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Hope Animal Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Hope Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of stray and abandoned pets in North Carolina. We promote compassionate and humane treatment of all animals, regardless of breed or species. We rescue those unlikely to get out of the shelter system alive, and have a heart for senior dogs and those with medical needs. We are an all-volunteer rescue, and all funding goes back to benefit the animals.

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; 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

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marcia Adair G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Hope Animal Rescue about three years ago. I started out volunteering and then later became involved in fostering. I placed about twenty nine adorable pups in their forever homes, My next Foster was not my usual. I normally fostered seniors and special needs bit this one was a puppy. She was a 4 week old pitty mix found on the side of the highway thought to have a significant medical issue of liver shunt. I agreed to foster until one more suitable was available. During the next two weeks I was hooked and after placing so many, I was considering a foster fail. At that point, I knew I could’ve never let her go regardless of her health issues. We adopted her and she has continued to thrive.
I am so happy and fortunate to be part of an organization of such a high caliber. The mission of Hope Animal
Rescue is to aid all pets in North Carolina regardless of age, gender, breed and medical issue. I have witnessed sick aging pups pulled from shelters and costly medical issues handled by Hope Animal Rescue. Bully breed pregnant moms chained outside more than a few times have been rescued and saved by this group. Seniors discarded by their owners for new puppies and ailing dogs that owners don’t want to be responsible for their medical bills have been rescued by Hope Animal Rescue.
I am so fortunate to be part of this organization that lets me follow my passion of saving adoptable pets in North Carolina. Hats off to Hope Animal Rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering/fostering with Hope Animal Rescue about three years ago. I have always loved animals and wanted to be an advocate for animal welfare.
My son adopted Oakley from Hope Animal Rescue and that was the spark that enabled me to follow my passion.
I started out volunteering at events, then temp fostering. I realized that the more pups adopted, the less pups euthanized. I then began fostering and enjoying the joy of placing these precious souls that had been cast aside into their perfect spots. There are so very many pups that need loving homes. I learned very quickly that I wanted to place these pups in their perfect spot, not just find a spot for them.
I was so impressed that Hope reached out to the seniors and special needs pups as well as the other pups.
My heart broke as I saw a pittie pup that had been cast aside with no regard. I watched his foster moms transform him into a healthy sweet loving soul, who found his perfect spot.
Then there are all the seniors that are cast aside as well as the special needs pups that are overlooked. Hope is well know in the shelter community for pulling these special pups and nurturing them and preparing them for their forever homes.
This non-profit Animal Rescue continues to support animal welfare on every single level.
I am so proud and fortunate to be part of this amazing organization.

Marcia Gregory

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I provide my home to foster dogs until they are adopted. I like HAR because they take dogs in bad shape and in need of some health care. One foster required dental care and HAR took care of it. I also had two fosters from the same home in dire need of grooming and HAR took care of it. They were like totally different dogs once they were free of all of that matted hair. HAR and their fosters work together to make things easier for the dogs and each other.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Next week marks 6 years since I had the pleasure of joining Hope’s volunteer team. Since then, I’ve adopted twice, fostered about 70 pets, and joined the Board of Directors.
Volunteering with Hope has been a huge source of joy! My rescue colleagues are some of the most dedicated, talented and fun folks. The rescue is committed to its mission of helping the most vulnerable companion animals in the shelter system, including senior and special-needs dogs. Truly a wonderful, professional, financially responsible, and effective animal welfare organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I celebrated 5 years with this awesome organization last week and can’t think of a group I’d rather be a part of. HAR is full of some of the most dedicated, compassionate, and hard-working folks I know. HAR stands out amongst other animal welfare groups for its willingness to take on some very challenging cases and go the extra mile for some of the most vulnerable dogs in the shelter system.
I am proud to be a member of a team that is not only passionate and persistent, but constantly willing to reflect and improve month by month to better serve the dogs and humans in our community.
Attached is a picture of our 68th foster (and current adoptable) Zoe- one of the many wonderful dogs who is happy, healthy and ready for a forever home today thanks to the volunteers and donors at HAR.

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Tori T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group to work with! I love fostering through Hope and even adopted through them.

