Richardson Rescue, located in York, SC, is a non-profit animal adoption agency dedicated to preserving the sanctity of animal life. While trying to find a forever home for every pet that comes to us, we strive to give owners a better education on pet care, prevent pet neglect/abuse and provide a low cost spay/neuter program for those that can't afford it. Richardson Animal Rescue is a 501C3, non profit, publicly funded rescue.

What does 501C3 mean?

501c3 means that we are funded by the public. ALL donations are tax deductible. We get NO STATE OR FEDERAL FUNDING !! How many we can save is up to you!!!

Many people are appalled that so many animals are euthanized daily at Animal Control. Meanwhile, they do nothing to support the rescues that save these pets. We are the ones saving them and we get no Federal Funding, and the competition for grants makes them almost impossible to get. Daily, we receive upwards of 50 calls with pets needing rescue. We have over a 100 pets in our care at any given time, and we cannot continue to save the lives we do without donations. We have been saving lives, and impacting the lives of homeless pets in our community for 15 years now and have adopted over 6,000 pets to great homes. These are pets that would not have had a happy ending without us. We can only continue to do this with your support.

 If you see a pet you are interested in, please feel free to email or call 803-628-5084, Monday thru Saturday, 9am to 4pm, for Questions.

If you are interested in adopting, the first step is to submit an adoption application. We check applications daily.
When you receive your approval email, you may then call to make an appointment to visit the pets in our care.

Visits are by APPOINTMENT ONLY!! Monday-Saturday from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. In order to adopt from us, you will need an approved application. The application link is at the top of this page. Please call us at 803-684-6865 to arrange a visit, ask us a question or if you have a pet for rescue. We answer calls daily from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Saturday. We are closed to the public on Sunday.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Please take a tour of Richardson Rescue.

Come and see some of the videos we have on YouTube

Pets of the Week

  • We believe Millie Jade is about 10 months old as of January, 2015, and weighs about 40 pounds. We rescued her from a kill shelter on her last day. This dog has a lvoing and sweet temperament. She gets along well with other dogs, loves to be around people and seems to ignore the cats. Millie also walks well on a leash. This girl would do well with any type of active family. She is

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  • We believe Teddy is about 4 years old as of December, 2014 and weighs 14 pounds. We rescued him from a kill shelter on his last day. This boy is affectionate and playful with every person he meets. He loves to be held and loved. He gets along with other dogs, but he does want to be the top dog. He likes to posture around a other dogs to let them know who is boss.

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  • We believe Tom is about 2 years old as of January, 2015 and weighs 54 pounds. We rescued him from a high kill shelter on his last day. Tom loves every person he has met and is an active, playful guy. He is a working dog so, he will need and active family to take care of his exercise needs. He will also require a fence to adopt. He also gets along with other dogs

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  • We believe Zach is about 2 years old as of January, 2015 and weighs about 47 pounds. We rescued him from a kill shelter on his last day. This boy has shown us nothing but the typical, sweet Boxer personality. He gets along well with other dogs and walks on a leash well. We are not sure about house training, but older dogs are usually very easy to house train. This is an active boy

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We would like to thank everyone who has helped and donated to us to enable us to rebuild. We will be updating the photos as often as we can.


Thank you for your donation to Richardson Rescue. 

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Finley and her Human

Check out this link to see one of our previous rescues in action. These happy endings make us smile, cry and remember why we continue to rescue. As you watch these funny little clips, you can see the love and time her new daddy put into her. We thank you Greg for sharing your life with Finley with us. Thank you for giving her a chance.

Finley and her Human

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PetSmart Adoption Days

We would like to send out a huge thank you to our volunteer Ceil and her wonderful husband for volunteering their time to repaint our cat room at PetSmart. They arranged for the paint and tools to be donated, painted and added little finishing touches to help organize our supplies. Ceil also helps out regularly with out kitties on location at PetSmart along with Tracy and Bridgette. We love all of you girls and keep up the great work.

A thank you also goes out to Sherwin Williams in Rock Hill, SC and to their manager Jeremy. They generously donated the paint, roller brushes and pan to make this happen. This kind group of people can be contacted at 803-366-9749 or visit them at 1240 Cherry Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

We cannot say enough how much we appreciate the time and effort our volunteers put into helping the orphans here at Richardson Rescue. We could not do this without each and every one of you.

We miss and love you Hanna. "We Hope You Dance"

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