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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: It is the mission of Northcentral Maltese Rescue, Inc. to rescue unwanted, abandoned or stray Maltese dogs, to alleviate their pain and suffering by providing medical care while in a protected foster home environment and to find them a loving, safe and permanent home where they can live out their lives in the comfort of secure surroundings. All dogs will be spayed or neutered before placement. Northcentral Maltese Rescue, Inc. will extend a helping hand to any person, shelter or rescue organization that requests our assistance and to help educate the public in responsible pet care.

Results: in 2015, we have completed 15 years of dedicated rescue work and helped well over 1000 Maltese and other dogs

Target demographics: rescue Maltese dogs, Maltese mixes, occasionlly some toy poodles and other small dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: at least 100 dogs

Geographic areas served: Primarily in the North Central U.S.A., but we will help out nationwide

Programs: complete health care, teeth cleaning, surgeries, secure foster homes, an annual picnic and attending Pet Festivals in Milwaukee and Chicago

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Northcentral Maltese Rescue is one of the best run and most sincere organizations I have ever experienced. I have been a member for about 10 years and have adopted two doggies from their group. I have also donated money and helped in any way I can because I know they care about their purpose. This organization is all about helping the dogs and not about the glory of any one person. I am positive that the donated money goes to the benefit of the animals and the people do not take any money. It is all volunteer and there are so many good volunteers across the country. They do not allow the dogs to go in cargo on planes and must be accompanied by a person. It is all about the DOGS and I highly recommend this organization. I would not support an organization I did not fully believe in. THEY ARE THE BEST.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

This may be an excellent dog rescue service, but I'm puzzled why they don't say on their website that much to my surprise, anyone 60 or older will not be considered for adoption of any dog younger than 5. After completing their lengthy form I discovered from a phone call that the dogs I thought would be a good fit in my home were too young, although I have a playful young Yorkie, under 1 year, looking for a companion.


Rating: 5

NORTHCENTRAL MALTESE RESCUE INC (NCMR) is a dedicated Maltese (and other small dogs and Maltese mixes that need to be rescued badly) rescue that is a nonprofit organization made up of a group of volunteers that do their best to save as many dogs, show them love with medical care and find them the best forever homes. Mary Palmer is the President and she is very dedicated with a heart
of gold caring about each and every Maltese or little dog. She saved a poodle with deformed back legs since another wonderful rescue did not have the funds to give the right medical care. Mary has since added Rosie to her family since Rosie was doing so well with Mary and the right home was not found so quickly. Other dogs that appeared hopeless were able to be made well, shown love and are living happily as part of families. To correct major medical conditions, NCMR has provided heart surgeries, liver surgeries, many types of leg surgeries, and other types of surgeries. Many times
puppies are placed into rescue and are adopted out also that do not need medical care but a wonderful forever home. Other puppies were given up when medical bills became too high (one needed surgery on a leg) and once the surgeries were successful, the right family was found to give the little puppy
a forever home.

I fostered a Maltese for 6 weeks for this rescue group over 5 years ago and I saw first-hand how a scared puppy mill dog can be rehabilitated learning to love and wanting to be loved. Little Bit was placed in the most loving home. I plan to foster in the future since it was so rewarding but at the present time, I have a 5.5 year old sick dog and an almost 12 year old sick dog, each from breeders that need most of my attention.

When adopting a dog or puppy from NORTHCENTRAL MALTESE RESCUE INC, a new family gets a puppy ready for a forever home with the medical taken care of and the puppy or dog ready to be loved and to love back.

Buying from a reputable breeder may lessen your chances of a problem dog but does not guarantee health since I have two very sick dogs from show breeders. Rescuing a dog from a reputable rescue group like NORTHCENTRAL MALTESE RESCUE INC, not only is giving a dog or puppy a good home, but the new owners get a dog or puppy who has had medical care, updated on shots and spaying and/or neutering, major surgeries already taken care of and socialization in progress. Dogs or puppies are not placed until they are ready to be placed to give the family and new addition the best chance of a
successful placement.


Rating: 5

This is a great group of dedicated volunteers, working to rescue at risk dogs, get them proper veterinary care, and place them into loving homes. Mary Palmer, the president, is the key to making this work, and puts in countless hours each week caring for the dogs, traveling to pick up at risk animals, arranging for foster homes, and properly checking on the integrity of the people who want to adopt. She will not place a dog in a home unless she is convinced it is the best place for the dog.

Each summner the group holds a two day Maltese Rescue picnic, where families who have adopted and fostered dogs bring them together for fun, learning, and sharing.

They also produce a beautiful calendar each year, and our Paisley, adopted from the Rescue 3 years ago, is pictured for June in the 2011 calendar.

Here is a link to the group's website for more information: http://malteserescue.homestead.com/