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1 Halifax County Pet Adoption Center, NC

Rainbow Animal Rescue of NC - a genuine charity saving the lives of dogs and cats
P.O. Box 972
Roanoke Rapids
NC 27870
Tax ID # 20-0241166

Rainbow Animal Rescue NC operating the
Halifax County Public Health System Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
54 Dog Pound Road
NC 27839
Phone: 252-883-6413

Raffle to raise money for Rainbow Animal Rescue of North Carolina. Tickets are on sale now, $5 for 5 or $10 for 12. The drawing will be on 12/23/23. A video drawing announcing winners will be posted on Dec 23rd. Click here to see the flyer and send a text 413-834-1802 with any questions or to purchase tickets.

We are short staffed and are only setting up appointments for approved adopters to come and meet our dogs. We are sorry that we do not have the staff to operate normal opening hours for viewing to the general public like we used to. If you are interested in adopting PLEASE fill out an application. This will confirm you meet our conditions and gives us an idea about what type of dog you are looking for. It helps eliminate wasted time for everyone involved. We DO NOT do on the spot adoptions at our facility or at events.

Changes to the Future Operation of Rainbow Animal Rescue
October 29th 2023: Rainbow Animal Rescue does not have any paid staff and the few volunteers we have are finding it too difficult to operate the kennel facilty at 54 Dog Pound Road. Consequently, we have decided to stop using the building at the end of December 2023. We will revert to using foster homes and finding rescues for the dogs as Rainbow Rescue did 20 years ago. We will continue to treat the heartworm positive dogs that are at the facilty (we need foster homes for these) and care for and provide training for all dogs currently at the kennels - we need adopters/rescues/foster homes for these.

At this time we plan to have the dogs we have on hand placed in the next 8 weeks. Right now we have absolutely no space. There is a waiting list. We will attempt to assist in emergency situations but during this downsizing period that may not be possible. We realize that closing the building will increase the euthanasia rate in Halifax County as we will be limited in the number of animals we can help as we move to a foster based program. If you are interested in looking after a dog in your home for two weeks at a time or through a medical recovery, please fill out a Foster Application Form. NOTE: If you have a dog or cat and want to foster, be aware your pets will need to be current on vaccinations, altered, and we prefer but do not require a fenced yard. We will furnish all food, medical, crates, collars/leashes, etc.

Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page

Beat the queue! The cutest dogs have many applications and pre-approved applications have priority over new applications. If you have already been approved to adopt, you are more likely to be able to adopt the dog you want.
Click here for the Adoption Application Form.
Due to lack of volunteer time, we are only able to answer questions from prospective adopters that have filled out an application form.

NEW DOGS: Click on a dogs name or picture to see more photos and information.


Mixed breed

Neutered Male, 7 years approx

volunteers156.jpg SAVE A LIFE - FOSTER A DOG! We had to leave dogs at Animal Control because all our kennels are occupied. Giving a temporary home to a dog will mean we can rescue a dog from the pound thus saving its life. We prefer our foster homes to be in Roanoke Rapids and Halifax area but we are open to offers. If you would like more information about fostering please click here for the application form.

Puppies and Still Looking for Volunteers We are receiving a lot of calls and requests about pups we may have up for adoption. Our volunteers stay swamped with vetting, cleaning, feeding, Etc and so we only answer questions from people that have filled out an application form. We are sorry but we are too short staffed to field all the questions especially when it is about a dog we already have multiple applications for.
  1. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application. That is the first step.
  2. We still need help with the dogs at the kennels, so if you can help, please call or e-mail us.
  3. Remember, our work at Rainbow is fully voluntary and unpaid. We have families, jobs, and other responsibilities.
  4. Please be patient as we work through this time of need.

Click here to see our donations page
Our vetting expenses for 2022 were over $65k. This year donations are down and our outreach funds are exhausted. We are currently in debt to the tune of over $5k at Vets offices. Many people have continued to donate faithfully to us and they are a blessing because their help allows us to provide care to the pets we help.

What We Do
Rainbow Animal Rescue is a no-kill rescue based in north-east North Carolina. We are a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization (EIN 20-0241166). We are not a business and do not employ anyone. We started our rescue in an effort to help the many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in Halifax County, North Carolina and the surrounding areas. We keep dogs at our adoption center operated by volunteers, and foster pets in our homes until we can find loving 'forever' homes for them. We rely on donations from the public to help us save the dogs and cats.

Contacting Us
We have so many calls our voice mail is often full. You can text but with so many texts it is hard to respond. We do look at each one, but as unpaid volunteers with jobs (we have to pay our bills) and families (yes, we have those too), we are limited in how quickly we can process them. A lot of time is spent with messaging. It is best to fill out the Adoption Application Form.

Volunteer at Halifax Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, NC
We need help with cleaning at our building in the mornings. There is a lot of work to be done and right now there are only four of us, two of which also work paying jobs. We are there 365 days a year. On top of regular cleaning we have to keep up with maintenance of the building and yard work as part of our agreement with Halifax County to use the facility. We arrive around 6:30am and are there until 9:30am to sometimes 11:30am. Also evenings, depending on vet trips, jobs, Doctor appointments, that have to get squeezed in. We need help! If you are serious about volunteering (even a couple of hours one day a week) please contact us.

We need people to help out at the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, 54 Dog Pound Road, Halifax. Do you have 2 hours of free time one day a week? We need people to help out Monday through Friday and possibly weekends from 8:30 to 10:30 am. If interested please contact or 252-883-6413.

We need people to help with:
  • Kennel cleaning: We have to do this every morning. The more people we have the less time it will take.
  • Socializing the dogs and cats: Playing with them and grooming them.
  • Transportation: Taking the animals to the vet, to other rescues and to adopters, either using our van (if it is working) or your vehicle.
  • Administration: Processing adoption applications, data entry - adding new dogs to the database, updating medical records, filing.
  • Fundraising and Donations: We need money and materials to operate the shelter. Organise or help at fundraising functions.
  • Adoption Events: Transporting dogs to adoptions events, looking after them while they are there, telling people about them.
  • Fostering: We need people to provide temporary homes to the dogs and cats we have rescued. The more foster homes we have, the more pets we can rescue from the county pound so we never have enough. Foster homes provide useful information about a pet so that it finds a home more easily. We need you to live in the area of Roanoke Rapids/Halifax, NC in order to foster a pet. Click here for the foster home application form.

Rainbow Animal Rescue is a Certifying Organization in the PVSA program. In 2003, the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President's Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America's strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too. Click here for more information about the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Adopting a dog
Would you like to adopt a dog on the day of your visit? You need to be a pre-approved adopter. Fill out our Adoption Application Form now so that you are ready to adopt when you see a dog that like. We do NOT do on the spot adoptions. Applications must be submitted and vetting/personal references must be checked before an adoption is completed. You will not be able to adopt a puppy or dog on the day of your visit if you do not have an approved application. Click here for the Adoption Application Form. Make sure your Vet has permission to pass on your information to Rainbow Animal Rescue. If your vet refuses to talk to us this will delay your application and may result in the dog you want being adopted by another applicant.

Halifax County Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, NC