues strive to keep these loving pets alive, as they look for new caring families to take in a new furry family member.

Different Kinds of Rescues

There are rescues for just about any animal. The most common are those that are for dogs and cats, although there are also animal rescues for turtles, rabbits, birds, and even squirrels. For the organizations that are strictly canine-focused, some may have branches for specific dog breeds such as the Golden Retriever, German Shepherd or even mixed breeds such as a Labradoodle (a poodle crossbred with a Labrador Retriever).

Cooperating With Animal Shelters

Animal rescue groups often work closely with animal shelters. Animal rescue organizations will often accept pets from shelters or pet adoption agencies that have simply overstayed their welcome, having been there too long. Overcrowding is one of the biggest issues for animal shelters.

Some animal shelters may be considered kill-shelters, meaning that if there are simply too many pets and not enough space to keep each animal comfortable, they will begin euthanizing. However, more often than not, animal rescue groups are strictly no-kill, not-for-profit organizations.

Sometimes when a shelter has trouble finding a home for an animal, a rescue group will be able to find one, through its contacts. If for some reason a dog or cat takes a long amount of time to be adopted, animal rescues usually have temporary foster homes for the pets to reside in until they find their “furr-ever” homes.


Animal rescue groups primarily depend on donations and fund-raisers as their source of income. Most rescue groups are run, or mostly run, by volunteers who keep things running smoothly and in an orderly fashion.

The money received goes towards paying for veterinarian trips, food, toys and beds for the animals.

How Animals Benefit From Animal Rescues

As dogs or cats stay at animal rescue organizations, they often benefit immensely. Many rescues give each animal health attention, such as spaying or neutering, vaccinations, disease prevention medication, and any other medical attention that might be necessary.

These pets often get the chance to play with the volunteers, whether it be a game of tug-of-war or fetch, or simply running around and getting to be around other dogs. Good social skills, with both humans and other animals, are essential for any pet.

A lot of the time, while these pets are in animal rescues, they go through training sessions. This ensures that when a pet is placed with its new family, the family doesn’t have much to worry about; they will be getting a happy, healthy, house-trained dog or cat as the newest addition to the family.

Animal Rescues Save Lives

By adopting a dog or cat from an animal rescue organization, families are saving a life and giving an animal a second chance.

Hundreds of thousands of animal lives have been saved by the dedicated and loving hearts that run the numerous animal rescues across the nation. If you are interested in taking part in animal rescue efforts in your community, consider whether adopting or even fostering a cat or dog might be for you.


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