Helping Hands Rescue is a volunteer-based non-profit organization located in Lewiston, ID.  We have observed a great need in our community to assist, rescue, foster, provide medical care and love for the unwanted, homeless, neglected and abused animals in the Lewis-Clark Valley and surrounding areas.

Our organization works diligently to reduce the population of homeless/unwanted animals through promoting and supporting early spay/neuter.  It is our goal to find safe, permanent, and loving homes for the animals in our care.  We screen all adoption applications to ensure that our pets are a good fit with a potential adopter.

How We Do It

We operate as a volunteer non-profit and are funded solely on donations and fundraisers.  Helping Hands Rescue receives no government support so fundraising and private donations are especially important to us.  Because of this, we rely heavily on social media to stay connected to our supporters.  So when we say, "every little bit counts" we mean it.  Consider setting up a monthly giving donation or even consider us when planning your estate.


You might be surprised to know that we do not have a facility or shelter.  Rescue animals are brought into loving volunteer foster homes.  The benefits of adopting an animal that is fostered can include:

  • They are better socialized, having already lived in a family setting.
  • Training such as basic commands, house training, and kennel training begins while in foster care.
  • Foster parents learn the animal’s personality while in their care and are better able to match the pet with the right home environment for a successful adoption.

We Can't Take Every Animal

Though we would like to, we can’t take every animal. Because we don’t have a shelter, we can only take a new animal when we have a vacant foster home. March through October are particularly busy with kitten season keeping us at capacity.  If you would like to help us rescue more animals, please consider fostering and make a difference to an animal in need. See our foster page for more information.

Frequently we get requests to temporarily foster an animal so people can get back on their feet or find an apartment that takes animals.  Unfortunately, we are unable to foster temporarily because it ties up a foster home and a truly homeless animal wouldn’t get the opportunity to be saved.