There are several rescue shelters exclusively for Maltese dogs in the United States. Two of the largest, American Maltese Rescue in Washington, D.C. and Metropolitan Maltese Rescue in New York City, are non-profit, all-volunteer organizations devoted to finding permanent homes for Maltese and Maltese mixes.
Metropolitan Maltese Rescue focuses on the New York City area, and it encourages local people with unwanted Malteses to contact it. American Maltese Rescue serves the national population through a network of contacts, and it is a member of the American Kennel Club. Both shelters assist homeless, soon-to-be homeless and abused dogs to find families.