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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 running outdoors.

Afghan Hound standing in the wind outdoors.

Afghan Hound

Airedale Terrier laying indoors.

Airedale Terrier

Akita standing in the sunshine.


Alaskan Malamute walking in a field.

Alaskan Malamute


American English Coonhound head portrait outdoors.

American English Coonhound

American Eskimo Dog sitting outdoors.

American Eskimo Dog

Pair of American Foxhounds standing outdoors looking up at the viewer.

American Foxhound


Senior American Staffordshire Terrier laying in the grass.

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Water Spaniel laying down outdoors.

American Water Spaniel

Anatolian Shepherd Dog standing outdoors.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

  • No rescue contact.

Australian Cattle Dog sitting in a meadow.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Shepherd standing on a log in the forest.

Australian Shepherd

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

Australian Terrier standing in a field outdoors.

Australian Terrier

Azawakh running in the grass.


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Barbet head portrait.


Basenji standing in the grass.


Basset Hound sitting on a park bench.

Basset Hound

Beagles playing fetch.


Bearded Collies sitting outdoors.

Bearded Collie

Beauceron laying down in the forest.


Bedlington Terrier head portrait outdoors.

Bedlington Terrier

Belgian Laekenois standing in a field.

Belgian Laekenois

  • Rescue Coordinator: Lana Teresi
    10125 E Woodbridge Rd
    Acampa, CA 95220
    Phone: 209-369-7237

Belgian Malinois running in a field.

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Sheepdog standing in a field.

Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Tervuren standing in a field.

Belgian Tervuren

Bergamasco standing in the garden.


Two Berger Picards sitting in a pasture.

Berger Picard

Bernese Mountain Dog laying outdoors in a field.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bichon Frise standing outdoors in the sunlight.

Bichon Frise

Black and Tan Coonhound sitting in the forest in the fall.

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black Russian Terrier head portrait outdoors.

Black Russian Terrier

Bloodhound head portrait outdoors.


Bluetick Coonhound standing in the woods in the fall.

Bluetick Coonhound

Boerboel standing in a field.


  • No rescue contact yet.

Border Collie lying on a sidewalk outdoors.

Border Collie

Border Terrier laying next to two puppies.

Border Terrier

Borzoi running and playing in the yard.


Boston Terrier head portrait outdoors.

Boston Terrier

Bouvier des Flandres standing atop a hill.

Bouvier des Flandres

Boxer standing outdoors in the winter.


Boykin Spaniel running through the grass with a ball.

Boykin Spaniel

Briard running in a grassy field.


Brittany head portrait in profile outdoors.


Brussels Griffons sitting on a bench side by side outdoors.

Brussels Griffon

Bulldogs running outdoors.


Bullmastiff standing in a field.


Bull Terrier laying in the grass.

Bull Terrier

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Cairn Terrier sitting in the grass.

Cairn Terrier

Canaan Dog outdoors in the desert with a goat.

Canaan Dog

Cane Corsos sitting side by side on a path in the woods.

Cane Corso


Cardigan Welsh Corgi standing on a path outdoors.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Two Catahoula Leopard Dogs together outdoors in a field.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel standing in the grass.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cesky Terrier standing in a field.

Cesky Terrier

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

Chesapeake Bay Retriever sitting on a tree stump in the woods.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chihuahua walking in the backyard.


Chinese Cresteds, one hairless and one powderpuff.

Chinese Crested

  • American Chines Crested Club Rescue
    Coordinator: Marlene Ponder

Chinese Shar-Pei standing on the sidewalk.

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinook sitting outdoors.


Chow Chow standing outdoors in three-quarter view.

Chow Chow

Cirneco dell'Etna looking at the waves on the beach.

Cirneco dell’Etna

Clumber Spaniel running in a field.

Clumber Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel fetching a ball in the yard.

Cocker Spaniel

Collie standing in a large pasture.


Coton de Tulear sitting outdoors perched on a rock.

Coton de Tulear

Curly Coated Retriever head profile outdoors.

