Who We Are

LifeLong Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer animal welfare organization whose purpose is to end the needless killing of homeless dogs. In the Dallas area thousands of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are killed or die in homeless conditions each year. Many of these are healthy, well-mannered animals - many of which would have been loving pets. These dogs and cats are euthanized daily because there's simply not enough room to keep them until homes can be found.

LifeLong Rescue is an organization funded by donations, charitable contributions, fundraising and adoption fees. We endeavor to find loving, lifelong homes for homeless dogs and other pets in the Dallas area of North Texas area. 

The majority of our dogs and puppies come from North Texas rural areas where they are abandoned.  LifeLong Rescue rescues those animals who are in danger of being euthanized or dying due to lack of adequate care and the uncertain circumstances many dogs and cats endure while without a home.  With very few exceptions, LifeLong Rescue does not take dogs from private homes. LifeLong Rescue's mission is to rescue dogs that are homeless and we accept animals from the public on an exceedingly limited, case-by-case basis.  If you plan to surrender guardianship of your dog or cat, please see our referral page here.

What We Do

Our communities have a massive overpopulation of dogs and puppies due primarily to irresponsible breeding and unchecked breeding of dogs abandoned and in the wild. Many dogs go to area shelters and are euthanized, while others are left to suffer and die in the wild. LifeLong Rescue rescues adoptable dogs primarily from abandonment and places these dogs in volunteer foster homes or with other sister dog resuce organizations. By fostering dogs in individual homes and providing adequate healthcare we are able to save lives and provide the public with healthy spayed or neutered dogs. The foster home offers dogs a nuturing, transition environment between abdonment and a new, lifelong home. Dogs and puppies are given the chance to learn any needed social skills and to receive and any medical care they may need. Most importantly, many of these dogs are shown love and kindness for the first time in their lives.

When LifeLong Rescue rescues a dog or puppy from abandonment, that dog receives a veterinary exam, including appropriate vaccinations, as well as heartworm testing and preventative. All dogs older than 6 months of age are spayed or neutered. Dogs under 6 months of age are adopted under the agreement that they will be spayed or neutered at the appropriate time. Proof is required from each adopter in such cases.

How LifeLong Rescue Finds the Best Homes for Rescued Dogs

LifeLong Rescue finds homes for dogs and puppies through adoption events, newspaper ads, and the Web, including this site and sites such as Petfinder.com. Our dogs are fostered for a minimum of seven days. During this time we assess their personality and temperament, as well as each dog's socialization and training needs. This allows LifeLong Rescue to better ensure that we place each dog or puppy in a home and with a family as suitable as possible for the dog. Individuals interested in adopting a LifeLong Rescue dog are required to complete an adoption application, a thorough interview and an on-site home assessment.  Our localized adoption process, home assessments and trial periods necessitate that our dogs and puppies are only available to adopters in Dallas area of North Texas.

Homes with appropriately fenced yards are preferred. Exceptions are rare and made based on the size, age and activity level of the dog.  A home visit for the purposes of assessment will be conducted before any adoption is finalized.  LifeLong Rescue does not adopt to families who have surrendered pets in the past or homes where there are currently unsterilized dogs or cats. We have a strict policy of refusing adoptions to households with children under 6 years of age or households where small children are often present. Statistics show that 80% of such households surrender adopted dogs within a short period of time. Families with small children doubtlessly have a strong need to focus on the needs and nuturing of those children. Introducing a dog to such situations is often a distraction to this focus, at the very least. Children must be old enough to interact with dogs, without the need for contiuous supervision. Otherwise, the potential for disaster is strong enough to merit avoidance.

LifeLong Rescue Adoption Process

The LifeLong Rescue adoption fee is $225.00, which includes spaying or neutering, appropriate vaccinations, veterinary exam, microchip implant and microchip registration fee with HomeAgain. On average our costs per rescued dog exceed our fees as most rescues cost our organization approximately $300 per dog. We cover the difference with fundraising activities, generous donors and sponsorships.

If you still have a question or would like to contact us for any other reason, please see our FAQ page or use our Contact page.

LifeLong Rescue is always in need of volunteers. If you are interested in assisting us in our efforts, please see our Volunteer section on the FAQ page.

About LifeLong Rescue

What We Do
Who We Are
How LifeLong Rescue Finds the Best Homes
LifeLong Rescue Adoption Process
How You Can Contact the Rescue
About our Volunteers
How to Get Involved

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Recommended reading:

Ian Dunbar
Before and After Getting Your Puppy
Jean Donaldson
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Gwen Bailey
The Perfect Puppy:
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