North Carolina Dog and Cat RescueRainbow Animal Rescue of NC
P.O. Box 972
Tax ID # 20-0241166 Halifax County Public Health System Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
54 Dog Pound Road
Click here for directions A genuine charity saving the lives of dogs and cats
Click here to see Dogs Needing Homes Potential adopters are required to fill out our Adoption Application Form before they can be approved for adoption.
Due to lack of volunteer time, we are only able to answer questions from prospective adopters that have filled out an application form. Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page Changes to the Future Operation of Rainbow Animal Rescue
Rainbow Animal Rescue does not have any paid staff and the few volunteers we have are finding it too difficult to operate the kennel facilty at 54 Dog Pound Road. Consequently, we have decided to stop using the building at the end of next year (Dec 2023). Over the next year we will revert to using foster homes and finding rescues for the dogs as Rainbow Rescue did 20 years ago. At the start of next year, January 1st 2023, our intake will be handled through Halifax County Animal Control. We will continue to treat the heartworm positive dogs that are at the facilty (we need foster homes for these) and care for and provide training for all dogs currently at the kennels - we need adopters/rescues/foster homes for these. In January 2023, next month, we will begin working to finalize our future plan of operations. We realize that closing the building will increase the euthanasia rate in Halifax County as we will be limited in the number of animals we can help as we move to a foster based program. If you are interested in looking after a dog in your home for two weeks at a time or through a medical recovery, please fill out a Foster Application Form. NOTE: If you have a dog or cat and want to foster, be aware your pets will need to be current on vaccinations, altered, and we prefer but do not require a fenced yard. We will furnish all food, medical, crates, collars/leashes, etc.
If you surrender a dog to us, you CANNOT send someone else to come get it/them the next day. YOU must do an owner reclaim. We do charge for boarding and any vet care we may do on intake. After 72 hours (we do try to be understanding to those that feel they have made a mistake) we do not return owner surrenders. Dogs we take in are normally vaccinated on intake along with flea/tick prevention and worm meds. So if you surrender a dog and have a change of heart the next day, be prepared to pay our expenses. Only the person who surrenders an animal as the owner may reclaim that animal. Adopting a dog
Would you like to adopt a dog on the day of your visit? You need to be a pre-approved adopter. Fill out our Adoption Application Form now so that you are ready to adopt when you see a dog that like. We do NOT do on the spot adoptions. Applications must be submitted and vetting/personal references must be checked before an adoption is completed. You will not be able to adopt a puppy or dog on the day of your visit if you do not have a verified application. Click here for the Adoption Application Form.
We need help with cleaning at our building in the mornings. There is a lot of work to be done and right now there are only four of us, two of which also work paying jobs. We are there 365 days a year. On top of regular cleaning we have to keep up with maintenance of the building and yard work as part of our agreement with Halifax County to use the facility. We arrive around 6:30am and are there until 9:30am to sometimes 11:30am. Also evenings, depending on vet trips, jobs, Doctor appointments, that have to get squeezed in. We need help! If you are serious about volunteering (even a couple of hours one day a week) please contact us. We need people to help out at the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, 54 Dog Pound Road, Halifax. Do you have 2 hours of free time one day a week? We need people to help out Monday through Friday and possibly weekends from 8:30 to 10:30 am. If interested please contact email@example.com or 252-883-6413. We need people to help with:
Click here for more information about the President's Volunteer Service Award. What we do
Rainbow Animal Rescue is a no-kill rescue based in North Carolina. We are a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization (EIN 20-0241166). We are not a business and do not employ anyone. We started our rescue in an effort to help the many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in Halifax County, North Carolina and the surrounding areas. We keep dogs at our adoption center operated by volunteers, and foster pets in our homes until we can find loving 'forever' homes for them. We rely on donations from the public to help us save the dogs and cats. Click here to see the video about Rainbow Animal Rescue (2m3s) We are not Animal Control!
We do not take in stray dogs. All the dogs we have for adoption are surrendered by their owner or have been rescued from Animal Control because their owners did not claim them within the 72 hour stray hold time and its time was up. We have had some people that will wait to see if we post their dog to avoid paying County reclaim fees/fines. If you want to claim (not adopt) a dog that is now property of Rainbow Animal Rescue you will be required to pay all County reclaim fees/fines along with any rescue expenses such as vaccines given. Often when we pull an animal it is on the 'put to sleep' list because of lack of space or time in/out policies. When we pull from Animal Control, it is after their mandatory 72 hour stray hold (except for a few that we foster for the 72 hours). After the 72 hour hold has expired the dog/cat is legally considered abandoned and is property of Animal Control to dispose of as they wish. When we pull from them, ownership of the animal is transferred to Rainbow Animal Rescue. We have come to the agreement with Animal Control that dogs we deem fit to return to the original owner, will have all outstanding fees paid to the County by the owner. Have your pet microchipped so that it can be returned to you by Animal Control.
Adoption Application and Fees
An adoption application must be on file for each animal adopted. The application form can be found online - CLICK HERE. Our adoption fee is $175 covering all age appropriate vaccines, microchip, heartworm test (if old enough) deworm, and spay/neuter. It also includes heartworm treatment, or if adopter opts for slow kill it includes the doxycycline and 12 months of heartworm prevention. Not All Bleach is Disinfectant!
