About WDR

About Working Dogs Rescue

Our Amazing Team

From Shelter Dog to Working Dog

Our Rescue Mission began in 2014 and we became a federally licensed 501c3 non-profit charitable organization in 2015 so we can expand our mission! Our Mission is to Rescue German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and various working breeds from High Kill Shelters or assist with referrals for other breeds that need rescued. 

We work in Arizona, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We assess our incoming dogs for working jobs including but not limited to, Service, Assistance, and Therapy.  We have placed dogs in therapy, search and rescue, service and companionship homes. One of our main focuses today is to help more Veterans with PTSD. Did you know that there are thousands of Veterans around the U.S. that need a dog for PTSD and they can be charged as high as $50,000 for a dog? Our goal is to give back to these veterans and donate dogs to them in return for the amazing sacrifice they have made serving us and our country.

Companion Dogs

There are some dogs that do not possess a drive for work, but we love them all the same and will adopt these amazing companion dogs to fully screened qualified families. Their “work” may simply be walking with mom or dad to take the trash out or fetching the newspaper! If you know these breeds you know they love to work in any capacity fit for them. The dogs that come to our location will go through a course of basic obedience training so that once adopted they have a much higher chance of a successful adoption and never to be returned to the shelter or abandoned again.

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Getting Involved

We are always in the need of fosters to help with our mission. The more fosters we have the more lives we can save. For dogs in offsite foster homes, we do our best to have our trainers around the country or the fosters themselves teach them some “basics” first. We only place dogs in homes with a good temperament that do well with people, other dogs , kids etc. If foster has other dogs children etc and needs us to, we can provide all needs for the dogs. Food, vetting, toys beds, whatever is needed. They are usually adopted into homes in 30 days or less.

Our main focus is Arizona, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. However with our vast network of amazing volunteers, we can help in many other locations. We are always open to working with trainers in these fields around the country. If you would like to partner with us in our Mission to help dogs fulfill their highest potential, please contact us.  

Become a Superhero

WDR would not be what it is today if not for our amazing team of volunteers. Find out more about how your superpower can save lives and bring happiness to dogs and humans alike!

"I was born to be an animal rescuer."
Gina Bowles
WDR Director

Happy Tails...


Mystic, this poor beautiful girl was dumped in


Our shy girl Sadie, she was rescued from

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Thank you to our Veterans. We have our freedoms thanks to them. As we honor them today let's not forget how many have died for us, how many Veterans are homeless that can use our help, how many suffer from PTSD and how many unfortunately die from Suicide. Today please read the story of one of those many heroes, Mike Day, an amazing Veteran hero who did so much, who formed a non profit to help others, who gave it all and unfortunately was one of our Veterans lost to suicide this year.During this holiday season when you see chances to help our Veterans. Please do so! 🙏🇺🇲Mike Day:Mike Day had been shot plenty of times during his two decades as a Navy SEAL, but he had never been hit. That changed dramatically on the night of April 6, 2007. Mike was part of a 22-member assault team tasked with striking an al-Qaeda cell responsible for shooting down several Marine helicopters.Mike was the first through the door and was immediately met with a hail of bullets by terrorists firing AK-47s, an M-4, and pistols. Mike was hit and fell into the 10-square-foot room. Of the two Iraqi allies behind him, one was severely wounded and the other was killed. Fellow SEAL Clark Schwedler was hit in the back of the neck and died on the scene. His rifle shot from his grasp, Mike transitioned to his pistol, killed one terrorist, and then engaged a second terrorist who had pulled the pin on a hand grenade. The explosion knocked Mike unconscious.Mike Day awoke to find the remaining enemies firing at his regrouping comrades. He engaged and killed the two remaining AK-47-wielding terrorists with his sidearm. When the smoke cleared, Mike Day had been shot 27 times; 11 rounds hit his body armor and 16 bullets had entered his body. “Anywhere you can put a finger on me, except my head, I was shot.”Miraculously, Mike completed clearing the house and then WALKED HIMSELF to the evacuation helicopter. The total elapsed time of the shootout was 16 minutes.Mike credits his training and muscle memory for his actions that night. To this day he believes that a person can train in or out of anything in life. “Everything you are right now is what you have trained into. You can break the trend of listening to that voice in your head that keeps you from being what you want to be.”Mike also shares his thoughts on Veterans transitioning out of the military and civilians dealing with trauma in their lives.TAKEAWAY: “If I don't do the best I can to be the best I can be, I am no good to anyone else. You have to be self-reliant.” ... See MoreSee Less
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