About Our Rescue Group...
To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc. (TLC) is a non-profit, all breed, foster based, no-kill rescue operating in Chester County, PA. Our mission is to rescue, offer sanctuary, and find permanent homes for abandoned, stray, and surrendered dogs in order to minimize the needless euthanizing of animals.
TLC was born in the spring of 2013 when our eight founding members decided they wanted to combine their collective experience in pet rescue and community service into one organization. We have a mutual passion, and a unified vision, for saving dogs as well as a thirst to educate the community on reducing the number of dogs needing rescue. The heart wrenching cases we are consistently presented with motivates us to work vigorously to save as many dogs as possible.
Our dogs come to us from the south, from local shelters, and from owner surrenders. Each dog has its own tragic story and, as a volunteer based rescue, we have dedicated ourselves to giving our dogs the love and permanent homes they deserve.
TLC works tirelessly to find safe, nurturing, forever homes to dogs in need. Due to lack of spaying and neutering in many areas, amazing dogs end up in shelters. These dogs are quickly issued a date to be euthanized and, in many cases, it is performed inhumanely by agonizing mass gassing or painful heart sticks. Many of our canine friends come from death row, not because something is wrong with them, but because they have simply run out of time and space at the shelter.
At TLC, bonding with our rescues is very important. Rather than going to a shelter where they often become depressed and withdrawn, our dogs join us in our warm, comfortable homes where they thrive with attention and love. As soon as dogs arrive in our foster homes, we begin housetraining when necessary, and work on basic manners. Our dedicated foster families socialize and interact with the dogs to learn their strengths and understand their challenges. It is important to evaluate personality and temperament of our dogs to better facilitate placement in homes in which their needs and the family’s lifestyle and experience are in alignment. Our dogs receive an enormous amount of love and the medical attention necessary to ensure good health.
TLC dogs are all spayed or neutered, and brought up to date on shots appropriate for their age. They are also micro chipped prior to being placed in their new homes.
It is our goal to connect devoted families to loving dogs in need of their everlasting home. We believe in being very honest with our potential adopters and we present everything we learn about our rescues in order to make sure we have a successful adoption. Additionally, TLC foster families and associated trainers will work with adoptive families to ensure a smooth transition and help facilitate additional support and training that may be needed to create and maintain a stable and happy home for our dogs. From puppies to seniors, there is a perfect dog out there for everyone. We pride ourselves on making the right connection between dog and family in order to give our dogs their final, joyful, loving home. Ultimately, our wish would be for empty shelters so no dog is left behind.
TLC is an IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. All donations made to TLC are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Until they all have a home. . .
Our Adoption Process...
We do our best to keep the adoption process straight-forward and simple in an effort to get our available pets into a permanent, stable and loving home in a timely manner. You will be asked to fill out an adoption application giving To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc. information about yourself, your family, your home and your experience with pets. You will need to provide a vet reference and multiple personal references. Our goal is to find our animals the best possible home and, if multiple applications are received, To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc. will make the decision as to which home would be best for that particular pet.
**We DO require that ALL dogs and cats in your household are spayed or neutered, kept up-to-date on vaccines and that they are seen annually for a check-up.
**We do NOT require a fenced in yard unless otherwise noted for a specific pet.
**We do NOT have restrictions regarding children in an adoptive household unless otherwise noted for a specific pet.
**We do NOT SHIP animals. If you are interested in adopting one of our pets and live outside of our area, you will be required to come meet and adopt the animal in person if your application is approved.
**We do NOT hold animals.
**ALL APPLICANTS MUST GO THROUGH OUR ENTIRE ADOPTION APPLICATION PROCESS - WE DO NOT MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
All TLC dogs are up to date on all age-appropriate vaccinations and have been microchipped with lifetime registration prior to being adopted.
The non-refundable adoption fee includes: a wellness exam; heartworm testing, if age appropriate and treatment where necessary; deworming; spaying/neutering (unless a dog is too small/young to safely perform the surgery prior to adoption); and the full support of our staff, as well as free phone/email support from our trainers. Our trainers also offer discounts on obedience training classes with them.
Our adoption fee is $375
Please note: there is a refundable spay/neuter deposit of $225 for puppies that are intact at the time of adoption All intact puppies adopted from TLC are expected to be spayed/neutered as soon as the vet determines it is safe to perform the procedure The deposit will be refunded to you when we receive a copy of the spay/neuter certificate provided by your vet after the procedure is performed. This deposit is not part of the adoption fee
If you are approved to adopt puppy that is not yet spayed/neutered, your adoption coordinator will speak to you about the options and timing for spay/neuter surgery
Why is there an adoption fee?
Adoption fees help cover the costs of care (veterinary, food, transportation, etc.) of our dogs while they are waiting to find their furever families. Many veterinary clinics provide care to rescues at a discounted rate which is why the adoption fees we charge are significantly less than you would pay if you bought a dog and then had to make arrangements to pay for the basic vetting we provide prior to adoption. Additionally, adoption fees also help pay for extra care some of our may dogs need, as well as help support TLC pay for the basic costs of “doing business.”