"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi
Each year, thousands of animals are abused and neglected in America. Millions that end up in shelters are killed. As individuals, we all can do our part to help animals by being responsible pet owners and by spaying and neutering our pets. But you say, “I find homes for all of my puppies or kittens.” The fact is your puppies or kittens are taking homes from the unwanted animals in shelters and rescues. Also, you can help your community by spreading the word about responsible pet guardianship for the lifetime of the animals (15-20 years). Share with your neighbors the importance of spaying and neutering pets to reduce indescriminate breeding. Offer to help your neighbor who lets his/her animals keep having litters. If a stray dog(s) or cat(s) is in your yard/property or the neighborhood, don't just feed them. The responsible thing to do is to spay/neuter and vaccinate them also. There are low cost spay/neuter clinics and financial assistance is available. Contact us for this information. The worst thing is to do nothing as the situation becomes out of hand. The innocent animals deserve quality lives and good homes. They don't deserve suffering and homelessness. Controlling the pet population is a community responsibility. In addition, adopting from a shelter or rescue, we can reduce the number of homeless animals. Adopt one until there are none......
Our very small private no-kill rescue is a foster group-type rescue that does not have a physical location for a shelter. The rescued animals live in a home environment and space and finances are limited. We take in as many animals as we can reasonably and financially accommodate and find new, loving, permanent homes for them. If a new home cannot be found, we care for the animal for the remainder of its lifetime. We are located in Southwest Riverside County in the community of Quail Valley, which is now a part of the city of Menifee, near Sun City and Canyon Lake. Local adoptions are best because we deliver the animal to its new home and also make a follow-up visit. We deliver the animal to its new home so that we can see where the animal will be living and make sure it is an appropriate/safe environment and home. Therefore, adoptions are limited to a 50 mile radius of Quail Valley. Our goal is to find a permanent, stable, loving home for each animal. We are looking for adopters who want to give a home to a rescued animal and want to give the animal a second chance at a good home and happy life. Adopters should be willing and able to care for the animal for its entire lifetime (15-20 years). The new home will be determined based on the potential new home and the best interest of the dog or cat. In order for the adoption to be successful, we are looking for an appropriate or good match for the animal to you, your family, your other pets, your lifestyle, activity level, etc. The adoption procedure involves making arrangements to meet the animal, completing an adoption application and contract; adoption fee/donation will be collected, then the animal will be delivered to its new home.The public is becoming aware that the local shelters are high kill and, therefore, they turn to private rescues with requests to take in their animals. Keep in mind that a rescue should be a temporary refuge where the animals move on in a timely manner to homes of their own. A rescue is not an ideal place for animals to live long-term because many don't cope well in a rescue environment and need a home of their own where they will receive the attention and affection they deserve. We are overwhelmed by the number of needy animals and the number of requests we receive. The fact is the number of rescue animals taken in always exceeds the number of animals we adopt out. We are full with rescued animals who are waiting for new homes of their own. In addition, we have rescued animals that are less desirable and hard-to-place, such as ill and senior--they remain here for their lifetime. It takes time, maybe months or even years, to find a new home for an animal and sometimes it never finds another home. If we cannot take in your animal, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com for advice and about ways we can help.
We think helping needy and homeless animals is a worthy cause. If you, too, care about animals and support our efforts, please assist by making a donation. Any donations, financial, labor/services or items from wish list (see below), are most welcome and appreciated, and are used directly for the animals. Our rescue is not-for-profit, and we receive no outside assistance. Any expenses are out of pocket. We rely on and need donations to continue our efforts. We ask for nominal adoption fees that partially reimburse us for any needed veterinary care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and deworming. Please be aware that a rescue and shelter by law is required to spay or neuter any dog or cat before adopting it out. In addition, our rescue is obligated to vaccinate, deworm, and obtain any needed veterinary care so that the animal is healthy and ready to go to a new home. Many rescued animals are sick or injured and require expensive veterinary care. The financial cost to get an animal ready for adoption usually far exceeds any adoption fee that is received. Any donations and adoption fees collected help us continue in our efforts on behalf of needy dogs and cats. It is easy to donate by clicking on the "Donate" button below. In addition, you can help by planning ahead and remembering Rescue and Rehome in your will, trust or estate plan. This is a specific and orderly process to transfer assets to help benefit homeless and rescued animals. Contact an attorney for advice on including Rescue and Rehome in your will, trust, or estate plan.