Curly-Coated Retriever

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Dachshund standing in the park off leash.


Dalmatian running in the grass outdoors.


Dandie Dinmont Terrier head portrait outdoors.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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

Doberman Pinschers sitting together on the beach.

Doberman Pinscher

Dogo Argentino running in a field in the fall.

Dogo Argentino

Dogue de Bordeaux standing in a field in the sunshine.

Dogue de Bordeaux

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English Cocker Spaniel playing with a ball outdoors.

English Cocker Spaniel

English Foxhound standing in a field with a pack.

English Foxhound

English Setters together outdoors.

English Setter

English Springer Spaniel running in a field.

English Springer Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel standing in profile on the beach.

English Toy Spaniel

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs on leash standing in the park.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Estrela Mountain Dog standing outdoors during snowfall.

Estrela Mountain Dog

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Field Spaniel sitting in a field.

Field Spaniel

Finnish Lapphund laying down in the grass.

Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Spitz standing on a log in the forest.

Finnish Spitz

Flat-Coated Retriever standing in a mountainous landscape.

Flat-Coated Retriever

Fox Terriers, smooth on the left and wire on the right.

Fox Terrier

French Bulldog with a tennis ball in its mouth playing fetch.

French Bulldog

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German Pinscher laying down in the forest.

German Pinscher

German Shepherd Dog laying down amongst the fall leaves.

German Shepherd Dog

German Shorthaired Pointer running on a dirt path through brush.

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer standing in a field.

German Wirehaired Pointer

Giant Schnauzer standing in a field of flowers.

Giant Schnauzer

  • Giant Schnauzer Club of America
    Joanne Thompson, Rescue Coordinator,
    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 running outdoors.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

  • No rescue contact yet.

Golden Retriever laying down on a trail in the forest.

Golden Retriever

Gordon Setter standing in a forest in the fall.

Gordon Setter

Two Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen side by side outdoors.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

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

Great Dane playing in the snow.

Great Dane

Great Pyrenees walking in a field.

Great Pyrenees

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog standing in the forest.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greyhound running in a field.


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Hamiltonstovare standing in a field.



Harriers together outdoors for a hunt.



Havanese standing outdoors.


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Ibizan Hounds together on a trail in the forest.

Ibizan Hound

Icelandic Sheepdog walking outdoors.

Icelandic Sheepdog

Irish Red and White Setter running outdoors.

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Setter running in a field.

Irish Setter

Irish Terrier exploring a tree in the park.

Irish Terrier

Irish Water Spaniel wearing a harness standing in a field off leash.

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Wolfhound laying down outdoors.

Irish Wolfhound

Italian Greyhound playing in the yard.

Italian Greyhound

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Japanese Chin sitting in the grass.

Japanese Chin

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Keeshond standing on the coast.


Kerry Blue Terrier running in a park.

Kerry Blue Terrier

Komondor laying down in the garden.


Kuvasz laying down outdoors.


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Yellow Labrador retriever playing in water with a ring toy.

Labrador Retriever

Lagotto Romagnolo fetching a stick.

Lagotto Romagnolo

  • No rescue contact yet.

Lakeland Terrier laying down outdoors in the winter.

Lakeland Terrier

Lhasa Apso sitting on the couch.

Lhasa Apso

Leonberger perched on a log in a field.


Lowchen running outdoors.


  • Löwchen Club of America
    Wendy Russell
    Puyallup, WA
    Phone: 253-904-8422

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Maltese sitting side by side on a bench in the park.


Standard Manchester Terrier playing fetch outdoors.

Manchester Terrier

Mastiff laying down in the grass.


Miniature American Shepherd running in the grass.

Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature Bull Terrier standing in profile in a field.

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Pinscher standing stacked outdoors.

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Schnauzer walking in the grass.

Miniature Schnauzer

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Neapolitan Mastiff standing in the grass outdoors.

Neapolitan Mastiff

Newfoundland standing in the garden.


Norfolk Terrier portrait outdoors.

Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier standing outdoors.

