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In memory of and to honor the lives of Jack, Sam, Dewey, Nina, Charger, Flip, Lil G, Loki, Bison, Yolanda, Kiwi, Major, Matilda, Rayo, Sandy, Adia, Skye, BlackKitten3, Batman, Dusty Theo, Rose and so many others waiting for us at the bridge. 

Always in memory of our forever angel Kelle who shone in the darkest night #lovelyyou.

Mosh Pit Rescue is a small, entirely donation funded, 100% volunteer staffed, 501c3 dog and cat rescue focused on local adoptions, fostering, advocacy and animal welfare in Grand Rapids, MI.



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Mosh Pit Rescue was founded in 2017 with the goal of fostering and adopting out older male pit bulls and pit bull advocacy. That mission quickly expanded and MPR now works with all kinds of dogs, kittens, cats, and rarely even a bunny.  We had no idea the unbelievable need for cat rescue in Grand Rapids.  

We are a Grand Rapids/West Michigan 501(c)3.  We pull the majority of our adoptable dogs and cats out of local West Michigan shelters and prefer the major medical cases the shelters cannot handle without rescue transfer.  We do not typically take owner surrenders.  Once pulled, we focus on rehab, recovery, rehoming, fostering, adopting, training and other shelter support.  

We believe in spay/neuter - period. With rare exception, all other pets in the household must be fixed for an adoption application to be considered (talk to us about vet directed exceptions).  Reach out to us if true financial need is preventing you from fixing your pets and we will assist to the best of our ability.  

We pride ourselves on the high quality of care given to our adoptables both in foster and at the vet. We use a top of the industry vet and practice excellent vet medicine. We do not use vaccines from Tractor Supply or otherwise take "rescue shortcuts" in our vet care. MPR is very proud of the care our animals receive and hope to be the standard for vetting through a rescue.  Each adopted animal has seen a vet and all vetting is clearly explained to adopters.  

Our adoption bios are written honestly without a lot of fluff as we intend to match our adoptables with the best home, not the first one we can find with flowery language.  Bios are written with care and with honesty.   

MPR is strongly against puppy mills and designer puppy stores. We do not "buy dogs" or help dog breeders and we do not do same day adoptions without an in person home check. We adopt, we rescue, we do not shop.  No legitimate breeder would sell their puppies to a dog store.  We would be doing a disservice to our adoptables to do adoptions without a home check.  We love them too much.

#rescuelocal - Mosh Pit does not import dogs from out of state. We will #rescuelocal until no pet here in West Michigan needs us. KCAS, Pound Buddies, CCAC, Ionia - local shelters are full of dogs that need our help. We wish we could help every dog in the world, but until no dogs here in West Michigan needs us, our mission is LOCAL. #rescuelocal #adoptlocal

Our pets including our adoptable cats are indoor only pets and are not kept isolated from the family or kept outside even during foster. Pets are family and they deserve to be included and treated accordingly both when in our care and once adopted. If you are looking for an outdoor or barn cat, we will connect you with a barn cat program.  

Mosh Pit rarely takes owner surrenders.  Pets are forever. Outside of owner death/disability or military deployment there are few circumstances that justify rehoming a pet. Owners should have known that new puppy would get bigger or would need more attention than could be given before they adopted it. We hear excuses all day and we're sick of it. It’s exhausting watching humans fail animals and have a hard time even pretending to be polite about the excuses.  Rarely when an owners comes to us with an owner surrender is that pet properly vetted.  The norm is that the animal is not fixed, not chipped, not vaccinated and the owner has not worked with a trainer on behavior or a vet on meds.  

If owners can afford nail salons, cable TV, new clothes, fireworks, alcohol, lotto tickets, keno, dining out, vacations etc. owners CAN choose to take responsibility for animals they made promises to and committed to.

We are not here to make it easier for owners to abandon animals.  

(On the flip side, we have also watched owners hustle and pick up second jobs to afford needed care for their animals - we have watched people step up and shine and take responsibility for their animals.  We watched a family forgo a vacation, watched three kids choose to forgo back to school shopping, watched again and again as people can and do step up.)  

We are here to help if there is true need.  

MPR receives dozens of requests a week and simply can't help them all or even reply to them all. There are too many truly homeless animals locally that have NOBODY - where we are the difference between life and death - for us to take an animal that has a home from an owner who needs to step up and take responsibility for their animal. Harsh as it is, if we take an owner surrender, a dog dies in a kill shelter because we took that dog instead of pulling from a kill shelter.

If you do need help with an animal in your care, please reach out, but know our goal is going to be supporting keeping your pet in your home, not rehoming. We have helped reinforce fences, we have helped provide transportation to vet appointments when owners were unable, we have helped pay vet bills, we have housed an animal for a short period of time while owners were between houses. It is not our usual - but sometimes there are circumstances and owners truly need help.

We expect people to have already worked with trainers prior to contacting us about any behavior issues - we recommend A Pleasant Dog and A Dog's Life GR for training. We also expect animals to be properly and fully vetted prior to contacting us. Your vet can recommend behavioral meds and to rule out any medical issues for any underlying behavioral problem.

If your pet is not yet spayed/neutered - please contact CSnip. Spay/Neuter is not a magic guarantee that automatically fixes behavior problems - but it is the single first thing that any reputable rescue will do upon intake and it can help with behavioral issues.  It is also humane basic animal care and part of responsible pet ownership. 

We are zero kill outside of major non-treatable medical issues if recommended by a vet or non-trainable aggression if recommended by a behaviorist. We are not open intake meaning we choose what animals we can help based on our budget and open fosters.

We are a small volunteer rescue. No one affiliated with Mosh Pit receives a salary. We are volunteers who do this on top of our regular day jobs because we want to help. We may not be able to save them all, but we will #dosomething and save the ones we can.

We are a foster based volunteer rescue not an open intake shelter. We do not have kennels or a physical facility - our adoptable animals are kept in our foster’s personal homes as family members. Please do not show up at any of our foster homes with an animal intending to surrender it.  An adoption application must be completed prior to meeting any of our animals.  Appointments are needed prior to showing up to meet an adoptable animal.

In Grand Rapids, the Kent County Animal Shelter is the open intake municipal government run shelter where owners can surrender animals - INCLUDING STRAY CATS.  If you find a stray animal, you are that animal's advocate - fight to get them into the shelter vs. releasing them back out into the world.  In our experience, 2% of stray cats have owners.  No, the cat you found likely does NOT have an owner.  Please take it to the shelter even if they tell you to release it as it "likely has an owner".  It does not statistically have an owner and if friendly enough to be picked up and put in a carrier, it isn't feral.  If it has a responsible owner, that owner will have chipped the cat and it will be returned to them immediately.  If it has a responsible owner that owner will go looking for it in a timely manner - and be grateful to find it safe at the shelter.  

~Adopting a dog might not change the world, but for that dog, the world will surely change.

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Early one morning, a man was walking along the shore after a storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 

The man noticed a small child walked ahead of him.  As he walked, the child bent down to pick up starfish and throw them back into the sea.  

The man approached the boy and asked, “May I ask what you are doing?”

The young boy replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves.  When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned to the man, smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!”

The Starfish Story