Taking in and giving a good, permanent home to an unwanted, needy and/or homeless animal, no matter what age it is, is the ultimate gift because you are saving its life. The fact is that the animal needs a home no matter what age it is. They all want and deserve a home of their own and just want to be loved. Many animals find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. It is unfortunate that most people want a puppy or a kitten, and the younger, the better; however, the animal is only a puppy or kitten for a few short months, and when it becomes an adult, it becomes less desirable to most people. As a result, senior pets in general, as well as adult cats and large mixed breed dogs, never find another home because they are overlooked in favor of younger animals. Generally, older pets are easier; they're calmer, more mellow, grateful, and often have had some training. Large and senior dogs make great pets and can develop a strong bond with you because they appreciate you more. It is a myth that you can't teach old dog new tricks because mature dogs focus better than puppies, allowing them to learn more quickly. It is extremely difficult to find homes for adult and senior cats, but they deserve loving homes, too, and after adjusting to their new home, they make loving pets that are usually no trouble at all. Rescue and Rehome would like to encourage prospective adopters to think of the animal in need and not let age influence choosing a pet.
Keep in mind that dogs are social and pack animals, they get lonely and bored if banished to the back yard. They want and need to be with and part of a pack (your family). Dogs and cats are domesticated animals and not accustomed to enduring the elements of wet, cold, and hot summer weather. Please bring your pet inside in these conditions. Please make your pet a part of your family. You will be rewarded with the unconditional love of your loyal friend and companion, your pet. A goal in life to aspire to: To be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am!
Many rescued dogs and cats have not had good homes in the past. They may not have been treated kindly. They may have been neglected or abused, or both. They may not have had the gentle handling and socialization with humans in order to be trusting. The amount of socialization a puppy or kitten has with people during the early weeks will determine how well he will interact with people later in life. Good experiences early in life will produce a friendly, outgoing animal. However, the good news is that in a new home, a rescued animal goes through a second socialization phase to learn to be friendly and trusting of their new humans and environment. Animals who are timid can be encouraged slowly to be more friendly and social with understanding, patience, pleasant encounters and gentle treatment. With a little time, training and TLC, rescued animals adjust, blossom and thrive in a loving home.
Some animals are so friendly they will approach a total stranger, but most are apprehensive of people they don’t know and trust. Some animals enjoy the company of people very much, and some are friendly for brief periods but spend most of the day on their own. And some dogs and cats stay away from humans because of a lack of trust due to poor socialization during kittenhood or puppyhood. It is important to understand that animals come with different personalities and temperaments. We are looking for adopters who have compassion, understanding and patience to give the adopted animal time to adjust and trust his new people and environment so that he/she can learn what is expected of him and become comfortable and social. We are looking for adopters who want to give a second chance to a rescued animal at a good home and a happy life. We are looking for adopters who want to open their hearts and homes to a rescued animal and who will respect and accept the animal for who it is. All animals, including some you might consider less desirable, are deserving of good homes.
A poor diet is responsible for bad teeth, coat/skin, allergy problems, many diseases/health problems, and poor health in general. An increase in the cancer rate in pets in attributed to the poor quality of processed food that most animals eat. Since dogs and cats are carnivores, make sure to feed your pet quality canned and dry food with meat (such as chicken or lamb) as the main ingredient, along with other whole, quality food ingredients. Quality pet food is usually labeled "Super Premium" and the main ingredient is listed as a named meat such as chicken, beef or lamb. Don't be fooled by the big brand advertisements and a fancy package! The truth is in the fine print - read the ingredients list. The main (first) ingredient listed should be chicken, beef, or lamb. It should be grain free. No corn - it's a cheap filler and causes allergies. Please note that an all dry food diet is unnatural and was developed for the convenience of humans; therefore, feeding your pet some wet or canned food along with the dry is recommended. Don't forget to provide clean, fresh water every day. Pets can get sick, such as giardia (an internal intestinal protozoan parasite) from drinking dirty water. We see many cases of giardia and worms in rescued animals, as well as those relinquished by their owner.
Car accidents, dog bites, cat fights, attacks by coyotes, attacks from cat haters, infectious diseases and theft are just some of the dangers that lurk for our cats outside the safety of our home. An outdoor cat’s lifespan is considerably shorter (4-7 years) than an indoor cat (15-20 years). Because of these reasons, we recommend cats be kept indoors and not allowed outdoors without supervision.
