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Wagging Dog Rescue

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11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter works for this rescue and absolutely loves everything about it: the people are extremely communicative and accommodating; the dogs are real sweethearts who are cared for and loved; and the volunteer run rescue makes a point to conduct a very thorough screening of any potential adopter. Their dedication is wonderful to see in today’s world. I highly recommend them!

Lisa Marie F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This volunteer-run organization saves animals who are at risk of never finding a forever home by getting them medical care if needed, and placing them in foster or adoptive homes. Since it is run by volunteers, all donated funds go to animal care! I adopted a dog through WDR in 2013, and have volunteered when I can since then.

Alisa Gibbs P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

adopted my new girl Shelby from Wagging Dog rescue a little over three weeks ago at a pet adoption event in Encinitas. It appears that they have dedicated foster parents who help transition these pups from shelter life to permanent placement in their forever homes.

They were very honest with us about the dog we were adopting struggles with timidness and fear. They sent someone to do a home visit and we had to do an initial foster to adopt agreement for 2 weeks. If all worked out fine for both Shelby and our family then we were cleared to adopt. Which we did last Thursday.

Shelby has had all her initial shots, was spayed and treated for fleas when we adopted her. All we needed to do was provide the love. Done.

I would highly recommend Wagging Dog Rescue to anyone who is considering adopting a new member of their family.

Regina S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from Wagging Dog Rescue in 2013, and I have been following them on social media ever since. They were understanding but diligent during the adoption process, and I could not be more thankful to them for bringing us Lily. Over the years since, I have been so impressed by their dedication and commitment to even the most difficult cases. They are truly an amazing group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue may be on the smaller side, but it is mighty! They fiercely love the animals in their care and do absolutely everything they can to ensure they get the best possible care and endless love from their fosters and forever families! Wagging Dog is the #1 Rescue I recommend to my SoCal friends!!!

Jen W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found Wagging Dog Rescue (WDR) when looking for help re-homing a stray dog I picked up. They were eager to help and ultimately placed the dog in a wonderful home, who I am still in touch with. WDR holds the highest standards for their volunteers, foster homes, adoptable pups, and potential adopters. In fact, WDR is such a great group of people that I went on to volunteer for them after they helped me - this was about four years ago now. If you are looking for a new family member or a worthy cause to donate your time, look no further!

Donor

Rating: 5

WDR rescued my little dog from a shelter, she was one day from being euthanized. She was frightened and timid. I adopted her from WDR in 2012 and named her Abby. And my life changed! She has brought so much joy and laughter to not only me, but to my 98 year old Mom. As someone said to me, "every dog has a job, Abby's job is to make your Mom smile." That she does every day. WDR has not only changed Abby's life but mine as well. Thank you WDR.

Megan R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I volunteered with Wagging Dog Rescue for a little over 5 years before moving back to the East coast. We adore every friendship we made along the way with the WDR team. Everyone rally’s together to best benefit each individual animal whether it be taking to appointments, going to adoption events, fostering, doing homechecks for potential adoptions, setting up and showing up for community outreach events, hosting low cost spay/neuter or microchip events, etc. WDR goes above all “normal check up routines” to diagnosis and treat any issues that a dog (or cat!) may have- sickness, disease, behavioral issues, etc. If you ever have the opportunity to volunteer and/or foster with WDR- you will be forever changed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have volunteered and fostered for Wagging Dog Rescue over the last four years and continue to be impressed with all of the volunteers. The organization is an all-volunteer organization and everyone involved is so dedicated to the health and well-being of the animals in their care. Not to mention the education and community outreach through spay/neuter clinics and free microchipping.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Wagging Dog for several years now and have adopted one dog from them. What I love most about this rescue is that it is not breed specifics. They will foster/rescues dogs of all shapes sizes and health conditions...which is what rescuing is all about - helping every dog/cat/pig you can. Wagging Dog Rescue always goes above and beyond to make sure the rescues go into the best forever home for them, even if that may take some time.

Amanda C.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started following Wagging Dog rescue on social media many years ago. I noticed that they always rescue the neediest of the needy, the ones that no one else will give a second chance, and this really tugged at my heart strings. One of my own dogs was a dog that desperately needed a second chance after being dumped at the shelter, so the work that Wagging Dog Rescue does really hits home for me. The volunteers of WDR have been there for me when I needed assistance as well, always willing to answer my dog related questions. I started fostering and volunteering with WDR about a year ago, and it has been a truly wonderful experience. I have learned so much about animals and how they should be loved. I have developed friendships with the other volunteers. I just cant emphasize enough how much I love what this rescue stands for, and what it strives for. WDR is not just a dog and cat rescue, it is a community resource for all animal lovers.