About I Love Rescue Animals

About Rescue Animals

In short, we are a site dedicated to celebrating rescue animals of all kinds, supporting shelters, rescues and animal rights groups and to animal welfare worldwide. We advocate always choosing adoption over buying an animal. (Note: We do not condemn responsible breeders but still feel you should consider adoption first.) We have no preferences for mixed breed or purebred animals as both can be found in shelters and rescues. We seek to raise awareness within our communities and to work towards a future where all animal owners are responsible and we no longer have to make the choice to put down otherwise adoptable animals simply due to a lack of space and resources. We also strongly believe in spaying and neutering your animals to help reduce the number of homeless animals. We support animal welfare causes from around the world and believe people should take action in any way they can, whether it’s signing petitions, speaking up when they see mistreatment of animals, fostering animals, anything! Everyone can make a difference!

About Ashley

Founder, Head Tweeter, Writer

Hey, I’m Ashley Niels, though I’ll probably stick to Ash most of the time. I’m the one that runs our Twitter account and who first got the idea for this site. Why? Because I want to share my passion for animals with other like-minded people (and possibly change the minds of those who don’t see eye-to-eye with me). If you’d like to know how important animals are to me, read on about my experiences with them! I have loved animals since, well, forever. I cannot remember a time in my life where animals have not played a vital role. Click here to read more about Ashley.

About Nikki

Founder, Web Designer, Writer

Hi, I’m Nikki Jeske. I’ve always been an animal lover, but it wasn’t until I met Ash that my enthusium for them turned to advocating for adoption and increasing awareness of animal rescues and shelters (she’s a very inspiring person). I believe that by creating this site we’re using the ever-growing internet as a network for those who deeply care for the well-being of animals worldwide and by bringing everyone together the sharing of ideas can make a positive impact. Click here to read more about Nikki.

About Chelsea

Shelter Sketches Coordinator, Writer

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance fantasy illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. Click here to read more about Chelsea.

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Welcome to the I Love Rescue Animals, a website created to help raise awareness towards rescue animals and the positive effects of adoption. Please drop us a line and let us know what you can do to help. Read our blog for more news.


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Petties Award Winner


In Denver, Colorado on September 11, 2010, I Love Rescue Animals was given the award for "Best Cause Blog" at the BlogPaws West 2010 conference. Thank you to everyone who supports us and believes in our message!

Best Cause Blog!