Alyssa27

Board Member

Rating: 5

I write this review as an adopter, foster/volunteer, and board member. In each of these categories, Hope as proven to be the most dedicated and selfless animal rescue organization I can think of. They are completely volunteer-run--no one gets paid--and they work tirelessly in their free time outside of their full time jobs to help the animals. What I love most about Hope is that they will always take in medical-needs dogs when they can, and would never return a dog to shelter (and will always accept a surrender of a dog previously in Hope's care). That being said, they are also responsible with funds and are constantly improving policies and procedures to create the best experience for both the animals and the volunteers.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been fostering with various organizations for the last 6 years and have been with hope for the last 3 of them. Hope Animal Rescue is by far the best and most organized non profit I've dealt with to date. Not only do they focus on saving animals that are at the highest risk for euthanization, but they make the job of fostering as easy as opening your home. They provide everything else including food, crates, toys, medicine, and of course a dog. If you've ever thought about adopting, fostering, or volunteering in the area, look no further than Hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering / fostering with Hope Animal Rescue for about 3 years now. They are amazing organization with wonderful people to work with. They take care of their volunteers and help so many dogs in need! They take in the medical and hard cases that would other be put down. I am so grateful for them!

1 Patricia M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted A wonderful dog from Hope Animal Rescue. I was so happy with the experience I am now also volunteering with them.

1 Megan S.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue is an incredible organization and community of individuals who share a common love of animals. The care these volunteers give these animals is unparalleled. They never turn down a dog because of behavior or looks or medical needs. They find a way when no one else can.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience adopting our pup from Hope Animal Rescue was nothing short of amazing. They handled our application quickly and suggested dogs we hadn’t even thought about based on our interests and life. Everyone was so caring through the process and continues to be an amazing resource and community for our family. I can’t say enough about this amaaaazing organization.

Delaney C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fostering with Hope gave me my puppy fix before I was financially ready to adopt! It helped me develop the skills to become a great dog mom. When I was ready to adopt, Hope made a seemingly impossible situation, possible. I couldn’t imagine life without my snuggle pup.
Hope is a team of dedicated, big hearted volunteers who make a real difference in the lives of the pets they save and the lucky people who get to adopt them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group was tremendously helpful when we found a stray dog and placed her up for adoption. They were so helpful and even got her spayed for us. Great folks!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We took in a stray in May of 2019 and Hope Animal Rescue helped us vaccinate, spay, and home her. They were extremely kind, helpful, and generous. I loved working with this group and will continue to do so in the future. I highly recommend this rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Lana from Hope and I had a fantastic experience. The paperwork was thorough, she was well taken care of and loved as a foster and all volunteers and workers of Hope were extremely helpful and caring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Hope and I have adopted a dog as well. I can't say enough about this group of dedicated volunteers who make so many sacrifices to care for dogs who would be overlooked because of health or age issues that are not their fault. They work hard to pull dogs from local NC shelters who would not get a second chance otherwise, and are very thoughtful about pairing dogs with the right homes, and supporting those adopters along the way. If you are looking for a dog, definitely start your search with Hope Animal Rescue!

Liliana C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster dogs with Hope and they have an incredible community and support system!

1 Ian D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I both volunteered and eventually adopted though HAR. Not only did they give me a ton of support, but they’re very passionate about what they do. They deeply cared about saving the lives of these dogs and making sure they found good homes.

Lizzie2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands down the best rescue in the area! Hope Animal Rescue is always ready and willing to take on pups that otherwise wouldn’t be adopted & gives them medical care and love they so deserve. Volunteering and fostering with Hope has been so rewarding and I suggest it to everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope is a wonderful group of volunteers who put their heart and soul into helping animals and families find their ideal pet to love on. The rescue does an amazing job caring for the pets, and the fosters go through a vetting process to ensure the dogs and cats will all receive top notch care! I am a foster for the group and have thoroughly enjoyed it and working with this rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering for Hope this year and it has been a great experience. I've had so much support from the other members for anything I need or questions I have. It's like joining a close group of friends and you get to help needy dogs at the same time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered and adopted with this organization. The coordinators are very helpful! Can’t wait to foster with them again after getting my adopted pup (Lenny) settled in.

