To The Rescue!

To The Rescue! is a charming dog shelter simulator. Take care of unique dogs and find the right homes for as many of them as you can. Upgrade your shelter, control disease outbreaks, and learn each dog's preferences, all while helping support real-world animal shelters!

About the Game

To The Rescue! is a dog shelter sim where you are responsible for taking care of cute dogs in need of homes. It's not all cuddles: running a shelter is a lot of work. You have to manage all of the dogs' needs in order to maximize their chances of finding the right forever homes.
Each day brings new challenges and rewards. Dogs have specific preferences, can get infectious diseases, and can have negative traits. But you can also hold fundraisers, get random donations, and, if you work hard, help someone find their new best friend. Unfortunately, there's never enough room, and always more dogs.

Support real-world charity

20% of the developer's profit from sales of To The Rescue! goes towards real dog shelters through our charity partner the PetFinder Foundation.

Every Dog is Unique

Each dog is generated with its own traits and preferences to make them distinctive and memorable.

Match dogs with adopter's needs

Adopters will often come into the shelter looking for specific things. Match their preferences to increase the chances of adoption.

Upgrade your shelter

If you end up with some spare funds, you can upgrade the shelter to have deluxe kennels, get help with cleaning or upkeep, and more!

Keep the shelter open

Sometimes it can be tough to afford to take care of all the dogs in the shelter. You'll need to be thrifty and sometimes make tough decisions so that you can keep helping dogs find homes.
Some dogs are more desirable than others, but maybe if you can afford to wait long enough, just maybe, every dog will have their day.
...and yes, of course you can pet the dogs!

Take Care of Dogs

  • Every dog is unique - Each dog is generated with its own traits, food preferences, personalities, health quirks, names, training values, and more to make them unique and memorable. With 28 different breed variants, there are all kinds of dogs to take care of and show to potential adopters. These adopters will often come into the shelter looking for specific things. Match their preferences to increase the chances of adoption.

Fulfill their needs

  • Dogs need food, water, and shelter. They also need to be kept clean and happy. It's up to you, as the main employee of the shelter, to take care of them. It can get hectic, but it's all worth it to see them find their forever homes.
  • Minigames - For a break from the hectic day-to-day, there are other ways you can ensure that dogs are well taken care of. There are 4 minigames: Tug O’ War, Itchy Scritch, Fetch, and Bathtime

Manage the Shelter

  • Balance the Budget - The shelter runs on donations and adoptions, and there are multiple ways to spend your money. You'll have to manage your budget to make sure that you can pay for food, vaccines, and other unexpected expenses.
  • Each day brings new challenges - In addition to your regular daily upkeep tasks and costs, random events can disrupt the routine. Diseases can break out and spread, new dogs can show up at the wrong time, and tough decisions will have to be made.

Grow and Upgrade

  • Upgrade your shelter to increase the number of dogs you can house, make it more efficient to feed and water them, and make the shelter dogs as comfortable as you can. It's your shelter: guide how it grows!

Make a Difference

  • Event-driven story - In To The Rescue!'s main story mode you can progress from housing dogs in your own garage to running a giant, efficient shelter of your own. There will always be events that keep you on your toes, and story threads that develop between them.
  • Fostering and Adopting - The most important part of running a shelter is helping animals find homes. Match dogs' traits with the preferences of visitors to maximize their chances of finding homes. Find fosters who can take care of dogs when you don't have room.

In-Game Community Impact

  • It's not just the shelter activities that you have to manage; you also must establish the shelter as part of the community. Host events, promote, educate, and make sure that you stay in a positive light.

Tough Decisions

-From the very beginning, we wanted to teach about the real world problems shelters face. The truth is that there are way more dogs and cats in need than shelters can handle. It can be hard for “no-kill” shelters to take in every animal in need.
  • Some dogs may be hard to adopt, rehabilitate, or find room for. No one wants to euthanize, but to raise awareness, we don’t pretend it’s not part of the job. It’s not glorified or presented as an easy way out, but it’s an important part of the experience.
  • That said, we do include the ability to opt out of engaging with the euthanasia mechanic.

Epic Player Ratings

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To The Rescue! Ratings & Reviews

  • 31%
    Critics Recommend
  • 75
    Top Critic Average
  • Strong
    OpenCritic Rating
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by Ed Acosta
The management aspect was engaging, the art & animations of the dogs made them super adorable, and overall, Little Rock Games made a well-put-together package. If To the Rescue were a dog in need of rescue, I’d be first in line to adopt.
by Courtney Ehrenhofler
8.5 / 10
To the Rescue! is a great addition to the simulator genre, with a fun premise and lots to do, but added difficulty settings and more than a few bug fixes could go a long way.
God is a Geek
by Lyle Carr
6.5 / 10
To The Rescue! is an adorable and heartfelt management game, that unfortunately loses its way after the first few hours.
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To The Rescue! System Requirements



OS versionWindows 7+
OS versionWindows 7+
CPU2.2GHz Dual Core
CPU2.2GHz Dual Core
Memory4 GB RAM
Memory4 GB RAM
DirectXDirectX 11
Languages Supported
  • Audio: English
  • Text: Spanish (Spain), German, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Chinese (Simplified), English, Italian, French, Portuguese
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