Rainbow Rescue North Carolina

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Rainbow Rescue has been online since November 2nd 2003

Rainbow Rescue Animal Rescue and Adoption Center

North Carolina Dog and Cat Rescue

Rainbow Animal Rescue of NC
P.O. Box 972
Roanoke Rapids
NC 27870
Tax ID # 20-0241166

Halifax County Public Health System Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
54 Dog Pound Road
NC 27839
Phone: 252-883-6413
Click here for directions

A genuine charity saving the lives of dogs and cats

We are short staffed and are only setting up appointments for approved adopters to come and meet our dogs. We are sorry that we do not have the staff to operate normal opening hours for viewing to the general public like we used to. If you are interested in adopting PLEASE fill out an application.

Changes to the Future Operation of Rainbow Animal Rescue
October 29th 2023: 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 December 2023. We will revert to using foster homes and finding rescues for the dogs as Rainbow Rescue did 20 years ago. 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.

At this time we plan to have the dogs we have on hand placed in the next 8 weeks. Right now we have absolutely no space. There is a waiting list. We will attempt to assist in emergency situations but during this downsizing period that may not be possible. 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.

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.

We are only scheduling appointments with approved adopters. We have so many calls our voice mail is often full. You can text but with so many texts it is hard to respond. We have 400+ applications at this time. We do look at each one, but as unpaid volunteers with jobs (we have to pay our bills) and families (yes we have those, too) we are limited in how quickly we can process them. A lot of time is spent with messaging. It is best to fill out the application.

Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page

Click here to see our donations page
Our vetting expenses for 2022 were over $65k. This year donations are down and our outreach funds are exhausted. We are currently in debt to the tune of over $5k at Vets offices. Many people have continued to donate faithfully to us and they are a blessing because their help allows us to provide care to the pets we help.

Puppies and Still Looking for Volunteers
We are receiving a lot of calls and requests about pups we may have up for adoption. We are receiving a lot of calls and requests about pups we may have up for adoption. Our volunteers stay swamped with vetting, cleaning, feeding, Etc and so we only answer questions from people that have filled out an application form. We are sorry but we are too short staffed to field all the questions especially when it is about a dog we already have multiple applications for.
  1. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application. That is the first step.
  2. We still need help with the dogs at the kennels, so if you can help, call Dawn Vester on 252-365-0445.
  3. Remember, our work at Rainbow is fully voluntary and unpaid. We have families, jobs, and other responsibilities.
  4. Please be patient as we work through this time of need.

Reclaiming a surrendered dog
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.
    Adoption Center hours:
  • Saturday 10am to 2pm
  • Sunday 10am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 1pm
  • Friday 1pm to 4pm
If you are unable to meet us during these hours please contact us for an appointment at other times.

NOTE: We have pets in foster homes as well as the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. Please email us to schedule a time to meet your newest family member. If you would like to meet more than one pet when you visit, this can be arranged.

You can help us speed up the adoption process by completing our Adoption Application Form

Volunteer at Halifax Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, NC
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 eccrouch56@gmail.com or 252-883-6413.

We need people to help with:
  • Kennel cleaning: We have to do this every morning. The more people we have the less time it will take.
  • Socializing the dogs and cats: Playing with them and grooming them.
  • Transportation: Taking the animals to the vet, to other rescues and to adopters, either using our van (if it is working) or your vehicle.
  • Administration: Processing adoption applications, data entry - adding new dogs to the database, updating medical records, filing.
  • Fundraising and Donations: We need money and materials to operate the shelter. Organise or help at fundraising functions.
  • Adoption Events: Transporting dogs to adoptions events, looking after them while they are there, telling people about them.
  • Fostering: We need people to provide temporary homes to the dogs and cats we have rescued. The more foster homes we have, the more pets we can rescue from the county pound so we never have enough. Foster homes provide useful information about a pet so that it finds a home more easily. We need you to live in the area of Roanoke Rapids/Halifax, NC in order to foster a pet. Click here for the foster home application form.

Rainbow Animal Rescue is a Certifying Organization in the PVSA program. In 2003, the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President's Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America's strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.
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.

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.

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.

Riverside Mill combines an antique mall and artisan’s gallery in a historic cotton mill on the banks of the Roanoke River. Scenic river overlooks, antiques, estate jewelry, silver, furniture and collectibles give shoppers and visitors a unique experience. American Craft including pottery, glass, jewelry, metal and wood represent the best in national,regional, and local American Craft with a strong emphasis on North Carolina artists. Seasonal produce and regional foods like peanuts, hams, jams, jellies and wine offer visitors the chance to take home a little taste of North Carolina.

Once a working, water-driven cotton mill, Riverside Mill is located in historic Weldon, NC, less than 1.5 miles from Exit 173 off Interstate 95 on Route 158 East. Eight miles south of the NC/VA State Line. Follow the signs to Riverside Mill. 200 Mill Street, Weldon, NC 27890. Phone: 252-536-3100. Open Daily 10am-6pm. Handicapped Accessible. Click here for more information.

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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.

Rabies Clinic May 7th 2016

E-Mail halifaxrescueangels@yahoo.com
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Script updated: October 30th 2023

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