Our Work

Our Strategy

This year, we are focused on our mission to save lives through storytelling and education. Some of our goals include advancing dog care and strengthening our volunteer program. Click here to view our 2021 Strategic Plan.

Our Programs

Below, you'll see details of our core programs. Each one allows us to better serve our dogs, our people, and our community. If you'd like to support our work, click below to make a tax-deductible donation to our cause.


We’re here to save dogs. And that means finding amazing homes for them and helping our adopters take good care of their new family members. We want everyone to choose adoption — and to succeed. That’s why we also provide free post-adoption support to families who need a little more help to care for their new pup.

Behavior + Training

Our Behavior + Training Program standardizes the holistic care of each dog in our custody and provides customized plans for individual dogs. Staff, volunteers, and local professionals work closely to manage our dogs, modify their behaviors, and teach them valuable skills. We document and track their progress, and we share all of our work to potential adopters.

Dog Care

Each dog has unique needs, and our Dog Care Program focuses on meeting those needs through individualized housing, medical care, and mealtime enrichment plans. This program also includes our main Enrichment Program, which provides daily exercises and activities to stimulate our dogs’ senses and relieve stress or boredom. 

Volunteer + Foster

We rely on our people to save lives. Our Volunteer + Foster Program focuses on recruitment, training, support, appreciation, and retention. We offer a variety of positions and help volunteers advance their skill levels. Volunteers and fosters gain access to free educational materials and classes, and they can choose to help with events, fundraising, and various administrative tasks, depending on each person’s interests.

Our Services

MCR accepts owner surrendered and transferred dogs. We offer neither animal control services nor veterinary care for members of the public. However, you’re welcome to purchase a Meridian City License here.

Intake + Adoption Numbers

MCR reports monthly figures to Shelter Animals Count, a national database. 

Our Live Release Rate for 2020 was 99%.


108 intakes

121 adoptions


262 intakes

248 adoptions


277 intakes

303 adoptions