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To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc. (TLC) is a non-profit, all breed, foster based, dog rescue based in Chester County, PA. Our mission is to find permanent homes for abandoned, stray and surrendered dogs in order to minimize the needless euthanizing of animals. Our dogs come to us from “put to sleep” lists at local and southern shelters, as well as from owner surrenders. We focus on making the right connections between our dogs and families in order to give the dogs the loving & permanent home they deserve.   Our Mini Paws junior volunteer program is designed to train children, 4-18, in proper animal care and instill a love of community service, and a community outreach program to provide education on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spaying/neutering, behavior training, and microchip implanting. We have also partnered with organizations that identify, match and train service dogs for veterans and others who need service dogs to support medical/mental health issues. When one of our dogs is selected for these programs, adoption fees are waived

Results: As of December 2017, we have written 2,000+ happy tails!

Target demographics: find loving permanent homes for dogs in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: we found loving, permanent homes for 510 dogs in 2017

Geographic areas served: Southeastern, PA

Programs: pulling adoptable dogs from high-kill shelters and placing them in our foster homes while trying to find loving families to adopt them.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Gregory R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

TLC Rescue is does an amazing and much needed job of rescuing dog. When my dog Lily was rescued by TLC, she needed significant medical attention. She needed both surgery from a gun shot injury and treatment for heart worm. TLC was there in Lily’s time of need. They got her the medical care she needed and today she is doing great because of all their efforts. Lily joined our family in August 2017 and they have stayed in touch along the way, offering any advice we needed. Thank you TLC for what you did for Lily and for bringing her into our lives!

Bella Belle B.

Client Served

Rating: 4

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 my husband and I extended our family and hearts to the most loving, kind, and cuddly dog, Brit. We renamed her Bella Bella and we wonder what she named us.

Bella is our "doghter" and our furry 4-legged child. We always say that we didn't rescue Bella, she rescued us.

Thank you to Brit's foster mom and To Love a Canine Rescue for bringing our doghter into our lives.

We have the most indescribable bond with Bella Bella. We see the value of an unconditionally beautiful relationship. On the days that are the most challenging for us, Bella's eyes and licks comfort us.

Bella has made me a better person. Jim and I have re-prioritized our lives. We eagerly rush home from work just to see Bella and get in some playtime. Our bond is unconditional.

Again, many thanks To Love a Canine Rescue for bringing us to Bella.

Jim and Lea Bongiovanni

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I began fostering with TLC last year. We failed our first foster, Frankie, although I really think the term should be recoined to 'foster win'. :) We have since continued fostering. I learned about TLC when I saw them at an event with the dogs. The fosters there couldn't say enough good things about TLC and they weren't kidding! I've worked with a few other organizations and I have never experienced such a special group. There is so much pride, camaraderie and dedication from everyone involved, especially the leaders of the organization. They're incredibly easy to work with as a volunteer, and the adoption process was equally smooth. They're helpful not only through fostering and adoption, but also continue to follow up throughout the year after the dog is adopted to see how things are going and answer any questions. They truly care about all the dogs they rescue and work tirelessly to ensure each one finds their forever home. I feel incredibly lucky to have found the organization and look forward to working with them indefinitely!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to rescue a husky mix to keep my other rescue dog company. TLC even brought a dog behaviorist over to make sure they were a good match. Mojo Risen (aka Snow White) was a perfect match. Both dogs are healthy and happy. We did discover some buck shot in Mojo's ear when we adopted her in 2015. Who would shoot a small white puppy! I received her microchipped and spayed and we go for Santa pictures every year. These were the first dogs I rescued and will always go to TLC first when that time comes again. Great non-profit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My best friend introduced me to Sami (fka Donna) and TLC Rescue almost 4 years ago. Sami was shy and scared of everyone. We fostered Sami before adopting her and quickly fell in love. The staff were wonderful to work with and the adoption process is quick and painless. We continue to support the rescue at events like Miles for Mutts and Raffles for Ruffs. Thank you TLC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met Benson through one of TLC's meet and greet events and fell instantly in love. They were helpful and supportive through the whole process, even recommending a trainer (she was great), providing a packet of information, and following up to make sure all was good. Benson is a love and TLC is great!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a dog from TLC. The organization was extremely supportive and helpful. I had as much time as I needed to meet my new pet with the foster family present to fill me in on all the details and answer all my questions. I was never rushed to make my decision. TLC provided the spay, shots and health check. They also provided reduced cost for training at a local location with an experienced dog trainer. The dog trainer was also available for on going questions and advice pro bono. TLC responded promptly to my on line application and set up my Initial meet in a timely manner. They were courteous,professional,and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend adopting through this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization! So sorry that I'm unable to have a dog just now, but I do support TLC. My late wife got started on it in 2013. My 2 dogs passed a year apart, then my wife in April of last year, and since I'm still working I can't get a new pup then abandon it for 8-10 hours a day. When I retire that will be another story.

