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Thinking of getting a rescue dog? Make sure to take look at our articles about adopting dogs that cover every aspect of the process- from applying for adoption to properly welcoming a rescue pooch in your home. In case you’d really like to help out a dog in need and do a valuable service to your shelter at the same time, consider fostering- we have plenty of resources to help you get started. Definitely ready to find a furball you’ll fall head over heels for? Browse through Adoptable Dog of the Week articles, where you’ll find the most adorable dogs currently waiting for a new home. In our Shelter Spotlight series of articles, we regularly feature amazing organizations that help dogs find loving homes, so make sure to check these articles to find a shelter near you.

If you want to support your local Dog Shelter, there are many ways to help them continue the great work they do. We’ve covered the most common things every dog rescue and shelter always need, so check out our comprehensive guides on fostering, raising money or organizing pet adoption events for both inspiration and advice. Not being able to adopt a dog doesn’t mean you can’t help rescuers save more lives!

Not all dogs are lucky enough to have a forever family of their own. Some dogs spend their lives waiting to get adopted, and without rescuers and shelters, they wouldn’t even stand a chance. helps you find the perfect way to do your bit for homeless pooches- whether it’s adopting one or making sure they’ll always have a place to be safe.

What To Expect When You Adopt A Dog

You've decided to adopt a dog! That's wonderful news. And because you're such an awesome expectant pet parent, you need to know just what you're in for.

6 Ways Your Life Will Change When You Adopt A Dog

When you adopt a dog, your life is going to change. That's why we put together the list of 6 ways your life will change when you adopt a dog.

How To Help Dog Shelters When You Can’t Adopt

You don’t have to have a dog in order to help them – here’s what you can do for your local dog shelter You can be an animal lover even if y…

Jolly Pets’ Annual “#WeGiveaJolly” Campaign Helps Shelter Dogs

Starting from November 28th until December 25th, Jolly Pets will donate a high-quality toy for every single purchase made. The toys will go to rescue dogs at 19 animal shelters in the USA, each represented by the influencer ambassadors, as announced by the marketing director of Jolly Pets, Louisa Casto.

How You Can Help Your Local Shelter During COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has the world upside down, and that’s never been more the case for animal shelters. While medical professionals are working tireles…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Kemp

Come on, get happy… just like Kemp, our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Kemp is an adult Rat Terrier mix from Grayslake, Illinois. He&rs…

Shelter Spotlight: Foster Dogs NYC Fospice Program

Homeless dogs deserve to spend their last days surrounded by people who care. That's the idea behind Foster Dogs NYC's Fospice Program.

Adopting a Dog: Tips for Success

If you decide to adopt a dog, you obviously want everything to go as smoothly as possible and end up a resounding success. Before you can even get a dog home, you'll have to be successful in your application to adopt.

Shelter Spotlight: Beagle Freedom Project

Have you ever wondered why Beagles are used in laboratory testing? The Beagle Freedom Project shines a light on testing and rehabilitates former subjects.

Shelter Spotlight: The Sanctuary At Haafsville

The Sanctuary at Haafsville cares for pets who need a temporary place to stay due to owners being hospitalized or deployed in the military.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Odin

By Odin's Beard! Look who's our Adoptable Dog of the Week! Meet Odin, an adult male Boxer from Whitefish, Montana who's looking for a forever home.

Things To Consider Before Surrendering Your Dog To A Shelter

Stop in the name of love! You have plenty of options rather than surrendering your dog to a shelter. Keep these points in mind before making a decision.

Shelter Spotlight: Pets of the Homeless

Whether you're looking for help or want to help, Pets of the Homeless is here for you. They provide emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless.

New Jersey Shelter Starts ‘Rent-A-Dog’ Program for the Best Reason

Camden County Animal Shelter came up with an original way to get adoptable dogs out of their cages for a few hours- by 'renting' them to volunteers.

Shelter Spotlight: Humane Animal Rescue Team

For more than 12 years, the Humane Animal Rescue Team has transformed the lives of countless animals, giving them a new lease on life.

