Our Mission

We are based in Rutherfordton, NC. We rescue unwanted litters of pups, adults and seniors directly from the general public when they seek our help, as an alternative to our local ‘kill’ shelter. Howlin4Spirit has rescued over 9,500 dogs and puppies(2 cats and 1 pony) since January 2, 2004. We get all our rescued K9’s healthy(pups are quarantined for 4>5 weeks, receive at least 3 puppy boosters and 2>3 de-wormings before they are allowed to leave our care), spay/neutered, micro-chipped and transported to their pre-approved adopters every Saturday via LIFESAVERS & SAVE THEM ALL Rescued Pet Transport services, to all points along the eastern seaboard from western NC to Long Island, ManchesterNH, BurlingtonVT and Albany & RochesterNY.

About Rutherford County, NC

Rutherford County NC has NO shelter for adoptable animals. The only available space for strays & owner-released pets is a ‘kill’ Animal Control facility, run by the county Sheriff’s Dept and county Solid Waste Management Dept, and inmates from the local jail, which is located next to the county landfill where all potential adopters must drive down an unsavory road lined with drug dealers. Strays are given 72 hours for their owners to claim them. Owner-relinquished pets are given NO time IF space is limited, which is almost always the case, with only 18 runs at this county’s only facility(2 are for cats). Their only hope is the occasional adopter, or rescue groups willing to make space for them.

Rutherford County NC was a thriving community of textile industries, until NAFTA helped move 90% of our factories to other countries. H4S a non-profit organization made up of hardworking volunteers working together for the good of saving homeless adoptable animals in our area, as fast as we can. We offer low-cost spay-neuters for those who qualify & for strays who will have an opportunity for a good home, we can help defray costs, whenever possible. We also have plans for an educational program where we will supply any teacher willing to teach the importance of compassion towards their furry friends, spay/neutering, the proper care of pets, and what they need to do if they see any neglect or abuse.

 I Am an Animal Rescuer

My job is to assist all creatures
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs
I take in new family members without plan or forethought
I have bought dog food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body
I have “Animal Friends” and “friends who have animals”
I don’t often use the word “pet”
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time
We may be master of the animals,
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven’t learned
War and abuse makes me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet, but determined army
And we are making a difference ever day
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a puppy play
Who only days ago, was too weak to eat
I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full!
In the game of life, I have already won! 
 ~ Written from the heart by: 
Annette King-Tucker

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