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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Hope Animal Rescue (HAR) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue dedicated to improving the lives of stray or abandoned animals in North Carolina. We promote compassionate and humane treatment of animals through the rescue, sterilization, foster care and adoption of homeless dogs and cats.

Results: Annually, we rescue approximately 300 at risk animals from death in NC shelters and place them in loving homes. We focus on seniors and special needs dogs and cats, those at greatest risk of being killed in shelters. Please help by donating today at www.hopeanimals.org!

Target demographics: Improve the lives of the stray and abandoned animals, as well as the overall reduction of homeless dogs and cats in North Carolina through our foster, volunteer, and adoption programs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In our first year, Hope Animal Rescue successfully rescued 200 dogs and cats from high-risk situations and placed them with loving adoptive homes. Annually, we rescue approximately 300 at risk animals from death in NC shelters.

Geographic areas served: North Carolina

Programs: Adoption Program Foster Program Volunteer Program Adoption Events Community Outreach

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Sian B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue is amazing. They matched me up with my best friend!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family started out fostering more than 3 years ago. Now, I am a foster coordinator, assisting other fosters with their foster pups. I've stayed with HAR due to the lengths we go to in order to make sure the dogs needs are addressed prior to finding them their fur-ever home. I enjoy being able to have my teens assist with our foster dogs at home, events and even participating in home visits. It is a great experience for our entire family to be part of such a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have been volunteering and fostering with Hope Animal Rescue(HAR) for over 2 years now. My husband also foster failed, and we are alumni too. We previously fostered for a couple of other groups, but the experience was no where near the level of HAR. Fosters receive complete support with the care of the pups. HAR works very hard to find the best fit for the pups. HAR also pulls animals with medical needs, which are addressed before they are available for adoption. It is a great organization, and we continue to enjoy being part of HAR!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was made aware of an older dog that was going to be put down because ownercdidnt want old dog. I contacted Cathy and she said would save him. A few months later he was adopted by wonderful family and lived out his life in love and luxury. I can never thank them enough.

1 Christy L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope helped me find my sweet Cocker Spaniel senior in January of this year after my 14 year old was diagnosed with cancer last year and had to be put to sleep right before Christmas. It was so hard on my husband and I as well as our other senior dog and adopting another senior for our Chihuahua to have as a companion has helped us all to move on. They made the process so easy and understood the emotional aspect as well

2 Hollie Thornton P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two fabulous fur babies from Hope. Cathy and the volunteers do an incredible job. I can't tell you how thankful I am for their mission and the hard work they do 24/7 to rescue needy and "unwanted" animals. They are truly incredible folks! Thank you for all you do and continue to make a difference one dog/cat at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Hope Anima Rescue and the fabulous work they do. From our amazing director, foster coordinators,,foster parents and volunteers. These wonderful people display acts of kindness and compassion like I have never seen before. The dogs and cats that are fortunate to be in the rescue receive the best medical care, training , are able to live in a foster home which makes them feel safe, confident and loved. There is a lot of careful decision making to ensure these pets will be placed in the right home for them and their new owners. As a foster I always have the support I need and when I need it from my director and foster coordinator. They are real gems and I wish more people would follow their example. This world would be a much better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been fostering with Hope Animal Rescue for the past 8 months, and we have nothing but good things to say about them. They show extraordinary care for every animal they take into their program, and they do a wonderful job of matching their pups with a home that will meet the needs of both the owner and the dog. All dogs in Hope's program receive spay/neuter services (when necessary), are properly cared for in a loving foster home, are socialized with both people and dogs, and receive monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. Any potential adopter in the Triangle area should consider adopting from Hope!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and fostered with Hope Animal Rescue, and I couldn't rate them highly enough. The members of HAR work hard to make sure that dogs are treated extremely well, that fosters and volunteers have resources and support to ensure the best care, and that dogs are eventually adopted out to great families that fit well. Dogs have access to professional trainers, they get exceptional medical care, and the people at HAR are knowledgeable and thoughtful in their approach to animals. I think it says a lot that HAR is willing to take back a dog at any point after adoption if the dog didn't work out with the adopter for any reason. This shows that they care so much about these animals that they would rather take back a dog unexpectedly than have it end up back at a shelter. Further, Hope routinely takes in dogs that need expensive medical care, and dogs that are "challenging" breeds - dogs that other rescues have turned down. HAR values the lives of all dogs and is willing to work with dogs with behavioral problems, medical issues, seniors, or breeds that might end up being harder to adopt out. This is a wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs, Penny and Jax from Hope and am also a volunteer. Hope Animal Rescue truly cares about all dogs and will go above and beyond to save as many dogs as possible; including dogs with medical conditions and senior dogs.

