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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🐾🎄 **Double Header Adoption Weekend!** 🎄🐾

Get ready for an extraordinary weekend with Freedom Ride Rescue, hosted by two incredible breweries! This is your chance to meet your new furry best friend while enjoying some of the finest brews around.

**Saturday: Christmas in July at Beer Tooth Taproom, Durham**
🕓 **4-7 PM**
✨ Join us for a festive celebration with trivia, an amazing raffle featuring tons of pawsome prizes, and a heartwarming Dog Angel Christmas tree.
🎅 A special shoutout to the incredible Susan Pridon and her army of Santa Paws elves, who have single-handedly purchased all the amazing swag and gifts for the raffle baskets! You won't want to miss these!
🐶 And of course, the stars of the show – adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes.
🍺 Sip on delicious beers while you meet your potential new family member.

**Sunday: Viscious Fishes, Cary**
🕑 **2-4 PM**
🐕 Continue the fun at Viscious Fishes, where more adorable adoptable dogs will be waiting to meet you.
🍻 Enjoy the delightful brews and a welcoming atmosphere perfect for finding your new best friend.

Bring your friends, family, and anyone who loves dogs! Let’s make this weekend one to remember with heartwarming adoptions, festive cheer, and community spirit. Come out for a fabulous weekend of fun, furry friends, and fantastic beers! 🍻🐾

#AdoptDontShop #FreedomRideRescue #ChristmasInJuly #DogAdoption #WeekendFun #SupportLocalBreweries #FindYourFurryFriend
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That's a WRAP on our silent auction!! We raised over $4100, and that amount is going up with winners adding donations. Many items - like the stay in the beautiful mountain cabin - fetched more than the given value! And the winner of the Weltron Spaceball paid her full bid and then offered the SECOND highest bidder the opportunity to pay for and claim it. With such an amazing collection of items for auction, there was something for just about everyone to try to win!

To donors and to bidders: we cannot thank you enough for your generosity! This month, we've had two dogs go to urgent care, an emergency surgery, two heartworm treatments and several unanticipated vet visits. Your support allows us to fund our dogs' medical needs without hesitation.

A huge shout out to our Board Member Melanie Loztkar for taking the lead on our annual fundraiser two years in a row. We are working to connect winners with their items this week ... what a great fundraiser for the dogs of Freedom Ride Rescue.

#pawitforward #grateful #freedomriderescue #auction
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There's no way you can resist Comet's cuteness.

Read his bio and apply to meet him! www.freedom-ride.org
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Browse our dogs in foster care and available for adoption!

Fostering a dog can be a rewarding and enriching experience. Here are the top five reasons to consider fostering:

1. 🐶Saving Lives🐶: Fostering directly helps save a dog's life. Shelters often face overcrowding, and fostering frees up space, allowing the shelter to take in more animals in need.

2. 🐾Temporary Commitment🐾: Fostering is ideal for those who want the companionship of a dog but cannot commit to long-term ownership. It allows you to experience having a pet without the permanent responsibility.

3. 🩷Socialization and Training🩷: Foster homes provide a more natural and less stressful environment than shelters, which helps dogs improve their social skills and behavior. This makes them more adoptable and increases their chances of finding a permanent home.

4. 😀Personal Fulfillment😀: Fostering can be incredibly fulfilling. Watching a dog transform from anxious and scared to happy and confident, and knowing you played a part in that journey, can be deeply satisfying.

5. 👍🏻Support for the rescue 👍🏻: By fostering, you support Freedom Ride in our mission to care for dogs in need. This support is critical, as it helps us manage our resources and continue our work.

Fostering a dog offers numerous benefits to both you and the dog, creating a positive impact on the community and the lives of the animals involved. Apply on our website to become a foster today!
This week we want to showcase the "big boys" of Freedom Ride. These boys are absolute HUNKS. We're thinking of starting a calendar. All of these super-sized buddies are full of tons of love and ready for their perfect families to bring them home! 

Briggs is about 1.5 years old and just under 70 pounds.  He's just a big ol' sweetheart who loves people and dogs. Apply for this handsome hunk today! www.freedom-ride.org
TURKEY DAY TUESDAY! Did you know your dog (or cat ... or snake ...) can help keep our runners and walker on the right track Thanksgiving morning at our annual Turkey Day 5K? Ruby and FRR Alumni Toasty have signed up for THEIR sign already - this is them last year!

Make your donation at https://www.freedom-ride.org/donations/turkey-day-pet-signs-sponsors/ The signs are available for local pick up after the race (we stll have a few from 2023 if you want yours!)

This kid and dog friendly event is at the White Deer and Lake Benson parks. Serious runners (they go first in heats) and meandering famlies all welcome! Registration is open: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Garner/FreedomRideRescueTurkeyDay5k?previewCoverPage=T 

Email turkeyday@fredom-ride.org for more inforation on this fun event!
This week we want to showcase the "big boys" of Freedom Ride. These boys are absolute HUNKS. We're thinking of starting a calendar. All of these super-sized buddies are full of tons of love and ready for their perfect families to bring them home! 

Say hello to Scruffy! He's an Airedale Terrier/Golden Retriever mix (no, seriously) who is about 2.5 years old. Scuffy is a young and happy guy who loves to play, play, play and live his life to the fullest. Read more about him and apply to meet him! 
www.freedom-ride.org
This week we want to showcase the "big boys" of Freedom Ride. These boys are absolute HUNKS. We're thinking of starting a calendar. All of these super-sized buddies are full of tons of love and ready for their perfect families to bring them home! 

First up is TITAN! With a name like that, you know you're in for a massive amount of puppy lovin'. Titan is still a puppy (just under 6 months old!) and he's just the best boy. He loves toys (tennis balls are great) and being with his people. Apply to meet him!
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🚨🚨FOSTER NEEDED!!🚨🚨 this girl was found as a stray and brought into the area shelter. We’d love to find her a foster home. She is approximately 8 weeks old, 10lbs and dog friendly! Please email jennifer@freedom-ride.org if you’d like to foster this girl!

Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

~ Karen Davison

Services

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.

foster

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!

Adopt

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.

Lost a Pet?

Freedom Ride Rescue partners with Petco Love Lost to make reuniting lost pets easier using image recognition technology to search a national lost and found database. 

Report Lost Pet