In an effort to remain a first-class rescue organization, we make it our goal to offer a variety of animal welfare programs to engage adopters, donors, and community members. It is our objective to educate the public about the plight of the homeless animals and to help them become involved in the various aspects of rescue. Please take a moment to read about all the different programs available.


Core Programs

Cat & Dog Adoption Program

PetConnect Rescue is a non-breed specific organization focusing on rescuing companion animals. Our organization primary consists of a network of foster homes throughout the DC Metro area. The cats and dogs that come into our care are temperament tested, properly vetted, and placed in foster homes. Our foster volunteers provide loving care and socialization for these animals while they await their forever homes. To read more about our adoption process, please click here.

Muddy Paws Farm

Muddy Paws Farm is a beautiful, 5-acre property in Mt. Airy, MD that PetConnect Rescue utilizes as way station for some of our dogs arriving from shelters. Muddy Paws Farm is not a shelter, but rather, it is a private, licensed, residential home with live-in caretakers. It provides a large foster arrangement for some of PetConnect Rescue’s dogs. The location is also used to host scheduled adoption events, training sessions and special events. In addition to giving animals a temporary home, it is also a location for volunteers to interact directly with our rescued dogs and learn new training and socialization techniques. To read more or learn how to volunteer, please click here.

Senior Dog Program

In 2017, PetConnect Rescue launched our Senior Dog Program. This program is dedicated to senior dogs who, through no fault of their own, have been surrendered or abandoned by their families. Older dogs are at particularly high risk for euthanasia in shelters. Most will not make it out alive; therefore, PetConnect Rescue felt the responsibility to address this heartbreaking issue. To read more about our Senior Dog Program, please click here.


Adjunct Programs

C.A.R.E. (Community Action, Resource & Education) Pilot Program

Our C.A.R.E. (Community Action, Resource & Education) Pilot Program is a brand-new initiative where the volunteers and staff from PetConnect Rescue connect with community members of all ages through training sessions and speaking engagements at local schools. Our aim is to increase awareness of current animal welfare issues and to educate others about the humane treatment of animals. Please read more here.

Spay/Neuter Program

The spaying and neutering of companion animals is at the core of every animal rescue group. Without attention to this critical animal welfare issue, so many more animals would be a risk for euthanasia. Prior to adoption, all of our animals are required to be spayed or neutered unless they are too young at the time of adoption or there is a medical condition that delays the procedure, which is very rare. As a stipulation of the Adoption Agreement, all adopters must have their puppies or kittens spayed or neutered by the date specified in their contracts. PetConnect Rescue monitors compliance with the terms of the adoption and requires adopters to pay a refundable deposit that will be returned once documentation has been received and the procedure has been confirmed. PetConnect Rescue provides education and resources on low-cost spay/neuter clinics throughout the DC Metro area.  To read more, please click here.

Owner Surrender

Although our true mission is to rescue animals in shelter situations who are facing immediate euthanasia, we are occasionally able to help pet owners rehome their pets when they are no longer able to care for their cats or dogs.  Animals that have the best chance of being accepted into our program are those that are good-natured, properly vetted, and, ideally, spayed or neutered. Documentation must be provided. Animals must also be deemed “adoptable”, meaning that we feel that they have a good chance of finding a new home.  In addition, we must have available fosters before we can commit to any new animals.  We are unable to accept animals with behavioral, aggression, and/or medical issues, as we do not have the extra resources it can take to manage those factors.   For more detailed information, please click here.