Please see video of my dog Penny below. Her story is remarkable and it is all thanks to Hope Animal Rescue.

1 Nutsfordogs

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I first learned of Hope Animal Rescue, in Durham, NC, in 2013, after moving from Ohio to North Carolina, and we wanted to get involved with fostering. The mission of H.A.R. has always been about educating the public about rescues, finding loving homes for rescued animals, and saving lives. We were very much impressed with the strong dedication and devotion to their mission. My husband and I knew we had to get involved with the group, and applied to foster. We fostered our first pup in 2013, and have been priviledged to have fostered many more over the years. Since their beginning, Hope Animal Rescue has endured continuous hurdles obtaining funds for expensive medical procedures and treatments, illnesses and injury repairs of many rescued sheltered dogs, and medications. The group remains dedicated to their cause, and is deserving of high praise for continuing to grow from a few in 2013, to presently 140+ members. My husband and I feel honored fostering for H.A.R., and have been blessed with "rescue rewards" over the years, by adopting three of our previous H.A.R. fosters. Liberty Belle (2013), Bonnie (2016) and Clyde(2015) are now precious members of our family, and are daily reminders of the importance of rescue, and the need for such a life saving, and life changing rescue group as Hope Animal Rescue. It is a group of outstanding individuals, from each volunteer and foster, to the director, who, without her dedication, and her giving heart and soul, many lives would not have been saved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all started in July of 2013 when I saw the heartbreaking picture on Facebook of two terrified young dogs huddled together on a concrete floor of a shelter. I took the plunge, never looking back, and contacted HAR to answer their plea for a foster for those furbabies. They were suffering from mange, under weight and in desperate need of some major TLC. Over the next couple months Jack and Teddy (we got to name them ourselves) blossomed into two gorgeous little lovebugs. We were new fosters but never felt like we were alone. Help was always just a phone call or text away! Tears were shed when those boys left us. Some tears were because we were sad to see them go, but mostly tears of joy because Hope Animal Rescue had worked diligently to find their perfect new homes! We have fostered several babies since then, and all are special in their own right. We are proud to say we're part of The Hope Animal Rescue family. It's a great group of some great people, and everyone is dedicated to saving animals, and there's always a helping hand whenever one is needed. If anyone is even thinking of fostering, don't walk, RUN and sign up with HAR. You will meet some awesome people, and the rewards of fostering are priceless!!

1 Megan P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently moved to the area and wanted to foster. This is my first time fostering and it has been an experience for the books. Everyone that works at HAR is not only just great to the animals but to us (fosters) as well. So many active events for us to be involved and not just for the dogs! If I stay in the area and ready to adopt, HAR will be the the rescue I will go to :)

1 Radhika M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue is the best! We have fostered for a few years with Hope and adopted our sweet puppy through them. She has changed our life and we love the support and encouragement that Hope Animal Rescue has always given us!

