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. Our mission is to reduce pet overpopulation and to save dogs and cats whose lives are in jeopardy because of neglect, mistreatment, illness, injury or ignorance. We do this by reporting animal neglect, abuse, mistreatment or cruelty to proper authorities; rescuing pets that are living under unhealthy or unsafe conditions or are being held by activities that kill animals considered to be unadoptable; providing dedicated, loving, temporary foster care for rescued animals; arranging for professional veterninary care for sick or injured animals and for spay/neuter procedures; matching rescued pets with suitable adoptive families; promoting a 100% spay/neuter program; and sponsoring educational programs that focus on animal overpopulation and proper care for pets.  Please check our pages for stories and events. And of course, please check all our animals that need homes.

We are a 100% volunteer organization, with two animal care contract workers fully paid
for by the Board of Directors.

  • Janice Rostan, Honorary Board Member   
  • Kay Lewis, Honorary Board Member
  •  Alice & George Kopacki, Honorary Board Members 
  • Marsha Riddle, Honorary Board Member

Would you like to VOLUNTEER to help us with our pets and to participate with us
​in some of our public events?

Download our VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT here!

P.O. Box 8311, Morganton, NC 28680

(828) 584-6767

A Better Life Animal Rescue, Inc.​

P.O. Box 8311 Morganton, NC  28680
​Phone:  (828) 584-6767
Fax:  (775) 201-4286

Who We Are

INFORMATION & APPLICATIONS

  • Gwen Hood, President
  • Peg DeMarco, Treasurer
  • Lori Rice, Board Member
  • Jennifer Foulides, Board Member
  • Ed Wisnieski, Board Member

We remain forever grateful to the late
Alice & Charles Carey, Protectors of Animal Rescue 
through A Better Life Animal Rescue

Our Directors are:

Are you interested in ADOPTING one of our lovable pets?

Download our ADOPTION APPLICATION here!

None of our board members receive any compensation.

If you would like to help us care for animals in need,
Please Consider Helping us as a Foster Care-Giver.
(You can find information about fostering at the bottom of this page.)

​If fostering is not for you, consider making a donation to help
​us help the animals.
Simply click over to our "Donate" page and follow the instructions.

We -- and our furry friends -- thank you.

The best and fastest way to contact us
is via e-mail:

ABetterLifeAR@gmail.com

​If you want to be on our mailing list and receive news, please send an e-mail to the above address and we will be glad
​to add you.