Rural Animal Rescue Effort (RARE) is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization in middle Tennessee with a mission to rescue neglected and abandoned animals in the most rural areas of Tennessee, finding fosters and adopters in more populated/metropolitan areas, and provide spay/neuter assistance for pet owners in the most rural areas of Tennessee to reduce the extreme overpopulation and euthanasia of companion animals. We are an all volunteer, foster based organization. We do not receive any funding from city or county government. We operate solely on adoption fees, donations and grants we apply for.

We are dedicated to increasing education on the importance of spay/neuter of companion animals in order to reduce overpopulation, not only providing rescue for the animals currently in need. We specifically help rural shelters and pounds to reduce euthanasia rates, improve shelter conditions and create working relationships between animal control and rescues.

In addition to finding foster care and adopters for the animals currently in need, we also network with other non-profit organizations when we are at capacity. RARE depends on adoption fees and donations for veterinary care, including but not limited to: vaccines, heart-worm tests, heart-worm preventatives, flea/tick preventatives, spays and neuters, and surgeries for major injuries or illnesses.

There are tens of thousands of companion animals killed every single day across the United States. Although there are animals in need everywhere across the country, rural areas seem to have the worst cases of companion animal overpopulation and abandonment for a plethora of reasons. Most of the animals that sit in rural shelters or pounds are more commonly euthanized due to the lack of space, time, money and effort it takes to care for them. Unfortunately, the majority of these animals are highly adoptable and friendly with children and other animals.

We are asking that you help us give them a chance at the life they deserve. You can be a hero in their story by adopting, fostering, donating and/or sharing. 

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