Each of us must do our part to help to control the pet population by spaying and neutering our pets to prevent millions of unwanted cats and dogs from being euthanized every year. Helping to stop indescriminate breeding saves lives by reducing the number of homeless animals that end up in shelters and are killed. Spaying and neutering is a safe operation and removes the drive of your pet constantly thinking, "I have to mate, I have to mate," and results in a calmer pet that is less likely to run away and less likely to bite and/or get in a fight. Your pet will be healthier and be a better companion. As the Humane Society of the United States says, "Have a heart, be smart, and make sure your pet is spayed or neutered."
-- What does that mean?
Four to five million dogs and cats are killed in shelters each year in the United States. The public knows that most of our shelters are high kill and, therefore, pet owners turn in their pets to the shelter only about 15% of the time. Most people know that the majority of animals entrusted in a shelter's care are killed, and so pet owners seek out private no-kill rescues to take in their animals. This causes tremendous strain, financial and space-wise, on private rescues who are overwhelmed by the number of requests from owners wanting to surrender their pets. Most people do not learn of the difficult situation of finding their pets another home until they decide, for whatever reason, that they need to find another home for their pet or no longer want their pet. When they contact a private rescue to take their pet and find it another home, people then learn that private rescues are overwhelmed by the number of homeless and unwanted pets. Most rescues are small in comparison to shelters and the capacity of most rescues is very limited. People learn that rescues are full and can not take in their pet. Another factor contributing to this crisis is people are giving up their pets at an alarming rate. The average stay of a pet in a household nowadays is only 18 months! In addition, most people who want to adopt an animal, desire a puppy or a kitten – this severely limits the number of homes that are available for adult dogs and cats. Additionally, it is important to be aware that it is especially difficult to find homes for senior pets, special needs pets, adult cats, and large dogs.
Finding another home for a pet takes time, maybe even months or years. Sometimes another home is never found. All this time while the pet is waiting for another home, it is taking up space at the rescue. If a new home cannot be found, it is cared for by our rescue for the remainder of its lifetime. The public needs to be aware that once a rescue is full with animals waiting to be adopted, it cannot take in additional animals until space and finances allow. We usually have a full house and an empty pocketbook. It is a grim reality that there are many more needy animals than our small rescue can accommodate. It is very sad and heartbreaking that we cannot help all of the animals that need rescuing.
Another factor for the public to be aware of is financial – there is more involved with taking in an animal than just feeding and taking care of it. By law, the dog or cat must be spayed or neutered before a rescue or shelter can adopt it out. In addition, a rescue is obligated to vaccinate, deworm and obtain any needed veterinary care so that the animal is healthy and ready to go to a new home. All this costs money to get an animal ready for adoption. Adoption fees help defray the cost of caring for the animal; however, the financial cost to get an animal ready for adoption usually exceeds any adoption fee that is received. Any adoption fees collected help a rescue to continue its efforts on behalf of needy dogs and cats. Our private rescue is not-for-profit and we receive no outside assistance or funding. We rely on and need donations to continue our rescue and rehome efforts.
What can we do as individuals? We all can do our part to help animals by being responsible pet owners and by spaying and neutering our pets. Also, please realize that pet guardianship is for life – for the lifetime of the animal(s)! Spaying and neutering helps control pet population by reducing indiscriminate breeding and the number of unwanted animals that end up in shelters and are killed.
Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?
Be a responsible pet owner!
With today's busy lifestyles, it is important to consider before adopting an animal, the time, effort, money, and commitment that is required every day to care for a pet throughout its entire lifetime (15-20 years). A dog and its owner should have compatible energy levels; therefore, you need to consider whether the dog is a good match for you and your family. Different dog breeds have difference energy levels and activity requirements. Some dog breeds have been bred to work and have a high energy level and need to be busy and/or have something to do. It would be wise to investigate which dog breeds would be a good match for you and your family. If you are considering a puppy, please take in to consideration that adopting a puppy is a huge commitment; they are very high maintenance. Are you able to meet the needs of the puppy, which means be able to devote time to raising the puppy and provide a stable, loving, lifelong home. Enrolling your new dog in obedience and behavioral training classes is a must so that your dog is a welcome member of your family and to prevent animal behavioral problems. This training and time spent with your dog has advantages and rewards that result in a happy dog and a happy owner. Pets require a commitment from you to spend time interacting and playing with your pet every day, at least 20 minutes a day. Having a dog, no matter what its size, means walking the dog at least 30 minutes every day! Walking the dog has more benefits than the obvious of providing exercise for the dog and its owner; daily walks are a mood enhancer and bonding experience for the guardian and dog. In addition, getting out to see the world provides stimulation of the five senses for the dog and enriches its life. Did you know there are proven benefits of owning a pet? Pets can be a great way to reduce your stresses and anxieties. Spending time with animals can be a great source of comfort, relaxation and companionship. A pet can make you feel better and help you to be more active. Also, you need to think about the cost of owning a pet. Can you afford a pet? Can you afford to feed it quality food? Can you afford to take it to the vet for regular and needed medical care?
