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Wagging Dog Rescue

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24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wagging Dog Rescue is so compassionate and kind. Eight years ago they rescued our two furbabies along with their mother who had been dumped in a shelter three days before she gave birth to five puppies. Wagging Dog rescued them all, gave their mother time to wean them and only then found them all homes, including their Mom! Our Hope and Josie have bought so much light and love into our lives thanks to Wagging Dog Rescue!

Brookie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So grateful to have found this organization....they “found” me for my second child and I continue to foster with them......their tenacity and love of animals is unparalleled....

Angela Tenenini A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We first started fostering for Wagging Dog Rescue sometime around 2015. They were the only rescue that replied to our application in a timely and thorough manner. I’ve lost track of the number of dogs we’ve fostered for them since. I now know first hand how dedicated, thorough and financially efficient they are. They commit to every dog that becomes part of the rescue for life. They are cared for comprehensively so their minds and bodies can heal and they can successfully find a true forever home. All donations go to the care of the dogs since all participants are volunteers.

Alyson T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit and rescue! I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to foster with the rescue for almost 2 years now. They know their stuff and I highly recommend them!

tiffanymorin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wagging Dog Rescues makes the utmost effort to match rescue animals with their forever homes. They truly care about the long-term well being of animals.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A passionate group of humans who are deeply about rescuing animals and finding the best possible match for them. These folks really invest the time to get to know every animal, putting at the forefront each orphan's unique needs in the search to find their forever homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group of people who truly love the animals they set out to save. They are all about quality, and not quantity... which is often not common in rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Wagging Dog Rescue for about four years. In those four years I have witnessed incredible compassion, love, caring, heartache, strength, humanity, kindness and hard work from the people involved with WDR. Never will you hear "No," or "We Can't," or "That's not for us." You'll hear "We'll be there," "We can do it," "Who's available?" "Foster Needed ASAP," and every single time, someone from Wagging Dog Rescue steps up, steps forward, and steps into, sometimes, the unknown. We work as a team with one goal. ALL ANIMALS MATTER. Simple. I consider myself fortunate to be involved with Wagging Dog Rescue and the people and animals I've gotten to know over the years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has adopted several pets from this group, and I have volunteered with them for years. They are the real deal. Animal welfare always comes first. They vet potential adopters carefully and work very hard to match pets with the right people.

Rachel P.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to work with! Really care about the their dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered with Wagging Dog Rescue (WDR) for a few years now and what I feel sets them apart from some other rescues is their commitment to rescuing the animals who need the most help in the most responsible way.
I have personally learned so much from WDR’s founder and the other volunteers about caring for neglected and abused animals. Rehabilitating animals who have been shown no reason to trust humans is not easy, but WDR shows that it is possible with love, responsible care, and by treating the animal’s issues holistically.
They do animal rescue right.

Aileen Del R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wagging dog rescue has always gone above and beyond for dogs that are desperately in need. We got two of our dogs through wagging dog rescue and felt like they truly cared about the homes they were selecting for their furry adoptable babies. We are forever great full to Wagging dog rescue for all that they do. Attached is a photo of them attacking their treat delivery from Costco. Ha ha!

psdorschel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved being a part of Wagging Dog Rescue's foster team for over 8 years. They are a small group of passionate people doing great work in rescuing dogs, cats and occasionally other breeds of animals! Many of the animals are in dire medical need and would not be adopted through the traditional Shelter process. By bringing a dog with injuries or behavior issues from the shelter or off the street, providing a good and safe foster home and allowing that animal to heal, while providing good food and teaching basic training they then are going to be ready for adoption to a well matched family and home! THAT is what Wagging Dog Rescue does! And that is the best feeling when you see them find their furever spot! ~Penny

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.

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.