Shelter & Rescue Resources

A happy dog, happy life begins with you!

As a volunteer or employee of a shelter or rescue organization you are the key to saving dogs lives, connecting them with the right family, and keeping them from being returned to the shelter.

This page is your one-stop shop for all the resources you need to run your shelter and help dogs and their new owners.

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Have an idea, a suggestion, something you will help you save more dogs lives? Please send me an email and tell me how I can help.

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Do Dogs Remember Their Past?

Many rescue dogs have endured difficult situations before finding loving, forever homes. As we welcome them into our lives, it’s natural to wonder if they remember their past. Do they recall their previous owners, traumatic events, or the challenges they faced?  I often wonder if our dogs Ginger and Bear remember their previous life. Ginger was still a

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Do Dogs Remember Their Past?
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How To Adopt A Dog – Your Step-by-Step Guide

Adopting a dog is one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences. Whether you are about to adopt your first or fifth rescue dog, the dog adoption process can be confusing, scary, and even frustrating.  My husband and I have adopted 8 dogs since we’ve been married. Each time the process was a little different and we learned something new.  This How

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How To Adopt A Dog – Your Step-by-Step Guide
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15 Tips for being a great foster dog parent

Do you want to foster dogs because you want to save all the dogs? Or because you love dogs and you think it would be fun? We fostered dogs for many years before taking an extended break. We have fostered puppies, old dogs, scared dogs, sick dogs, and even foster-failed one dog.   I hope my 15 foster dog tips will help

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15 Tips for being a great foster dog parent
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109 Dog Holidays in 2024

Our dogs deserve to be honored and celebrated every day of the year. Dogs make life better in many ways. There is a holiday for just about every aspect of our dogs. Here is your complete guide to 109 dog holidays for you to enjoy. Subscribe to the Google Calendar or iCal Calendar to stay

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109 Dog Holidays in 2024
Remember Me Thursday Rescue Pets

Remember Me Thursday

What is Remember Me Thursday® and why does it matter? Remember Me Thursday aims to unite people and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes. Just as Rescue Dogs 101 wants to raise awareness and help you through the process of adopting

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Remember Me Thursday
How to Temperament Test a Dog Before You Adopt - Does sound startle the dog?

Dog temperament testing

A temperament test evaluates a dog’s behavior in a range of situations to understand if he will be easy going, independent, fearful or maybe too dominate to be in a multi-dog household. This is why knowing what to look for in a dog’s personality is an important part of adopting. When searching for a dog,

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Dog temperament testing