Bow-Wows & Meows: Rose’s Rescue

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These flowers are the perfect symbol of love. The different colors of roses also represent different meanings.

  • Red – means love, beauty, passion, romance and “I love you.”
  • Yellow – means joy, happiness, “Remember me,” a new beginning and friendship.
  • White – means purity, of course. In addition to that, it also means unity, youthfulness, sincerity and innocence.
  • Pink – represents appreciation, gracefulness, elegance and “thank you.”
  • Peach – means optimism for the future, desire, anticipation and “let’s be together.”
  • Lavender – means love at first sight.

I can’t think of a more apropos name for an animal rescue than Rose’s Rescue (RR).

  • We pet lovers tell our animals all the time, “I love you.”
  • Many of us gave our pets ‘a new beginning’ by adopting them.
  • Sincere, innocent, and pure – many of us would use those exact words to describe our dogs.
  • Even when we discipline them, they will still wag a ‘thank you.’
  • “Let’s be together” is the cry we heard from our future fur friend when we adopters went to choose one at the shelter.
  • And ‘love at first sight’ – no need to say anymore about that one! It just happens!

In 2002, Rose found a stray dog and had no where to take it. At that time, to take a dog to the pound meant it would have three days in which to be placed – that’s it. Rose couldn’t do that. So she took it in herself. She then connected with another like-minded person who would go to the pound and choose dogs, bring them to Rose’s home, and Rose would foster them as well, placing them in forever homes as she found suitable owners. She soon realized she needed to change course a bit and bought property in Rootstown where she erected a pole barn, received 501c3 status in 2004 as a non profit, and officially became Rose’s Rescue on the books!

“Our Rescue works through fosters, not a building,” says Karen Genske, one of the dedicated volunteers who wishes she were ten of herself at times. There’s so much need and never enough time or resources to do it all. Her admiration for Rose is evident. “She’ll hold dogs herself – the ones that are not adoptable due to age or medical issues. She has had as many as 20 at one time but treats them all as family and provides a loving sanctuary for them to live out their days.”

Rose’s vision is to keep the property as a sanctuary rather than building a structure. She has about 10 foster homes currently and is hoping to increase that number as more and more people become aware of the vision. Though there are kennels in the pole barn, she uses them only on a temporary basis until she can move them into foster care. All volunteers who foster have gone through an extensive background check before animals are placed in their care.

“Rose’s philosophy includes working together with other rescues and shelters. We are here for the animals, not ourselves, and if there is any way we can help each other, we need to do so,” shares Karen who, after volunteering at other shelters, has chosen Rose’s for that reason. “Rose believes in educating the public; what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, how they can help.” Rose herself is an excellent role model of leadership through service. “That’s why we have such good volunteers,” says Karen.

They work closely with the Portage County Dog Warden and Shelter. “Since Dave MacIntyre has taken over, he has made major improvements. They do not euthanize, and through donations they now have dog runs so they can go in and out. We get many of our dogs from there.” A dedicated volunteer goes to the Warden’s regularly and performs an assessment to determine the adoptability of the dog. When a foster home opens up, they pull the dog and place it there until it is sent off to its forever home. The same process is used when RR receives calls from people who must give up their dog because they can no longer afford to care for it. If there are no foster homes available, RR will do a courtesy post through Petfinder on their behalf, giving the animal much broader exposure and hope for adoption while it remains in their home. Though they no longer have foster care for cats, a number of these kitties are posted on Petfinder as courtesy posts.

Though recruiting foster homes is a prime goal, not everyone can foster. “You have to be a special person to let those dogs go when the time comes. But they can still help in many other ways. Handlers at meet and greets are a huge help. Someone to just hold the dog while being introduced. This seems like a simple thing, but people have loved it and gotten so excited they can help in this way.”

There are currently around 15 to 20 dogs in foster care through RR. Though they are always looking for more caregivers, if a dog does not fit with its new family, they always take it back. They work with Dr. Drach of Rootstown Vet Hospital for most of their animals’ needs. Dr. Drach is new and is building up clientele, currently offering reduced rates. Karen speaks very highly of her. Visit her website HERE. PetfFix, which provides spay and neuter services for low income families, comes to the Warden’s once a month and also helps out Rose’s. You can read more about PetFix HERE.

Karen reminds us, “All of us doing a little equals a big change. Find your area of expertise and do it!” If you love animals, then there’s a place for you! Whether fostering , supplying food, or helping with fundraising – or a host of other opportunities – Rose’s Rescue would love to have you become part of their vision.



  1. Foster homes – apply online
  2. Pedigree dog food and good quality soft treats
  3. Handlers at events
  4. Martingale collars
  5. Help with fundraisers


Rose’s Rescue
Call Us
330- 850-7042
Email Us:
[email protected]

And now – Meet the FUR FRIENDS! Take a minute and click on these precious pictures. Perhaps you’ll find your ‘Love at First Sight!’













Animal Blessing
Saturday, May 4, 2013 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Location: Church of the Angels
Map: 12550 Chillicothe Rd (SR 306) Chesterland OH 44026

Yappy Hour-Barrel Run Crossing Winery, Rootstown
Thursday June 6th, 2013 6:00 PM until 08:00 PM
Location: Barrel Run Crossing Winery
Map: Rootstown OH 

Our monthly meet ‘n greet at Barrel Run Crossing Winery, Rootstown.  We will be meeting with our adoptable dogs the first Thursday of each month: starting in May and ending in October (the last date will be weather permitting).

Check the full event calendar HERE.


*This weekly feature will share fun and interesting pet ‘tales’ – everything from helpful tips, funny stories, breed information, great links…really anything having to do with pets. And not just limited to dogs and cats – all pets are included here! Your stories are welcome and encouraged! Special focus will be placed on the local Portage animal shelters and rescues that have pets for adoption, so be sure to check weekly to see who might be eagerly waiting for their FURever home! Send your story or suggestion to [email protected] with subject title: bow-wow & meow

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