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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Saving the sick, injured, neglected, and abandoned.

Results: Since our inception in December 2015, we have rescued, rehabilitated, and found forever homes for 1,061 animals and counting!

Target demographics: animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 180+

Geographic areas served: the Northeast, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia

Programs: Animal care veterinary care and behavioral training

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can’t thank LGAR enough! Our family was looking to add a furry member to our family and LGAR worked with us to identify the perfect fit. Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a shoutout to Looking Glass Rescue.
I am continually impressed by the amazing and wonderful job they do with the most downtrodden, needy and sorrowful animals. The population served by Looking Glass does, of course, include many "cute" and placeable pets. Those who are not are worked with and cared for by the staff and fosters and are allowed to become the wonderful pets that they had the potential to be. From an agressive street dog, who had been fought and bred too many times, they released "Persephone" who, although there are medical issues resulting from her abuse, is a sweet and loving girl who fits in well in her new home. There is" Austin", who came in emaciated and hairless and terrified and who is now a fuzzy cutie who lives to please. "Rudy" seemed hopeless, so terrified that no one could touch him. After time with Looking Glass, he is a sweet and mellow boy who is so very happy in his adoptive home.
Having worked with Looking Glass for several years, I have personally, rotated many medically compromised Looking Glass animals through my animal hospital. After we fixed their bodies, Looking Glass fixed their hearts and souls. I am proud to be associated with this rescue and I am grateful for the beautiful things they do each and every day.

Barbara Eisen, VMD
Cream Ridge Animal Clinic
Cream Ridge, NJ

Kayla H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came across LGAR in July 2018 when they were searching for fosters in my area. I signed on to fosters cats, and went through a very thorough background check before coming on board. I fostered 3 cats over the next year. As a foster I agreed to provide food for the cats and attend any vet appointments as necessary. I was also asked to attend any adoption events and to try and be available for potential adopters to visit or meet. This was all spelled out before signing on as a foster.


LGAR was always responsive to any calls or emails I sent, quickly resolving any issues that arose. I adopted my last foster, a kitten that LGAR rescued who was found dumped on the road, blind and suffering from infection. They paid for her to have surgery done at a specialist to give her some of her eyesight back. We later found out she is deaf, which there is no current remedy for. Other rescues would have overlooked her as she was so sickly. But LGAR took a chance and pulled her, and she's now a 2.5 year old sassy spitfire who has some vision thanks to LGAR.

At some point during my fostering I signed on to become an application processor. This consisted of calling potential adoptees, their references, vets etc to ensure the animals were going to the best homes possible. It is a very in depth process, no corners are cut. Some people become impatient with these processes but it's refreshing to see a rescue stick to it's principles.

I recommend LGAR to everyone who is looking for a new pet. And if you're looking for some volunteer work and have some extra time, definitely consider them as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started as a foster for this amazing rescue. The process to become a foster was rigorous (rightly so) but also super easy. I then adopted one of my fosters from them, and that was simple too. Their process is easy, they answer all your questions and even check in on the animals/families after the fact. These guy rock!

Jeff D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the people behind the scenes at Looking Glass animal rescue. I'm in a wheelchair and was very lonely for 7 years until looking glass animal rescue came along and donated a rescue to me. That dog is now Coco, who by the way is the best dog in the whole world . Words could not express how grateful I am for this organization. I've seen the countless hours put in across all areas of this organization, from social media to different events around town. Looking glass animal rescue is so much more. We even have a page that they created just for people that have adopted, and I personally like staying in touch with other owners who've seemed to have the same experience that I did.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year looking Glass animal rescue stepped up to the plate and gave me a pug for free. I had another agency that I was working with to get a service dog and when they got a new trainer the trainer didn't like that I was on the fifth floor of my apartment. So after a year and a half a working with them they denied me unless I moved within one month. looking Glass animal rescue stepped up to the plate and offered me pick of the litter open set of pugs coming up from Texas. I live in my bed most all the time and when I'm able to I get up in my wheelchair and go for a ride. Coco my new emotional support dog is right there leading the way like a hood ornament on my lap. I can't say enough good things about this organization and they work very hard to do the right thing. The president went down to the Bronx to help find Justice for a dog that was tied up to a telephone pole and left beaten. She was able to follow it through until she got Justice. Please consider this nonprofit as exceptional because they truly are exceptional. The lady that offered me my dog is now having issues with her child at home and serious health issues. It would mean so much to this organization to be picked. They truly work extremely hard for these living animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my pup from LGAR, and it was the absolute best experience. The process went quickly and smoothly. They held my hand through the whole process, and were there anytime, day or night, to answer any and all of my questions. It’s been almost 2 months since my pup Rick (now Freddie)came home to me, and they are still available to answer questions any time I need them. It is like my pup became part of my family, and my family became part of the LGAR family. They are wonderful!!❤️

