About Us



We are looking for dedicated, no-nonsense volunteers who truly care about the dogs welfare. Even if you have little time to spare, we would really appreciate any help you can give. The reward of knowing you helped touch the lives of these wonderful souls is priceless!

Please email Paulina: caninecrusader@yahoo.com


Our Volunteer Needs Include:

  • Transporting rescued/adopted dogs
  • Meet & greets at Adopt-A-Thons
  • Information tables 
  • Event planning
  • Media relations 
  • Merchandise donation & sales
  • Grant writing, etc.



 We would like to start up strong for the upcoming year...and we need YOUR help!

 Fundraisers help us with the following:


 Pound Fees

 Have a Heart Program

 Spay/Neuter Fees

 Treat sick or injured dogs

 Boarding Fees

 Building Fund

Adopting A Friend

General Adoption Fee is $125 which includes the following:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Heartworm Test
  • Microchip
  • Bordatella vaccine (if applicable)

*** We Require a completed application and Home visit prior to Adoption ***

Online applications available at www.canine-crusaders.com


Who We Are

Canine Crusaders is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians, trainers and boarding facilities, we are able to rescue countless dogs every year, provide them with loving temporary care and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. Our website also serves as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter.


Our Story...

The founders of Canine Crusaders began saving dogs from the Mahoning County Pound in 1999 after their own dog, LEEBA was lost. They checked the pound DAILY for several years in hopes that someday, she would be found....Sadly, she never was. But as devastating as LEEBA's loss was to them, they managed to turn a tragedy into something positive by helping many pound dogs find wonderful homes throughout the years. Canine Crusaders was formally established in 2006. Canine Crusaders has helped countless injured, sick and stray dogs.

Canine Crusaders was the very first organization to solely dedicate themselves to helping the pound dogs...the first "TRUE FRIENDS" of the Mahoning Pound Dogs.

Canine Crusaders started the Mahoning County Dog Pound's sponsorship program, Petfinder Website & the volunteer dog walking group in 2006.


After 13+ years of faithful dedication to the Mahoning Pound & the hardships that came along with it, our time has now come to move on. We will concentrate our efforts on area strays and extend our help to dogs in need at ALL local Pounds.  We are proud to say that since CANINE CRUSADERS offered our hand of help to the Mahoning County Dog Pound in 1999, we brought the euthanasia rate down from approximately 80% to under 20%!


Galatians 6:9 Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.


Come Visit Us

Please visit our main website for more information, upcoming EVENTS or to make a tax-deductible DONATION to help us continue our CRUSADE! 




P.O. Box 6733

Youngstown, Ohio 44501


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