We're also running below links to a couple of videos that we hope you will enjoy! They were posted previously, but we wanted to run them again.

Need to Contact Us?

​The quickest way is via our auto messaging system that you can access via the phone by calling (828) 584-6767. You can also send an e-mail to abetterlifear@gmail.com, or send us a message via our Facebook page. We'll try and get back to you as soon as possible, but please be patient as ​we are all volunteers.

All costs associated with this website are donated by Peg DeMarco.

When you think about charitable donations, please consider contributing to help the animals of A Better Life Animal Rescue, Inc.

Any amount will be gladly accepted, and since none of our volunteers receive any compensation, you can be assured that virtually all of your donation will be used to support the pets that we rescue and place in foster care.

Making a donation is easy.

Simply click over to our “Donate” page and follow the instructions.

Since A Better Life Animal Rescue, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization, your receipt will support an income tax deduction for your charitable contribution.

P.O. Box 8311, Morganton, NC 28680

(828) 584-6767

We are saddened at the news of the passing of Mrs. Alice Carey, who supported our organization and the health and well being of all animals. Our hearts are heavy at her passing, but her spirit will live on with us for eternity.

Please check our News page for upcoming events!  Take a look at this link below for a summary of 2015 -- pictures of happiness tells the best stories of all!

Welcome to A Better Life
Animal Rescue, Inc.

A Better Life Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill foster home-based rescue organization located in Burke County, North Carolina.
We do not operate an animal shelter. We rely on volunteer foster families to provide temporary care for rescued
dogs and cats until they can either be matched with loving, responsible, permanent adoptive families or until lost
pets can ​be ​reunited with their own loving families.

​​Thank you also to a private foundation that continues to bless our organization with very generous grants.

We are also very grateful for a generous grant we received from the Pedigree Foundation.
​This will help us in our meeting veterinary costs.

Thank you to Maddie’s Fund for a generous grant to our rescue.

Thank you also to PetMeds Cares for your support! 

We're now on Amazon Smile!

If you purchase through Amazon, part of your purchase is donated in a percentage to our rescue. ​All you have to do is set A Better Life Animal Rescue as your charity! You can do that using this link to shop: ​​http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2346103

We also have a wishlist set up on Amazon. You will see items we are always in need of. This is an amazing way for us to meet our ​costs of operation - so thanks in advance for supporting the furry kids!

We are very grateful to a grant we received from the Mull Foundation.
Thank you!


Attached is a draft Animal Welfare Ordinance written by a committee of concerned animal welfare advocates in Burke County. The committee included representatives from A Better Life Animal Rescue, Partners for Cats, REASON, The Cats’ Cradle and other citizens concerned about the treatment of animals in the county and the high kill rates at the county shelter.

We invite the public to review this draft and provide comments or suggestions to ONE of the following e-mail addresses.


We hope to work with county personnel and county commissioners to produce an ordinance which will best serve companion animals in Burke County without unduly burdening citizens with unnecessary requirements.