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is a remote animal rescue organization. They do NOT spay or neuter the pets, in spite of the fact their website states otherwise. You can not see recent photos or speak with a foster family. Their pets are actually not fostered, but rather in a shelter. Basically, you are paying upwards of $500 for a stray. If you volunteer to foster, they charge you the FULL adoption fee in advance prior to meeting the pet. This is because there is no place to "return" a foster. They have no physical location and take payment only via pay pal. They have you pick up your pet on a roadside rest stop. All the positive reviews posted are by either friends or volunteers. Check their references & buyer beware!!!! There are thousands of authentic and reputable organizations for pet adoption. Think twice before going thru this one.

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LGAR 09/15/2020

We are so sorry you feel this way. Let me help clear things up a bit. Our dogs are all in homes with families, however they do originate from some of the most high kill shelters in the country. Upon pull, animals are immediately moved to a quarantine in the home given that animals in shelters are exposed to illness and we can't be too careful. After cleared, they live, play, and socialize as normal. Our reputation precedes us which is why we receive adoption applications immediately once we post our new rescues. Many adopters wish to pick up direct from transport as they are too excited to wait. We offer foster first but if they are qualified, why withhold a forever home? Altering is a given however COVID caused delays and shutdowns wreaked havoc on our normal course. We therefore take refundable deposits to ensure adopters follow thru AT OUR EXPENSE once an appointment can be secured. If you share your actual name, we can discuss like adults. We love feedback!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had such a wonderful experience with Looking Glass. They got back to us immediately after we inquired about rescuing one of their dogs. Diane talked to me extensively on the phone to see what my family was looking for in a dog and what our life looked like day to day. By the time we were ready to pick up our puppy, we felt confident from all of our conversations that she would be a great fit for our family. They have been there to help throughout the whole process to answer questions and make sure everything was going smoothly, including after we had the dog home. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a caring and experienced rescue place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started as a foster with Looking Glass Animal Rescue. The dog that we fostered had some serious medical problems. She needed multiple extensive and expensive surgeries. Looking Glass animal rescue made sure that Rosie received every single bit of care that she needed. While Rosie was still In treatment I decided to join LGAR as a volunteer. Never looked back. Still with LGAR after 5 years!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a more dedicated crew of people, loving, caring and compassionate, all looking for just the right home for every single animal placed. The work that goes into this for them is 24/7 with so many ups and downs. In the end, the goal is to place pets with the most loving, compassionate families who will treasure them forever. Looking Glass Animal Rescue accomplishes this every day for so many. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to add a furry family member.

I have been a volunteer for all kinds of organizations for more than 25 years, initially benefiting children and families. But, I've always had a passion for animals as well. With my kids gone I turned my volunteer efforts to the incredible number of animals needing homes through Looking Glass. The dedication of this group is second to none.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In December we rescued our little baby. I was looking for a new addition as we had just moved homes and
I promised my children we would look into puppies. LGAR made the adoption
Process so easy and smooth. The team carved out time morning and night to answer any questions I had regarding the process.I would honestly recommend LGAR to anyone who is looking to adopt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Looking Glass Animal Rescue. This organization is top notch. I have never worked with a more compassionate and dedicated group of people. I am proud to be a part of this rescue. So many animals have been placed in amazing homes thanks to Looking Glass. They respond to every person who applies to adopt. In my own experience this is very rare in a rescue group staffed by volunteers. Overall an amazing group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog from LGAR and within the first week, realized that he was very sick and declining fast. I reached out to the shelter hoping for some help with the medical bills that were piling up and they eagerly picked up the tab, paid for his hospital stay, and were there to help every step of the way. Today, we have a healthy pup who is our entire world. I cannot say enough good things about this rescue, the people who run it, and the community they have created. I love keeping up with the success stories and seeing all the great work they do daily. Thank you for helping us and our little boy. You guys are amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Looking Glass Animal Rescue continues to impress and inspire me! There is no case too severe and no case too simplistic for them. If there is an animal in need, Looking Glass is there! Words can not describe the amount of passion this rescue has! It has been an absolute pleasure to work with them and foster their beautiful pack. They truly stand by their mission statement and love what they do. This rescue is a family and community of animal lovers. They are heroes and animal advocates who rarely receive the recognition they deserve, but despite this they work tirelessly to save those in need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Looking Glass Rescue is without question one of the most impressive rescues I have ever worked with! Their passion is reflected in their successful activism. I was first introduced to them when they were able to rescue a misunderstood dog in my town that was scheduled to be euthanized, they gave him a chance when no one else would and were even able to rehabiliate him. I was so impressed that I wanted to thank them by becoming a foster through their organization. Now I am the proud foster mom of Luna! She is just as amazing as the recuse who saved her life! I can't say enough great things about Looking Glass and the important work they do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization left dogs to die in a boarding warehouse in Utica. The dogs lived in filthy cages and ate food mixed with their own feces. They were transferred to this place after leaving Forever Home Rehabilitation Center another terrible "board and train" facility. The group would never say where the dogs went after Utica got busted. With their track record, probably another bad boarding facility where they live forgotten while the rescue pockets donations. They dont deserve an award. I wish I could give no stars.

