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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

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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!

Christine A. C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a foster for TLC! Everyone and I mean everyone is sooo helpful, understanding and truly cares here! They couldn’t be more flexible with how crazy my schedule is professionally and they truly work with everyone to make matches with every dog where they can. It’s an amazing organization to be involved with and I’d rate them 10 stars if I could! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a puppy from TLC Rescue back in 2014. I found the entire process wonderful. They genuinely care about their animals and I ended up with the absolute sweetest girl and the love of my life! Flash forward to 2019, my second adoption. Same as before, great experience, and now I have two wonderful dogs! I felt so strongly about what TLC was doing that I became a volunteer myself, and am proud to be able to call myself a part of their team! Adopt, don’t shop!

Tammy Miller S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To Love a Canine Rescue never gives up! I fostered a beautiful German Shephard named Sydney. After 5 weeks, she was adopted. For an unknown reason, she was turned in to the shelter is Harrisburg 4 months later by the adopters. The shelter called TLC and they went and picked her up. I immediately fostered her again, and wound up foster failing. I have had her for over a year and am so blessed! I also fostered a Plott hound through TLC that was adopted and escaped his adopters. TLC had Hound Hunters trap him after 3 days on the run. The adopters backed out, and again, TLC took Carmel back. I fostered him again, and decided I couldn't fail him. So now I have two wonderful dogs and still volunteer for TLC, a wonderful, loving rescue❤❤

Nicole B.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing! They pair the dogs with the perfect family. All of the pups are well cared for both before they are adopted and they also stay in touch to see if there is anything that is needed after the adoption as well.

Jennifer Kate B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TLC does great work. I started out as a volunteer and eventually also adopted my dog through us. I continue to volunteer and change the lives of pups that come through our program.

Cheryl Irvine R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TLC is the best. They have such an amazing team that never stops! Each and every week, they spend their days transporting dogs, finding them foster homes, giving them care, and finding them forever homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To Love a Canine Rescue, PA is the BEST rescue, in my opinion. They are a Foster based rescue which takes every necessary step to ensure the puppies/dogs are healthy, have all appropriate shots and are microchipped before they leave the rescue. They also ensure they are all spayed/neutered when age is appropriate. They take the time to vet the adopters and still manage to turn around applications within approximately 72 hours, or less. They also do not require a fence to adopt. I personally volunteer with TLC and have adopted two dogs from them. I highly recommend!!!

Linda D.9

Board Member

Rating: 5

After adopting our little Chug, Carley, from TLC years ago, little did I know that my relationship with TLC Rescue had only just began. We have since adopted our second dog, Reese, from TLC. I am now an active foster, volunteer and on the TLC Rescue Board of Directors. TLC always conducts themselves with integrity and is committed to ensuring that all newly adopted dogs are forever supported in their homes. TLC is committed to saving as many dogs as possible from high kill shelters until they all have a home. I would recommend TLC Rescue to anyone looking to adopt a rescue dog from a genuine, caring and honest rescue that will help position them for success.

Jeanne B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a foster volunteer for over a year and cannot tell you how much I love TLC. They really welcome everyone and let all volunteers know how much their help is appreciated. They are flexible with everyone’s busy schedule

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To Love A Canine is an awesome rescue. They dont rest until "They all have a home".

This rescue is caring, loving nd extremely giving. They go above and beyond to take care of, foster, rescue, and find forever homes for these animals in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TLC Rescue is an all-breed, no-kill dog rescue with people in it for all the right reasons. There are loads of opportunities to get involved in a way that fit into my schedule. The more involved I become, the more I love the team, what they stand for, and great lengths the go through for each and every dog. They truly live up to their motto, "until they all have a home." I can't imagine my life without TLC.

Suzanne D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we finally decided it was time to get a dog, we knew that a rescue would be the only way to go. We did our due diligence and found To Love a Canine Rescue, Pa. Their story and philosophy impressed us. Then we met some of their volunteers and were blown away! The dedication, knowledge, and caring these people have goes above and beyond any group we’ve interacted with.
We were so impressed with what they do and how they do it that my husband and I both decided to join as volunteers. Adopting from them and then joining the group are among the best decisions we’ve ever made.

Anne J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted 2 dogs with TLC and my Mother has adopted 1. TLC does great work and really works with you to find your forever friend. I couldn’t imagine life with out my 2 in my life and I owe it all to TLC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They care about the pets they place and their volunteers time and effort. Proud to be part of what they do.

Jeanine Squillace D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer several years ago and ended up fostering, and failing, with 2 pups. Our dogs are just the best and the people that work with the rescue are truly amazing. The main goal is to find all of our amazing pups a home. The team is very thankful for any little bit that you can offer as a volunteer. It is very rewarding to volunteer and adopt from TLC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To Love a Canine Rescue is the most self less, loving, and life changing non profit I have ever volunteered for! I’ve been able to foster 5 dogs before they went to their forever home and the experience has changed my life. This organization devotes their life to make sure all the animals that we get each weekend find loving family homes.

Manisha B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome Charity!! I have had the best experience dealing with them . The volunteers are very loving , caring people coming together to help animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with TLC in June and I couldn’t be happier! This rescue does everything it can to save as many dogs possible! They make sure every pup finds their furever home no matter the situation! I highly recommend them! I talk about them all the time :)!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from TLCrescue in February 2019. I previously adopted from other shelters and rescues but what appealed to me was the foster based rescue where these pets are kept in homes. They are loved and cared for and given a head start on being a beloved family member before finding their forever home making the transition better for them and better for me. My new best friend lived an entire year without a home. I am so grateful they took the interest to save him for me. I am so appreciative that I started volunteering with them to help other dogs until their families are ready to find them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started foster for TLC about 3 years ago. They spare no expense for a dog. Every dog deserves a chance with them. They do a great job trying to find dogs their forever homes.