Rescue Waggin'®

Help us move unwanted dogs to places where they're in demand

Shelter worker prepares dog for transport.Location is everything: Some cities have too many homeless dogs and puppies; others have waiting adopters.

So every day, the PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’ program picks up selected dogs and puppies from partner shelters in areas where there are more dogs and puppies than can be placed through adoption. Then we transport them to places where they get adopted, often within days.

In fact, the Rescue Waggin' program has helped save the lives of more than 70,000 dogs and puppies since we started it in 2004.

Won't you join us?

Become a Rescue Waggin' shelter

When you become a Rescue Waggin' shelter, you’ll be on the road to saving more dogs and puppies. Your agency can become a destination (receiving) shelter or a source (transporting) shelter.

Destination (receiving) shelter

Do you have more potential adopters than pets?

Become a destination shelter. You'll receive dogs and puppies that have been vaccinated, de-wormed and behaviorally assessed from shelters in other regions and you'll place them in new homes in your community.

 Apply Now

Source (transporting) shelter

Do you have more pets than potential adopters?

Become a source shelter. We'll pick up dogs and puppies that meet our program's health and behavior requirements from your shelter and move them to a shelter where they're in demand.

Your shelter will become eligible to apply for invitational lifesaving grants. And your staff members will receive training and mentoring on the best practices in sheltering operations, development, adoption, community programming and humane transport.

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Questions? Please email us.


“As a participant in the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program, we not only send adoptable dogs on the regular transport, but we are eligible for grants, training and mentoring that improves the lives of the animals in our care. This multi-faceted program has allowed us to significantly improve many aspects of our shelter operations, which all leads to reduced euthanasia rates in our community.”

— Judy Wheaton, vice president, Pearl River County SPCA; Miss.