Valerie M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from HAR last year, and it was a smooth, easy transition from when we applied, to meeting him, to ultimately adopting him! They are a wonderful organization with amazing volunteers. Highly recommend for pet adoption.

Annalisa K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue serves as one of the best organizations run by some of the most compassionate individuals that I have come to known. They are extremely well run on the back-end of operations of animal rescue efforts, but also on the front end in preparing animals for homes and homes for animals (as well as volunteer support!). While other organizations may balk at elderly or very sick dogs, Hope Animal Rescue sees the value of each life and takes these types of cases into the organization. This organization falls into the "exceptional" category of every non-profit area of evaluation and it has been such a privilege to be involved with and learn from them.

Karen272

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Hope Animal Rescue for over 5 years now. The director is all about saving dogs; old dogs, sick dogs, mamas with their babies, mamas without their babies, babies without their mamas. The group goes above and beyond for all the unwanted, neglected, abused pups that are pulled from shelters, or dumped in someone's yard, or found wandering on the street. The fosters are amazing! Everyone does this AFTER work, during work, in addition to working full time. It's all out of love for these babies. And we try to educated our adopters, we don't just send the dog off to it's new home. We provide info on training, vets, food, etc. The whole group really wants what is best for the dogs.
I can't say enough about the rescue, the director, the fosters and the volunteers. Hope Animal Rescue is the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered several dogs and puppies through Hope animal rescue. They are a loving group whose purpose is to save animals in need, get them healthy and find them loving, forever homes. Cathy, Ashley and Audrey, as well as their team of fosters, go above and beyond the call of duty to rescue these animals, and provide them with the love and safety they need. This is a GREAT organization, and I am proud to be a part of it! Adopt your next family member and save a life!

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2 Selena Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Hope for about a year now and can say that the volunteers behind Hope are some of the kindest, most selfless people who genuinely want the best for these dogs. I’m so thankful I found this rescue and got to see all the adorable faces come and go to their forever homes. Whether you’re looking to adopt, foster, or volunteer, I vouch that Hope is an amazing nonprofit to go with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful adoption experience with Hope Animal Rescue. Bennie “BeepBeep” Boeing joined our family in mid-April, 2018. His foster family was incredibly responsive, arranging a first meet & greet right away! We felt, right away that Bennie (formerly Tucker - black & white #RatJack) would be a great addition, and his fosters arranged a next-day in-home visit. This sweet nugget has been home with us ever since!

Hope Animal Rescue offers compassionate, loving foster homes - which means a nice transition for pups, as they have been living “at a home” in real-life situations, many times with other pets, so you can learn about their temperment with others right away. We are so in love with little Bennie, and he loves his big sister, Lilly Chantilly! We highly recommend Hope Animal Rescue!

3 Danielle M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Harper from Hope Animal Rescue almost two years ago and couldn't imagine our lives without her. She had the best foster parents who always got back to us in a timely manner and answered any questions that we had before we adopted her.

Hope Animal Rescue frequently takes in difficult medical cases and I love seeing all of their success stories. We've attended some of their fundraisers and I continue to donate now that we live out of state. They always take the time to send a thank you and let you know where the donation went to.

It is a great organization made up of caring people who want the best for each and every animal they take in. I've always been impressed with the dedication,organization,and transparency of the rescue. Like their facebook page and follow them on Instagram for the cutest pupdates :)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with many good rescues but none come close to HAR. It’s one thing to save a dog and find it a home it’s another thing to take the dogs that needs major medical care that are older and hard to place. The animals get all the medical care they need while living in a loving foster home. When the dogs are ready for their forever home the potential adopters are throughly screened so they can be assured the dog going to its forever home - the very most important thing. The volunteers are amazing they open their homes and hearts to these animals and they operate as a fine tuned machine. Hope Animal Rescue is the very best I can’t say enough good and a 5 star rating doesn’t come close.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This awesome non-profit gave us a chance to heal with our awesome senior adopted cocker spaniel after we lost our first cocker baby to cancer the Christmas before. They work tirelessly to save senior and other special needs cases of pups around the state from over crowded shelters and foster them until the perfect forever homes can be found.

