Sugar Halifax County Dog Pound, NC

Rainbow Animal Rescue of NC
P.O. Box 972
Roanoke Rapids
NC 27870

Rainbow Animal Rescue NC
Halifax County Public Health System Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
54 Dog Pound Road
NC 27839
Phone: 252-883-6413

Adoption hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1pm-5pm.
Adoption fee includes vaccinations, deworming, and spay/neuter.
Click here for the Adoption Application Form

Rainbow Animal Rescue NC is a non profit 501(c)(3) organisation that rescues and finds homes for unwanted and homeless puppies, dogs, kittens and cats in North Carolina, USA. Having rescued the dogs Rainbow Animal Rescue NC then provides medical treatment and tender loving care until they are healthy enough to find a new home.

Rainbow Animal Rescue NC is a no-kill rescue that takes animals from county stray dog pounds, and homes that can no longer look after them. The dogs stay in foster homes around the Roanoke Rapids area or at our new Animal Rescue and Adoption Center looked after by our volunteers based in North Eastern NC, until they find a suitable home.

Our adoption area is North Carolina and Southern Virginia. We will not 'ship' a pet to you. We may be able to help you with transport.

Want to Buy a Puppy?
Not all puppies are the same. Puppies in pet shops are likely to have come from a puppy farm where the mother has been kept in a small cage for years. The puppy may be ill because the shop are selling the pup to make money, they are not interested in the welfare of the pup because that will eat into their profit. A puppy from a rescue will already have been evaluated and is healthy despite it costing more in vet fees than they are charging you. Beware of people selling puppies that are too young. Some people who make money selling puppies are so eager for the money that they take the pups away from the mother too young. Eight weeks is the minimum age you should take on a puppy. Puppies are brought to the rescue due to being "sickly" and this is because they were too young to leave their mothers. Very young puppies are unable to digest food properly and can become dehydrated and malnourished. You can end up with a dead puppy or a large vet bill, or at least a lot of work and worry. A good rescue will only let you take a puppy home when it is healthy and will provide help and advice to keep your puppy healthy and happy because they are interested in it having a long and happy life not making a quick buck! If you think we charge too much then you should not have a dog because you obviously do not intend to look after it. Buy a toy puppy instead!

Foster Homes Urgently Required
We rely on people to provide temporary homes to the dogs and cats we have rescued. The more foster homes we have, the more pets we can save from certain death at the county pound so we never have enough! We prefer our foster homes to be in Roanoke Rapids and Halifax area but we are open to offers. If you would like to foster a dog or cat please fill out our foster home application form. Someone will then contact you to carry out a home check and explain what is required of you.

On our Facebook page you will find photo's of rescued dogs and cats, news of events, requests for assistance, details of lost and found dogs and news of pets in their forever homes. This is a public page, you do not need to login to see it.


Donations of your time are always welcome especially in our new Animal Rescue and Adoption Center. We are always looking for good foster homes (we really need these), help with transports, fundraising, etc. Even a few hours a month can make a difference. If you think you would like to help out, please write or email. Cash donations are always gratefully accepted, too.

Rainbow Animal Rescue now has a building to use for rescued dogs and with it running costs including an electricity bill, water bill, cleaning costs, maintenance costs and the food bill! As always, vet bills, from routine check-ups and vaccinations to treatment of injuries, heartworm, parvo, or malnutrition. Then there is getting them spayed or neutered. You can send your tax-deductible donation to Rainbow Animal Rescue Inc., PO Box 792, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

A sponsor will match every dollar donated, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. Click here to see our donations page.

Volunteers Needed

We need people to help out at the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, 54 Dog Pound Road, Halifax. We need people to help with:
  • Kennel cleaning: We need to do this every morning. The more people we have the less time it will take.
  • Socializing the dogs and cats: Playing with them and grooming them.
  • Transportation: Taking the animals to the vet, to other rescues and to adopters.
  • Administration: Processing adoption applications, data entry, filing.
  • Fundraising and Donations: We need money and materials to operate the shelter.

  • If you would like to volunteer an hour or two or more of your time please e-mail

    Any interested person is welcome but we need you to be committed and reliable, i.e come in on time and work for the hours you said you will. We will need parental consent in writing for people under 18 to be a volunteer. This not be required for the training session. We would prefer you do not bring little children to the training session. Training will take place at the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, 54 Dogpound Road, Halifax, off 901 near the 4H facility.