4 Luv of Dog Rescue: Over 6,500 Dogs Saved

4 Luv of Dog Rescue, based in Fargo, ND, is a remarkable example of community-driven efforts in animal welfare.

An Organization Passionate About Rescuing and Rehoming Dogs

By the Numbers

  • 6,500 dogs saved as of 2022
  • Over 300 volunteers

4 Luv of Dog

4 Luv of Dog Rescue, based in Fargo, ND, is a remarkable example of community-driven efforts in animal welfare. Established in 2005, this entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization is dedicated to the cause of rescuing and rehoming dogs. The organization primarily serves the upper Midwest.

The Rescue receives no government funding and relies entirely on grants, fundraising, and generous donations from the community to provide care for all of the dogs in its rescue. A volunteer-run organization devoted to rescuing and rehoming dogs, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue does not discriminate against breed, age, or disability.

“We are nothing without our community,” Fundraising Coordinator Savanna Leach said.

A unique aspect of 4 Luv of Dog Rescue is its operational model. Unlike many animal shelters, it does not maintain a traditional shelter facility. Instead, it operates on a foster-based system, with dogs being cared for in foster homes or at local boarding facilities. This approach not only provides a more home-like environment for the dogs but also helps in better assessing their behavior and needs in a family setting. This system is complemented by a facility in Moorhead, MN, which is used for emergency-only housing for dogs until a faster home becomes available.

Inside the foster-based mission of Fargo’s 4 Luv of Dog Rescue

Potential adopters can meet dogs either by becoming approved to adopt or by attending an organization-hosted event. This process ensures that the dogs are placed in homes that are best suited for their individual needs. Most of the dogs are in foster homes, and the organization respects the time and commitment of its foster volunteers by arranging meetings with approved adopters only.

The Future

“We would love to build our own space,” Leach said. “We currently lease, and we lease on a very small piece of property. Our own space would ensure longevity in the community, as well as the space to house more animals, and have more room for in-house activities that we would otherwise pay for—this includes grooming, training, boarding, etc. It is a very large dream, but we would love to see it happen.”

How to Get Involved

  • Foster
  • Adopt
  • Volunteer

Support 4 Luv of Dog
Facebook | /4LuvOfDogRescue
Instagram | @4luvofdogrescue

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