Tiny Green Plants

Our Roots

Our organization grew from the vision of a woman who wanted to change the world for dogs (and other animals) and the people who love them. Her vision transformed into a plan and from that plan grew The North American Rescue Collective. 


Founded in 2017, NOARC aspires to be more than a rescue. There are thousands upon thousands of animal rescues in existence and this one is different. It is a sad truth that many rescues are pulling dogs from shelters/owners to rehabilitate and heal them, yet the methods they use actually cause further trauma. The techniques used by some rescues include items such as shock collars, prong collars, and alpha/dominance based training. It is our belief at NOARC that rescue is not rescue if we are causing pain, discomfort, and fear on animals to shape or change their behavior. That's why our organization advocates strongly on behalf of force and fear free training methods for all species. We believe that true healing happens with gentle, positive guidance utilizing scientifically-supported approaches. We believe that every animal is a unique being with their own set of needs and we celebrate their individuality.


NOARC recognizes that the issues resulting in shelter overpopulation must be addressed in order for there to be long-term change. That is why the latter part of our mission involves assisting communities with the implementation of programs that deal with those very issues. In the coming years, we plan to continually increase our community involvement initiatives with the goal of helping instill much needed change for shelters, neighborhoods, and communities across the Midwestern & Southern U.S.