Better Than Dead Rescue

The first program under CCRVI's human-animal relations division, Better Than Dead Rescue is a domestic pet (primarily dogs) rescue program run by Linda Rollins in Shelburne Falls, MA.      Linda created Better Than Dead Rescue about 12 years ago and became a part of the CCRVI family in 2009.  A one-woman operation, Better Than Dead has saved and re-homed 155 dogs.  Doing home-based, one-at-a-time rescue, Better Than Dead has rehabilitated dogs that have been severely abused, horribly neglected and some just plain unwanted, thrown-away dogs.

Linda joined the Humane Society of the United States in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, going to New Orleans to assist in rescue operations. Post-Katrina, she joined the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-Rural Area Veterinary Services  ( which brings veterinary care and instruction to impoverished areas of the world.

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Linda can be reached at 413-625-6588, 413-455-6403 or via email at:


Individuals, businesses, and organizations who wish to contribute to Better Than Dead Rescue may send checks payable to "CCRVI" (at the address given below) with a request that your donation be used for Linda's program, or you can donate via PayPal by clicking on the link below.


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