OUR STORY

Changing the World One Dog

      at a Time Since 2003!

In 2003, we weren't sure if one person could make a difference but we knew that we wanted to see change. So we founded Canine Castaways with the motto "Saving one dog won't change the world but it will change the world for that dog". When we rescued a tiny, sick chihuahua puppy who we named Uno our world changed.

Since then we have rescued over 2300 dogs. We know that there is a home out there for every dog we rescue and will wait patiently until it is found. We try very hard to place dogs in their "forever home"; however, there are times that things don't work out. When we rescue a dog, we are committed to that dog for its entire life and will never hesitate to accept one of our castaways back into our care. Our focus is on quality of care rather than the number of dogs saved. We are very proud to work closely with our team of veterinarians to ensure each dog rescued receives the best medical care possible. If it's needed, it's done! Of course, this does lead to the challenge of constant fundraising but at 16 years old, Uno still reminds us that the extra work is worth it to change the world one dog at a time.

                           MISSION STATEMENT

 

Canine Castaways, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization established in 2003.   We are dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if necessary, and then adopting to approved homes where they will be loved as part of a family while also encouraging responsible pet care and striving to increase awareness of the consequences of pet overpopulation through educational programs and materials.

 

We do not operate from a shelter but rather a network of foster homes in different areas of the state so it may not always be possible for you to meet more than one of our dogs at a time. While this can be frustrating for a prospective adopter, the foster home setting allows us to better evaluate the dogs' temperaments and help them adjust to family life. We deal primarily with dogs under 30 pounds but will also take in larger dogs if a foster home is available.

                          GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

 

RESCUE

  • Work in conjunction with area animal control and welfare agencies to rescue dogs in need

  • Focus on dogs, primarily under 30 pounds, with no other hope

  • Take in owner surrendered dogs as needed to prevent euthanasia

  • Volunteers pick up and transport dogs

 

REHABILITATION

  • Address behavior and training issues prior to adoption

  • Have all dogs checked by veterinarian for wellness, including but not limited to spay or neuter, heartworm test, update vaccinations

  • Help dogs with special needs such as heartworm positive, mange, diabetes

  • Have dog placed with a volunteer foster family while waiting to be adopted

  • Foster families will help work with any behavior or health issues

 

ADOPTION

  • Require completion of adoption application with references

  • Volunteers to conduct a home visit and veterinary check of each applicant

  • Base adoption approvals on the needs of each individual dog and family in order to increase the likelihood of successful permanent placement

  • Volunteers to conduct adoptions at local pet stores, vets and groomers at least once a month

 

EDUCATION

  • Provide educational literature at adoption events as well as other pet related events on topics such as:

    • Pet Overpopulation / Puppy Mills

    • Importance of Spaying/Neutering Pets

    • Responsible Pet Care

    • Heartworm Disease and Preventative

    • Animal Cruelty and Abuse

  • Be available to assist adopters with behavior and training issues

  • Inform all adopters of adjustment issues for rescued dog and new family

  • Recognize and help publicize ASPCA’s Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Over 2,300 dogs rescued in seventeen years!

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