Chesed Foundation Rescue was unofficially started 25 years ago. In 2004, Chesed was incorporated as a non-profit and in January of 2005, received designation as a 501(c)(3) charity.
Chesed’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted pets and to provide services for local needy pets and their owners.
The heart of our team is our amazing foster families who make it possible for these pets to have a safe place to live while they receive medical care and search for their forever homes.
Our board is responsible for day to day operations of the rescue. Volunteers assist with collecting and distributing donations, taking animals to appointments, and other tasks as they arise.
Our trainers and groomers generously donate their services.
All of the above give their time and energy as volunteers.
Rounding out our team are our veterinarians, who make sure that each animal gets the medical treatment needed and is ready for his or her new home.
And of course, our donors, adopters and their pets are always considered to be part of the Chesed family.
Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch to volunteer!
For many years I rescued stray and unwanted pets from the streets and shelters. There were no options for shelter pets that were not quickly adopted. They were euthanized. The concept of “rescue” didn’t exist. In the early 2000’s, I had a vision of an organization that could intervene in the shelter system, take the animals not wanted, help them with medical care, and place them in homes; to get the word out about shelters, animal homelessness, and encourage people to give a discarded pet a second chance rather than purchasing one. The concept of Chesed (meaning “lovingkindness”), for abused and unwanted pets was born.
Through the years, Chesed has rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed thousands of pets. Never lowering our standards for quality veterinary care for all pets in our system, or searching for the best and hopefully permanent home.
Since the beginning, Chesed has reached out to the community to provide Humane Education Programs, in everything from pre-school through high school. We have met with both Boy Scout and Girl Scout chapters to teach about rescue. Finally, we have created an organization that helps people as well as their pets. We provide necessary pet-related items from food to crates to people who need them. We offer vet care to people unable to afford their pets through crisis times.
I am very proud of the way Chesed has grown, and the differences we have made.