Rescue of the Year Competition

Rescue of the YearHappy Tails Books is having our first ever Rescue of the Year competition! Through November 25th, you can vote for any rescue on our rescue partner list to help them win $500 in great raffle items. Blogpaws donated Bissell vacuums for the competition from their recent conference, Peekeeper donated doggie diapers, and Happy Tails Books is donating stationary and books.

Please tell others about why you love your favorite rescue by commenting on this post, and cast your vote here.

*If your favorite rescue is not on our rescue partner list, please encourage them to apply here.

44 thoughts on “Rescue of the Year Competition

  • November 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Camp Campanion is an awesome organization

  • November 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) is a national nonprofit, with locations, representatives and volunteers in each state. They are the most active dog rescue organization I have seen to this date. Not only do they rescue chained and neglected dogs, they spend a lot of time educating owners of chained dogs, getting them to bring the dog inside and let it become part of the family. The dogs that they rescue are not always the happiest or adoptable of dogs. Yet, that doesn’t stop this group from contacting trainers and foster homes and raising funds to help these dogs gain a new lease on life and become adoptable. They have a strict set of rules you must follow to adopt one of their rescues to ensure they are going to good homes. If a potential adoptee does not want to go through this rigorous process, it is probably not meant to be adopted by those folks. DDB ALWAYS works in the best interest of the dog. I’m happy to say I volunteer for their Oregon location and I’ve seen and experienced wonderful happy rescue situations.

  • November 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I didn’t see Pointer Rescue Organization (PRO) on your list, and I feel they should be. We cannot say enough about the volunteers at PRO who use their personal time to rescue and train dogs, making sure they are housebroken, and finding them good homes. Words cannot even begin to express our gratitude to these volunteers who rescued both our dogs from death. When we heard that both our dogs were one day away from being put to sleep at high-kill shelters, our hearts just sank knowing that countless other dogs were not as lucky to have someone like the volunteers at PRO to save them. These were beautiful, young, healthy dogs that deserved a second chance. Even after nearly 10 years, we still keep in touch with our dogs’ foster Moms! They are great, caring ladies! The devotion, dedication, and patience of the PRO volunteers is remarkable, especially in this day and age when so many people you meet every day don’t even take one second of their time to say, “thank you.” We can honestly say that our experience with the Pointer Rescue Organization has changed our lives by bringing a couple of wonderful dogs into our family. See for details.

  • November 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm


    Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc, (OBG) is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization based in the Washington DC metro area that is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals.
    Mission:OBG is committed to the rescue, medical care, rehabilitation and placement by adoption of homeless or abandoned cocker spaniels and cocker spaniel mixes to good homes in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    I’ve been a foster for OBG for two years now and it has been very rewarding knowing your giving a dog a second chance at life and find them thier forever home.

  • November 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    4 Luv of Dog Rescue in Fargo, ND is an excellent dog rescue that I have done numerous home visits for and feel very strongly about nominating for this particular award. They take in ALL breeds of dogs and are often called upon to take in any dog that appears to have any Pittie whatsoever. They are always in need of additional foster homes and do their very best to find a safe, loving, forever home for each and every dog in their care. This rescue along with others has made a dramatic difference in decreasing the number of dogs euthanized in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I 100% applaud their efforts and am happy to show them my support.

  • November 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    We adopted our 2 most current doxies through Adopt a Lab of Boston. Apparently, they got them with a group of dogs. I do not recommend them. The girls were listed on Petfinder as “all shots up to date and spayed” The org had Boston in it’s name so we thought they were close to home. After we agreed to take them, they were shipped from Tennessee to Indiana. In Indiana, they were spayed, wormed, vaccinated on Thursday, and placed on a truck the very next day to New York. 12 hours in a truck after all that. Does not seem to me what an organization trying to save and protect animals would do! The older of the 2 is not at all what they described her as, she is aggressive and hard to predict. They did offer to take her back, but we could not do that to her. She will have a home here, but we will be forever vigilant.

  • November 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks to everyone for posting about what makes your favorite rescues great. If you don’t see your favorite rescue on our rescue partner list, it’s because they haven’t applied for our rescue partner program. Please encourage them to apply at
    so they can be part of our competition for next year and receive all the benefits of being a Happy Tails Books rescue partner!

