About the Pledge

Somewhere, there’s a doe-eyed Labrador or a lanky bloodhound curled up in the corner of a barren cage. He’s waiting for a meal that will only come when some kind soul donates food to the shelter he calls home. He longs to sink his teeth into a tasty chew-toy, one he’ll only get when a dog with a better life has cast it aside.

He needs food. He needs toys. He needs medical supplies. But what he needs more than anything right now is a chance. A chance to find his forever home. A chance to prove he can be a great companion.

A chance he may never get.

Millions of animals enter shelters in the United States every year. Most of them are eventually put down.

Shelter animals are frequently passed over in favor of purebred prize dogs or pet-store puppies. Many people see shelters as disease-ridden penitentiaries that peddle sickly or psychologically broken animals.

We’re here to change that.

We designed the Rescue Shelters Pledge to spread awareness on behalf of the animals that really need your love. We’re not out to chastise or cast judgment on families that covet specific breeds; rather, our goal is to show the world how fulfilling the shelter adoption experience can be, to change the awful stigmas attached to shelter animals, and to empower animal lovers everywhere to fight against harmful pet distribution practices.

Share Your Rescue Dog's Story

Have you provided a wonderful home for a shelter dog? If so, we’d like you to share your story. Tell us about your pet, how you chose him, and how the adoption process has enriched your life.

If you’re on the fence about adopting a shelter dog, feel free to browse others’ heart-warming stories. It might just be the nudge you need.

By submitting your story to RescuePledge.org, you hereby agree and acknowledge that you are the sole author of such content and are the sole owner of any intellectual property rights, if any, associated with such content. You hereby grant RescuePledge.org the perpetual, nonexclusive license to post your submitted content on social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to help spread awareness related to RescuePledge.org’s mission. You also hereby grant RescuePledge.org the perpetual, nonexclusive license to exhibit or distribute your submission, in whole or in part, without restriction or limitation, for any purpose that, in RescuePledge.org’s sole discretion, supports its mission.

Prior to submitting any content to RescuePledge.org, please be aware that once your material is posted onRescuePledge.org’s social media pages, RescuePledge.org is unable to control the further spread of your content on the Internet or otherwise. You hereby release RescuePledge.org from any liability associated with, or arising from, the posting of your submitted content on its social media pages or otherwise. Please notify RescuePledge.org at any time if you would like us to remove your content from our website or the Rescue Pledge's social media pages, and we will do so within a reasonable period of time.

RescuePledge.org moderates all submissions before publishing to our website - your submission may be rejected and may take up to 72 hours to appear live if accepted.

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