2 Samantha B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to foster with Hope after seeing the compassionate and thorough care their animals receive while working the front desk at one of the vet clinics they use. They are always a joy to work with and volunteer for, so much so that my husband make long commutes to help with their mission!

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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.

2 Karen B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Hope Animal Rescue! I've never worked with a more professional and caring group of dog lovers. The Executive Director and her team of volunteers, all of whom are unpaid, work so hard to give elderly, sick, and overlooked dogs a chance at a happy life. I've had positive experiences as both a foster and an adopter. Wouldn't recommend anywhere else if you're looking for a pup to add to your home in the Triangle area.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Hope Animal Rescue early this year while I was looking to adopt a rescue dog. Their mission, passion, and dedication to rescue these animals is beyond anything I've come across. They put their heart into every single animal. They go above and beyond reasonable means to take care of these animals and place them in their forever homes. My experience rescuing Cory, (a senior Chihuahua) from HAR inspired me to become a volunteer and help their mission in any way I can. They are truly some of the most amazing people.

2 Lizzie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers here inspire me every day with their compassion and dedication to each other and to the dogs they save-they're hard working and make such a difference for the dogs in their care. I feel so lucky to have gotten the chance to work with them! Every foster I've met has been generous and patient with me, and so gentle with the dogs in their care. Every dog, even the seniors and medical cases, are a priority to them.

3 Kylie D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue volunteers go above and beyond when it comes to pulling dogs from shelters and providing them with care. They frequently pull the dogs in need of costly medical care and older dogs who are often overlooked because of their age. They all have a passion for the animals and for what they do, and you can feel it when you talk to them. I rescued my first pup from there and they gave me all the information they had on him- the good, the bad, and the ugly. They are very upfront and want you to be informed prior to adoption. They’re adoption process itself is also great and you feel like it’s the right match prior to signing the papers. Even after the adoption, HAR has followed up and they’ve never hesitated to answer questions and offer advice. I wish I could give them more stars but 5 will have to do. They’re just outstanding.

3 Sian B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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.

2 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

3 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.

2 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!!

2 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 :)

2 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!

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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.

2 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!

2 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every dedicated individual in this group goes above and beyond not only for the fur babies, but for the people they associate with, as well! What a great rescue!!

3 Sarah327

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this rescue! The volunteers are wonderful and the foster coordinators/director go above and beyond for the animals in the rescue. I have adopted 3 dogs from Hope and am a foster. I love everything this this rescue stands for and does!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering and fostering with this rescue. They work hard to find forever homes for homeless pets. There's many animals in need out there, help is always needed! Fosters and volunteers both.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I could describe Hope Animal Rescue in three words I would say they are Loving, Determined, and Hopeful. I have only volunteered with Hope Animal Rescue a few times but have loved every single event. The "staff" such as the volunteers, fosterers, and etc. are so welcoming and warm. They make you want to help in any possible way that you can. There's an abundance of genuine heart felt smiles and clear determination in everyone's eyes to get the animals into the loving homes that they deserve. Tails are always wagging, tongues swaying, happy barks, wet kisses, playful wrestling, soft purring, and fosterers more than willing to brag about their perfect pets while trying to find the right homes and how they'll miss them. The animals are precious and so happy to be in a better place that it can sometimes be hard to see how they were neglected. There's not a doubt in my mind that it is due to the loving care provided by Hope Animal Rescue that the animals can live without fear again and know that they will soon be in a permanent perfect home where they deserve to be. That's just my two cents.

3 Jennifer588

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted our little Mini Moo Voilet from Hope last year:) It has been an adventure watching her grow the last year:) she fit right in with the Dog Crew:) Hope does great work:) Thank you for all you do:)

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue is the BEST! We adopted a chihuahua mix puppy from Hope in May and could not be happier.

Hope Animal Rescue truly is truly dedicated to saving animals and finding them forever homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue (HAR) is an amazing organization that is all about helping animals find their forever homes. All the animals who come to the organization are fostered, and applications are thoroughly processed to make sure that the animals are matched to good homes. HAR's adoption events also coincide with many other community events that allow HAR fosters and volunteers to reach out and be involved in the community while also finding loving homes for the animals. I am so honored to be part of this organization.

