To The Rescue! is an animal shelter simulation game in which you are responsible for caring for dogs until they can be adopted. Playing with the dogs, feeding them, medicating them, cleaning up after them, and glowing each dog to prepare them for their forever homes are all options available.
To The Rescue! was created by Little Rock Games, a game developer based in Little Rock, Arkansas who previously worked on tabletop games such as Galactic Scoundrels and Honor Bound. They will release their first digital offering, To The Rescue!, on November 4th for PC and Mac via Steam. A Nintendo Switch version will follow sometime in early 2022, according to the company.
“To The Rescue! strikes a balance between the wholesome feel of a loving and cozy animal game and some of the hectic realities of running a real animal shelter,” said Olivia Dunlap, co-founder of Little Rock Games. “To The Rescue! is a game about helping animals in need,” she added. “With the help of video games, we wanted to show our appreciation for all of the dedicated volunteers who work in actual animal shelters, as well as raise awareness for their profession.”
In addition to dealing with the day-to-day business of keeping your shelter funded and operational, there is also a matchmaking game to play with each dog you take in to keep the shelter running smoothly. A dog’s size and general breed type are determined by its fur coat and color, with different fur coats and colors providing an approximate representation of specific breeds. All dogs have their own distinct personalities, which must be matched with the right human in order to persuade them to accept their new furry companion into their home.
Apart from that, there’s the scheduling of adoption drives, taking your shelter dogs to the dog park, and maintaining good relations with the community to deal with.
For only $19.99, To the Rescue! will be available on Steam and Nintendo Switch, with a portion of all proceeds going to The Petfinder Foundation, which helps shelters and rescue groups that advertise their puppies on Petfinder.com.