Published: February 25, 2019  

Last updated: February 7, 2024  

Are you searching for a unique gift to celebrate the unconditional love and companionship of a rescue dog? Whether you’re a devoted dog mom or dad, or you have a special animal lover in your life, finding the perfect rescue dog gift to honor them can be a very meaningful experience. 

There’s a wide variety of thoughtful gift ideas that not only share your love for rescue dogs but also support the mission of animal shelters and charitable organizations dedicated to pet adoption and animal rescue.

For the dog lover who cherishes every moment with their faithful companion, consider personalized gifts that feature their dog’s name or unique features. Gifts such as custom-made pet portraits or engraved paw print jewelry, add a touch of sentimentality to any occasion and serve as a constant reminder of the joy that rescue dogs bring into our lives. 

Whether it’s supporting a charitable organization through your purchase or symbolizing your commitment to pet adoption with a meaningful gift, the biggest gifts often come in the form of compassion and generosity toward our beloved rescue dogs and the broader community of animal lovers.

I’ve searched online for all the best rescue dog merchandise around, from leash holders, signs, t-shirts, pillows, and more.

(Updated for 20204)

Rescue Dog For the Home Gifts

Puppy Heart String Art Wall Décor

Puppy Heart String Art Wall Décor​


Embrace the unconditional love of dogs with this ‘Puppy Heart’ String Art Wall Décor. Featuring the adorable quote: “What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs.”

Saving One Dog Will Not Change The World Distressed Box Sign

Just one of many adorable, decorative signs from Primitives by Kathy. This one reads “Saving One Dog Will Not Change The World – But Surely For That One Dog The World Will Change Forever”.

I Just Want To Drink Wine & Rescue Dogs” Wood Box Sign

Display your love for wine and rescue dogs with this charming “I Just Want To Drink Wine & Rescue Dogs” Wood Box Sign. This rustic sign adds a touch of humor and warmth to any space, making it the perfect accent for wine enthusiasts and dog lovers alike.

Rescue Dog Soy Candle

Hand-poured candles made with premium fragrance and essential oils.

This Etsy seller proudly donates 5% of the proceeds from their Rescue & Cat candles to North Shore Animal League of America.

Rescue is My Favorite Breed” Soy Wax Grapefruit Scented Candle

100% all-natural soy candle hand poured and made in the USA. The candle comes packaged in a gift box, ready to Give as a unique gift for anyone or for yourself!

Adopted Rescue Dog Picture Frame

Display your cherished memories with this elegant black Adopted Rescue Dog Picture Frame. This frame beautifully showcases the love and joy brought into your home by your adopted dog.

Who Rescued Who Photo Bar

A personalized dog picture display is perfect for celebrating dog adoption and rescue.

Reserved for the Dog Throw Pillow or Floor Pillow

Reserved for the Dog Throw Pillow

Designed by me, Rescue Dogs 101. This adorable throw pillow comes in 3 sizes and colors. A portion of all proceeds go back to a local dog rescue.

Adopt Dog Paw Print Throw Pillow or Floor Pillow

Adopt Dog Paw Print Throw Pillow

Designed by me, Rescue Dogs 101. This adorable throw pillow comes in 3 sizes and colors. A portion of all proceeds go back to a local dog rescue.

Dean Russo Rescue Dog Fleece Blanket

“In a perfect world every dog has a home”

This colorful fleece blanket is 50″ x 60″, making it perfect for your bed or a throw blanket for the couch. I love everything this artist creates.

“Rescues Are My Favorite Breed” Fleece Blanket

Another rescue dog artwork by Dean Russo. Its super soft fleece will make you want to snuggle up with your rescue dog tonight!

Pet Rescue Dogs and Cats Abstract Art Light Switch Cover

Elevate your home decor with this fun and unique Pet Rescue Light Switch Cover, showcasing a vibrant and heartwarming design.

Shelter Dog Rescued This Family” Doormat

Welcome guests with warmth and compassion with this “Shelter Dog Rescued This Family” doormat.

Rescue Dog Personalize Wall Art Print

Cherish the love and loyalty of your rescue dog with this personalized Rescue Dog Wall Art Print. Customizable and beautifully crafted.

Animal Rescuer Stainless Steel Tumbler

Elevate gifting with this stainless steel insulated 20oz tumbler, laser engraved with precision. Perfect for the animal lover who dedicates their time and heart to rescue efforts. Available in several other colors.

Rescue Dog Gifts Under $20

Love Is a Four-Legged Word Paw Print Keychain

Give a rescue dog lover a very special keepsake with this lovely engraved bag clip key ring. This key ring is accented with a black Swarovski crystal pearl and a rhinestone paw print charm.

Live Love Rescue Paw Print Keychain

Show your support for animal rescue with this keychain, featuring a delicate gold paw print charm and stamped metal keychain adorned with the words “Live • Love • Rescue”.

Rescued Dogs Rock sticker decal

“Dog Rescue” Trinket Dish Tray

Add a touch of canine charm to your home decor with this tray, perfect for organizing keys, rings, soap, and more while showcasing your love for your rescue dog.

