Pet Rescue Sponsors

To date, The Dream Ride Experience supports the following animal rescue organizations:








Big Dog Ranch Rescue

14444 Okeechobee Blvd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States.  It’s our mission to be a leader in the national animal welfare movement, through compassionate, innovative rescue practices and transformative educational programs. Our goal is to give the gift of life to as many dogs as humanly possible, enrich the lives of those who adopt them, and in doing so, help create a better world.









Brass City Rescue Alliance

Middlebury, CT 06762

We aim to get as many dogs and cats adopted as possible via our rescue. We have our own shelter and also several feline foster homes to lovingly care for our animals prior to placement. We are proud adoption partners of PetSmart Waterbury and hold weekend events there for our cats. We provide veterinary care, behavioral assessments and training to make each animal successful in its new forever home. During warmer months we collect food, toys and other needs for the impounded dogs and the rescued/adopted dogs. We also collect items for the dogs we rescue as well as vetting donations for their care while in rescue. We network for dogs at local shelters and lend a hand to our rescue friends whenever we can. We also advocate for the wellbeing of the dogs and their living conditions and strive to better improve the long standing customer service issues at the Waterbury Dog Pound as well as other shelters. We also help the public with questions, training, referrals/paying for veterinary care etc. Through constant media promotion and proper assessments of the dogs, we hope to save as many lives as possible in our day to day mission.









Companion Pet Rescue

Southbury, CT 06788

CPR’s mission is rescuing & re-homing abandoned and neglected dogs.

In addition to rescuing & re-homing dogs, we promote our own spay/neuter outreach program that allows us to assist families that need this service but can’t afford it.

Companion Pet Rescue’s name was chosen very deliberately — we focus our efforts on friendly, social, loving companion pets. We rarely assist in placing dogs with special needs or aggression — we simply are not equipped to rescue these dogs, as our dogs are heavily socialized with others (a doggy daycare environment), or in foster homes, almost all of which have children and other pets.

While we always have more dogs in need than foster homes to help, we focus on the positive and what we can accomplish; this helps us save thousands of dogs in need!

Please help us spread the word about our rescue and our spay/neuter initiative. Thank you for supporting CPR!










Connecticut Humane Society

701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111

169 Old Colchester Rd, Quaker Hill, CT 06375

455 Post Rd. East, Westport, CT 06880

“The Connecticut Humane Society is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare, enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty.”

We envision a state where each companion animal finds a permanent, compassionate home, where communities are enriched by the special bond between people and animals and where cruelty no longer exists. With this clear and unified understanding of our purpose, direction and path we set out our core values:



We manage and allocate all our resources to remain steadfast to our mission, to achieve the greatest good, and to ensure the future of our organization.


Our actions and decisions are based on providing the best medical and shelter care, and services to the most animals.  We respect the life of each individual animal, while focusing on the welfare of staff, community, and the animal population as a whole.


We enrich the Connecticut community we serve by placing safe, healthy companion animals in responsible, loving homes.


We treat all persons with dignity and respect in a non-judgmental manner.  The general public, our staff members and volunteers are all viewed as our partners in improving animal welfare and in fulfilling our Mission.








Dog Star Rescue

Canton, CT 06019

The Mission of Dog Star Rescue (DSR), volunteer company, is to save abandoned, shelter, or owner surrender dogs to the best of our ability with the volunteer and financial resources available. DSR will strive to:

  1. To prevent animal cruelty and neglect by saving abandoned, shelter, or owner surrender dogs of all breeds and ages from New England and southern states to the best of its ability with the volunteer and financial resources available;
  2. To provide veterinary care and spay/neuter services, nurturing foster homes and suitable caring permanent homes for all dogs in its care and to remain committed to each dog beyond the adoption process;

iii. To educate prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of providing a lifelong home to rescued dogs;

  1. To train volunteers through orientation and ongoing opportunities; and
  2. To engage the community by educating and advising on the proper animal care, spay/neuter and rescue.

The ultimate goal of DSR is to develop a network of united supporters to transform as many unwanted dogs as possible into companion pets in appropriate homes.










Double Dog Rescue

Unionville, CT 06085

Double Dog Rescue (DDR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by two sisters, Chey Ottoson and Laurie Ottoson Perotti. After rescuing their own dogs from the south, they wanted to do more to save even more dogs. Laurie was already working with Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue when she met Sharon Veronneau. Sharon, too, was a huge fan of Chessies, yet wanted to be part of an all-breed rescue. In turn, Sharon decided to be the third partner to the group. Chey adopted her first dog Lincoln who was a pet surrender, from Laurie. After getting the “rescue bug”, Chey frequented Petfinder and met Lisa Walker and Debbie Ginn. Overall, there have been countless generous leaders in rescue who have taught the sisters the best practices which in turn were integrated into Double Dog Rescue. These are the best practices they instilled in their volunteers, and what has made DDR one of the best in New England. Together, Double Dog Rescue was launched in December 2006.