  • November 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Regarding Lisa’s post, I don’t know that rescue, and I have no idea whether they are legitimate. However, I can tell you from being a foster parent for several years that a) Often we do ship dogs around because there are many puppy mills in the heartland, meaning many dogs from that area need to be rehomed, and b) Sometimes you just can’t predict how a dog will behave in a new home. It does seem to me that the dogs were brought up to date on their shots and spayed before they went to your home, so the rescue did deliver on what they posted. However, this also sounds like perhaps the person responsible for the dogs did not tell you everything you would have wanted to know. Many rescues have this problem with new fosters. They are so excited about potential adopters that they become afraid to tell the potential adopter all the negatives about the dogs. I hope any fosters reading this take it to heart, that full disclosure is absolute imperative. But…that’s a topic for another post. I welcome Rescue a Lab of Boston to tell us more about the situation if they wish.

  • November 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Please vote for us we are working hard to save pit bulls. We have adopted around 90 dogs and have 30 in foster homes

    Carolina Care Bullies is 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, comprised of multiple foster homes that exist throughout the state of North Carolina.

    CCB strives to decrease the pit bull euthanasia rate in North Carolina shelters by broadening the understanding of bully breeds; offering support to owners of bully breeds; caring for deserving pit bulls in the loving homes of generous foster families; and placing pit bulls in responsible permanent homes.

  • November 4, 2010 at 7:23 am

    We adopted a dog from Boxer/Schnauzer Rescue of the Ozarks last summer. We lost two of our beloved boxers last winter and were so lonesome. After several failed attempts to rescue one, even having one die on our way to pick him up! We found our Indy. He was staying with a woman around Springfield, who worked with him and took him through training and taught him to love and trust again. He even has his AKC Canine Good Citizen badge! Since then I have watched and read of all the fundraising and rescues the group has been doing, and can’t say how impressed I am with their organization, commitment, and genuine love they provide. I am proud to have adopted through this group!

  • November 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

    MAGDRL, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League is The Best. I just adopted two 7 year old GD’s from them, who were in Pennsylvania. I live in North Carolina. Among other wonderful things, they found 7 people to transport them down to Virginia, where I picked them up.

    AWESOME! I’ve just become one of their volunteers.

  • November 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    A Rotta Love Plus (ARLP) is dedicated to rehoming Rottweilers and pit bulls in Minnesota, raising breed awareness, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and advocating for the humane and equal treatment of all dogs without prejudice.

    I adopted my wonderful pit bull from ARLP and I also volunteer. They are an amazing organization that not only is working to help dogs but go above and beyond by doing things like providing with free training classes for all adopters as well as foster parents. This group is exceptional and so deserving!

  • November 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Hound Rescue! I can’t say enough good things about this organization. They are passionate, caring, and excited about saving the lives of hounds all over central Texas.

  • November 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

    FOR THE LOVE OF PITS!!! We have fostered for this rescue currently and in the past. This group goes above and beyond their call of duty to help pit bulls in need! They have helped me out with not only my foster dog, but also my own dogs! VOTE!!! FOR THE LOVE OF PITS!!!

  • November 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Pug Partners of Nebraska is amazing. They work tirelessly to save pugs and help them find forever homes. I have 3 rescued pugs, 4 total, and I believe Pug Partners is the best!
    Happy Tails/Pugs, reinforced how important their job is raising money, fostering and helping adoptive families. I can’t believe there is anyone more deserving!
    Tank-Q, Bing, Olive and Mushu.

  • November 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I love this breed, i have had several dogs in the past years. Never did i have a true and loyal dog as i found in my Dane (Sam). He has given me 13 yrs of pure joy, through even my worst days of coming home from the hospital after being on a ventilator for weeks. He came to my side allowed me to hold him as he walked me through the house and down the stairs. He has forever change my mind of how dogs really do love back, and feel our pain.

  • November 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I recieved a certified hearing dog from “Dogs for the Deaf” in 2008 and he’s made a tremendous impact on my life. He’s my “ears” and I feel so much more relax at home, work and when traveling, knowing he will alert me to certain sounds.

  • November 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I nominate Pug Rescue of Central New York!
    I had a black Pug I could no longer keep after 8 yrs. and Pug Rescue of CNY was there for me and anne’ B.!
    I can never repay their kindness nor love given to Anne’ and keeping in ctc with me; after Anne’ B. passed.
    They are a small struggling organization and can use all the help anyone can give to them and the Pugs!

    Thank you!

  • November 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I would like to vote for the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League!!!

  • November 5, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I would like to vote for Canine Companions for Life!

  • November 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I want to vote for Ohio Pug Rescue

  • November 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Legacy Boxer Rescue saves over 300 boxers per year and places them in awesome forever homes. Please vote for Legacy Boxer Rescue!

