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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: In the 3.5 years since our inception. We have placed over 1,500 dogs in their furever homes.

Target demographics: find loving permanent homes for dogs in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: we found loving, permanent homes for 463 dogs in 2016

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

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Frances W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Siren from TLC rescue in December 2016. She was rescued from a high kill shelter in the south. We are so pleased with how TLC Rescue PA operates. All the dogs are fostered before being adopted, all the potential adopters are screened. We had a chance to meet Siren twice and think about whether we'd all be happy together before we considered adopting her. Siren is a splendid addition to our family! She is lively and energetic and she's up for anything that involves her people, or other dogs! TLC Rescue PA gave us lots of great advice and connections to other dog lovers and dog friendly organizations which have been great. I also appreciate that instead of sending endless letters asking for donations, they invite us to do fun fundraisers either with or without our dog.

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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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.

Client Served

Rating: 2

I adopted Lilia in August of 2015. She came from somewhere down south. I had lost my beloved Pom in May 2014 and I couldn't bear to even look at poms . One day I saw a picture of Lilia on line and something in her face drew me to her. I adopted her upon meeting her in Pa. I loved the fact that she was in a foster home prior to adoption. It makes the transition so much easier. Unfortunately, Lilia came with several medical issues, some of which went un-noticed by previous vets down south and in Pa. She had a dislocated hip for an extended period of time and had to be operated on immediately after I adopted her. She was also diagnosed with a level 5 heart murmur and requires 5 medications daily for the rest of her life. All of this does not matter at all to me. I only adopt senior dogs, and they almost always come with issues. What does bother me is that the rescue never offered to help pay for her surgery which cost $1200. I sent them an email and never heard back from them.. I have been in the rescue world for 9 years and our rescue always paid for medical issues when a new adoptee was diagnosed with something that our vet may have missed.
I love my Lilia with all my heart. She is funny, stubborn, opinionated and loving. I would never have not adopted her due to medical issues. I just wish I would have had the entire picture of her health before hand. I'm still very happy that she is part of my family. She is only 9 so I hope we have many years left together.

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TLCrescuePamela 03/20/2017

Leslie: We do work with families if health issues are identified after adoption (and/or are known/suspected at adoption). Lillia was a senior with significant issues that we did treat and would have been reviewed with potential adopters (as well as noted on her vet records). We do follow up with our adopters as a matter of routine. I conduct the later follow ups at 6 & 12 months and don't see that you've replied to any of those but I have raised your concerns to our Executive Directors for review to check and see if there were communications from you regarding issues outside of those we would have discussed with you at adoption

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family adopted sweet little Lexi Rose March 1, 2016, We brought our other dog, Joplin a Black Lab to meet her. They got along from the start and are the best of friends and love playing in our yard and going on walks.

Adrienne20

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.

Scott-Erin E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering for tlc about 3 months ago. The rescue works together. The communication is amazing. Everyone supports each other and helps as much as they can. They truly care about the dog they are matching with its forever family and make sure it's the right fit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of their first adoptees was Ruby, aka/Mamma Gisele and we were lucky to have her join our family.
TLC is a great Rescue to work with. They care very much. TLC should be very proud for what they do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking to adopt a friend for our newly rescued puppy Tucker. I was searching the Internet and found a litter at TLC. We made an appointment to meet a female puppy and unfortunately she wasn't a match for our guy. We asked if anyone else was available to see and they quickly brought in "Cotton". It was love at first sight for all of us including Tucker. They followed up with phone calls and emails to check on his progress. We feel so lucky to have him as part of our family .

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted our Bella from TLC 4 years ago when she was just a puppy. She has brought us such joy and happiness and is absolutely the love of our lives. She's stolen our hearts forever. Her big brother Bentley adores her just as well and even though she's the smaller of the two she's very protective of him. They are inseparable now. Here's a picture of her taken a few months ago.

