Shelter Spotlight: RescueConnect

RescueConnect is a recent recipient of a 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ product donation through our shelter donations program. You can learn about how 1-800-PetMeds Cares here.

RescueConnect, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, was founded in the summer of 2013. Since then, they have helped rescue almost 500 animals. While their focus is on dogs, they also support the cat overpopulation problem in eastern NC by participating in TNR (Trap Neuter Release) efforts to limit their population. Kittens or cats trapped during these efforts that are deemed socialized are then fostered and adopted locally in Wilmington.

At any given time, RescueConnect has about 10 animals in their care. They typically rescue between 175-200 animals annually. Their organization’s model is to work with partners in more populated areas where their dogs are placed for adoption. After coming to RescueConnect, all dogs receive spay or neuter, heartworm screening and treatment if needed, vaccinations and microchips.

In addition to being a traditional rescue, RescueConnect also works to support locals who find homeless animals and people that find themselves with animals they can no longer care for. They help by covering the cost of some medical expenses, providing food, assist with containment problems though supportive fencing options, and generally look for ways to help people keep the animals they may otherwise take to a shelter or rescue.

What makes RescueConnect unique is that they are a small team of people who all have full-time jobs and other personal responsibilities. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, they are all committed to making their community a safer, and better palace for animals to live. Their ultimate goal is to show people that by working together everyone can make an impact on the lives of animals in need and limit the number of euthanized family pets.


Meet Susie! 

Susie was assisted by RescueConnect this year after being hit by a car. After a lot of hard work raising money to cover an expensive and extensive surgery, she is now healed and looking for a FOREVER family! She is up for adoption at Tall Tails Beagle Rescue in Maine.

“Susie is a 1 year old Beagle mix who came to us from NC. She is a very tiny girl, only weighing about 12 pounds. She was found as a stray after being hit by a car and had broken legs and a broken pelvis. She underwent surgery and is now as good as new. Susie is a sweet little girl who is good with other small dogs, cats, and children. She is crate trained, but needs a bit more work with housebreaking. Susie likes to play with all kinds of toys and snuggle with her people. Please give Susie a loving home!”


If you would like to adopt one of the pets at RescueConnect or at one of their partner organizations that are looking for a home, please visit their website here and submit an adoption application. RescueConnect is most active on their Facebook page, but can also be contacted via email at

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  • Tina Busick says:

    I’m so happy for Susie!!! I was the one that night on the road who saw she had life & could make it. I found out the next day, Susie was one of several beagle pups who were dumped in the area. They lived a feral life for nearly 2 months! Sadly, most were hit & killed. Susie & one other made it. Go Susie, you’ve come a long way in your short life!!!

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