If you are buying bleach for hurricane relief and for the rescue as disinfectant, please buy either plain Clorox or plain bleach that says cleaning bleach on the label. Many low splash, scented and generic bleaches do not disinfect like these two. Walmart sells cleaning bleach that runs between $2.50 and $3 per gallon. All bleach is not the same. Chlorine content can range from 2% to 6% and the lower content does not kill germs and bacteria. Dog Walking Sunday
Dog walking events take place on Sunday at Rainbow Animal Rescue, 54 Dog Pound Road, Halifax. We start at 11am, weather permitting. We do not walk the dogs if it is raining. Please try to arrive at 10:45 so that we can find a furbaby for you. Check the Facebook Page Sunday morning in case the dog walk is canceled at short notice. Puppy Food and Old Newspapers
We have a lot of puppies at the rescue. We need canned and dry Pedigree and Purina puppy food for them. We use old newspapers for the floor of the puppy pens. If you have any, please drop them off at 54 Dogpound Rd, Halifax, NC 27839 or call 252.883.6413. If you would like to help us by donating dog/puppy/kitten food, you can drop it in our donation bin at Petsen$e or purchase and donate dog/puppy/kitten food at Petsen$e, 1251 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870, or Tractor Supply 1350 Julian Allsbrook HWY, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 - please make sure you mark it 'For Rainbow Animal Rescue', or you can bring dog food to our facility at 54 Dogpound Rd, Halifax, NC 27839 any morning or during our normal opening hours (see the top of the page). Who we are
Rainbow Animal Rescue NC is a non profit 501(c)(3) organisation (Tax ID # 20-0241166) that rescues and finds homes for unwanted and homeless puppies, dogs, kittens and cats in North Carolina, USA. Having rescued the dogs Rainbow Animal Rescue NC then provides medical treatment and tender loving care until they are healthy enough to find a new home. Rainbow Animal Rescue NC is a no-kill rescue that takes animals from county stray dog pounds, and homes that can no longer look after them. The dogs stay in foster homes around the Roanoke Rapids area or at our Animal Rescue and Adoption Center containing 19 indoor/outdoor kennels, a puppy room, and exercise yards, looked after by our volunteers. We provide medical care for the dogs and cats until we find them a suitable home or they can be placed with another rescue organisation that can find them a new home. We cannot place dogs that are ill so if the kennels are full of dogs requiring medical attention E.g. heartworm, we do not have the room to rescue dogs from the county pound. That is why we always need foster homes.
Our adoption area is North Carolina and Southern Virginia. We will not 'ship' a pet to you. We may be able to help you with transport. If you live out of our area, contact your local rescue and ask them whether they will take one of our dogs so that you can adopt it. Contact us if you live in DE, MD, NJ, NY or PA as there are rescues in those states that take our dogs.If you can adopt, foster or move these pets to another rescue please e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org We cannot provide you with veterinary care (free or otherwise)
We do not have a vet on call or a vet on our staff. We do not have more access to a vet than the general public during the night or on weekends. We do not have unlimited volunteers or funding to get animals to emergency vetting services. Please understand this when calling or messaging us in the evenings and weekends. You as a pet owner have the same access to vet care that we do. Foster Homes Urgently Required
We rely on people to provide temporary homes to the dogs and cats we have rescued. The more foster homes we have, the more pets we can save from certain death at the county pound so we never have enough! We prefer our foster homes to be in Roanoke Rapids and Halifax area but we are open to offers. If you would like to foster a dog or cat please fill out our foster home application form. Someone will then contact you to carry out a home check and explain what is required of you. On our Facebook page you will find photo's of rescued dogs and cats, news of events, requests for assistance, details of lost and found dogs and news of pets in their forever homes. This is a public page, you do not need to login to see it. Dog Food Urgently Required
We are always in need of adult dog food both dry and canned food. We prefer Purina or Pedigree dry food but we are grateful for anything. If you would like to help us by donating, you can drop off or purchase and donate dog food at Petsen$e, 1251 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870, or Tractor Supply 1350 Julian Allsbrook HWY, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 - please make sure you mark it 'For Rainbow Animal Rescue', or you can bring dog food to our facility at 54 Dogpound Rd, Halifax, NC 27839 any morning or during our normal opening hours (see the top of the page). If you would like to donate money toward the purchase of food please click here to see our donations page.
Donations of your time are always welcome especially in our Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. We are always looking for good foster homes (we really need these), help with transports, fundraising, etc. Even a few hours a month can make a difference. If you think you would like to help out, please write or email. Cash donations are always gratefully accepted, too. Donations may be made via PayPal, a secure online payment service. You can donate with cash or a credit card, they accept both methods. Your donations are tax deductible.
Click here to see our donations page. Thank you! Rainbow Animal Rescue now has a building to use for rescued dogs and with it running costs including an electricity bill, water bill, cleaning costs, maintenance costs and the food bill! As always, vet bills, from routine check-ups and vaccinations to treatment of injuries, heartworm, parvo, or malnutrition. Then there is getting them spayed or neutered. You can send your tax-deductible donation to Rainbow Animal Rescue Inc., PO Box 972, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. Click here to see our donations page.
Any interested person is welcome but we need you to be committed and reliable, i.e come in on time and work for the hours you said you will. We will need parental consent in writing for people under 18 to be a volunteer. This will not be required for the training session. We would prefer you do not bring little children to the training session. Training will take place at the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, 54 Dogpound Road, Halifax, off 901 near the 4H facility.
Dogs Available for Adoption Cats Available for Adoption See Our Facebook page This is a public page, you do not need to login to see it. See Our PetFinder Website See the Rainbow Animal Rescue website See photo's of the Grand Opening of the HHCS Animal Shelter and Rescue, operated by Rainbow Animal Rescue on March 14th 2015 Click on the picture to see more photo's.
Before Rehoming a Dog Read This Friends of Halifax County Animal Control
Halifax County Animal Control has recently opened their doors to adoption and rescue. Your help is urgently needed. HCAC is located at 568 Dogpound Rd, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina 27870. Dogs Requiring New Homes and Other Notices
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Script updated: April 4th 2023