Welcome to A Different Breed’s website!

We are a 501c3 animal rescue organization that primarily rescues dogs from the DFW area ‘kill’ shelters,along with taking in dogs from puppy mill raids and accepting breeder releases. We have a passion for rehabilitating the animals in our care,both physically and emotionally,and then finding them their perfect forever homes. Our rescue group cares for dogs in individual foster homes,as well as at our dog sanctuary.

We are always looking for more volunteers and foster homes to help with our mission of saving as many dogs as possible. Please look around on our website at the dogs and cats that are available for adoption,a few of the ‘happy tail’ stories,volunteer/foster opportunities,ways to help the rescue group in the form of product or monetary donations and shopping opportunities where certain Retailers pay us commissions for goods purchased by launching from our website. Please contact us with any feedback or questions and thank you in advance for your support of our community’s rescue animals!


Following the major damage caused by a storm to A Different Breed Animal Rescue facilities,we want to extend our thanks to Petland Plano,1301 Custer Road,Plano,Tel. 972-801-9300. They have agreed to board 20 of the ADB dogs while reconstruction to our facilities is ongoing. Anyone interested in adopting any of them can visit them at the address above. They also need help with walking the dogs.


Our sincere thanks to the Pooch Hotel and its personnel for boarding the A Different Breed Animal Rescue dogs. We could not do it without them! Thank you so much!



Sonia belonged to a couple that could no longer care for her and the dog had no place to go.  She is obedient and house trained and when the apartment of her new owners was broken into,Sonia jumped the burglar and held him down with her paw on his throat until the police got there.  The remarkable thing is that she did not leave a mark on the man’s throat but held him at bay. On a separate incident,a man in the parking lot was about to hit a little boy that was not related to him,and she jumped in and kept the man from hitting the child.  The man in question was escorted out of the premises by security. She now helps the manager of the apartment complex to sniff out drugs.


A Different Breed organization’s role in the rescue of Spirit

Dinesha Schmidt and I went out on a call to help take some puppies from a man overrun with animals out Caddo Mills/Greenville area. A concerned neighbor had made the request.  The whole neighborhood of trailer homes were overrun with loose dogs and animals everywhere.  We took in 7 outdoor dogs,Great Pyrenees/Shepherd/Aussie mix pups about 7 weeks old.  We also took in 5 puppies he had indoors.  They are a mix of spaniel/dachshund about 5 weeks old.  He would not release the mothers,but promised he was going to get them spayed.  Said he had over 100 puppies last year! He also had a couple of horses,and one out front was tied to a tree and covered in blood.  The dogs were licking it off her legs. He said she had been spooked by something,and reared up and came down on a metal stake.  It went thru her chest and out the side of her neck. We went and looked at that poor miserable horse,and she had a hole in her chest you could put your fist into! It wasn’t much better in her neck.  She had no food or water within reach.  The owner was a 73 year old disabled vet,with no money,no car,etc. etc.  He said he called and vets wanted $300 just to come out there to look at the horse and he could not afford that.  Said he called around but no one would help him.  We asked if we could try,but if someone came to help,they would want the horse released to them,and he said he would let her go.  He can’t afford her anymore anyway.  We took several pictures of the horse and her wounds and left. By the time we got home it was already about 7:30 PM.  We emailed our pictures,posted on Facebook,and started calling rescues in the morning.  The first one we called was “Beckys Hope Horse Rescue”in Frisco.  They were AMAZING! They were out there within 2 hours and by the time they got there the horse was down on her knees with her head on the grass in shock and dying.  They immediately took her to the vet and got to work on her!  Thankfully,she is going to pull thru,but she would not have made it thru the day. She is a beautiful 2 year old Arabian/Quarter horse filly. They named her “Spirit”.  I am thankful for all the animal lovers and rescues who work together to save ANY animal from suffering,but am very happy to add a HORSE to our list of saves for 2015! Joni McConnell