  • November 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I would like to vote for Ohio Pug Rescue they are a wonderful loving group.

  • November 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I am voting for American Boston Terier Rescue. There is a very special lady who runs this organization and takes in all dogs, not only Boston Terriers. She will go to the shelter and if she sees a dog that needs help, she will take the dog out with her. She never turns down a rescue. People call her at all times of the day and night knowing she will be there to rescue an injured, emancipated, or scared dog.
    Wanda is an Angel and her dogs know it! She has kept her rescue running these past few years on a shoestring..too many dogs and not enough money. Where it comes from, the food, the surgeries, no one knows..but Wanda makes it happen.
    I am a foster and I foster dogs from Wanda’s rescues..her dogs are exceptional dogs to foster. They are always very well cared for and have all the information needed as well as vetting any rescue could ever need.
    Please vote for this rescue! You are not helping just the rescue, but so many deserving dogs!

  • November 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    RescueCats is a great organization. They have a wonderful group of volunteers that go to kill shelters and rescue cats that have very little time left. All of their cats are kept untill they find their forever homes. Two of my cats came from there and they are both great. The third one showed up on my deck one day and they helped me fine low cost spay and vet care…..

  • November 6, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Absolutely have nothing but great things to say about Hot Water Rescue-they are wonderful,dedicated people. I adopted my pit Boone from there at 14 weeks old-he will be 2 years old in a few days. Still stay in contact with the rescue,in particular,Barbara-love sharing Boone’s latest antics with her and hearing about her dog adventures.She has been a great resource and has kept me on the positive when I have had to deal with not so positive people when it comes to pit bulls.

  • November 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Boxer Buddies hooked me and Trot up last Spring. He is now a comfortable happy guy—and so am I. Oh yeah, he looks like a goober and everyone laughs at his goofy personality–totally a blast of a boxer. I learned he likes to swim when he jumped in a shallow stream and tried to swim in shallow water!
    Loves apples! whole ones…and when he’s ready to get up and out in the morning he lies on top of me so I have to get moving! Thanks Boxer Buddies!

  • November 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I would like to nominate Midwest Dachshund Rescue. Over the years, I have adopted four of my doxies from them. Everyone involved with MWDR have big hearts and tireless energy to not only help the long dogs into rescue, but to also raise the much needed funds necessary to make sure the best medical care is given to those who need it. They have some of the best fundraising events every year! I do my part to support them by fostering every once in awhile, too.

  • November 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Great Dane Rescue, Inc. was founded in 1993 and has placed so many Danes into loving and caring homes since that time. My husband and I have adopted 5 Danes through GDRI and became volunteers. We currently have 3 heartworm positive Danes in foster care needing treatment and the treatment is quite expensive. Please vote for Great Dane Rescue, Inc.!

  • November 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue is an outstanding and compassionate group. We adopted our boy, Tommy, from this caring team! He is a wonderful little guy. Jennifer has great energy and dedication, and the need for MABTR continues to grow. Thank you for being here! Please help this group continue its mission.

  • November 10, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Grover (my great dane and I) would like to promote Great Dane Rescue Inc. Grover was rescued by GDRI out of a shelter and had Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy — a costly disease to treat and manage. GDRI took him and gave him a chance when, realistically, no one else would have. They put the money into him, not knowing if he would survive or ever be a “normal” dog. Today, about 9 months later Grover has earned his Canine GOod Citizens title from the AKC, is ready to take his therapy dog certification test, thinks that agility is the best thing ever and loves working on obedience … oh, and he’s no longer on any pain meds. Funds from this competition would help GDRI give other dogs a chance and, that like Grover, may have otherwise become a sad shelter statistic

  • November 10, 2010 at 11:43 am

    We got our sweet Border Collie from the Nebraska Border Collie Rescue, and it is a wonderful organization to work with! They take in all breeds when they can, but especially Border Collies. They have rescued dogs from all over the Midwest, including one rescue a little over a year ago in which they took in several dogs that had been in an Oklahoma compound where they were in very poor conditions!
    When they take in the dogs, they not only provide them food and shelter in wonderful foster homes, but also provide medical care, microchipping, and house/crate training. They also perform herding trials to see if any of the dogs would be more suitable in a farm/working environment.
    They are a great organization and I highly recommend voting for them!

