Midnight Run Rescue

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

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About Midnight Run Rescue

Midnight Run Rescue in East Greenwich, Rhode Island is an all-volunteer, non-profit, foster-based rescue group, and their mission is to save lives. They rescue puppies and dogs that are in danger of being euthanized at animal shelters or in situations that are abusive, neglectful, or harmful.

Without a physical shelter facility, rescuing dogs is made possible by a network of incredible foster families who open their hearts and homes to care for these animals in need. But there are always animals in need, so please consider becoming a foster carer yourself to help give loving dogs a chance to find their forever homes.

Midnight Run Rescue and their pups rely heavily on tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations to fuel their mission of animal rescue. Donations of both money and supplies are always desperately needed and gratefully received.

Considering adopting from Midnight Run Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

East Greenwich
(860) 984-3712
Website: midnightrunrescue.net

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process

Midnight Run Rescue's adoption process is simple:

  1. Complete an online application.
  2. The application will be reviewed by one of the volunteers. If the application meets their requirements, Midnight Run Rescue will check your provided references.
  3. All current pets in your household must be up-to-date on vaccinations and have been spayed/neutered. All dogs must be on regular monthly heartworm prevention.
  4. Once references have been checked, you'll be notified that you're pre-approved.
  5. If you haven't checked out the available animals on the rescue's website, now's the time to do that.
  6. See one you'd like to meet? Schedule a meet-and-greet! Remember, all dogs are in foster homes and aren't housed at a central facility.
  7. Love at first sniff? Great! Complete the adoption agreement and pay the non-refundable adoption fee.  
  8. Bring the lucky animal home!

You're also required to take your dog to your veterinarian within 14 days of finalizing the adoption for a general exam and to purchase monthly heartworm, flea, and tick prevention.

Puppies come with a discounted neuter/spay certificate for the process to be completed through the rescue after they reach 6 months of age.

Adoption Fees

As with many other animal rescue organizations, Midnight Run Rescue's adoption fees vary depending on numerous factors. Whatever your fee, it helps Midnight Run Rescue recover a portion of the expenses they routinely incur (boarding, vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter, and transport) so they can continue to save other dogs in need. Please contact Midnight Run Rescue for more information on the adoption fees for specific animals you're interested in adopting or to learn more about how your fee supports their life-saving work.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Midnight Run Rescue
East Greenwich
Rhode Island
directly using the contact info above.

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