Rescue Mom Paw Print Decal

Show your pride as a devoted rescue mom with this clear “Rescue Mom” decal featuring a floral paw print design, perfect for embellishing tumblers, cars, water cups, and more.

Rescued Dogs Rock sticker decal

Rescued Dogs Rock Magnet

Show your support for rescued dogs with this “Rescued Dogs Rock” oval magnet. Proudly display it on your fridge or car to spread awareness and encourage others to adopt their next dog.

You Can’t Buy Love But You Can Rescue It Decal

Spread a powerful message of compassion with this “You Can’t Buy Love But You Can Rescue It” die-cut vinyl decal bumper sticker. It’s perfect for windows, cars, and laptops.

“Save A Life Adopt” Pawprints License Plate Frame

This 2-pack license plate frame features a charming paw print design. Add personality to your vehicle and also raise awareness for the importance of adopting a rescue dog.

Rescued Is My Favorite Breed Makeup Bag

This stylish and functional makeup bag serves as a daily reminder of the importance of animal rescue, making it an ideal present for dog moms and advocates alike.

Dog Rescue Leather Journal

Our “love rescued me” dog journal is perfect for the rescue animal lover in your life. With blank-lined pages, this journal can be used however you choose.

All We Need Is Love – Rescue • Foster • Adopt Mug

The perfect gift for the animal lovers in your life. Family, friends and coworkers who own rescue dogs or support dog rescue and animal rights groups will appreciate this thoughtful gift.

Rescue Dog Mom Mug

Sip your morning coffee with pride in this “Rescue Dog Mom” mug, and show off your love for your pup.

Rescue Dog Themed Clothing

Rescued Dogs Rock sticker decal

Peace Love Rescue Dog T-Shirt

Dress your rescue dog in style with this soft and comfy pullover shirt.

The best things in life are rescued, Pawprint, Dog Rescue Shirt

Embrace the joy of rescuing with the Rescue Dog T-Shirt. Crafted with comfort and style in mind, this shirt is perfect for proud pet parents and animal advocates alike.

Life is Too Short to Rescue Only One Dog

Life is Too Short to Rescue Only One Dog T-shirt

Designed by me, Rescue Dogs 101. This fun Rescue Dog T-shirt is available in a variety of colors and sizes. And a portion of all proceeds go back to a local dog rescue.

animal rescue friends black t-shirt

Animal Rescue, I’ll Be There For You T-shirt

Show your support for animal rescue with this fun “I’ll Be There For You” T-shirt, featuring a well-known theme.

Colorful Groovy Rescue, Adopt, Foster T-Shirt

Elevate your style while advocating for animal welfare with this vibrant design and a powerful message of adoption over shopping.

I’m not sure who rescued who, Rescue Mom Shirt

Need the perfect gift for a Rescue Mom in your life? Look no further!! This shirt makes this perfect gift for those fur baby lovin’ mamas out there!

Women’s Dog Themed “My Dog Rescued Me” Socks

If you feel like your dog rescued YOU then these are the perfect socks for you. Makes a great gift idea for the sock lover or collector in your life!

Rescue Dog Approved

Rescue Dog Approved T-shirt

Designed by me, Rescue Dogs 101. This fun Rescue Dog Approved T-shirt is available in a variety of colors and sizes. And a portion of all proceeds go back to a local dog rescue.

Rescue Dog Books that Make Great Gifts

Personalized Wonder Dog Book

A fun children’s book featuring your favorite rescue dog! With the magic of a Wonder Dog book, give a gift that your child will treasure. This unique book features actual images of your dog, and has been designed with love to make your child smile! Perfect for younger children (age 0-6) or for anyone who simply loves their dog! Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see the dog in their life transformed into a Wonder Dog?!

The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I)

This memoir chronicles the transformative power of rescue dogs in the author’s life. Through engaging storytelling and heartfelt anecdotes, she shares her journey of healing and companionship, reminding readers of the profound impact these furry friends can have.

Who Rescued Whom: Dogs Portraits & Rescue Stories

This book pairs stunning dog portraits with inspiring rescue narratives, celebrating the profound bond between humans and their rescue dogs.

Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things

In this heartwarming book, the author shares inspiring stories of rescue dogs, offering invaluable insights into living a fulfilling life filled with purpose, love, and gratitude.

Rescue Dog Holiday Gifts

Rescue Mom Christmas Wood Ornament

Deck the halls with heartwarming sentiments with a Rescue Mom Christmas Wood Ornament.

Personalized Dog Rescue Ornament

This personalized dog ornament is a perfect gift or keepsake to commemorate a dog rescue.

Rescue Dog Poem Keepsake Glass Ornament

This personalized dog ornament is a perfect gift or keepsake to commemorate a dog rescue.

How My Dog Saved Christmas Personalized Book

Embrace the holiday spirit with a personalized Christmas story starring your rescue dog.

Which rescue dog gift is your favorite? Let me know below in the comments.

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About the Author

Debi McKee

Debi McKee is the expert behind Rescue Dogs 101 where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She is a mom of 3 human kids and 4 dogs and volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society. Click here for more about Debi and her passion for helping you and your dog.

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