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  • About AKC Rescue Network +

    The AKC Rescue Network is the largest network of dog rescue groups in the country, and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in late 2013. 160 unique breeds are currently represented within the network.

    More than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups are located across the United States.

    AKC’s “National Breed Clubs” spearhead the bulk of these rescue groups, and it’s often breeders and fanciers that are at the heart of these rescues, rehabs and rehomes.

    The AKC Rescue Network’s groups are unique in that the fostering/rehabilitation period lasts as long as is necessary before the dog is rehomed.

    Foster volunteers provide intimate, transparent knowledge about the dog’s history, temperament, health concerns and special needs that allows them to place the dog in the best-fitting home.

    According to a recent AKC Rescue Network survey, rescue volunteers said the top three reasons cited by owners for surrendering their dog are change of lifestyle, not the right breed for them, and lack of time to spend with the dog. They also said that the biggest issues they face are the lack of foster homes, manpower, and funding.

AKC Rescue Network Contact List (updated 8/2/19)

 

These contacts can assist you with information from the largest network of dog rescue groups in the country.

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Affenpinscher

 

Afghan Hound

 

Airedale Terrier

 

Akita

 

Alaskan Malamute

 

American English Coonhound

 

American Eskimo Dog

 

American Foxhound

 

American Staffordshire Terrier

 

American Water Spaniel

 

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

 

  • No rescue contact.

Australian Cattle Dog

 

Australian Shepherd

 

  • ARPH, Inc. (Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline)

Australian Terrier

 

Azawakh

 

  • No rescue contact.

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Barbet

 

Basenji

 

Basset Hound

 

Beagle

 

Bearded Collie

 

Beauceron

 

Bedlington Terrier

 

Belgian Laekenois

 

  • Rescue Coordinator: Lana Teresi
    10125 E Woodbridge Rd
    Acampa, CA 95220
    Phone: 209-369-7237
    E-mail: rednwhite1@aol.com

Belgian Malinois

 

Belgian Sheepdog

 

Belgian Tervuren

 

Bergamasco

 

Berger Picard

 

Bernese Mountain Dog

 

Bichon Frise

 

Black and Tan Coonhound

 

Black Russian Terrier

 

Bloodhound

 

Bluetick Coonhound

 

Boerboel

 

Border Collie

 

Border Terrier

 

Borzoi

 

Boston Terrier

 

Bouvier des Flandres

 

Boxer

 

Boykin Spaniel

 

Briard

 

Brittany

 

Brussels Griffon

 

Bulldog

 

Bullmastiff

 

Bull Terrier

 

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Cairn Terrier

 

Canaan Dog

 

Cane Corso

 

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

 

Catahoula Leopard Dog

 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 

Cesky Terrier

 

  • American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association Rescue
    Contact: Barbara Hopler, Rockaway, NJ; (973) 586-3033; Sambarbs@aol.com

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

 

Chihuahua

 

Chinese Crested

 

  • American Chines Crested Club Rescue
    Coordinator: Marlene Ponder
    Email: mponderPDA@aol.com

Chinese Shar-Pei

 

Chinook

 

Chow Chow

 

Cirneco dell’Etna

 

Clumber Spaniel

 

Cocker Spaniel

 

Collie

 

Coton de Tulear

 

Curly-Coated Retriever

 

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Dachshund

 

Dalmatian

 

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

 

  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Rescue
    Joan Rezzolla, 6100 NW 2nd Avenue, ##128, Boca Raton, FL 33487
    JoanieRee2ddt@msn.com, 561-994-0062

Doberman Pinscher

 

Dogo Argentino

 

  • Randi Tanner, 475 Red Maple Rd., Big Sandy, TX 75755; 903-790-9990, randi@dogousa.org

Dogue de Bordeaux

 

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English Cocker Spaniel

 

English Foxhound

 

English Setter

 

English Springer Spaniel

 

English Toy Spaniel

 

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

 

Estrela Mountain Dog

 

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Field Spaniel

 

Finnish Lapphund

 

Finnish Spitz

 

Flat-Coated Retriever

 

Fox Terrier

 

French Bulldog

 

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German Pinscher

 

German Shepherd Dog

 

German Shorthaired Pointer

 

German Wirehaired Pointer

 

Giant Schnauzer

 

  • Giant Schnauzer Club of America
    Joanne Thompson, Rescue Coordinator, tho0123@earthlink.net
    Phone: 970-224-2527The Giant Schnauzer Club of America is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any specific rescue organization.

