Our Mission

Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to finding the very best homes for all our rescued animals.

Mike & Pam

Who We Are

We moved to North Carolina from Illinois with the idea that we would stop doing rescue. But soon it was realized, rescue is not a job, it’s a passion and it is hard to stop doing something you love!

Our first venture into the rescue life resulted in the creation of Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus in the Chicago area in 2003. In 2016, we moved to Yancey County to start a small coffee shop, Rescue Dog Cafe. While running the cafe, many people would ask for help or advice with their animals in one way or another. That is how Joe, the rooster, entered the picture. A woman asked if we could take Joe in as he was in a bad situation and his feet appeared to have frostbite on them. Joe opened the doors to the idea of a sanctuary for animals like him, who were not adoptable; however, we just couldn’t stop there. We decided to take in and adopt out dogs and cats as well. We then took it one step further helping our local community reduce the number of strays and unwanted animal pregnancies by providing financial support, for pet owners on limited incomes,  to alleviate or reduce the cost of spay and neuter surgeries.

In March of 2018, Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary was born.  While we are still in our infancy, but not new to the rescue world, we have already helped many dogs and cats in need.

Rocko - Adopted


Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome

  • To take in and care for companion pets in need by offering safe refuge, providing medical care and facilitating adoptions.
  • To work with owners by helping cover the cost of spays/neuters 
A volunteer with puppies - All Adopted


Compassion, Honesty, Respect, Community

  • By working with compassion and honesty we will achieve respect for all animals according to their individual needs and nature, while fostering a strong relationship with the community


Joe - Lost Cove Animal Sanctuary Permanent Resident


Everyone deserves their chance

  • Each and every life is valuable and deserves kind treatment
  • We never euthanize for time or space

Our Work in Action

Dog 5
Rocko - Being treated for heartworm at Burnsville Vet Clinic. Adopted!
Madison & Chester - Plea for help locally. These two were covered in fleas and had severely matted hair. Groomed, treated and safely returned home!
Sadie - Cancer Survivior! Collaboration with Jonesborough Animal Hospital in TN. Networked & Adopted!
Bella & Babies - Born, weaned and spayed/neutered at Lost Cove. All Adopted, including mom!
Earl - Found as a stray and covered with 200+ ticks. Treated by Jonesborough Animal Hospital. Treated for Lyme Disease & Adopted!
Ruben & Magic - Transferred from Winston-Salem, NC to Lost Cove by dedicated transport volunteers, Jan & Carol. Both Adopted!

Our Vets of Record

Burnsville Veterinary Clinic

210 Burnsville School Rd, Burnsville, NC


Pet Doctor RX

6464 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704

Jonesborough Animal Hospital

1398 West Jackson BLVD. Jonesborough, TN

Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital

3407 Memorial Blvd
Kingsport, TN

Knoll Animal Hospital

565 E St Charles Rd
Carol Stream, IL

Fox Lake Animal Hospital

161 S US Highway 12, Fox Lake, IL

Your Support Means a Lot

Every donation matters, even the smallest ones. Donate $2 (average price of a regular coffee) and an animal’s life will get better!