About Us

RESCUE is a registered non-profit volunteer driven animal rescue organization located in Maricopa County. We have no central facility and our focus is abandoned dogs and cats in our county shelters. We were founded in 1995, and with the support of our volunteers and our community, we have found homes for over 14,000 dogs and cats. Our motto is for every animal adopted, we are back to rescue another.   We depend on the community for our support and offer a variety of satisfying ways for you to get involved in our mission to end euthanasia. For example, you can volunteer, adopt or donate. 


Each dog and cat in our care was rescued from our extremely overburdened Animal Care & Control Services and Humane Society. Many of these cats and dogs were literally hours away from their death when we offered them a second chance at life. We have a “no-kill” policy and keep our cats and dogs until they find a loving, permanent home. Our animals reside in volunteer foster homes and leased boarding facilities. Take a look for yourself and see first hand these wonderful animals.


We provide the public with a unique service: we match pets with their new people! At RESCUE we endeavor to learn everything we can about the animals in our care. We then combine that with the information you’ve shared with us about you, your family, and your ideal pet to match you with RESCUE animals that will make a wonderful permanent addition to your family. We will address all of your concerns about adopting a new pet and we will also help you make sure all the important questions are considered in an attempt to match you with an animal that will be the best suited for you and your lifestyle. We will do everything in our power to set you and your new pet up for success. This necessitates a detailed understanding of your ideal pet, your lifestyle, and your needs and expectations. Our MatchMaker Service forges a partnership between our adopter and our volunteers. These partnerships will lead to a day when our Animal Care and Control facilities and Humane Society will no longer be faced with killing dozens and dozens of animals on a typical day in Maricopa County. RESCUE strives for the day when the kennels are empty because matches between people and animals have resulted in loving lifetime relationships.


Our vision is to elevate the status of animals in society through facilitating a culture change in how people acquire animals and how they commit to those animals they choose to make a part of their family.

Our Commitment is to serve:

The Animals

  • by striving to place them in permanent and loving homes
  • by providing individual attention to their personal well-being
  • by supplying a temporary, comfortable and protected waiting place

The Volunteers

  • by representing our mission consistently
  • by recognizing them as the source of our strength
  • by allowing unique expressions of talents resulting in individual satisfaction

The Community

  • by educating the public of the extreme importance for sterilization of animals
  • by assisting families in their goal to adopt an animal that fulfills their needs
  • by providing on-going guidance to our adopters for the life of their RESCUE dog or cat