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, learn each dog's preferences, and make tough decisions, all while helping support real-world animal shelters!
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Mostly Positive (565) - 73% of the 565 user reviews for this game are positive.
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“I’m not sure how indie developer Little Rock Games got ahold of my gaming dream journal, but they did, and now we have To the Rescue, a game where you get to maintain your own dog shelter and work to connect animals with their forever home.”
The Mary Sue

“I came away from To The Rescue! hungry for more. [...] Earnest and colorful without being overly saccharine, challenging without being unfair, To The Rescue! looks to be a lot of fun. Now if you’ll excuse me, Zephyr needs his food changed.”
digitaltrends

“To The Rescue! is an excellent representation of the difficulties that dog shelters face on a daily basis. It also manages to provide an addictive gameplay loop, with the constant goal of trying to get your dogs adopted.”
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From the Dev



Hi! Olivia here from Little Rock Games and we need your help!

Throughout development of To The Rescue!, we did extensive research into dog shelters to make sure we accurately represented them as much as possible while still making a fun and genuine game. We now want to give back to those shelters and help those dogs still looking for a better life.

This is where we need help. We need your support to be able to give better lives to puppies as they wait to find their fur-ever home. With every purchase, we will be donating 20% of our profits to the Petfinder Foundation to do exactly that: help save the dogs!
Make sure to wishlist so you'll know when we launch so you too can help support and save puppy lives!

About This Game





To The Rescue! is a dog shelter simulator where you are responsible for taking care of dozens of cute dogs in need of homes. It's not all cuddles and snoot boops though: running a shelter can be 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.

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.




  • 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 adopters' needs. Adopters will often come into the shelter looking for specific things. Match their preferences to increase the chances of adoption.
  • Upgrade and customize 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.

...and yes, of course you can pet the 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





  • 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!




  • 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.




  • From the very beginning of the project, we wanted to teach about the real world problems shelters face. The truth of the matter 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 that might need help.
  • There are dogs that may be hard to adopt, rehabilitate, or find room for. No one ever wants to have to euthanize, but since we want to raise awareness, we don’t want to pretend that it’s not potentially 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 being said, we do include the ability to opt out of engaging with the euthanasia mechanic, for players who would rather experience the game without it.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: 2.2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Processor: 2011 or newer Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or ATi GPU with 1GB Memory
    • Storage: 6 GB available space

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