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UBI: 602-898-403
EIN: 27-0950705

About Us

Puget Sound Rescue is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding permanent, responsible and loving homes for dogs in need.  We are a nonprofit corporation with 501c3 status with the IRS.  All of our proceeds go towards the rescue and care of current and future dogs in need!

The organization founder and president, Barbara Wadleigh, has been rescuing dogs in the south King County area for over 20 years. During this time, she has found loving homes for over 4,000 dogs that were at risk for euthanasia.  During the year 2009 alone, we found permanent, loving homes for 398 dogs that came through our rescue.  We are located between Auburn and Black Diamond, Washington. We are not a shelter and our dogs are available for visiting by appointment only.

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Mission Statement:

Puget Sound Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused, and neglected dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Puget Sound Rescue provides long-term foster care for dogs in need and adopts animals to the homes of carefully screened applicants. The dogs are provided with exceptional home and veterinary care until they are placed in an appropriate home. All animals are required to be spayed or neutered before adoption, thus helping to alleviate the problem of large numbers of unwanted animals in the community. If the dog is too young for surgery at the time of adoption, the new owner is required to sign a contract that they will spay or neuter the dog themselves and send proof of alteration back to Puget Sound Rescue. The organization saves most of their dogs from various shelter facilities when the animals are in danger of being euthanized. Dogs are also taken directly from owners who release them into the organization's care and custody.

Our dogs live in foster homes where we can get a better idea of their temperament and suitability for particular homes. All our animals are spayed or neutered and up to date on shots. All adopted dogs must be allowed to sleep inside, continue with obedience training, and be loved as part of the family. We only adopt out dogs who have shown no unprovoked aggression towards humans. We feel the dogs we take in are deserving of a second chance at a good life with a committed owner who understands the breed.

The majority of our dogs come to us from shelters in southern California, where they have run out of time and are scheduled to be euthanized.  We also take dogs from other shelters and rescue groups and local owner surrenders.