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TLCrescuePamela 03/21/2018

Alan: Feel free to come by any meet & greet to get some puppy cuddles whenever you need them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I started volunteering about a year ago. She loves spending time with the animals and made a few friends as well. Not only does To Love A Canine help animals, it does wonders for its younger volunteers! She has learned responsibility, accountability, and all about unconditional love!

Adrienne20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with TLC about 2 1/2 years ago. My mom had heard about the rescue from a friend and went online and applied to adopt one of their dogs. I went with her to her adoption appointment and fell in love with what TLC stood for and how they were running their organization. I loved the fact that they were an all foster based rescue. There were no dogs sitting in kennels and being scared or feeling alone hearing nothing but other dogs bark and not knowing what was going on. I believe I have had close to 250 foster dogs through my home since I have started. We adopted two of our fosters in the mean time. I still volunteer with TLC. There are so many different ways to help out and volunteer to save the lives of these poor dogs that are left in deplorable conditions and are unloved and unloved until they come to us. I love being part of this organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering and volunteering with TLC for about a year and a half. I love it! This organization is the best I have seen in our area. Unlike other animal rescues, I love that the dog's are all kept at foster homes and not in cages at a facility. The dog's at this rescue automatically get used to a home environment. They start training at these homes (crate training, potty training, commands, etc.) right away. They have licensed trainers and vets on staff willing to help in any way they are needed. The organization does at least 1 public event per week to get the dog's out in the community and meet the people. This has been very successful for adoptions and gaining new volunteers. Everyone is so friendly and helps create a well oiled machine of help and support. We have fostered about 60 dogs or so just me and my husband alone. We have ended up "foster failing" 2 dogs. We fostered them and just could not let them go. We just had to adopt them! Everyone is very knowledgeable and can answer many questions that potential adopters or volunteers my have. The management team is amazing. Some of the best people I have ever met! At first I didn't believe I would be able to foster. I thought it would be too hard to let the dog's go and it had deterred me from ever trying. I originally went to TLC with my mom who had made an adoption appointment at the adoption center to meet with a puppy. While she was meeting with the puppy I had noticed signs asking for more foster parents. I decided to ask some questions and had a pretty thorough conversation with the adoption coordinator. They explained exactly where the dogs came from and the conditions in the south. They made me feel like it would be a lot easier to help these dogs and Foster these dogs. I will admit that I cried when the first dog I ever Fostered was adopted. But I looked at her new mother's face light up just at the sight of her and it gave me Comfort. It was much easier after that. Now I don't know what I would do if I did not Foster dogs. It feels very rewarding and selfishly I get to play with all types of puppies and dogs on a regular basis. I can't find anything wrong with that. The adoption center provides all its Foster's with absolutely everything they could possibly need. From crates to food, from bowls to toys, from blankets to treats. They really do make it so easy for you.

Carrie L M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Akula (formerly Stella) in late 2014. TlC really works with families to ensure the right fit; we looked at several puppies before finding Akula, and never felt any pressure to take a dog we weren't certain about, something we'd experienced with other rescues. We were very happy with the adoption process, and recommend TLC to anyone in the area looking for a dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love TLC!
We fostered a senior chihuahua February 2017. We fell in love with him and foster failed. He is such a great companion. But, a few months later, we decided our little companion needed his own companion. TLC is the only rescue we would turn to for another dog. We worked with them to find an appropriate addition to our family. Another senior chihuahua was perfect.
Since our adoptions, we have needed to reach out for various help we needed with our boys. They were right there for us and our pets.
We highly recommend TLC. They are the only rescue we would ever consider.
Peace,
Pattie and Barbara

