The concept of this organization began with a rescue that was found in a low income area, abandoned with no sight of food or water and pure neglect.  This rescue was emaciated, covered in blood with sores, had very little hair, heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and a severe case of mange.  At first examination, the veterinarian suggested euthanizing the rescue. In his opinion this type of manage was not reversible. That recommendation was refused and she was kept alive.

The inspiration of our organization came from this first rescue and her name is Dakota. The name Dakota is a Native American word that means “friend”, which represents the many rescues like Dakota that can be saved and loved. Our very first rescue was an abandoned stray dog that was saved and rehabilitated into a beautiful friend and the name of our organization and mascot was determined.

The wonderful thing about rescue dogs is they seem to know they were saved, and they appreciate it. They don't take their comfort for granted. As much as they should resent humans for their mistreatment and neglect, they don't. They forgive us and love us unconditionally and do all they can to make our lives happier. In doing so, we feel they "rescue" all of us by bringing us laughter and giving us something to look forward to everyday. Dakota is now a very happy and healthy dog and lives in a forever home.

Our success with this rescue encouraged us to continue helping these wonderful, desperate animals. So, we founded Dakota Rescue, a non-profit organization on a mission to rescue, spay and neuter strays and educate people about the importance of animal welfare, especially in low income areas. Thanks to people like you and all of our supporters, Dakota and our other animal friends will never know the hunger, fear and loneliness that the animals we cannot reach are suffering on the streets. By donating, you are helping us change the world of a rescue animal, and without the support of generous people like you, we would not be able to continue helping animals like Dakota.

"Saving one animal will not change the world, but the world will change for that one animal"

Dakota - BEFORE

Dakota - AFTER

We named our first rescue “Dakota,” the Native American word for “friend," to represent the many, many rescues that can be saved and loved.

2008 Dakota Rescue