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31 MYS Rainbow Animal Rescue, NC

Rainbow Animal Rescue of NC - a genuine charity saving the lives of dogs and cats
P.O. Box 972,
Roanoke Rapids,
NC, 27870

Tax ID #20-0241166
E-mail: halifaxrescueangels@yahoo.com

Please note our new phone number: 252-365-0445

Rainbow Animal Rescue Facebook Page

Future Operation of Rainbow Animal Rescue
April 4th 2024: As many people are aware, due to changes in staffing we are transitioning to foster based. The last dog has left the building and we are only taking in urgent dogs as kennel/foster space becomes available. Over the past 10 years, 6,207+ animals have come into rescue under our name. We had a 98% positive outcome. Our hearts broke as we lost some to parvo, to heartworm disease, or other issues. Change happens. We are older, slower, but we have not stopped. We cannot keep up the pace we have in the past. We are still working with Halifax County Animal Control and the public to network those in need with other rescue groups. Messages should be sent via FB Messenger providing pictures and all info possible on potential surrenders. Foster homes will help us help other animals in need. Foster homes make a difference. If interested in fostering please click here to see the Foster Application Form.

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 stopped using the building. We are using foster homes and finding rescues for the dogs as Rainbow Rescue did 10 years ago. The more foster homes we have, the more lives we can save. We hear that Halifax County are interested in using the building as an adoption center.

If you are interested in looking after a dog in your home for a few 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.

Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page

Beat the queue! The cutest dogs have many applications and pre-approved applications have priority over new applications. If you have already been approved to adopt, you are more likely to be able to adopt the dog you want.
Click here for the Adoption Application Form.
Due to lack of volunteer time, we are only able to answer questions from prospective adopters that have filled out an application form.

volunteers156.jpg SAVE A LIFE - FOSTER A DOG! We had to leave dogs at Animal Control because we do not have room for them. Giving a temporary home to a dog will mean we can rescue a dog from the pound thus saving its life. We prefer our foster homes to be in Roanoke Rapids and Halifax area but we are open to offers. If you would like more information about fostering please click here for the application form.

Puppies and Still Looking for Volunteers Our volunteers stay swamped 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. Remember, our work at Rainbow is fully voluntary and unpaid. We have families, jobs, and other responsibilities.
  3. Please be patient as we work through this time of need.

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.

What We Do
Rainbow Animal Rescue is a no-kill rescue based in north-east 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 over 20 years ago in an effort to help the many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in Halifax County, North Carolina and the surrounding areas. We do not have an 'adoption center' where you can walk around and meet the dogs. We foster pets in our homes in the area around Roanoke Rapids until we can find loving 'forever' homes for them. If you would like to adopt a dog, you must first fill in the adoption application form. We rely on donations from the public to help us save the dogs and cats. Rainbow Rescue has been online since November 2nd 2003.

Contacting Us
  • If you are interested in adopting a dog: fill out the Adoption Application Form. 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.
  • Potential surrenders: Messages should be sent via FB Messenger providing pictures and all the information you have about the pet.
  • Our old phone number 252-883-6413 is no longer in use.

We need people to help with:
  • 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.

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 an approved application. Click here for the Adoption Application Form. Make sure your Vet has permission to pass on your information to Rainbow Animal Rescue. If your vet refuses to talk to us this will delay your application and may result in the dog you want being adopted by another applicant.