1 Karen B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am such a big fan of this organization, which is why I volunteer as a foster. Hope Animal Rescue is completely volunteer run, pulling overlooked and unwanted dogs from local shelters and giving them a second chance. After a few unsatisfying experiences with some other local rescues, both as a volunteer foster and as an adopter, I was really looking for a place that was professional and took the time to get to know every dog and its needs. Hope does that and then some. I am consistently impressed by the professionalism, expertise, and commitment of the other volunteers. They work hard to ensure that every pup brought into the organization finds the best forever home possible. I am so happy to be a part of this great nonprofit and to support its mission!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We started working with HAR earlier this year to foster dogs, not long after losing our senior to arthritis and cancer. While we started as a foster family, we wound up adopting one of the beloved puppies who stayed with us. She was too good of a fit for our family and we couldn't pass her up! It's been an amazing experience to first meet a dog around 4 weeks old and have her become an integral part of our family. We would never have experienced such joy without our involvement with HAR.

HAR does a great job evaluating families and animals to ensure the right fit for each animal they place. HAR provides foster training and a wonderful community of support, resources, and event coordination. There is a team of people responsible for screening applications, communicating with interested families, and making sure the animals find the right home. HAR takes in animals that have special needs, need additional training or medical care, or are simply too old/too young/too sick for shelter care. These animals learn how to live in a house with a loving foster family, get great medical care, and learn how to be well-behaved family members.

HAR works closely with the local community for fundraising, events, and education about rescue animals. HAR's influence in the triangle area is wide spread, encouraging others to participate in animal rescue, animal advocacy, and good adoption practices.

We are extremely grateful for how much we have learned with HAR both as fosters and as adopters. We have really enjoyed the little bit of difference we've been able to make in a few dogs' lives and hope that experience continues into the future.

1 Samantha B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an absolute joy to foster with a rescue that does so much. They pull from rural area shelters with less resources and chances for animals, they take in tough medical cases and many seniors, they host at least one adoption event a week-usually more, and they show love and great spirit through everything..
Before I began my fostering journey I adopted a loving high spirited cattle dog mix. They worked with me and my endless emails while looking to find the perfect companion for my family and our anxious shepherd mutt. They are now best of friends and our nervous girl was brought out of her shell by her new sisters craziness. Never did they seem put out by my barrage of questions. They truly want the best possible home for everyone.
I can not say enough good things about Hope. They are a blessing to the community as well as a selfless and inspiring second family to many.

1 Veronica P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with HAR for 2.5 years now and the longer I'm here, the more I come to love the rescue and its mission. We frequently take in the unwanted of the unwanted (sick dogs, elderly dogs, and dogs that are discriminated against due to breed labeling) and that's the kind of organization I'd want to support. The volunteers work tirelessly to care for animals that have often been neglected, and prepare them for their forever homes. There's no better rescue than HAR and I am thankful to be part of such a great organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Where do I begin with HAR...we adopted our pitty pup from them a year and a half ago...fast forward to the present day and I'm now a Board Member, Foster Coordinator, and foster parent! I never would have thought that adopting our pup would lead us to this, but I am so glad it did. There are very specific reasons why we chose to volunteer with HAR and get so involved. The following are just a few of those reasons...
1.) Once a HAR pup, always a HAR pup. If an adopter decides they can no longer keep the dog they adopted from HAR, we take them back, ALWAYS, no questions asked. Many other rescues do not do this, and the dog that another rescue used to care for can often wind up back in the shelter...it's happened.
2.) HAR truly cares about finding each pup a home that will provide love, exercise, and proper veterinary care. They don't require that every adopter have a six foot fence, or that someone stays home all day. Though it would be nice for some dogs to have some of those things, HAR would never not adopt to a family just because they didn't have a fence.
3.) HAR takes in the unwanted of the unwanted. Senior dogs on their last leg, dogs with terrible medical issues, "aggressive" breed dogs...those are the dogs that are at the heart of HAR.
4.) Everyone in this rescue works tirelessly not only to find our dogs a home, but to save as many as we can, and to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter as well.
5.) We've been able to foster numerous pit bull type dogs through HAR. Even though HAR isn't a breed specific rescue, we've been able to use our involvement with HAR as a way to "break the stereotype" that pit bull type dogs have and educate the public on what these dogs are really like.