Karen Miller H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster for this amazing rescue,they take wonderful care of their dogs, they're a pleasure to work with and always available for help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a shelter to foster dogs and LGAR was so wonderful to work with. Everyone I spoke to was so kind, thorough with checks (which I greatly appreciate so that animals go to the right homes) and very quick to respond. I know that they want to save as many dogs as they can while finding them safe and loving homes. It has been such a pleasure fostering a dog through LGAR and I hope to continue to foster and find these loving dogs forever homes.

1 Tina Marie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for close to 10 years and although I don't have anything bad to say of anyone who rescues, the amount of good I have to say for Looking Glass animal rescue actually overwhelms me. The immediate response when I have a question about one of my fosters is like nothing I've ever experienced. They go to great lengths, without thought of financial stress, to make sure an animals needs are met and they feel safe happy and loved. Our third Foster through them was a medical anomaly. Turned out to be heartworm positive and had complications that caused him stay at the vet for 17 days. Sadly that beautiful dog needed to be put down because it was best for him but they did absolutely everything, above & beyond to make sure that that dog was given an incredible chance to have a beautiful life. Right now we have a mom who we thought had a false pregnancy, it turned out to be a C-section with 11 puppies. First of all it was an emergency C-section at a very expensive vet. Never did they make me feel like they were stressed about it or worried, they just told me go. then when I got home they were on the phone with me till 3 a.m. guiding me through a process that I was scared of because the puppies were so little. Each day they surprised me, each day my faith in humanity is restored. I have never worked with a more incredible group of humans in my life and I am honored to be a part of Looking Glass animal rescue.

Mary E B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered a dog that I eventually adopted. Everyone, Jodi, Judi at LGAR
Are wonderful caring people who always go and always give just more to insure the best in every situation
Its their love and dedication to the cause of animals that makes them stand out

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the fostering team for LGAR. I was blown away by the support they offered us to foster. It made fostering so much easier. Anytime I had a question, I received an answer within the hour.
I also love the fact that they thoroughly checked us out to make sure we were right for the animals , which the same process if you want to adopt.
Animal welfare is their priority ! If you are interested in either adopting or fostering this is the rescue to use.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always putting animals before themselves. I have been lucky enough to get to know a great group of people who truly care. From fostering to adopting I just knew I had to be a part of this amazing rescue!

Jessica S.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with LGAR for 2 years now. The board members are so vested in making a difference for these animals who don't have a voice. Because of their selflessness hundreds of dogs and cats have been saved from NYC acc as well as from other areas. I can't say enough about their devotion. They are truly angels to those im need.

1 Kristin Kreuder O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LGAR is the greatest! I have had wonderful experiences fostering for this amazing organization. Professionally run with a lot of love for all the pups and the foster families. The pups are all so supercute too!

1 Ellie Lauren T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet Shih Tzu Ella from Looking glass Animal rescue. She was a mess when they pulled her from the shelter. By the time I picked her up she was doing so well! They nursed her through a gallbladder surgery and kept her safe and loved. I still send pictures, text and updates to Ella's foster mom. I can't speak highly enough of everyone at Looking Glass rescue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I was trying to rescue and foster a puppy scheduled to be euthanized. Looking Glass Rescue was the only rescue of several I contacted able/willing to pull this puppy on very short notice. In the matter of a day over email (as I live and work in another state) approved my application and transported the puppy to me. I will always be eternally grateful to LGAR would helping me to give this puppy a second chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came involved with Looking Glass Animal Rescue almost two years ago when they were the only rescue able to pull a dog that I wanted to foster. Since then I have also fostered and adopted other animals thru LGAR and continue to be part of their community. I admire the work that they do and the level of compassion and integrity they exhibited while doing this very difficult and rewarding work of animal rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Looking Glass is an amazing rescue going above and beyond in showing their love for animals and the community ! A wonderful experience adopting recently, every communication was just filled with love and caring for the puppy and support for the foster and adoptive families. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful organization and grateful to have found my pup waiting for me at Looking Glass

Melissa Faulkner N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster for Looking Glass Animal rescue. They are an incredible rescue that strives to be the best they can be and loves helping you to fit the right pet to your home environment!

