About Us

Saving Grace visits shelters across North Carolina to find adoptable dogs that just need a ‘second chance.’ We also take a lot of dogs in critical situations:  dogs from puppy mills, or seized in cruelty cases, or abandoned in natural disasters or at a veterinary clinic when their owner dies.

We are not a public facility and can not accept any stray, abandoned or surrendered pets directly. Our role is to get rescued animals medically and emotionally ready for adoption and a great life!

Saving Grace was established in 2004 at a private residence and farm with the goal of serving those animals most in need of help in North Carolina. Animals come from areas with extremely limited resources where euthanasia rates are high. 

The large majority of these underserved animals arrive at Saving Grace with limited to no prior medical care. As a non-profit, Saving Grace relies solely on donations to provide this much needed medical care and housing in order to make adoption possible for these many animals. 

Saving Grace strives to provide a more natural and non-traditional shelter environment for dogs to interact with others and exhibit their natural behaviors while awaiting their forever homes. Our Funny Farm setting allows adopters to mingle and interact with a variety of dogs and choose a new companion based on temperament and suitability for their home and family. 

Saving Grace is operated in majority by a hardworking and dedicated volunteer and foster base. This team is dedicated to finding an ever-changing but always special group of dogs an equally special family like yours.

    How it Works

    Step 1: Find the dogs to rescue

    Our team visits many shelters throughout the state to evaluate available animals and “pull” those who just need a second chance to find a loving forever home.

    Puppy at Yellowtail Event
    Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)

    Step 2: Transport the dogs to Saving Grace

    Once the team selects dogs to come to Saving Grace, our transport team gets. on the road to bring them to Wake Forest.

    Step 3: Spay/Neuter and deal with medical issues

    Most of the dogs we find in the shelters have not been spayed or neutered, and many have medical issues (heartworms, injuries, parasites) that need to be addressed before they can be adopted out.

    All animals that pass through Saving Grace are spayed or neutered.  We have a heartworm treatment protocol for any dog that test positive. Most of our heartworm positive dogs recover and go on to live happy lives.

    Puppy at Yellowtail Event
    Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)

    Step 4: Spend time in a foster home

    When our dogs first arrive, many of them are not ready to be adopted. They need some time to recover from medical issues, get acclimated to being around people and other dogs, and just learn what it is like to get some TLC!

    Step 5: Get Adopted!

    Once a dog has had a little bit of time to adjust and recover from their previous situation, they’ll get a writeup on Shelterluv and be available for adoption. While you may fall in love with someone from the Our Dogs page, make an appointment to come out to the farm for a meet and greet. You may be surprised at who stands out!

    Puppy at Yellowtail Event
    Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)

    Step 6: Adoption follow-up

    Many of our dogs get adopted and the next thing we hear is their “Happy Tail” about how they are fitting in with their new family. For heartworm positive dogs, there may be some followup needed at the farm to ensure that your dog’s treatment is complete. At the time of adoption, we’ll go through all of this with you!

    Host a Dog Sleepover

    Step 1 What is a Sleepover?

    Find out more about our Sleepover program.

    Step 2 Pick a Date

    Sign up for each time you'd like to have a Sleepover guest.

    Step 3 Pick them up

    Pick up your sleepover guest, and find fun things to do!

    Step 4 Bring them back

    It is tough to let them go, but maybe they'll become a permanent member of your home!

    Foster a Dog

    Step 1 Understand what it takes

    Fostering isn't for everyone. Could it be a good fit for you?

    Step 2
    Apply to become a foster

    Show your interest and let us get the process started

    Step 3 Attend a Foster Orientation

    Pick a session from the calendar to find out more about the program.

    Step 4
    Accept an Assignment

    Taking them home is just the beginning. Your pup will need lots of patience and TLC!

    Adopt from Saving Grace

    Happy Tails

    Stories shared by happy adopters

    Step 1 Understand the responsibility

    Make sure you understand how adopting a new pet will impact your life.

    Step 2
    Apply to adopt

    Start the formal process that will get you an appointment to meet available dogs.

    Step 3 Take them home

    Once we all agree you've found your new pet, pay the adoption fee and take them home (after stopping at the Supply Co)!

    Step 4
    Love them!

    Taking them home is just the beginning. Your pup will need lots of patience and TLC!

    About Saving Grace

    Meet Molly Goldston Founder of Saving Grace

    Saving Grace Cottage A great place to stay!

    Spay/Neuter Clinic

    Saving Grace Wake Forest

    aka "The Funny Farm" 
    13400 Old Creedmoor Rd,
    Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

    Saving Grace Robeson County

    273 Kenric Dr.
    Lumberton, NC 28360, USA

    Saving Grace Wake Forest

    13400 Old Creedmoor Rd
    Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

    Saving Grace - Robeson

    273 Kenric Dr.
    Lumberton, NC 28360, USA

    Volunteer for Saving Grace

    Step 1 Explore our volunteer options

    Step 4 Attend a mentor session

    Step 2 Fill out the application form

    Step 5 Sign up for shifts/tasks

    Step 3 Attend volunteer orientation

    Step 6 Keep coming back!

    We Need Fosters!

    Not all our dogs are ready to stay at the Funny Farm - our Fosters help get them ready for adoption!

    Host a Dog for a weekend

    Will you take a deserving dog for the weekend to give them a break from the Funny Farm?

    Donate Dollars

    Every dollar donated to Saving Grace helps us help more dogs find forever homes.

    Donate Supplies

    Create a fundraiser

    Raise the ruff

    Shop the supply co.

    Other ways to give:

    Donate to Dogs in Need of Medical Support

    Saving Grace Supply Company

    Monday - Friday: 12pm - 7pm
    Saturday: 12pm - 2pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4016 Durham Rd Raleigh, NC 27614

    Saving Grace Supply Company

    Get the basics to help you make your new adoptee feel at home!

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