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A charming 2D dog shelter simulator. Take care of unique dogs and find the right homes for as many of them as you can.
A charming 2D dog shelter simulator. Take care of unique dogs and find the right homes for as many of them as you can.
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To The Rescue! A Dog Shelter Simulator

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To The Rescue! is a dog shelter simulator where you are responsible for taking care of dozens of cute dogs in need of homes. It's not all cuddles and snoot boops though: running a shelter can be a lot of work. You have to manage all of the dogs' needs in order to maximize their chances of finding the right forever homes. 

Each day brings new challenges and rewards. Dogs have specific preferences, can get infectious diseases, and can have negative traits. But you can also hold fundraisers, get random donations, and, if you work hard, help someone find their new best friend. Unfortunately, there's never enough room, and always more dogs. 

Some dogs are more desirable than others, but maybe if you can afford to wait long enough, just maybe, every dog will have their day.  

Take Care of Dogs

Every dog is unique -  Each dog is generated with its own traits and preferences. Food preferences, personality traits, health quirks, names, training values, are more make them unique and memorable. With 28 different breed variants, there are all kinds of dogs to take care of and show to adopters. 

Fulfill their needs - Dogs need food, water, and shelter. They also need to be kept clean and happy. It's up to you, as the main employee of the shelter, to take care of them. It can get hectic, but it's all worth it to see them find their forever homes. 

Minigames - For a break from the hectic day-to-day, there are other ways you can ensure that dogs a well taken care of. There are 3+ minigames in To The Rescue! that let you increase the dogs' happiness, speed up baths, and more!

Manage the Shelter

Balance the Budget - The shelter runs on donations and adoptions, and there are multiple ways to spend your money. You'll have to manage your budget to make sure that you can pay for food, vaccines, and other unexpected expenses. 

Each day brings new challenges - In addition to your regular daily upkeep tasks and costs, random events can disrupt the routine. Diseases can break out and spread, new dogs can show up at the wrong time, and tough decisions will have to be made. 

Grow and Upgrade - Upgrade your shelter to increase the number of dogs you can house, make it more efficient to feed and water them, and make the shelter dogs as comfortable as you can. It's your shelter: guide how it grows!

Make a Difference

Event-driven story - In To The Rescue!'s main story mode you can progress from housing dogs in your own garage to running a giant, efficient shelter of your own. There will always be events that keep you on your toes, and story threads that develop between them. 

Fostering and Adopting - The most important part of running a shelter is helping animals find homes. Match dogs' traits with the preferences of visitors to maximize their chances of findings homes. Find fosters who can take care of dogs when you don't have room. 

In-Game Community Impact - It's not just the shelter activities that you have to manage; you also must establish the shelter as part of the community. Host events, promote, educate, and make sure that you stay in a positive light. 

To The Rescue! is currently listed on Steam. Be sure to follow and add to your wishlist in order to keep up with development and receive the latest updates! 

Note: we reserve the right to modify or refuse any backer-provided content that is inappropriate, violates copyright, or is otherwise unusable.  

A "ruff" breakdown of our Kickstarter goal
A "ruff" breakdown of our Kickstarter goal

With To The Rescue!, we hope to not only raise awareness for the complexities of running dog shelters, but to have a measurable impact on shelters across the United States. From the inception of this project, we've wanted to create a fun, engaging simulator that actually helps animal shelters. 

Upon release of the game, 20% of all profits from post-Kickstarter sales of To The Rescue! will be donated to real animal shelters. It just wouldn't feel right to make a game promoting the needs of shelters and not put a substantial amount of our profits towards the cause. In accordance with Kickstarter policies, all of the funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards development of the game.

The nonprofit(s) that we partner with will benefit a large, diverse pool of shelters and rescues across the country. 

Tanner Marshall and Olivia Dunlap, featuring Cowboy and Little Bit from the Little Rock Animal Village. Photo credit: Ben Krain, UA Little Rock.
Tanner Marshall and Olivia Dunlap, featuring Cowboy and Little Bit from the Little Rock Animal Village. Photo credit: Ben Krain, UA Little Rock.

Little Rock Games, LLC is a group of friends from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA who love games. We formed the company in 2017 as a way to pool our resources and skills in order to bring some of our ideas to life. We make tabletop and video games, and together create the LRG Game of the Month podcast. We have diverse interests and backgrounds, but we share a drive to create and a passion for interactive experiences. 

Risks and challenges

Little Rock Games already has experience with Kickstarter, having successfully funded and shipped Galactic Scoundrels in 2018. We learned a great deal from that campaign, and are confident that To The Rescue! will be completed and released as a result of the funds raised with this Kickstarter. The game is not currently finished, but many key features have already been implemented. The purpose of this campaign is to give us a boost to cross the finish line.

The primary risk is that the project may take longer than expected if we exceed our goal. Meeting our minimum goal will ensure that the game comes out as soon as possible in a complete state, but by exceeding our goal we will have the ability to take more time to implement more features and make a bigger, better game.

However, we understand that delays and complications are always possible while we finish development. As a team, we are dedicated to do whatever it takes to finish To The Rescue! because it means so much to us.

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    Fetch some stick(er)s! Back at this tier to get everything from Rescuer, plus a To The Rescue! sticker pack as well as the opportunity to add a dog name to the game!

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    Want something shiny? Back at this tier to get everything offered by Volunteer, plus a To The Rescue! enamel pin and a PDF of the To The Rescue! Inspirations Zine.

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    Superdog

    Is your dog a Superdog? Back at this tier to get everything provided by the Foster tier, and you'll get to add a dog (name, traits, and all) to the game! Plus, we'll send you a handwritten, signed postcard as a personal thanks and a physical, signed copy of the To The Rescue! Inspirations Zine.

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    • Steam Key for To The Rescue!
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    Shelter Sponsor

    Get in the game! Back at this tier to get everything provided by Superdog, plus the ability to customize the unique appearance of either a shelter visitor OR a superdog. Additionally, you will be celebrated with an in-game plaque dedicated to your contribution to making this game happen.

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    • Steam Key for To The Rescue!
    • To The Rescue! Sticker Pack
    • To The Rescue! Enamel Pin
    • Add a Superdog to the Game
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    • In-Game Donor Plaque in Your Honor
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    Early Dog

    The early dog gets the bone - get everything offered at the Volunteer tier for $5 USD off as a thanks for supporting us in the first 48 hours.

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