Norwich Terrier

Norwegian Buhund laying atop a bale of hay.

Norwegian Buhund

  • No rescue contact yet.

Norwegian Elkhound standing outdoors.

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Lundehund head portrait outdoors.

Norwegian Lundehund

  • No rescue contact yet.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever sitting outdoors in a snow covered field.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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Old English Sheepdog standing outdoors.

Old English Sheepdog

Otterhound running in the yard.


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Two Papillons sitting outdoors in autumn.


Parson Russell Terrier laying down indoors.

Parson Russell Terrier

Pekingese standing in the grass.


Pembroke Welsh Corgi standing outdoors in the fall.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Peruvian Inca Orchid standing in the grass outdoors.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

  • No rescue contact yet.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen standing in the countryside.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Pharaoh Hound running in a field.

Pharaoh Hound

Plott Hound head portrait outdoors.

Plott Hound

Pointer hunting in the fall.


Polish Lowland Sheepdog standing outdoors in the fall.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Pomeranian running in the snow.


Toy Poodle standing in a field.


Portuguese Podengo Pequeno walking in the grass.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

  • No rescue contact yet.

Portuguese Water Dog sitting in the forest.

Portuguese Water Dog

Pug sitting in the grass.


Puli laying down in the garden.


Pumi standing outdoors in the countryside.


Pyrenean Shepherd standing in a field.

Pyrenean Shepherd

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Rat Terrier head portrait in profile outdoors.

Rat Terrier

Redbone Coonhound wading through a pond.

Redbone Coonhound

Rhodesian Ridgebacks playing in summer.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rottweiler laying outdoors in the grass with her puppy.


Russell Terrier sitting in autumn leaves.

Russell Terrier

  • No rescue contact yet.

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Saint Bernard standing in profile in the yard.

Saint Bernard

Saluki running through a grassy field.


Samoyed standing in the forest.


Schipperke standing in a field.


Scottish Deerhound standing in the woods.

Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Terriers playing outdoors.

Scottish Terrier

Sealyham Terrier sitting outdoors.

Sealyham Terrier

  • Sealyhams Forever Foundation
    Marianne Metzelthin, 417-848-5530,

Shetland Sheepdog in the grass.

Shetland Sheepdog

Shiba Inu running in the snow in the winter.

Shiba Inu

Shih Tzu in the grass.

Shih Tzu

Siberian Husky standing in the snow.

Siberian Husky

Silky Terrier laying on the couch.

Silky Terrier

Skye Terrier laying on a park bench.

Skye Terrier

Sloughi standing in the desert.


  • No rescue contact yet.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier standing outdoors.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Spanish Water Dog standing outdoors.

Spanish Water Dog

Spinone Italiano running in a field.

Spinone Italiano

Staffordshire Bull Terrier standing outdoors.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Standard Schnauzer standing outdoors.

Standard Schnauzer

Sussex Spaniel head portrait outdoors.

Sussex Spaniel

Swedish Vallhund laying outdoors with a ball.

Swedish Vallhund

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Tibetan Mastiff standing outdoors.

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Spaniels sitting outdoors.

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Terrier standing outdoors.

Tibetan Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier running outdoors.

Toy Fox Terrier

Treeing Walker Coonhound standing outdoors.

Treeing Walker Coonhound

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Vizsla laying in the grass.


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Weimaraner standing in the forest in the fall.


Welsh Springer Spaniels laying in the grass.

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Terrier standing outdoors.

Welsh Terrier

West Highland White Terrier laying in the grass.

West Highland White Terrier

Whippet playing fetch outdoors.


  • WRAP (Whippet Rescue and Placement)

Wire Fox Terrier head portrait outdoors.

Wire Fox Terrier


Wirehaired Pointing Griffon laying in a field.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Vizsla laying in the forest.

Wirehaired Vizsla

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Xoloitzcuintli standing outdoors.


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Yorkshire Terrier laying outdoors.

Yorkshire Terrier

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To Join the AKC Rescue Network please provide the following information in an e-mail to

  • 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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