Below are a few independent 501(c)3 organizations that can by contacted directly, If you are a rescue organization and want your organization listed please contact Joanne Thompson.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

 

  • No rescue contact.

Golden Retriever

 

Gordon Setter

 

Grand Basset Griffon

 

  • Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America
    Cindy Wilt, 13270 Tom Gaston Rd., Mobile, AL 36695, (251) 229-7801, cindy_wilt@hotmail.com

Great Dane

 

Great Pyrenees

 

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

 

Greyhound

 

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Hamiltonstovare

 

Harrier

 

Havanese

 

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Ibizan Hound

 

Icelandic Sheepdog

 

Irish Red and White Setter

 

Irish Setter

 

Irish Terrier

 

Irish Water Spaniel

 

Irish Wolfhound

 

Italian Greyhound

 

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Japanese Chin

 

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Keeshond

 

Kerry Blue Terrier

 

Komondor

 

Kuvasz

 

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Labrador Retriever

 

Lagotto Romagnolo

 

  • No rescue contact.

Lakeland Terrier

 

Lhasa Apso

 

Leonberger

 

Löwchen

 

  • Löwchen Club of America
    Wendy Russell
    Puyallup, WA
    Phone: 253-904-8422
    Email: kharayork@aol.com

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Maltese

 

Manchester Terrier

 

Mastiff

 

Miniature American Shepherd

 

Miniature Bull Terrier

 

Miniature Pinscher

 

Miniature Schnauzer

 

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Neapolitan Mastiff

 

Newfoundland

 

Norfolk Terrier

 

Norwich Terrier

 

Norwegian Buhund

 

  • No rescue contact.

Norwegian Elkhound

 

Norwegian Lundehund

 

  • No rescue contact.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

 

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Old English Sheepdog

 

Otterhound

 

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Papillon

 

Parson Russell Terrier

 

Pekingese

 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

 

Peruvian Inca Orchid

 

  • No rescue contact.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

 

Pharaoh Hound

 

Plott

 

Pointer

 

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

 

Pomeranian

 

Poodle

 

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

 

  • No rescue contact.

Portuguese Water Dog

 

Pug

 

Puli

 

Pumi

 

Pyrenean Shepherd

 

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Rat Terrier

 

Redbone Coonhound

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

 

Rottweiler

 

Russell Terrier

 

  • No rescue contact.

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Saint Bernard

 

Saluki

 

Samoyed

 

Schipperke

 

Scottish Deerhound

 

Scottish Terrier

 

Sealyham Terrier

 

  • Sealyhams Forever Foundation
    Marianne Metzelthin, 417-848-5530, marimetz@att.net

Shetland Sheepdog

 

Shiba Inu

 

Shih Tzu

 

Siberian Husky

 

Silky Terrier

 

Skye Terrier

 

Sloughi

 

  • No rescue contact.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

 

Spanish Water Dog

 

Spinone Italiano

 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

 

Standard Schnauzer

 

Sussex Spaniel

 

Swedish Vallhund

 

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Tibetan Mastiff

 

Tibetan Spaniel

 

Tibetan Terrier

 

Toy Fox Terrier

 

Treeing Walker Coonhound

 

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Vizsla

 

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Weimaraner

 

Welsh Springer Spaniel

 

Welsh Terrier

 

West Highland White Terrier

 

Whippet

 

  • WRAP (Whippet Rescue and Placement)

Wire Fox Terrier

 

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

 

Wirehaired Vizsla

 

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Xoloitzcuintli

 

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Yorkshire Terrier

 

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To Join the AKC Rescue Network please provide the following information in an e-mail to breedrescue@akc.org:

  • Club/Rescue Organization’s Name
  • Contact Person’s Name and Address
  • Information to be Posted including name, address, phone number, e-mail, website
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