Don't forget to make sure your pet wears an identification tag 24/7 to enable him/her to be returned to you if lost. All the tag needs is your phone number!!! And never take it off! A mistake many people make is putting the tag on a harness that is only worn when going for walks,etc. Even if your pet is microchipped, the I.D. tag should be on a collar that is worn 24/7. Most people think their pet won't get lost, but shelters and rescues deal with lost dogs and cats every day, and the sad fact is most are never reunited with their owners!!! Don't let this happen to your beloved pet!
Caring for your pet involves more than providing food and water. Pets are God's creatures that are deserving of quality lives without suffering from abuse and neglect. A responsible pet owner thinks of the pet's needs and tries to meet those needs. Good quality food and clean water prevent illness. Shelter and shade protect from the elements. Exercise promotes good health and prevents obesity. Regular veterinary care is essential, including regular vaccinations and deworming. Rabies shots are required by law for all dogs over 4 months old and are needed to obtain a dog license. It is recommended that cats be vaccinated for Rabies also. Treat your pet for fleas/ticks; pets get tapeworms from fleas and tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease, from ticks. For your information, diarrhea can be a symptom of internal parasites that requires medical treatment. Can you imagine the suffering from earmites or any other ailments that are left untreated? Pets can't tell us when they feel bad or are sick; they rely on us for everything. We are their whole world, please make it a good one! Enjoy your pet, spend quality time with it, and let it be a part of your family! Your time, effort, commitment, and money are required to be a responsible pet owner. You will be rewarded with the unconditional love of your pet. Whether you already have a pet or are considering adoption, please be a responsible pet owner/guardian!
Do you love animals? Do you have some free time or just like to keep busy? If so, you can help our rescued animals. They need and deserve human interaction and attention every day. We are looking for volunteers to walk, play with, give affection, and train our rescued dogs. Our cats would love for you to visit and spend time with them, socialize them, sit with them, pet them, and play with them. Another great way to help is by fostering a rescued animal. Fostering helps save more lives! We are looking for foster homes to take in and care for dogs/cats while they are waiting for forever homes. Most people are hesitant to foster rescued animals because of the fear of the unknown, but the fact is it is relatively easy to open your heart and your home to a rescued animal. We provide food and any needed veterinary care; there would be no monetary expense to you. We just ask that you provide love and a safe environment for the rescued animal you are fostering. Just try it! If it doesn't work out, you can always return the animal to the rescue. If interested, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
"He is your friend, your partner
Your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
-- Author Unknown
Thank you for visiting our site and for considering adopting a rescued animal. Remember, by adopting a homeless animal you are contributing to the goal that one day there will be no homeless pets. When that day comes, won't that be wonderful?
If interested in donating, please contact us at email@example.com about specific items and brands we use. From time to time we receive donated dog food. We always seem to need cat food (canned pate and dry) and clumping cat litter. Thank you.
Super Premium Dog, Cat, Puppy, and/or Kitten Food (Dry and Canned)
Premium Clumping Cat Litter
Frontline Plus or equivalent Flea/Tick Drops for All Sizes of Dogs
Revolution topical parasiticide for Cats (flea, intestinal worms, ear mite treatment)
Plastic Wading Pool and/or Sand Box
Dog Houses - All Sizes
X-Pens (36" high wire exercise pen)
Dog Agility Set
Tough Rubber Dog Toys (such as Kong, Ruffwear Gourdo)
Bully Sticks, Rawhide Strips/Chews and Dog Biscuits
Wisdom Panel Insights Mixed Breed Identification (DNA) Test for Dogs
Lax'aire or Laxatone for Cats (hairball treatment)
Gasoline Gift Card (a significant amount of money is spent on gas each month)
Gift Cards - Petsmart/Petco/Costco
Monetary Donations for food, cat litter, vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter and needed veterinary care, gasoline and supplies