Our Mission

As a foster–based 501(c)(3) non-profit, Chesapeake Rescue Alliance protects animals in the Chesapeake Bay area and beyond. We connect animals in need to safe homes and facilitate their access to quality veterinary care. The rescue also provides foster, adoption, mandatory spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return, education and outreach services to support the well-being of animals within the community at-large. This organization emphasizes transparency and integrity while providing educational resources to support the humane treatment of animals.

Breaking: CRA Awarded GuideStar’s
Platinum Seal of Transparency

We at CRA are so excited to share that our organization has earned, for the second year in a row, a Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid, the highest tier for nonprofit transparency! Now, you can support our work with the utmost trust and confidence. More information on our operations can be found by viewing our Nonprofit Profile at:


Updates on our day-to-day activities may also be found on our Facebook!

Get Involved in Our Organization!


Foster parents temporarily open up their home to animals while we match them with their furever home. Fosters allow rescues to be cared for in private homes, instead of shelters, where we can provide them with medical care that allows them to flourish.


Every day, we continue to pull animals from overcrowded and disease-ridden shelters. Adopters provide a safe and loving home for homeless animals who would otherwise be left to die on the streets or in a shelter without having known the care of a human.


Our rescue is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization. We require compassionate and driven individuals to effectively care for the Chesapeake animal community. We are always looking for more helping hands! Training and mentorship is provided.

If you have any questions before completing an application, please feel free to send us a message via the “Contact Us page
or emailing us at admin@chesapeakerescue.org.


Discovered a cat colony in your home, neighborhood, or place of business? Concerned about a mama and her babies wandering the streets? If you find yourself in need of our Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) services, we encourage you to reach out to our TNR team by completing the TNR application at the link on the right. Following form submission, the TNR Coordinator will reach out to see how we can help. Questions regarding TNR services may be submitted to tnr@chesapeakerescue.org.

Donations of Items

Providing consistent, high-quality care to hundreds of animals in the Chesapeake area requires large amounts of food, litter, medication and equipment. We rely on generous donations from the community to maintain this supply. Our fosters are always in need of these products, which may be purchased on our Amazon on Chewy wishlists, and shipped directly to us. As always, 100% of all donations recieved are guaranteed to go directly to the continued support of local dogs and cats in need!

Foster Animal Spotlight

Here comes Suzy Snowflake… Miss Suzy is a beautiful lady who came to us in the coldest days of December of ’22. This lady was outside in 9 degree weather! We brought her in and she immediately made herself comfortable. Suzy is a quiet lady but she loves to snuggle. Chin scratches are her absolute favorite! Click this link to hear the song that gave Suzy Snowflake her namesake. Interested in Suzy? Fill out an application today!

Community Spotlight

This March, we’d like to show some appreciation to the dedicated staff and volunteers at the St. Mary’s County Animal Adoption & Resources Center, Alley Cat Allies‘ and the St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League! Located just off FDR in California, MD, the adoption center seeks to protect, advocate for, and provide compassionate care to companion animals in need. They did so most recently through their participation in Alley Cat Allies‘ and St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League’s “Feline Frenzy” event, resulting in the successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of over 90 feral cats within the local Southern Maryland community. This joint effort also resulted in the increased access to vaccination, microchipping, veterinary care, including critical surgeries, and the dissemination of both humane education materials and thousands of pounds of free cat food to local caregivers! We are so grateful for all of the amazing and selfless people who made such an achievement possible.