About Us


Welcome! If you are here to find out more about Stepping Stones Canine Rescue or are ready to adopt your next best friend, we welcome you.

Feel free to contact us at steppingstonesrescue@gmail.com.

Opening your home to a new furry family member can be a rewarding and wonderful experience. When you are ready, please consider a rescue dog. Hundreds of dogs are euthanized every day… one of them may just be your best friend.

Visit us at www.lovethemutt.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steppingstonescaninerescue

Adopting A Friend

If you see a dog or puppy on our website and would like to start the process of saving a rescued animal – please email steppingstonesrescue@gmail.com and request an application.

The application will be processed by an adoption counselor. We will make contact with you to answer any questions you may have and review your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered, as the information you give us on your application is essential in determining the compatibility of the dog you have requested with your life-style.

At this time, we will also conduct a vet reference to determine the health of your past and current animals.  ALL potential adoptive families must have up-to-date veterinary records on all pets currently residing in the home. We believe for health and temperament reasons that it is in the best interest of the dog to be spayed or neutered.  We will not adopt a dog into a home if your current dog(s) are not spayed or neutered.  We will, however, work with you to provide resources and education to spay or neuter your dog.  Personal references will be contacted for applicants who are not current or previous pet owners.

If the vet/personal reference portion of the application is approved, an adoption counselor will contact the potential adopter to arrange a time to complete a home visit.  If needed, we will also arrange a time to conduct introductions between other animals in the applicant’s home to ensure proper placement of the dog. The adoption fee for approved applications is $150.00.

If at any time during the dog's life you cannot fulfill your commitment, you will be required to return the dog to Stepping Stones Canine Rescue.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.

Stepping Stones Canine Rescue reserves the right to refuse adoption to any applicant.

Dog and Puppy Adoption Fee $150 Includes:

Basic Health Exam by Veterinarian
Age-Appropriate Vaccinations
Spay/Neuter (16 weeks and over)
Initial De-worming
Heartworm Test


Who We Are

With years of animal rescue and fostering experience between them, a group of friends recognized the need for a canine only rescue group in the Triad area. Consolidating their shared goal to help dogs of all breeds find the best possible home, while also matching adopters with their ideal companion, they joined forces to create a new rescue group.

Stepping Stones Canine Rescue is a charitable and educational non-profit corporation, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Our volunteers share an enthusiasm for dogs and support a mission to rescue, protect, provide sanctuary and ultimately find adoptive families for abandoned, stray and neglected dogs.

All of our dogs are housed in foster homes where they are provided with an enormous amount of love and any medical attention needed to insure their best health before adoption. All dogs are evaluated for temperament and personality, helping us to place them in homes that are well suited to their needs and to the needs of their future family.

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