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Kahlua (formerly Sal) in February 2014. TLC checked our references, our vet, and conducted a thorough interview to make sure that we were prepared for what it meant to have a puppy. The day we brought him home was the best day of my life and I could tell that the foster volunteer was just as happy for us. He was already microchipped and we received a free month of pet insurance. When we decided to keep the pet insurance, we were given a discounted rate because we had adopted him through TLC. Whenever we send our updates to TLC, they are warm and engaging and happy to hear that he is in a good home where he is loved (and maybe just a little spoiled). He is a very happy and healthy dog and we couldn't have had a better experience adopting him.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our best friend a little over 2 years ago. He was about 11 weeks old and my first dog (although my husband had been raised with dogs). They offered a lot of great advice on how to raise a puppy. During the application process, I spent a lot of time on the phone with one of their volunteers while she made sure I understood the reality of having a puppy. They kept in touch with us and put us in contact with a dog trainer who could help address any behavioral issues. I love that they do weekly updates on all the dogs who have been adopted and we can see how our dog's siblings have grown too! The hardest part was waiting from the time I knew we were getting him until he actually arrived in PA!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

we adopted Hank two years this May, we had lost our dog about a year and a half prior to that, Hank has filed a spot in our hearts, He came from S.C. and no one knows what happened to him for the first two years of his life however now he has a wonderful life with us, he has some issues but he is overcoming them.
Thank you TLC for sharing Hank with us, he has his forever home

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Sadie from TLC 3 years ago when she was approximately 3 months old and she has brought us such joy and happiness. She is the love of our lives. love the fact that she was taken care of by foster families. We love the fact that they contacted our references and our vet to make sure she was going to a a good home. Here's a picture of her taken a few months ago and as you can see, Sadie still thinks she's a puppy.

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1 Melissa354

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Brina from TLC in November 2013. She was found as a stray in the streets of Philadelphia. The thing that struck me the most was how much her foster mom loved her during the period before our adoption. We went to a TLC event a couple months after the adoption and brought Brina (previously Snowflake) and her foster mom was genuinely thrilled to see her and hear that she was doing so well. Coming to us as a stray, we expected Brina to be a bit shy and maybe even aggressive. But instead she crawled right up in our laps expecting belly rubs. Clearly, her foster experience helped with this transition! I really feel like TLC goes above and beyond by getting invested in their dogs. I always recommend them to friends and family who are thinking about adopting!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TLC has been an amazing group to volunteer for. Everyone has the same goal, to raise awareness and save these beutiful litte lives and find them forever homes. Always fun as there is always an event to organize and attend. Great group of people!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love that TLCR uses a foster system for the animals instead of cages. Our German Shephard/ Golden Retriever mix Suzi was 9 months old when we adopted her. It was love on first sight when she walked in with her foster family. It was wonderful that we could get first-hand info from the foster family, so both sides felt assured and comfortable that Suzi would be a great fit and have a good life. Thank you TLCR!!!

5 Melody14

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked and volunteered at numerous shelters and rescue organizations over the years and TLC is head-and-shoulders above the rest. I submitted applications to two other area rescues; one didn't respond (at all. Not even and email confirmation that they'd received my application) and the other wouldn't even entertain applications from people without a fenced in yard...and required me to adopt a dog without a meeting first.
TLC responded to me immediately and rapidly thereafter in all our communications. They're organized, professional and aren't staffed by power tripping, chip-on-the-shoulder histrionic types that seem to be so prevalent in the animal rescue world, but rather reasonable, kind, sincere and caring people.
We adopted a Plott hound and he draws a lot of attention when we're out. The first thing out of my mouth is "we adopted him from a fantastic rescue group, TLC in Malvern" and I'm proud to say it.
This group really has their act together from the first email to even after adopting a dog. I'm grateful for their hard work and commitment to helping so many dogs and people. Thanks TLC Rescue!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Mili in March 2015. Volunteers were helpful before and after the adoption. Thank you TLC for helping me find a great dog.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband Bob and I adopted Molly on March 13, 2016. TLC really cares about the pups they rescue, beginning with the interview on through to providing a behavioral/trainer to assess Molly in interacting with our two beagles, Dexter and Dinah. She is such an active little senior and loves being outside patroling the yard with Dexter and Dinah for wild critters like field mice, rabbits, squirrels, or chipmunks. She has the traditional beagle yelp when she picks up a scent and will be outside sniffing the same areas long after Dexter and Dinah have called it quits and have come back inside. She loves to be outside beside me when I'm gardening. Here she is sunning herself on a cold spring day next to perennial wildflowers I've just planted. Thank you TLC for advocating for pets and finding them forever homes!