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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products


Because every dog deserves a home

Not every dog in need of a forever home is a mongrel. Just about every breed has an organization devoted to rescuing its own - and its "wannabes." People devoted to their breeds work for the welfare of all dogs - because they all deserve "forever homes."

As a "dog person" and co-owner of a small dog boutique. (our shop, donates 10% of profits to rescue) we've become familiar with many resources available to people looking for the perfect dog for their families. If you're looking for a purebred dog, but you'd really like to adopt from rescue, you can still find the right dog.

Mojo the Affenpinscher

Mojo the Affenpinscher

Affenpinscher Rescue

Affenpinscher Rescue is an organization of volunteers who are dedicated to helping Affens in need. Whether it be a dog in a shelter or an affen who has found itself homeless for one reason or another, we are here to help them find new forever homes.

Booker the Boston Terrier

Booker the Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier Rescue

The Boston Terrier Club of America, Inc. has a rescue group that works tirelessly to bring together Bostons in need of homes and families in need of Bostons. There is a network of people all across the U.S. that makes this happen. Some are individuals, some are groups or clubs but the end result is the same....These little Bostons are in need of homes and these dedicated people see that this can happen.

Tango the Brussels Griffon

Tango the Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon Rescue

National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which maintains a national rescue league for Brussels Griffons which have been abandoned, lost, abused or for other reasons must be re-homed.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Snoopy

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Snoopy

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue

Cavalier Rescue USA (CKCSCR, Inc.) is an organized national team of networked volunteers who find loving homes for any Cavalier who has been released to rescue by his or her owner or caretaker.

Maddy the Chihuahua

Maddy the Chihuahua

Chihuahua Rescue

Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (CRT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charity. It have no paid employees and is dedicated to rescue, adoption and the medical care of stray and homeless Chihuahuas in need, and to help control the growing overpopulation through spaying and neutering all dogs in its care.

Alice the Chinese Crested

Alice the Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested Rescue

Crest Care is a group of individuals living across the United States and Canada whose goals are to preserve and protect Chinese Cresteds in need. Crest Care provides vetting, transportation, and foster homes for each dog in need, until he or she can be carefully matched to an approved home.

French Bulldog Dax

French Bulldog Dax

French Bulldog Rescue

The French Bulldog Rescue Network is an independent, North American rescue organization, not affiliated with any AKC breed clubs. Our purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome Frenchies in need.

The mission of the Karen Krings Memorial Fund and of the French Bulldog Village is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome French Bulldogs and French Bulldog mixes, to provide financial assistance and support services to rescue groups and private rescuers engaged in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming French Bulldogs and French Bulldog mixes, and to promote programs that advance knowledge about, and the responsible acquisition and ownership of, the French Bulldog breed.

French Bulldog Connection Rescue mission is to aid French Bulldogs, mixes and other dogs who are honorary French Bulldogs, whether from animal shelters or pounds, owner surrenders, strays or to help owners place their dogs in a home that is best for that dog. Our first quest is to educate others correctly about this fabulous breed and also to protect and advance the interests of French Bulldogs.

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Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (CFBR) was launched to protect French Bulldogs from neglect, abuse, loss of family and theft. We rescue them from animal shelters and puppy mills. We help families and individuals that can no longer care for their Frenchies. We are shepherds of the breed working to educate about French Bulldogs and most importantly, placing rescued Frenchies into loving homes.

Maddie the Havanese

Maddie the Havanese


Havanese Rescue Inc. (HRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the charitable purposes of rescuing purebred Havanese and Havanese mixes which are homeless, or soon-to-be-homeless, including those found in animal shelters or similar facilities and those relinquished by their owners. The dogs are provided with the attention, care and medical treatment necessary including spay/neutering. HRI also focuses on education of the public regarding puppy mills and responsible dog ownership including spay/neutering, training and humane care of Havanese and other pets.

Koko the Italian Greyhound

Koko the Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound Rescue

IG Rescue is a service provided for Italian Greyhounds that have been abandoned at animal shelters, taken from abusive homes or surrendered to Rescue due to the death or divorce of the former owner. Occasionally, dogs are turned over to Rescue because the owner can no longer keep the dog and the dog was acquired from a source to which it cannot be returned.

IG Rescue members foster these orphans in their homes, where their health and temperament are evaluated. All dogs are taken for a veterinary check-up: vaccinations are updated, the animal is neutered/spayed and, if necessary, its teeth are cleaned. Each Italian Greyhound is evaluated so that it can be placed in a home suitable to both the dog and new owners.