  • November 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Me and my pooch Rolex are forever thankful to the Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue for getting Rolex out of the horrific situation he was living in, nursing him back to health over a very trying and costly 6 month period, and eventually pairing us with one another. Read Rolex’s pre-adoption story at This all happened in 2005 and I have volunteered for the rescue ever since.

    Based in Denver, RMGDRI has always covered Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming. And they have recently expanded to include Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona and South Dakota. That’s nearly one million square miles (989,802) folks!! Transports from Salt Lake City to Omaha or Billings to Tucson are not uncommon.

    Needless to say, any help they can get is greatly appreciated. Please vote for the Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue.

  • November 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

    They are all so worthwhile these rescue groups!

    My heart and my vote goes to Great Dane Rescue Inc. out of Plymouth, MI.

    BIG dogs, BIG expenses to meet.

    The Team @ Two Sisters & Company, B’ham, AL

  • November 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I would like to share my resuce experience with everyong. Valley of the Sun Dog rescue has been such a geat place to volunteer. She specializes in bully breeds, but rescues every breed of dog imaginable. I could not foster for her if I wasnt secure about the kind of homes these dogs are adopted to. I am completely comfortable with her proces to make sure dogs find their forever homes. She is not scared to take on challenges. Just recently a pitbull was hit by a car. This dog was in bad shape with a broken hip, pelvic bone and a leg that was so mangled that it had to be removed. He is doing remarkably well and will find a forever home when he has healed. We also just took in a dacshund puppy that had tested postive for parvo. He is in foster care and doing well, but most other rescues would not take this pup due to the medical needs. To me, Kathy at Valley of the Sun Dog rescue is not just another rescue she is a hero to many dogs!!!!

  • November 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue is the best….They do an exemplary job of screening and fostering their dogs so the adoptions are successful and the dogs loved! They are amazing!

  • November 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    My vote is for Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue. I have both fostered and adopted through them, and everyone is fantastic! Dogs are well tested prior to being made available for adoption, and foster homes provide stability and training for animals in transition. A thorough home study is conducted before potential adopters are eligible to view dogs’ detailed bios. Way to go RMGDRI!

  • November 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Carolina Care Bullies is a FANTASTIC organization. They fight to make a great name for Pit Bulls and are succeeding in it as well. I adopted a pit from them a few months ago, They are thorough with their home visits, and want only the best for their adopt-a-bulls. I would never think about rescuing another pit from anyone but them. They have become a HUGE part of my life, and by that I mean the Breed AND CCB!

  • November 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm


    We are Animal Rescuers. We take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures without planning for selection. We are a quiet but determined army, and we are making a difference every day. Nothing is more rewarding than saving a life. No higher recognition than watching them thrive. There is no greater joy than seeing a puppy play, who only days ago, was too weak to eat. By the love of those who we have been privileged to rescue, we have been rescued. We know what unconditional love really is. We have seen it shining in the eyes of so many grateful little souls. We are animal rescuers. Our work is never done. Our homes are never quiet but our hearts are always full.
    -Dedicated to GRFR – Author Unknown

    Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue is a nonprofit, charitable 501(c)(3) all volunteer rescue organization. Our mission is to rescue, foster, rehabilitate and adopt abused, neglected, and unwanted Golden Retrievers to permanent homes. All of our Goldens are currently in foster homes which enables GRFR to better assess the temperament of each Golden for matching to the appropriate permanent home and provides prospective owners the opportunity to visit the Golden in a non-kennel environment.

  • November 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue is an amazing organization of volunteers who foster dogs in their own homes until they can find a suitable home for each animal. We adopted our dog, Scooter, from GRFR almost 2 years ago. We were so impressed by the organization’s efforts to ensure that we were a suitable adoptive home, and by their efforts to match our family with the right dog. They also supported us during some stressful early months while Scooter adjusted to his new environment. He has been a wonderful addition to our family and we’re grateful to GRFR for making it possible for Scooter and for us.

  • November 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    The Florida Dachshund Rescue got it right!! Sepi is the right dog for my family. Adopted at 3 years old, he’s now 4, he was housebroken and has not had one accident since taking over my home. He’s very protective and has more energy than we know what to do with. He loves to play fetch with Eric and squeaks his toys to everyones delight. We love Sepi and he has definitely filled a void left by the passing of Mr. Peabody. Thank you FLDR!

  • November 23, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue includes the most friendly, caring and energetic staff and volunteers that one can possibly imagine. Their veterinary care is truly outstanding. I have been tremendously happy with the lovely companions with which I have been “hooked up” as a forever Dad!

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