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved my experience with TLC - by far one of the best rescue organizations I've found! They were very responsive to my questions and interests when I was looking to adopt & helped me find my canine match! I adopted Lulu last summer and she's been the best addition! TLC has been incredibly helpful, kind & supportive - before, during & after the adoption process in its entirety. It is easy to tell they are a dedicated, passionate & hard-working group of people. I highly recommend TLC to anyone looking to adopt, foster, or volunteer - they have a bunch of fun events!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Jack, a 2 1/2 year old chocolate lab, at the end of the summer; IWhen I saw Jack's picture on the TLC website, I never thought I would be lucky enough to become his master. But TLC quickly checked my references; talked with me in depth and within 24 hours he was home with me! I knew someone who adopted a dog through TLC and everything she said about their professionalism, concern for the dogs and prospective owners was spot on. Jack's foster mother was very helpful, giving me a lot of accurate background on Jack's behavior and insight into his needs. I also found a trainer for Jack through TLC, who has helped me help Jack overcome his lack of attention and training during the first two years of his life. Jack is a wonderful companion, with a great disposition and he has made my life complete again.

Kate B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from TLC in 2016 and began fostering in 2017. I’ve been on both sides of the rescue - as an adoptee and a volunteer - and I am so impressed with this organization! I love that all of the dogs stay in foster homes. Most of them come from very poor shelter conditions and our fosters give them a taste of what it means to be warm, cozy and loved until they find their forever home. The folks who run this organization ALWAYS do what is best for the dogs they rescue. I’m so glad I found TLC!

Ronnie Kophazy C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted April 4 1/2 years ago from TLC. She is a 90 lb. bloodhound, shepherd and lab mix who came up from Kentucky. April is a sweet, loyal and lovable girl who we can't imagine not having in our lives! She is a loyal companion to Solomon, our other rescue! April is our gentle giant who offers unconditional love to anyone that will give her attention. Thank you TLC for bringing our girl into our lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Lucy from To Love a Canine Rescue in late April 2015. We had the opportunity to meet her at a meet and greet at our local pet store, and immediately fell in love with her! TLC is an outstanding organization that truly cares about the lives of the animals they save. I can’t say enough about how blessed we feel to have Lucy in our lives, and how grateful we are to all those individuals involved with TLC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Cassie (formerly known as Sassy) in the fall of 2013. I had lost my JRT at the age of 5 earlier in the year and didn't know when I would be ready for another. I saw Cassie & fell in love❣ She has brought nothing but joy to my life and I am so grateful to TLC Rescue for saving her! The group does such a service to the animals they rescue and to the people who adopt them! Thank you so much for my beautiful girl!!!

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TLCrescuePamela 03/21/2018

We love getting to see you guys at events too - this year's Miles For Mutts in 9/23 so save the date on your calendar!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from TLC Rescue a little over two years ago. It was the best experience!! They make sure that you are a good match for the dog that you choose. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about their organization - I would adopt from them again in a heartbeat and would recommend them to anyone looking for a furever friend! I am eternally grateful for them bringing my little angel into my life!!!

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mmcnabb

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my beautiful Casey from TLC over three years ago. She is the love of my life. TLC made the process easy but I was very impressed with the thoroughness of the adoption procedure. Everyone that I encountered was friendly and professional. They put the emphasis on doing what's best for the dog. I think they're fantastic and would highly recommend them to anyone who was looking for a new best friend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my beautiful Casey from TLC in August of 2013. She is the love of my life and brings me joy every day. The experience with TLC was a great one. They are very professional and know their business inside and out. Everyone I worked with was friendly and helpful and it is immediately clear that their first priority is placing their dogs in a safe, forever home. I cannot say enough about this experience and this organization.

Kathy296

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my Cairn, Buddy after 14 years and had such a broken heart and was lost. TLC made it possible for me to help in a way that fit my schedule and physical limitations.
They really care about placing their doggies with the proper families & environment. They do not rush to place their animals. TLC supplies with all your needs and you can always reach someone if you need direction with the animal you have in your care. I helped Jen with Theo, only a few times, sort of a Grandmom helper - but it was enough for what everyone needed. Theo has since been adopted to his furever home, and of course, we have updates - he is so happy and it was a perfect fit. I met a lot of very nice people, in all areas of the organization. Overall - a very responsible, caring and loving group of people.
TLC genuinely cares about their organization, animals, employees and helpers. They filled a big "void" in my life.