Bear and Friends Rescue Dog Lewis

Non-Profit Organization

Bear & Friends Animal Society Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, established in 2013 and granted 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2015.

We rescue, we heal,  we help.

Our Vision


We save dogs' lives in an effort to improve children's's the best of both worlds!!


Bear and Friends Rescue Dog Lewis, Bear, and Johnny


We are proud to say that 100% of every dollar goes to the animals and their care, as all individuals associated with this organization are volunteer-based. Additionally, all services to the public are 100% FREE. Help us continue the work we started....and let's get more dogs into schools and child care facilities.


Our Mission

Bear & Friends rescues unwanted dogs from pounds and shelters to give them the opportunity to find their purpose in life through work with young children. Rescued dogs can bring joy, peace, and companionship to humans of all ages, but at Bear & Friends we focus on children. Children oftentimes view dogs as creatures that are safe and non-threatening; therefore, they feel free to calm down, relax, read, chat, and share their feelings freely. Dogs neither judge nor criticize.....they only know love and  loyalty, thus utilizing a dog in an early learning program is a first step in helping children increase their social and emotional acuity and become confident, happy, caring, loving, and adventurous individuals.  Whether a dog is special needs, elderly, or in need of medical attention, it will always have a home at Bear & Friends and a place in the heart of young children. 

In the meantime, if you are looking for a companionship or new family member, please consider adopting a won't be sorry!! 

Early Learning Programs and Libraries

Bear & Friends is happy to work with...

~~Batesville YMCA

~~All 4 Kids LLC

~~Sunman Dearborn Middle School

~~East Central High School

~~ Brookville Public Library

~~ Laurel Public Library


Animal Welfare Coalitions

Bear & Friends is proudly associated with...

~~Liberty and Justice for All Animals Coalition

~~Best Friends Animal Sanctuary - No More Homeless Pets Network Coalition

Rescue Animal Research Collaboration

Bear & Friends is a willing participant of...

~~Shelter Animals Count

Business Partnerships

Bear & Friends is pleased to partner with...

~~Shop for Your Cause  (site):

We are pleased to introduce our partnership with the site Shop for Your Cause (SFYC). SFYC is an online fundraising, activist, and informational site that allows the public to have a hand in shaping their world. SFYC has raised over $30K for two different causes via their click-to-donate program, and more than $75K since its inception with various animal welfare organizations. You can use the site to help us today. Simply click here and select our rescue. With each click SFYC donates two cents back to our organization! After making this simple click, play the quiz and continue donating with each correct answer. It is as simple as that!

Additionally, SFYC helps divert potential pet owners to their local rescue group, such as our's. When so many homeless animals exist in shelters and rescue groups across the nation, we try to convince the public to ADOPT, and NOT SHOP! Please join in and help Bear & Friends today!! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!!!