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Pet Tails Rescue was founded by Maureen Cahill in March 2012. The primary business and Broker office, as well as the Shelter facility (licensed in early 2017), is located in Northwood, NH. The facility is utilized for quarantine, training and adoptions. The Rescue is completely operated and supported by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to the rescue and placement of homeless dogs and cats. Pet Tails Rescue utilizes a network of foster families to pull animals from a shelter, organize veterinary care, provide temporary placement in a home environment, secure transportation to NH, and provide quarantine and foster care once again upon arrival, all the while working to find a permanent adoptive family.

The numbers of homeless and stray animals is staggering. The majority of these animals come from shelters throughout the southern United States where euthanasia rates are extraordinarily high. One Atlanta shelter posted a rate of over 60% – over 3800 animals that were never given a chance at life. Since 2012 Pet Tails Rescue has saved and  placed over 1600 dogs and cats into loving homes and is committed to continue saving as many more lives as possible.

During the past three years of Pet Tails Rescue’s operation, some amazing partnerships have formed. Since the majority of rescue work is based off photographs, word of mouth, phone conversations and first hand reporting, trusting relationships are paramount. Pet Tails Rescue is both fortunate, and proud, to boast multiple partnerships with southern shelters, veterinary clinics and foster homes as well as here in NH. All share the core commitment to provide the best possible solution for the animal being saved and cared for. Pet Tails Rescue also boasts some pretty amazing local support in the form of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local elementary schools, high schools, colleges and other local organizations that have all supported the organization in various ways. Pet Tails Rescue has also been recognized for its dedication and work by several new corporate sponsors this past year.

Pet Tails Rescue is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in NH, registered with the NH Charitable Trust, and an approved Rescue/Shelter registered with the NH Department of Agriculture. Some of the many expenses associated with rescue work include; shelter pull fees, veterinary care, foster care reimbursement and transportation expenses. Pet Tails Rescue is again very fortunate to find support in its volunteer base, local businesses and dog and cat professional service providers of all kinds. Donations are sought and graciously accepted throughout the year and a volunteer Fundraising Committee further supports the Rescue as events can be coordinated.

Pet Tails Rescue’s marketing and advertising presence is primarily through social media. With a web page and Facebook page; the Facebook page generates the most activity with over 7600 followers. A very interactive page, it boasts pictures and bio’s of dogs and cats up for adoption and is also closely followed for the picture of “Adoption Day” when a new pup or kitten finds their forever family. Anyone interested in adopting a posted dog or cat must complete an application (available on both pages) and undergo the interview process. All references are checked and interviews completed. Specific requirements must be met according to the animal’s needs and a comfortable “match” between animal and adopter determined. Home visits may also occur. The typical adoption process takes approximately 2-3 weeks from the application approval to the delivery of the animal to its new home. Adoption fees are $475 for puppies and dogs under 6 years old, $295 for dogs 6 years and older, $195 for kittens 7 months or younger, $175 for cats 8 months to 5 years old, and $125 for cats 6 years or older. This includes transportation, all vetting (spay/neuter), age appropriate shots, Interstate Health Certificate(s), Microchip, temperament test, and all available medical records.

Pet Tails Rescue Executive Board of Directors


Maureen Cahill

Mary Torsello
Vice President

Colleen Giambarresi

Sue Palmeter


Tom Prendergast
Communications and
Public Affairs