Saki the Japanese Chin

Saki the Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Rescue

JCCARE is a dog rescue organization dedicated to the health and welfare of Japanese Chin dogs. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of rescue volunteers whose sole purpose is helping, rehabilitating and finding homes for homeless Japanese Chin across the United States of America


Maltese Rescue

The American Maltese Association is the National AKC recognized parent breed club for Maltese. The AMA began a National Rescue Program for Maltese in 1995. Volunteers that support our breed rescue program consist of both members and non-members who share a love for the breed and a commitment to ensure unwanted, homeless Maltese are placed in warm, loving homes. In addition to adoption and foster services, we can provide assistance and recommendations to Maltese owners. In many cases we can assist with behavioral problems that might have otherwise turned into a future homeless situation.

Manchester Terrier Rescue

The AMTC does not have the human resources to foster, rehabilitate and rehome rescue dogs. However, the membership is still committed to helping Manchester Terriers in need through adoption listings on its web site and grants towards the care of rescued Manchester Terriers.

Spike the Miniature Pinscher

Spike the Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Rescue

At Min Pin Rescue we believe no healthy dog should ever be destroyed and that every dog should have a chance to lead a happy and healthy life in a loving home.

There are lots of ways to choose a dog - we think rehoming is the best one. Friends of Penny minpin rescue works with you to match your needs to the needs of dogs. We know that choosing the dog that's right for you leads to happy people and happy dogs.

Jester the Papillon

Jester the Papillon

Papillon Rescue

Papillon Care and Rescue Trust (PCART) accepts purebred papillons regardless of age, health or temperament. Our job is to ensure that all members of our beloved breed are able to live out their lives in a stable, healthful and loving environment.

Each rescued papillon is treated with special care. They are evaluated by a veterinarian for common health issues, given required medical care and spayed or neutered. Our foster care system is one of our greatest assets. When our papillons are cared for in a loving home environment by experienced volunteers we are better able to evaluate temperament and special needs. Great care is taken in determining the type of "forever" home that would suit each best.

Pekingese Rescue

The Pekingese Charitable Foundation was founded by the Pekingese Club of America. The goal of the organization is to foster health research on topics relevant to the Pekingese, and to provide rescue services for homeless Pekingese dogs throughout the United States.

Buddy the Pug

Buddy the Pug

Pug Rescue

Pug rescue groups are "grass roots" based organizations that have a common cause, and operate independently from one another. Because the Internet is not based upon geography, we offer referrals to other related groups, and work as a team.

Taffy the Shih Tzu

Taffy the Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Rescue

Shih Tzu Rescue is a resource to find rescue organizations dedicated to rescuing Shih Tzu all over the United States. The groups consists of caring volunteers dedicated to finding loving homes for Shih Tzu in need. These Shih Tzu have been found as unclaimed strays or abandoned, abused or neglected. They also come from owners who can't give them the care they need.

Silky Terrier Rescue

At Silky Terrier Rescue, we list all of the silky terriers that we know about who are in need of homes. These silkys might be in a shelter, in the Silky Terrier Club of America Rescue program, or in another rescue program.

Abbi the Toy Fox Terrier

Abbi the Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier Rescue

There will always be a need to find good homes for Toy Fox Terriers. Not all of these dogs will be rescued from a shelter or an abusive situation. Most of the time it is simply a matter of finding a home when the present owner cannot continue to keep the dog.

Rescue is an undertaking that can only succeed with everyone's participation. Surely we all want the same thing for these little dogs that we love so much.

Katie the Yorkshire Terrier

Katie the Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Rescue

The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America is "unconditionally dedicated to Yorkies."

© 2007 Hope

Have you rescued a dog? - Tell us all about your wonderful "secondhand" dog!

Hope (author) from Skokie, Illinois on August 17, 2017:

Depending on your grandson's age - he can help find his dog! Kids are great at using the internet - he can explore each of the breeds he's interested in, find the breed clubs' websites, and narrow down his choices. You (and he) can also talk to breeders in your area - reputable breeders should be delighted to share their extensive knowledge. Best of luck with your search!

Ellen on August 16, 2017:

Looking for a small dog for my grandson

slotowngal on May 26, 2012:

Great lens! I had no idea there were rescue organizations that were breed specific. angel blessed...

