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Rescue Stories


Fiona came to us very emaciated after being dumped by Fellows Lake. Despite her starvation, Fiona was a very sweet dog, with a pleasant temperament toward people. Fiona was in no shape to be adopted out, but thanks to the many generous donors who contributed supplies and medical care, she regained her proper weight and we could begin the process of finding her a forever home. Months later she found the perfect home. Finally, she is a happy dog and has a human who loves her.


Sweet Harlow was found after being shot point blank in the head. She was rushed to the vet where she had to have surgery to remove her eye and bone fragments from her jaw. She bounced back in no time and found her forever home!


Hervil was found in the woods by hikers. He had been shot in the head, so they immediately contacted Rescue One for help. The bullet was lodged in his nasal cavity and had to be surgically removed. After a couple of months of healing, he found a wonderful forever home!


When Ingrid was rescued, she was in terrible shape. She had an injury to her mouth that was very infected, as well as infected ears and skin. She was also over 20 lbs underweight. She appeared to have given up hope. Over the next several months and with aggressive treatment, she began to blossom! While her muzzle is permanently disfigured, she found her forever home and is very loved!


Jetta came to Rescue One with 7 other dogs. She was only a couple of months old, and had a terrible injury to her nose and severe mange. She had to have surgery to be able to breathe out of her nose, and it healed wonderfully! Her skin healed as well, and shortly after that she found her forever home!


Lindy was spotted by someone driving down the road; they could see her ribs from their car. She had a massive tumor on her back left leg that totally encased her foot. Dr. Katie Loula of Christian County vet clinic removed the 2½ lb. tumor, plus a couple of toes. In no time at all, Lindy was walking around without any issues. The hair has all grown back and you can’t even tell that she’s missing a few toes. She put on 15 pounds on in one month, making those ribs disappear. She was adopted by a family with children and now is living the dream in a suburb of Denver with a family that loves her very much!


One of our volunteers shared Morgan’s story. She had been in a shelter in rural Arkansas for over 4 years. After seeing her face, we could not turn away from helping her. Our volunteers drove the 3 hours to get her, and after being in our care for 3 months, she found her forever home!


Topher was found after being dumped in the trash. His stomach was very enlarged, and several liters of fluid had to be drained from his stomach. He was sent to the MU Vet Hospital where he was diagnosed with Cor Triatriatum Dexter, which is a very rare birth defect. He had corrective surgery and is looking forward to living long and happy life!


Zander was rescued in Stone County. It would have been impossible to count all of the punctures on his poor body. Some of his teeth had been pulled, which is not uncommon in bait dogs. He also had a fractured scapula and broken ribs. He was hospitalized for over a week and was unable to get up for 5 days. After several months of rest and love, he recovered! He is a wonderful, loving dog.


Rescue One was contacted about a puppy who had been shot in Webster County. At the Emergency Vet Clinic, we learned that he had been shot just below the tail and the bullet had severed his urethra. The next day he was taken to University of Missouri Veterinary Hospital. After a night of tests and consults, we were informed they did not think a repair was possible. The very next day Dr. Nichole Scott at Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital performed a successful Perineal Urethrostomy! Zeke is now adopted and has two kids that adore him!

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6 days ago
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Many dogs seeking committed forever homes! Find them now at rescueonespringfield.com/adopt/.

Saying that we are overwhelmed would be an understatement. With 204 in our care, 11 dogs in boarding/emergency kennels or needing moved, 19 dogs on our waiting list, and at least 10-12 people contacting us everyday because they can't keep their pet, the mission sometimes seems hopeless. There are just too many. For every adoption, there are 3 intakes.

If you're looking for a new pet to adopt, ... See more

6 days ago

Rrrrrrocket here! I'm ready to blast off to my new forever home...just need to figure out where exactly that may be...hhhmmm. Maybe you can help me plot my course, because these people at NASA are no help with that right now since I am not actually a space craft or an astronaut...whatever...I'm an amazing dog, which means I'm cooler than all of that! Ok, here is some info about me...
I'm Rocket, a 4 year old, 70lb. Staffordshire terrier mix. I am a playful, snuggle bug who likes to talk. My ... See more

6 days ago

Hey, good looking! What's your sign? I'm an Aries...oh wait, that's my name.
I'm a beautiful 1-2 yr. old, 49lb., Pit mix looking for my perfect match! Here's who I am compatible with...basically everyone who wants to hang out with me, play, and cuddle! Haha! I'm a friendly, bubbly, fun girl who is just looking for a frisbee partner! I love people, kids, and other dogs. I am an active, lady with puppy manners, so a home with little kiddos may not be the best fit for me. I have not met any cats ... See more

1 week ago

Harriet the spy is here! And for my next case...my forever home: where is it?!!!! Here's the deal...I need your help to solve this one.
Since we will obviously be friends soon, you can just call me Harriet. I am a BEAUTIFUL 4 yr. old 41lb. hound girl. I am definitely more of a wallflower at the moment. I have had people be pretty mean to me in the past and well...I'm working on trusting and being more comfortable around everyone. I am looking for a quiet, mellow family where I can learn to ... See more

1 week ago

Join us for dinner at The Grotto on West Battlefield on Tuesday, June 12th! The Grotto has generously agreed to donate 50% of all sales from 5-9pm to Citizens Against BSL! The funds raised will go towards campaign materials to fight the breed ban that will be on the August 7th ballot. This includes take-out food as well, so come hungry to help save Springfield's pit bulls! Springfield Citizens Against Breed Specific Legislation

1 week ago

I am Nimshi. I will be a year old this month! Can I celebrate with you!?? I’m a big, 85lb husky/coon/shepherd mix. I am a good hearted boy who lost my mama when I was just 3 hours old. I love water and would love running free in a big backyard. I love other dogs yet, I am a little too curious about cats. I am as beautiful as I am sweet. I know all kinds of basic commands and will graduate with honors soon from the Puppies for Parole program with my Canine Good Citizens certificate. I hope I ... See more

1 week ago

**Urgent** We are in need of a foster home (or forever home) for Blanche. She needs a home with no other dogs or male dogs only and no cats. She graduated from the Pups on Parole Program a few weeks ago but she doesn't have a foster home to come back to so she is still there. This is not only sad for her, it also eliminates a spot in the program for another dog needing to go. Please consider opening your home for this sweet girl until she finds her forever home. Rescue One supplies all the ... See more

1 week ago

Coco LOVES water! Where are our river and lake peeps?

1 week ago
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13 forever homes were found this week. Congrats everyone and thanks for adopting a rescue dog! We still have many dogs looking for their homes. Head on over to rescueonespringfield.com/adopt/ to see them!

1 week ago

I'm ready to latch myself on to your side FOREVER!!!! My name is Thatch and I am quite the catch! I am ready for my perfect match! HA! And I can rhyme, too! Told ya..total package right here! I am a year old, 45ish pound lab/pointer mix. I just busted out of prison...but chillax! I'm no felon (unless, you call stealing hearts a crime...wink, wink). I was hard at work in a training program called Pups for Parole and mastered my basic manners and obedience! I am house trained, crate ... See more

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