Meridian Canine Rescue is actively responding to the coronavirus pandemic by revising our operations, changing our event plans, and assisting our partner shelters. Click here to learn more about our new community services and how you can help us care for our dogs.

about us

Meridian Canine Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill canine rescue dedicated to giving homeless and owner surrendered dogs a second chance. We have both a facility and a network of foster homes, several staff members, great business partnerships, and a whole bunch of awesome volunteers — all of which help us care for dogs in need.

We strongly believe that no dog should walk alone. That’s why we strive to provide a safe environment and exceptional quality of life to our dogs.

Thank you to Saucerman Construction for sponsoring our dogs during the month of April 2020. Their donation will directly impact the lives of rescue dogs.

MCR is grateful to local businesses that give back to our community. 

Our Work

Our mission is to save lives through storytelling and education.
Transparency

openly and honestly representing ourselves and our organization to others

Individuality

telling our dogs’ unique stories, advocating for their needs, and embracing their quirks

Commitment

standing up for our dogs now and in the future and giving them every chance to find their best home

Empathy

having compassion, understanding, and respect for the feelings of both dogs and humans

2,500+

Dogs Adopted

200+

Volunteers

50+

Community Partners

22,300+

Followers

Our Dogs

Daisy

She's crazy about car rides. She loves a good puppuccino. And her very best buddy is Doc. Come meet Daisy at MCR.

Ginger

She loves splashing through creeks, rolling in mud, and -- more than anything else -- playing with other dogs. Say hello to Ginger.

See who's available for adoption

At a Glance

Thinking about joining our team? Here's what makes us unique:
1

Dogs are individuals

We view each dog as an individual with unique needs and personality traits. That’s why you won’t find breed labels around here.

2

Positive reinforcement

We believe in modern, science-based training. We choose non-aversive methods to build trust and encourage positive behaviors.

3

Community-funded

Our donors support our work and allow us to save more lives. As a 501c3 nonprofit with no contracts or major funding sources, we rely on the generosity of dog lovers.

4

No-kill

Dogs are never euthanized for lack of space or money. We help each dog to the very best of our ability, and we maintain a live outcome rate of over 99%.

Our People

Saving lives is a team effort. Each person plays a vital role in fulfilling our mission.
Volunteers
  • 3 Handling Levels
  • 2 Active Committees
  • 7 Position Types
  • Monthly Orientation
  • Classes + Workshops
  • Mentors
Staff
  • 3 Full-Time
  • 3 Part-Time
  • 24/7 Support
  • Program Management
  • Development
  • Operations
Board
  • 3 Officers
  • $260k annual budget
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Quarterly Reviews
  • Strategic Planning
  • Oversight

Testimonials

Here's what our volunteers say about their experience.

Volunteering here fills my heart with joy! It’s the best part of my week because I feel like I’m making a small difference for the dogs in our care. The dogs are so loving and happy to see me when I get off work. They love to go for walks with me. Sometimes we sit and watch baseball for a while or the other dogs at the play park. And, when the dogs get adopted into new families that love them and you get updates with pictures, well I’ll admit it, little happy tears well up in my eyes. It’s the place to be where you’ll make lots of new friends — human and canine.

Michelle

Volunteer since May 2016

Quick Links

Click below to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Have you been thinking about adoption? Are you ready to fall in love? Find out more about our adoption process.

Whether we’re hosting events at our facility or attending them off-site, MCR is always active in our local community.

We are always looking for dedicated, compassionate, dog-loving people to help us save more lives

Our dogs receive on-site behavioral support, daily kennel enrichment, and positive reinforcement training.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses, the sponsorship program helps us to continue saving lives.

We’re here to help dogs in need. Staff reviews all requests and schedules intake for dogs who are accepted.

Support our cause today

Our Blog

See what's happening behind-the-scenes at MCR.


We're having an amazing year -- are you?

We are excited to share our work with you, and 2020 is proving to be a productive, transformative year for our organization. Join us as we save lives.

Let’s Play the Name Game!
“Rover?” Instant attention. That’s the purpose of the Name Game — to capture your dog’s attention by calling his name. In this video, Hillary tells you how to play the Name…
Breakfast in Busy Boxes
At Meridian Canine Rescue, we serve meals in busy boxes at least twice per week. The boxes are so easy to customize, and since each one is different, our dogs never…
Intro to Clicker Training
Positive reinforcement training works for dogs (and people!) by helping them learn what’s expected. Basically, we reinforce a behavior so that it’s more likely to occur again. Dog training is so…
Contact us

208-794-0944 info@meridianrescue.org

Visit us

By appointment only starting 3/16/2020

Find us

501 E Scenery Ln, Ste 100
Meridian, ID 83642

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