3 Courtney68

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy with my decision to adopt through Hope Animal Rescue! I looked at probably 5-6 different shelters and nothing just quite clicked until I found them. The foster "mom" was able to bring the two cats I was interested in over to my apartment for me to see. She had them for several months, so was very familiar with them. I had such a hard time deciding which one I wanted (plus they were siblings), that I ended up getting both! I was very impressed with the extensive medical records both cats came with. A few months into the adoption, one of them had some serious medical issues and the foster mom was so incredibly supportive, even bring me some supplies to help with the heavy medical costs. Overall, I highly recommend this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue was wonderful as we searched for a new family pet. After losing our dog of 13 years, we knew that we needed just the right dog to fit our busy family. With a 2 year old, 5 year old and 7 year old, we needed a family pet who would interact well with children. They were kind, caring and honest and took time to answer all of our questions. They offered flexibility and provided information as needed throughout the journey. We ended up bringing Timmy home with us in February 2016 and he has been an amazing addition to our family. After going through the New Leash on Life program he is well trained and wonderful with our kids. We can't imagine any other dog being a better fit in our life! Thank you, HAR!

3 Nikki45

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our sweet girl Hadlee from Hope Animal Rescue. They are a wonderful organization. The adoption process went very smoothly. We adopted our other dog from another rescue and were told she received vaccines and a microchip but she hadn't. We had to pay to get all of that done for her. After that we were a bit wary but once we starting dealing with Hope we knew that they were different. We knew what we were told was accurate information. She and her sister Addison are best friends. They have so much fun together. We love our little girl so much and can't imagine our lives without her. We are so thankful for Hope Animal Rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful dog from this organization. I was overwhelmed with the care they took in making sure he was a good fit for our family and provided ongoing support as needed. What a wonderful organization for the animals and people in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope is great! They make sure that their animals are well cared for and go to the home that is the best fit for the animal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Animal Rescue is a talented group of people who all bring different resources, experiences, and skills to the benefit of their rescue dogs. Someone always seems to step in at the right time and help in the right way. HAR pulls some of the saddest and neediest cases, but they appear to do it effortlessly all for the benefit of their dogs. I have both fostered and adopted from this group, and the experience has been positive.

6 ksweet

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Hope Animal Rescue for about 7 months, and I have never seen a group of people work harder to make a difference to animals in our community. The leaders of this group work tirelessly to pull dogs from the kill shelters, the foster network is always ready to step up and take the animals in, and the volunteers spend weekend after weekend answering questions about the dogs at public rescue events. This rescue does not shy away from abused or neglected animals, animals who need training, or animals that require medical help to reach their full potential. I have seen so many dogs blossom into wonderful family pets, and heard so many Happy Tails stories, I'm amazed and honored ever time I get to put on my HAR t-shirt and go volunteer! This is one organization that goes above and beyond to save the lives of animals, and one that deserves to be recognized for their incredible effort. I highly recommend this AWESOME rescue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Hope Animal Rescue for a little over a year. I have never met a more dedicated and compassionate group of people. They truly care about what is best for our foster pups and are always looking out for their best interests. This group really cares about what they do and I am proud to belong to such a great and caring organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a wonderful little dog from Hope Animal Rescue and were impressed with how caring and helpful they were. They answered my emails quickly and courteously, and directed me to the application form online so we could start the process right away. They brought the dog to my home for a visit so my daughter could meet her and to ensure we were a good fit for this adoption. Hope volunteers kept me up to date on the dog's heartworm test, spay operation and recovery and delivered her to our home at the earliest and most convenient time and date. They provided her complete medical and microchip records, and let us know what type of food she had been fed in her foster home, and what toys she liked best. It was a seamless transition for all involved and we are so thrilled with our happy and healthy little Daisy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog through Hope Animal Rescue, and they were so incredibly helpful. They answered my many questions via email, set up a time for us to meet the dog, and continued to give us assistance in the weeks following the adoption. My dog was actually scheduled to be euthanized at a shelter, and HAR saved his life and helped give him a second chance. It's heartbreaking to me that a shelter was going to euthanize my dog just because he's a little older, but I am so thankful to HAR for realizing that he is wonderful and deserving of a second chance!