Twenty Paws Rescue is a nonprofit, all-breed rescue group headquartered in New York. Our group is comprised of volunteers all over the East Coast who love dogs and cats and want to help those that are homeless through no fault of their own.

What is animal rescue?

It is normally a team of volunteers rescuing animals from peril, such as threat of euthanasia by animal shelters and other at-risk situations.

Do you only rescue and place certain types of dogs?

We have a focus on “bully breed” dogs; however, we will help any dog or cat in need, any breed, any shape, any age, any size.

Can we visit your shelter?

No. Twenty Paws Rescue does not have a shelter or kennel. Thus, our rescue organization has no building. Our dogs live in private foster homes until adopted, and our volunteers work from their homes. If you are interested in one of our dogs, the first step is to complete and submit an adoption application.

Where do your dogs come from?

Every day, loyal and loving dogs and cats turn up in shelters. Often, their owners surrender them or they’re found after being dumped on the streets. To the best of our abilities, we evaluate all of our dogs’ and cats’ temperaments and suitability for living with other dogs, cats, and children. A dog’s health is checked, we make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccinations and spayed/neutered. Then, we place them in loving foster homes until they find their own family. Our goal is to meet the needs of each dog as an individual and to assure proper placement in a loving forever home. We do the best we can to rescue a dog or cat from any location; however, we mainly work with shelters along the East Coast and the southern states.

What is the process of adopting from Twenty Paws?

We emphasize matching the right dog to the right family so that all will have many happy years together. Completing and submitting the adoption application is the first step and the fastest way to begin the adoption process. The adoption process can take up to a month to complete. Please visit our application section if interested in adopting a dog from us or email us at twentypawsresue@gmail.com. Additional steps include:

• phone interview
• veterinary & personal references check
• home visit
• a meet and greet
• adoption fee
• adoption contract (can be previewed on our website)

What is the adoption fee?

The standard adoption fee is between $400. The fee is the same for all our dogs, regardless of age, breed, or gender. If you are interested in adopting a bonded pair, the donation is $600

The adoption fee seems high what does this include?

We are not funded or subsidized by any state or federal agency, although we are required to adhere to strict state regulations. Our rescue operation runs solely on the adoption fees we collect and the donations we receive from caring people like you. There are many costs involved in running the rescue, including veterinary care, transportation from and across states, food, kennel care, rent for the required quarantine space (per state regulations), and associated utilities. All of our dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption (unless under 6 months of age), up to date on their vaccinations and tested for heartworm. The monies we receive from adoption fees and donations barely cover the costs associated with rescuing dogs and we need all available help to keep rescuing dogs in need.