The group started out with eight volunteers, and now has a team of over a hundred. DDR does not have a physical shelter, instead acts as the middlemen to facilitate getting the dog from the shelter and into a loving home.

Overall, it’s imperative we act quickly as dogs often only have hours before they are euthanized. Unfortunately, many shelters in the south still use a gas chamber to euthanize dogs, which is inhumane and causes a painful death. Again, every dog saved makes room for another left in the shelter.

This group was started in an effort to help the overpopulation of dogs in the South. Double Dog Rescue was named to honor Laurie’s dog, Lily, and Chey’s dog, Lincoln. Both dogs passed away in 2006 and are represented in the logo.









Halfway Home Rescue

North Haven, CT 06473

About Our Rescue Group…

Halfway Home Rescue Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non=profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of hundreds of  abused, abandoned, and homeless animals each year; locally and beyond. We provide spay/neuter and other veterinary care to each animal that passes through our doors. Our phones ring 24/7 and we try our best to keep up with the calls, as space and finances allow. No one takes a salary. Since our founding in 2004, more than 5,000 lives have been saved.

Most of the animals that come to our rescue, have suffered lives of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Often times we have no knowledge of the exact history, when they enter our rescue. Our volunteers work with every dog or cat as much as needed, providing medical care and emotional love. Our goal is to place each animal in a home that most suits each animal needs.

How Did HHR start…

Halfway Home Rescue began as a small organization, focusing on Trap/Neuter/Return of feral cats, as well as socializing and adoption of friendly kittens. Over the past decade, the economic changes have caused many people to face unemployment, foreclosure, and unforeseen circumstances. Therefore increasing the need for organizations like ours. Due to the increased volume of animals in need, there is also an increase expenses for basic essentials such as food and veterinary care. To offset these costs, volunteers hold small fundraisers throughout the year including: T-shirt sales, benefit night at local restaurants, pet food drive, bake sales, and comedy night events.

Our Partnership:

We value the partnerships we have made with organizations sharing our passion for saving lives. Since November of 2008, we have been a PetSmart Charities Adoption Partner and now occupy the adoption center in the North Haven, CT and Orange, CT stores. In the fall of 2014, HHR became a rescue partner of North Shore Animal League, which twice-monthly loans us their mobile adoption unit in an effort to increase the number of animals finding forever homes. In January 2015, HHR began a partnership with and was awarded Shelter of the Month by Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy; My Cat From Hell.









Kenway’s Cause Inc.

120 Rescue Lane Bloomfield, CT

Kenway’s Cause supports adoptive families and rescue organizations should a dog adopted from the shelter have pre-existing medical conditions or even behavior issues. Our goal is to provide relief to help with treatment and/or rehabilitation. And last but certainly not least, Kenway’s Cause donations allow us to provide medical care for dogs that need immediate treatment while in the shelter or would otherwise be euthanized. We have paid for emergency surgeries, x-rays, ultrasounds, various tests and different forms of treatment. The City does not pay for the immediate medical attention and treatment many of these dogs require so the only option prior to the existence of Kenway’s Cause was to euthanize them.










Kitty Kat Rescue, Inc.

Oakville, CT

Kitty Kat Rescue is dedicated in our cause to take homeless and abandoned cats and kittens off the streets.  We provide shelter through loving foster homes and we spay/neuter, vaccinate and test all of our kitties before adoption.  Our goal is to place them in permanent, loving homes that are best suited for them and the new family.  We also educate the public on the importance of spay and neuter and provide literature and information on low cost medical services.












Pack Leaders Rescue of CT

1026 Tolland St. East Hartford, CT 06108

Our Mission at Pack Leaders Rescue of Connecticut is to save the lives of dogs and cats both locally, and from the South, that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. We prepare them for a forever home through the three branches of our organization. Our transport service and behavioral training program allow us to rescue, evaluate, and rehabilitate animals, and we place these animals into forever homes through our rescue program. Our rescue and behavioral training programs maintain relationships with adopters to ensure successful placements that last a lifetime.

Pack Leaders Rescue of Connecticut started with our founders Victoria and Americo rescuing an adorable blind dog in need. Victoria immediately became a volunteer for a local rescue. Americo, a professionally certified dog behaviorist, soon jumped on board. Their home in Connecticut became a safe haven for dogs and cats in need both local and out of state. Since then we have opened a facility in East Hartford, developed a foster program, and started our own transport service.

We are very proud that our Rescue saves thousands of animals and gives them another chance at life.










Protectors Of Animals

144 Main St. Unit O East Hartford, CT 06118

Protecting animals and preserving communities.
We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter and rescue. POA was formed in 1975 to rescue abandoned, abused and stray cats and dogs. Today we are one of the oldest and most respected animal welfare organizations in the northeast. POA is here to stay! You will not find a more dedicated, experienced or thorough resource for improving the lives of Connecticut cats and dogs. We confine our focus to our home state because this is where our infrastructure and resources reside, as well as our leadership.











Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue

45 South St. Ridgefield, CT 06877

ROAR was founded on the simple principle that we would provide animals in need with the same love, care and compassion we show our own family pets. Since we opened our doors in 2005, we have placed almost 4,500 neglected and unwanted cats and dogs in caring homes throughout Ridgefield and our surrounding towns.

But our mission does not end at our shelter’s door. ROAR’s staff and volunteers are also committed to enhancing the remarkable bond between people and pets through our education and outreach programs, levels, sharing information about the rewards, and responsibilities of pet ownership, and working with student groups in developing ways to “give back” to animals in need.











359 Spring Hill Rd, Monroe, CT 06468

SPCA of Connecticut, Inc. is a no-kill animal shelter located in Monroe, CT.

We are one of Connecticut’s true no-kill shelters. We house homeless dogs and cats that are available for adoption. Over the years we have placed thousands of animals into their forever homes. We have a dedicated staff and group of volunteers that can assist you in finding your new friend.










Tail To Paw Animal Support

Tail to Paw is an all-volunteer organization started out of a pure and unconditional love for animals and their people.  It is our firm belief that no one should ever be denied the opportunity to experience and live with the love a companion animal provides due to their level of poverty, type of housing or physical or mental health.

Our goal is to be able to provide food, supplies (litter, leashes, bowls, etc.), medicine (flea/tick, supplements, etc.), medical vouchers and educational support to households with low-income or who are experiencing temporary hardship so that they do not have to give up their pets to a shelter.

We provide education regarding vaccinations, pet nutrition, behavior, working with landlords and spaying/neutering in the effort to ensure that more pets are able to stay at home with their families.










The Simon Foundation

120 Rescue Lane, Bloomfield, CT 06002

“Until there are none, adopt one.”

The Simon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is dedicated to the preservation and adoption of dogs and cats that would otherwise be abandoned, neglected, abused or euthanized. 

The Simon Foundation facility is a 36,000 square foot state-of-the-art, no-kill, animal rescue and adoption center located in Bloomfield, CT. The foundation provides quality care and comfort in a safe environment for homeless cats and dogs until they can be placed into loving, forever homes. We receive no government funding, relying on generosity of public and private donors in order to continue our work.

Please consider giving in any way that you can.  Donate…Adopt…Volunteer.  You will make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats.










We Adopt Greyhounds

WAG (We Adopt Greyhounds, Inc) is an all-volunteer run 501(c)3 non-profit Greyhound Adoption group based in Connecticut. We have been placing retired racing greyhounds in homes throughout Connecticut since September of 1992.

Why Adopt from WAG?

We “cat test” every adoptable dog with a live cat.

This may sound silly, but many groups and even some tracks do cat testing with a stuffed toy, a remote-control car, etc. Some groups that do use live cats only use outdoor (stray) cats, or cats that are in crates.WAG performs cat testing in a house, with the cat loose and the Greyhound wearing a muzzle. This simulates a home environment while providing for the safety of all animals involved.If you have cat(s) and are interested in a particular Greyhound that we believe is “cat friendly” or “cat workable”, we would have the dog meet your cat(s) at your home, while wearing a muzzle, to see how well they get along (The same applies for small dogs).

Our available dogs are fully vetted.

All WAG dogs have the following performed before adoption: spay/neuter, update vaccines as needed, dental cleaning (if needed), Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma test (tick-borne diseases). WAG foster dogs are also current on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.

Our available dogs are in foster homes.

Dogs in foster care have already begun the transition from track/kennel life to home life. They learn about stairs, glass doors, house-training, etc. There will still be an adjustment period when the dog moves from its foster home to its adoptive home, but often it is much easier than adopting a dog straight from the track. Having dogs in foster care also allows WAG to know more about each dog’s personality, such as how the dog reacts to cats, kids, strangers, how it walks on a leash, etc. This can make it easier to find the right dog for your family.

We will not choose your greyhound for you.

WAG will offer advice based on your family’s needs (okay with kids, cats, other dog breeds, etc), but we will not choose your dog for you. We want you to be an active participant in choosing your new family member. We encourage adopters to meet all available dogs that we believe will be a good match for your home, and to let your new dog choose you.If you have other pets, we require that they meet the Greyhound in advance. Often the existing pets in the family help make the decision about which Greyhound to bring home.

We support our adopters before, during, and after the adoption process.

Whether you have already adopted, or are just thinking about adoption, our volunteers are always available if you have questions or concerns. After you bring your Greyhound home, we want to hear from you to see how you are doing. WAG can loan you a crate to help ease the transition and assist in house-training your new dog.WAG also has Meet & Greets, Playgroups, and other events regularly, and we encourage our adopters or potential adopters to attend. We also encourage people to keep in touch via email, phone, or the WAG Online Forum. WAG is a very helpful community of Greyhound lovers and we’d love to welcome new members.