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on May 07, 2012:

Absolutely! This is a wonderful lens to feature all these different rescue organizations. Everyone needs to know the love of a rescued animal; they make a family complete.

puppyprints on March 17, 2012:

I have an awesome little dog named Riki that I rescued - I got her at the SPCA. I made a Squidoo lens about her too.

Angela unLocked on January 28, 2012:

Often, people don't realize that purebred dogs need rescued. I volunteer at the pound and sometimes popular breeds end up there.

TransplantedSoul on November 19, 2011:

Yes - my story is here (where I featured your lense): Marvin's Story.

blindkatrescue on September 02, 2011:

Continued good wishes to you! Rescue is challenging, but oh so rewarding!

ChrissLJ on July 23, 2011:

Both of my girls were rescued. With approximately 70-80% of all unwanted pets placed in shelters being put down, I just don't see how I could do anything else. All dogs should be loved.

Murphypig on February 14, 2011:

great lens. I'd have them all but am working to long hours to have a dog :-(

patinkc from Midwest on January 31, 2011:

Another great site. I have some rescue groups listed on my American Eskimo Dog "Heart Bandits" lens. I'm lensrolling this lens to it.

GoPoochYourself on December 18, 2010:

Thanks for raising awareness about this. People are always surprised when I tell them my Maltese is adopted from a shelter. They don't realize that there are a lot of little dogs out there who need homes.

Mythbuster2009 on December 18, 2010:

Great Lens here. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

thescubadude on December 10, 2010:

This a really brilliantly written lens! Would you consider doing a guest post for our dog products website blog? I could pay you modest amount for an article.

anonymous on September 11, 2010:

All of these sweet dogs just makes me want to get a puppy all the more. It would be good to adopt one that was rescued too, they all need so much love and care.

VarietyWriter2 on June 30, 2010:

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

RaintreeAnnie from UK on June 22, 2010:

Wonderful lens:) Rescue organisations do such a fantastic job.

Lensrolling this to my dog lenses.

anonymous on April 10, 2010:

I have rescued five Jack Russell Terriers in the past eight years. We love our Jacks and they love us. Thanks for all you do and a big thanks to all the animal lovers out there.

sahcnam on November 08, 2009:

Excellent lens :D there are many more shelters out there that will take any animal in need and they often work with these breed shelters to increase their rescue capacity. I'll lensroll this lens to my charity lenses, especially my animal rescue lenses!

sunnysideup lm on September 11, 2009:

Thank you for this lens! I too have a big heart for the furkids. My 2 dogs and 2 cats were all abandoned animals, now living the good life. Thanks for raising awareness!

AshleyBretting-MS on February 15, 2009:

Bless all of the rescue dogs in this world!

Good stuff, nice work here

If you'd like to be a "featured lens" at my place let me know and say hello while you're there :)

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on February 01, 2009:

My dog Buddy was rescued and

I find this to be a very special lens. 5* to you and everyone who has rescued a dog.

nancydodds1 on October 01, 2008:

Cool lens. Have pet related lens 5*

Couch-Covers-Melanie on September 23, 2008:

Great lens! I am a big dog lover and of course i own one as well(Malamut). My dream is that every dog should have a happy home but unfortunately it isn't like that. But hopefully people will change someday. We have to be optimistic right?

5* for you!

PS: Did you know couch covers can be real moneysavers?

ladyinspain on November 27, 2007:

This is an excellent lens! We have a local rescue service here in Spain...some of the stories are so very sad. Hats off to those with a heart! I've added it also Fabulous Silky Terriers

Gatsby LM on October 15, 2007:

5* For you. I am a rescue dog with an awful past. My owner gives me all I need and more. She is thinking of getting a female G.S or Greyhound for me to have as a friend. Solve Dog Behavior Problems

DogWhisperWoman1 on October 15, 2007:

5* We had a Terrier mix when I was growing up. Best Dog For Child

Karendelac on August 25, 2007:

I am passionate about animals and your lens is a solid 5 stars. I have just completed a Bird Rescue Lens ~~ here it is ~~

TomAntion1 on August 09, 2007:

Great lens! Very helpful. Please visit my Bichon Frise rescuesite. Proceeds from products sold will be donated to rescue groups. Thanks!

PaulasPetCare on July 25, 2007:

Excellent Lens 5*****. I have added it to my lensroll at Paulas Pet Care

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