About Us

pink03bTara’s House is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an “all-breed” dog rescue. Our mission is to rescue and provide care and compassion for our pets while working to place them in permanent loving homes. The pets we rescue arrive at Tara’s House from high kill shelters, many with little to no funding for their own adoption programs. These shelters rely on Tara’s House to save these adoptable pets from certain euthanasia.

It is a sad fact – pets find their way to shelters through no fault of their own. Today, many are innocent victims of the current financial crisis; families simply cannot afford to keep them. We believe in giving these shelter pets a second chance. At Tara’s House, we provide our pets with the love, vet care and, if needed, professional behavior modification that they need to thrive. We then help them find “forever” homes. We receive no government funding; we operate solely on private donations and volunteer efforts. With 3-4 million pets euthanized in the United States each year, our team of volunteers is dedicated to helping those pets that we can, and to making a positive impact in the life of each pet we rescue. Please – opt to adopt!

Tara’s House is a ‘virtual’ animal rescue, meaning we do not have a brick and mortar shelter available for public visitation. Instead, we are a network of volunteers who allow our rescued dogs to live with us in foster care until they are adopted. We harness the full power of the Internet to adopt dogs by using email for correspondences and we accept online adoption applications. We do, however, hold monthly adoption shows, the location of which is advertised on our Events page. Operating as a virtual shelter allows us to run lean operations and put a higher percentage of adoption donation fees and received donations toward the care of our dogs.

We adopt to the entire Metro Washington, DC/Baltimore Area including: DC, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and the areas of and surrounding Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Reston and Woodbridge, VA. Additionally, we will adopt to those from the Harrisburg and York PA Metro Area. We limit our adoption area to uphold the highest quality adoption process and honor our lifetime commitment to our dogs.