Many dog rescues nationwide have Maltese dogs or focus on this breed, including the North Shore Animal League and the American Maltese Association Rescue. Other rescues that have Maltese include Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue and Metropolitan Maltese Rescue.
The American Maltese Association Rescue focuses on rescuing Maltese dogs. The association uses a network of foster homes to take in rescued dogs until it can find a more permanent placing for them.
The Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue is based out of Tennessee, and the Metropolitan Maltese Rescue serves New York City and surrounding areas.
The generalist shelter North Shore Animal League takes in rescue dogs of any breed. The League often has Maltese available, especially young dogs rescued from puppy mills. The shelter does not, however, focus on the breed so it does not always have Maltese dogs.