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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.

Our Work

Our mission is to save lives through storytelling and education.

openly and honestly representing ourselves and our organization to others


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


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


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


Dogs Adopted




Community Partners



Our Dogs


With floof to spare and the kind of bright, happy energy that lights up entire rooms, Russell is our official Happiness Ambassador.


An expert squirrel chaser and top level trick performer, our Mae Mae is the total package. She's smart, affectionate, athletic, and only a little stubborn.

See who's available for adoption

At a Glance

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

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.


Positive reinforcement

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



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.



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.
  • 3 Handling Levels
  • 2 Active Committees
  • 7 Position Types
  • Monthly Orientation
  • Classes + Workshops
  • Mentors
  • 3 Full-Time
  • 4 Part-Time
  • 24/7 Support
  • Program Management
  • Development
  • Operations
  • 3 Officers
  • $280k annual budget
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Quarterly Reviews
  • Strategic Planning
  • Oversight


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.


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 2019 is proving to be a productive, transformative year for our organization. Join us as we save lives.

Why I Foster
It makes sense. I hear it over and over again — and it makes sense. Why would I set myself up for heartbreak? I know that a sad goodbye lurks within…
Loving Roko
Liz and I fell in love with Roko in November of 2018. Roko fell in love with Liz. I knew I could make him love me too, so we went ahead with the adoption. Having…
Autumn Leaves and Kippers Please!
The sky is blue. The leaves are changing. And Kip is having the time of his life. Field trips are paws down one of the absolute best things we do for…
Contact us


Visit us

Open Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Find us

501 E Scenery Ln, Ste 100
Meridian, ID 83642

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