I honestly cannot say enough good things about HAR. From an adopter's standpoint, the organization was incredible to work with...prompt with their responses, kind, and they devoted time to talking to us about the dog we were interested in. Now that I'm on the other side of the adoptions, I can honestly say this is one of the best (frankly, the best) organization to work with. I could go on and on, but I think this paints a pretty good picture of what makes HAR so awesome :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue is a labor of love that so many people work to make possible. We have the most amazing volunteers, and it is through them that we are able to make a difference in so many lives. We love the dogs as our own, and do whatever is needed to make them whole again and find a family of their own.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of the founders of Hope Animal Rescue, a mission born out of the immense love I have for animals and the huge need they have to be given more time than the shelters will allow. There are so many wonderful animals in shelters that just need time and love from someone who cares, and that is what we do. Hope is so much more than a sum of its parts; We work so hard to help those who need us, that we function on a much larger scale than our humans should be capable of, but we have the determination to make a difference - and we do. We have the MOST wonderful volunteers and fosters, and I could have never dreamed we would come so far in such a short time. It is because of the help that others give so selflessly, that we are able to do the work we do. Nobody is paid in our rescue, our 'compensation' is the joy we get from helping them along their journey to a forever family (and purrs and doggy kisses too!). It is worth so much more than money, and I am forever grateful to our rescue 'family' for all that they do for the animals!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm entering my fourth year of fostering and volunteering with Hope Animal Rescue and could not imagine a more awesome group and cause to support. Thanks to the dedication of the amazing team and our generous donors and adopters, HAR is able to save more than 300 dogs each year who would otherwise be at risk for euthanasia in our state's shelters. In addition to adoption events and fundraisers, HAR organizes educational events, dog washes and even an annual alumni event for all dogs adopted from HAR and their families. I love being a part of HAR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue is a tremendous organization doing important work to save the lives of at-risk stray and shelter animals and educate folks on pet rescue and responsible pet ownership. My wife and I have volunteered for two years as part of this organization and now have two pups of our own as a direct result of their rescue efforts- dogs who might not be alive today if it weren't for the tireless efforts of the rescue's superhuman director Cathy and league of dedicated volunteers. Cathy has dedicated her life to service of those in need (when she's not pouring her efforts into the rescue, Cathy works as a hospice nurse) and has built an inspiring rescue group that has saved and found homes for more than 500 pets in the time since Hope was founded just a few years ago. Hope finds homes not only for the most adoptable dogs but also rescues and cares for the animals that need it most - the sick, the senior, the injured, and the behaviorally challenged, too. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to volunteer for such an awesome rescue organization.

1 ksweetski

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Hope Animal Rescue for the last 2.5 years and can't imagine spending my Saturday afternoons without a pack of rescue dawwwgs (and some cool volunteers)! This is a completely volunteer run nonprofit that literally succeeds because of the blood, sweat, and tears of fosters and volunteers who believe in the mission of saving adoptable animals from being killed in shelters. Hope does not pull the easiest animals from kill shelters- instead, Hope often pulls dogs with heartworm, dogs who are seniors, or dogs who require a fair amount of rehabilitation before being ready for adoption. Unlike other rescues, we also ALWAYS take dogs back into the rescue if an adopter has a change of heart... days later or YEARS later. I love telling people, "Once a Hope dog, always a Hope dog." This is a one-of-a-kind animal rescue that truly makes a difference to animals who would otherwise be forgotten.

3 Alyssa27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a chihuahua from Hope in April 2015 and now am a volunteer with the group. Hope really cares about saving dogs that would otherwise go unnoticed in shelters due to medical, behavioral, and other issues... and they put in the work to transform them into adoptable pets through vet care, training, etc. They really care about finding the right fit for the dogs and making sure the dogs are a right fit for for each family they adopt out to.