Why You Should Consider Fostering a Dog

Open your heart and your home, and foster a dog in need If you love dogs, you may think that the most practical course of action would be to buy or adopt one…

Shelter Spotlight: Adopt-A-Bull Rescue, Inc.

Adorabully cute and noble, Adopt-A-Bull Rescue helps Bulldogs in need We’re so pleased to present a new feature here on – our Shelte…

Shelter Spotlight: Don Cherry’s Pet Rescue Foundation

Known for his loud suits and as an NHL hockey commentator, Don Cherry has a soft spot for pets - that's why he started Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation.

The Home Visit: An Essential Part Of Adopting A Dog

Home visits are often part of the dog adoption process. And you want to be ready when they visit - Kevin Roberts walks you through the home visit procedure.

Shelter Spotlight: Mission K9 Rescue

This organization is on a mission - to rehome retired military working dogs. Mission K9 Rescue makes sure these veterans are well taken care of.

Black Dog Syndrome: Belle’s Story Common Among Shelter Dogs

Have your ever heard of Black Dog Syndrome? It's not a disease or a condition that dogs suffer from, it's actually a problem with humans!

Why You Should Adopt a Dog From a Shelter

If you're looking to add another member to your family, you should adopt a dog from a shelter. There are thousands of dogs looking for a forever home.

What You Should Know About Adopting A Special Needs Dog

Adopting a special needs dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences you ever have Since there are many dogs available for adoption, it’s often th…

Shelter Spotlight: Saved by the Heart Companion Animal Services

South Carolina shelter animals have a team of passionate pet peeps in their corner. Saved by the Heart Rescue is on a mission to help special needs animals.

The 3 H’s of Fostering Dogs

If you've been thinking of fostering a dog, but have been hesitating to take the plunge, we want to give you the final push you need to make the decision.

How To Spot a Reputable Rescue

We all want to help out pets in need by adopting or supporting our local shelters. But watch out - not all of them are reputable rescues.

Shelter Spotlight: American Dog Rescue Foundation

Are you up for the challenge? American Dog Rescue is, and they're determined to reduce the number of homeless dogs on the streets.

#WhyILeft: Because Pets Are Now Allowed In More Women’s Shelters

Women may choose to stay in an abusive relationship because they don’t want to leave their dog behind. The good news is an increasing number of women&r…

Amazing Service Dogs Trained Dogs Help Disabled Farmers

PHARM Dog USA is a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to help farmers with disabilities and it's proving to be a huge success!

How To Tell If You’re An Armchair “Rescuer”

There are countless ways to help animals, but even the best of intentions can have negative impacts - especially if you're a social media armchair rescuer.

Shelter Spotlight: Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

You can say that this shelter has balls! We love the Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue motto: "Saving badass dogs from idiot humans."

Shelter Spotlight: Educated Canines Assisting With Disabilities

This charity hand-raises its pups and trains them to become service dogs to make the lives of the disabled, veterans, and autistic children easier.

Shelter Spotlight: Luvable Dog Rescue

A shelter that lets dogs commune with nature, Luvable Dog Rescue houses its residents in quaint little cottages! Where do we sign up?

Shelter Spotlight: Pet Peace of Mind

A non-profit that helps palliative patients who have pets, Pet Peace of Mind fills a much-needed gap that's been created by an aging generation.

Adoptable Pet of the Week – Batman

Please meet Batman, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. This super-dog is a black, brown, and red-orange Chihuahua mix from Evans, Georgia.

What to Do If Your Newly Adopted Dog Isn’t a Good Fit

Even when you have the best intentions, sometimes things don't work out. So what do you do if you adopt a dog, but it turns out you're not a good match?

How To Bond With Your Rescue Dog

Bonding with your rescue dog is a special time for both of you – make the most of it!While it’s important to bond with your dog, no matter how he came into y…

Bringing A Dog Home From the Shelter – What To Expect The First Day

There are a few things you can do when bringing a dog home from the shelter that will make the first few days in your dogs new home happy and calming.