1 Andrea B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

LGAR helped us adopt our newest family member Scooby they went above and beyond make sure he was going to his forever home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now fostered two dogs for LGAR, and each has been a great experience. They have a solid support team for their fosters, and a huge reach for potential adopters. Their screening process has the best interests of the dogs in mind, which is all that counts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Pumpkin in 6/17. She is a dachsund mix, my 1st smaller dog. She was rescued a week before her delivery of 2 pups (1 live and 1 stillborn). She was such a good Mom that she nursed 5 additional pups plus her own. All were named after various pies. Cuter than cute names and pups. I would love to know who comes up with these names.
Pumpkin (Pie) came into my life when the pups were ready to let her go. She is a complete love, She enjoys chewing nylabones, cuddling in my lap and being cozy under her blanket. Outdoor activities involve chasing chickens, wild rabbits, squirrels and turkeys while on a leash of course.
LGAR has been supportive when I needed advice on anything. Their commitment to these animals for life is true and basic to their philosophy. They have earned my respect and I would encourage people to donate so their work can continue.
I donate as often as I am able. Thanks again LGAR for bring Pumpkin into my life.

1 HMS0909

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LGAR is one of the most committed group of people I've come across. They go above and beyond to help animals who would be overlooked by most people. They take on high medical bills and work tirelessly to make sure these animals get the care needed. Whenever I have a question or concern James and Jody are only a phone call away.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Looking Glass Rescue saved a dog named Sasha who had been returned three times to New York's ACC and failed by another rescue. It was looking very bleak for poor Sasha, but Jody and Looking Glass stepped in and rescued her! They got her some much needed training and she went on to be a loved family member in a good home. This rescue steps up when no one else will. I've donated to them several times and I know that the donation goes exactly where it should - to help the animal get a better, happier life.

2 Jen V.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never felt more passionate about a non-profit organization, and what she has done in a little over a year - save the lives of 400 little beings that are in the worst scenarios - physically and emotionally - and are the most vulnerable to being euthanized - is nothing short of amazing. You see, the ACC won't even let Jody adopt the cute, healthy ones - those go to the "regular" rescues. Jody's "pack," as she calls them, are the raggedy-taggedy crew of dogs/cats no one else will take. She sees potential in these adorable outcasts; she cleans them up and polishes them off (often through involved/complicated medical treatments, emotionally therapy classes, grooming, foster-love/recovery) so they can be adoptable and treated with the respect and love they have always deserved. I adopted Donut, a senior poodle who was dumped at the ACC with a breast tumour hanging out of her body that Jody saved. LGAR spent thousands of dollars on Donut's surgery and aftercare. My husband and I nursed Donut through her Hospice period (she lived 6 more happier months), and it changed our lives. I donate to this rescue and plan to volunteer in the coming months.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Misty 5 months ago. Looking Glass took great care to make sure she was the right fit for our family. James was so helpful in answering questions and advising us as first-time dog owners. Misty was very nervous at first, but she warmed up just as he said she would. She is a sweet and darling creature and we love her so much. I think our family needed her as much as she needed us!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a follower of the super urgent dogs at NYC ACC, I have reached out to Looking Glass Animal Rescue many times for help getting a tiny, old dog pulled before it is put down. Jodi has never failed to respond! And time and again, when I look to see which rescue has saved a dog, it is LGAR. They do such amazing work!!

1 Jennifer Parsons A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family adopted Cookie through Looking Glass Rescue just over a year ago. Cookie was blind and had multiple health issues. If it wasn't for their rescue effort, he never would have received the medical support he needed. Once he came to us, they continued to support Cookie and our family. Despite an initial grime prognosis, he has continued to thrive and brought our family so much happiness and love. We are extremely greatful for the work they do not just us but all the animals and families they bring together.

1 Denise F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Lookibg Glass Animal Rescue processing applications and fostering dogs. This agency rescues some dogs that would not otherwise be rescued due to medical condition or age. The stories of new beginnings because of the “pack” are heartwarming.

I freely give my time to help them. I am also an adopter!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing, dedicated group of animal rescuers who care deeply for their animals. There is no group more dedicated with the highest level of integrity. Cannot recommend this group higher. Amazing people.

1 Jane Saraceno P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me & my husband have been involved with LGAR for over a year and a half and the folks at this rescue are the most committed people we've ever known! It's truly about the animals and what's best for their well being that is at the heart of what they do. If you are thinking about supporting or becoming actively involved with a rescue organization you couldn't pick a better one than LGAR!