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50 Rescue Dog Quotes to Celebrate Second Chances

In a perfect world, every home would have a rescue dog.
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In a perfect world, every home would have a rescue dog. In most cases, a shelter dog winds up rescuing the person who saved him. Dog adoption is one of the best ways to clear the shelters and enrich your life with a furry new friend.

Rescue dogs are hidden treasures waiting to shine. Not only will a rescue pup help break the cycle of pet overpopulation, but he gets the opportunity to have a long, happy life with you.

Though many shelter dogs have had a rough start in life, they are lost souls looking for second chances. The benefits of saving a dog are endless. Older rescue dogs are past the puppy training and nipping years. On the flip side, puppies in shelters haven’t had a chance to show the world what they can do.

To celebrate the human-animal bond, we’ve gathered up 50 of our favorite rescue dog quotes. If you’ve adopted a dog or know someone who has, these quotes will touch your heartstrings. Share them with family and friends, and feel free to use them in your social media posts.

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Rescue Dog Quotes

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” – Karen Davison

“Rescued is my favorite breed.” – Anonymous

“A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.” – Barack Obama

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” – Thom Jones

“I love dogs. I absolutely adore them. When I’m teaching in Mexico, I rescue dogs from the streets and make my students adopt them.” – Mary Ellen Mark

“I found me when I was rescued by dogs.” – Anonymous

“How is it possible that out of all the dogs in the world, the best ones are rescues?” – Anonymous

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain

“The sadness I feel looking into the ages is nothing compared to how it must feel looking out.” – Anonymous

“Secondhand animals make first class pets.” – Anonymous

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Gandhi

“You can’t buy love but you can rescue it.” – Anonymous

“Rescue: It’s not just a verb. It’s a promise.” – Anonymous

“It’s easy to see why dog rescue is a mushrooming culture. Turning a troubled person’s life around is difficult, but rescuers with commitment and time, and a few dollars can radically alter the fate of a dog. And there are millions of dogs – nearly 10 million in the shelter system, many others mistreated in private homes – in need of rescuing. – Jon Katz

“I’m even able to have kind of a little bit of a second career in dog rescue. Doesn’t pay anything but it’s become a real passion for me.” – Emmylou Harris

“Rescue does not mean damaged. It means they have been let down by humans.” – Anonymous

Rescue dogs are hidden treasures waiting to shine.

Inspirational Rescue Dog Quotes

“You can’t change a dog’s past, but you can rewrite the future.” – Agnes Carass

“He who feeds a hungry animal feeds his own soul.” – Charlie Chaplin

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, smart or dumb. Give him your heart…and he’ll give you his.” – Milo Gathema

“A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any ‘thing’ you can ever own.” – Elizabeth Parker

“We threw chew toys to Misty, Mom’s Golden Retriever that she bought two years ago secondhand. Misty was supposed to be a seeing eye dog, but she failed her exam because she’s too affectionate. It’s a flaw we don’t mind.” – Douglas Copeland

“Most people say if I was rich, I’d buy designer clothes and diamonds. I’m thinking I’d buy a sanctuary and rescue more animals.” – Anonymous

“Reaching out to rescue one another under any condition is an eternal measure of love.” – Ronald A. Rasband

“I should get a dog. I would get a rescue dog. I don’t care. I would probably get a three-legged dog no one else wanted.” – Simon Cowell

“Some people see an unfortunate dog sitting in a shelter. I see an angel that someone threw away.” – Anonymous

“Being a hero to someone, even if it is just a dog, is a feeling like no other. Though it can be frustrating, it can be the most rewarding thing to give someone a second chance at life.” – Elizabeth Parker

“My mission is to rescue. My dream is that one day I won’t have to.” – Anonymous

“It’s rewarding beyond words to rescue a dog from the shelter and have that dog become part of your family.” – Jenna Morasca

“When most of us talk to our dogs, we tend to forget they’re not people.” – Julia Glass

“The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.” – Konrad Lorenz

“Looking for a good time? Adopt a shelter dog.” – Anonymous

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Dog Adoption Quotes

“You can’t change a dog’s past, but you can rewrite the future.” – Anonymous

“The perfect rescue dog is out there for everybody. You just have to find it.” – Josh Hopkins

“People who say money can’t buy you happiness have never paid an adoption fee.” – Anonymous

“A dog is like a person – he needs a job and a family to be what he’s meant to be.” – Andrew Vachss

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” – A.D. Williams

“How can anyone abandon a beautifully loyal dog? It’s not an accessory, it’s your best friend.” – Ricky Gervais

“The best things in life are rescued.” – Anonymous

“Adopting a shelter dog is an excellent way to turn love into action. The love you receive is an extraordinary extra benefit.” – Abby Underdog

“When you adopt a shelter pet, you save two lives. The one you adopt and the one who takes its place.” – Anonymous

“Unconditional love is as close as your nearest shelter.” – Anonymous

“When you look into the eyes of an animal you’ve rescued, you can’t help but fall in love.” – Paul Shaffer

“Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny, and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children.” – Michael Morpurgo

“Shelter dogs aren’t broken. They’ve simply experienced more life than other dogs. Don’t pity a shelter dog. Adopt one and be proud to have their greatness by your side.” – Anonymous

“From the moment they placed you in my arms, you snuggled right into my heart.” – Anonymous

“I now have a dog that I care for, I see things that I needed to see, that lovely dog that I rescued. Really ended up rescuing me.” – Anonymous

“A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life he is able to assist and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Do those little bits of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

“Humanity must be their voice.” – A.D. Williams