N.C. Non-Profit Animal Rescue

Give a Freedom Ride

In the rescue world, a “Freedom Ride” is that magical car ride out of an animal shelter for a dog. At first they are nervous, but there is a moment when they realize they are safe …. tongue out, tail wagging, a new chapter for them.

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About Us

About Our N.C. Rescue

We are proud to be the crazy dog lovers who skip out on work to transport dogs from all over the state to their excited fosters’ homes; who stay up late searching shelter pages for that next “Freedom Ride” potential; who spend countless hours making rescue a reality!

Freedom Ride Rescue brings together individuals who share a love for dogs and a dream to see a no-kill state. Our foster-based network is in the Raleigh/Clayton, NC, area. We bring in dogs of all ages, sizes and breed mixes. We help to rehabilitate these animals – providing security, love, medical, and behavioral training as needed – until they can be adopted to their “fur-ever” homes.

We are foster based: we have no facility and every one of our adoptable (and not quite ready to be adopted) animals are in homes where families are teaching trust, love, basic manners …. preparing your future dog ready to be the best addition to your family that he can be!

As fosters, we are willing to have our heart break after we love, rehabilitate and nurse an unwanted, unloved animal until they prance away with their fur-ever person – often never looking back – as they start their most life’s wonderful chapter: the one as a cherished pet.

So join our road to making freedom rides happen! We are a wonderful, tight-knit family needing volunteers, fosters, donors – basically caring people willing to help in any way they can!

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February is Black Dog Syndrome Awareness Month and we're hoping to shine the spotlight on our amazing black dogs to help them find their forever homes.

Today in the spotlight is Bronx! Bronx is a 10-week-old Terrier Mix pup who often looks grumpy in photos (he has no patience for the paparazzi), but is really the sweetest pup you could hope to meet. Bronx loves snuggles and will give you endless puppy kisses if you let him. He's very easygoing and could do well as the only dog in a home or with a doggy friend to play with. Like all puppies his age, he will need owners ready to jump in with puppy training and teach him how to be the best doggy he can be.

Head to our website to read more about Bronx and submit an application tomeet him! www.freedom-ride.org
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Someone stole her foster mom's cell phone on a quest for the perfect selfie....How did she do? Check out this sassy seniors full bio on our website.
Fable wanted you to know that you can buy donuts and help out the rescue! She also wants you to know that she would love to share said donuts with you. Check out the fundraiser in the link below and Fable's bio on our website. https://www.groupraise.com/offer-campaigns/38449-freedom-ride-rescue-krispy-kreme-digital-dozens
Have you registered your dog yet to be part of this year’s Pooch Playoffs? For $99, your dog gets a fantastic photoshoot by the talented Soo Keith Photography - then participates in a March Madness like competition! What a FUN fundraiser for FRR!!
Register and learn more at: https://www.sookeith.com/pooch-24. Link in bio too!!
Training is important for all dogs. Not only does it teach your dog behavior expectations, but focusing on learning new skills keeps your dog's mind active, burns energy, and makes them less likely to be destructive or hyperactive. Burning mental energy is more draining for a dog than burning physical energy. Even better--training sessions with your dog will increase your bond with your best bud and reinforce the habit that they should look to YOU for how to behave. 

Some dogs respond well to treats as rewards, but if your dog isn't particularly food-motivated, try using physical touch or a favorite toy as the reward instead of food. Switch up the treats you use during training sessions periodically to keep your dog interested and excited to learn. 

The most important takeaways are to keep your training sessions short and make them fun and engaging for your dog. If your dog is in "a mood", is already overly tired, or isn't engaged in what you are asking, take a break and try again later. Training sessions shouldn't be frustrating for your dog or for you. If you find you are having trouble with what you are trying to teach your dog, try to break it down into smaller bits and work up to the larger skill with lots of positive reinforcement, practice, and patience!
UPDATE - ADOPTED THIS MORNING!! Bernard is looking for his furever family. Check out his bio on our website!
Nash is heartworm positive. He's almost done with the doxycycline portion of treatment and can move to the next phase of treatment soon. Did you know that you can adopt Nash now and we will continue to provide his heartworm treatment post adoption? If you are interested in helping support Nash's treatment OR are interested in adopting Nash, head on over to our website!
If you're looking for the sweetest, happiest, friendliest dog with the BEST lil' teefers, look no further than miss Stevie! She's amazing. Check out her bio on our website
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Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

~ Karen Davison


What We Do

Rescue Dogs

We are proud to be the crazy dog lovers who skip out on work to transport dogs from all over the state to their excited fosters’ homes … who stay up late searching shelter pages for that next “Freedom Ride” potential …. who volunteer countless hours making rescue a reality!

Provide Medical Care

Freedom Ride Rescue provides all supplies (crates, food, bowls) and gets the animal in for a vet visit (for a spay, neuter and/or vaccines); we’ll also provide flea and heartworm preventatives. Anything and everything to make a happy and healthy pet!

Find A Home

We love, rehabilitate and nurse an unwanted, unloved animal until they prance away with their fur-ever person as they start their most life’s wonderful chapter: the one as a cherished pet.

help save a life

Donations cover vet expenses, shelter fees, continuing long-term care, and any other costs that arise treating dogs in great need. We prepare our dogs for success with a microchip, spay/neuter and make sure they are up to date on vaccines and preventatives. We are a 501(c)(3) organization making your financial contributions tax deductible.


Join our tight-knit rescue family! We need fosters until dogs are adopted, for temporary needs, for medical cases and/or for end of life hospice care. Supplies and vet care is provided. You help your dog blossom and find his fur-ever home and in the process learn what a rewarding experience fostering really is!


Adopting a rescue animal helps to save the life of an animal in need, through no fault of their own! And you get a new best friend out of the deal. Seriously, what could be better than that? We take in all mixes of breeds and all ages! You can meet adoptable dogs at our weekly adoption events or put in an application for specific dogs.