Celebrate DOGust Universal Birthday All Month Long!

Dogs who are adopted from a shelter don't always know their birthday. That's why August is DOGust Universal B-Day month for shelter dogs!

Shelter Spotlight: Florida Little Dog Rescue

Wonderful things come in small packages. Case in point: the pooches available for adoption through Florida Little Dog Rescue.

Black Dog Syndrome: Can People Be Color Blind When It Comes To Dogs?

Don't be hard on yourself if you've never heard of Black Dog Syndrome - not many people talk about it. It's not a dog problem... it's how people look at dogs

Washington Animal Shelter Sets a Historic Record for Most Pets Adopted

Ever since the shelter has been in existence, they have never seen such a huge number of adoptions – the record was officially broken when all of their 287 shelter pets were adopted in just one week!

Transport To Freedom: Elvis’ Journey From A U.S. High-Kill Shelter T

Kevin Roberts isn’t just an outdoors enthusiast – he’s also passionate about rescuing and fostering dogs. In this article, he tells us abou…

October Is Adopt-A-Dog Month At The American Humane Society

This month, help the American Humane Society give some precious pooches the forever homes they deserve Did you know there are 3 to 4 million animals waiting…

What Is A No-Kill Shelter?

Did you know there are different kinds of shelters to help animals? Let's go over what a no-kill shelter is and how it differs from other animal shelters.

Adventures In Fostering: A Day In The Life Of Dog Foster Dad

Kevin Roberts has taken in a new foster dog. The first bloom of excitement has worn off - it's time for Francis to show his true colors and begin training.

7 Ways a Shelter Dog Can Improve Your Life

If you want to experience the joys of owning a dog but aren't sure that buying a puppy is the right choice for you, think about adopting a shelter dog.

Getting Things Ready For Your New Rescue Dog

You can’t wait for your new rescue dog to come home – but is your home ready for him? You’ve taken the plunge and decided to give a home to…

Shelter Spotlight: Save Our Scruff

Canadian dogs need love too, eh! Save Our Scruff, a Toronto-based rescue organization, is dedicated to helping homeless pooches find a permanent home.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Moo Moo

Who's black and white and answers to the name "Moo Moo"? Our Adoptable Dog of the Week - a 1.5-year-old male Terrier mix from Baltimore, Maryland.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Max

If you're a fan of floof, become better acquainted with Max, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Max is an adult male German Shepherd mix from Dallas, Texas.

Is Your Dog Really Rescued or Adopted?

Is "adopted" or "rescued" the correct terminology to use when referring to a dog? Kevin Roberts talks about why these terms may not fit the situation.

Shelter Spotlight: Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue

This month, we travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to spotlight Hull's Haven Border Collie Rescue. This non-profit rescue group takes in any dog in need.

Shelter Spotlight: Scout’s Honor

Focused on making a difference to animals in need, this Houston, Texas-based rescue is often the last resort for pets abandoned on the streets.

From Shelter to Stardom: Adopted Pets That Are Now A-List Celebrities

Though they may be living the sweet life now, many of your favorite pet-celebs came from humble beginnings: the animal shelter!

Transport To Freedom: Going Behind The Scenes Of Dog Transport

Kevin Roberts has a personal connection with dog transport and being a part of the group of volunteers that make this system work. Now, he talks to the peopl…

Adventures In Fostering: Foster Fail Or Pass?

Saying goodbye can be bittersweet, as Kevin Roberts knows. As a foster dog parent, Kevin has had to part with many dogs when they find a forever home.

Old Dog Haven Gives Senior Pets Homes and Dignity

A non-profit organization out of Arlington, Washington ensures the last days for senior pets are comfortable and happy in their furever homes.

6 Fun Ways to Raise Money for Shelters

Want to make all the difference in the lives of shelter animals? Get creative and get crafty with these fun ideas that will help raise money for shelters.

Shelter Spotlight: Dharma Rescue

What a brilliant idea! Dharma Rescue saves dogs from overcrowded shelters and trains them for a new life working as therapy animals.