Sandy’s Top 7 Rescues She Loves

There are, thankfully, more than 12,000 rescue groups and shelters across the country all working toward the same goal of finding every pet in their care a forever home and ultimately declaring America a no-kill nation.

They all do amazing work, thanks to tireless volunteers who offer their help and support to a small nucleus of professionals by comparison.

This post recognizes some of the rescues we love. If you have a special rescue group that you would like to spotlight, please share their information in the comments section so that they can get a small splash of the recognition they so justly deserve.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

1. Petaluma Animal Services Foundation

Telephone: 707-778-PETS (7387)


Petaluma Animal Services Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill organization. It handles all animal control and adoption services for the city of Petaluma and animal control services for the city of Healdsburg. They take in lost domestic animals and owner-surrendered pets and handle all dog licenses for dogs within Petaluma and Healdsburg city limits.

2. PAWS Chicago

Telephone: (773) 935-PAWS (7297)


This amazing no-kill organization offers an amazing selection of programs from spay and neuter to crisis care and disaster response, training and lots, lots more.

3. Helen Woodward Animal Center

Telephone: (858) 756-4117


Helen Woodward Animal Center is a unique, private, non-profit organization in San Diego County that, for more than 40 years, has been committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. Located on 12 acres in Rancho Santa Fe, this nationally recognized organization provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals.

Helen Woodward is a no-kill facility that receives no government funding and relies heavily on tax-deductible contributions from private donors to continue their lifesaving mission.

4. Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary


Blind Cat Rescue started in 2005 to answer the need for a safe place for blind cats that were deemed not adoptable by regular shelters. In 2011, they were able to build a special area to provide a safe sanctuary for cats with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukemia virus (FELV). Cats with less than 20 percent vision are certified as legally blind.

5. Grayson County Humane Society

Telephone: (270) 230-8839


Although situated in rural Kentucky, social media savvy Donna White is able to find wonderful homes for both cats and dogs extending way beyond her region.

6. Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART)

Telephone: (207) 829-4116


This group specializes in diabetic cats. They have a whole room in the shelter dedicated to diabetics so that they can feed the special diets these cats require. Almost all of them have become diet-controlled and no longer need insulin thanks to the dedication of HART’s volunteers.

7. Advocates 4 Animals


This organization does not have a physical shelter or location where all adoptable pets are located. They operate with individual volunteer foster homes throughout the Dayton and Northern Cincinnati Ohio areas. They rescue animals from high-kill shelters that would not survive without their intervention.

Working with foster homes allows their volunteers to provide the very best in veterinary treatment and care as well as lots of daily love and attention on a very personal level. They rehabilitate abused pets and work with special needs pets too.

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