NJ’s One-Woman Nonprofit Devoted to Rescuing Lost Dogs

Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery reunites local families with their lost or runaway pups via individualized care and state-of-the-art equipment.

Nicole Asher and a rescued dog
Nicole Asher of Blairstown-based Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery has dedicated her life to rescuing lost and abandoned pups. Photo: Courtesy of Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery

Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery is a nonprofit that catches the uncatchable.

Founded and solely operated by Nicole Asher, the Blairstown-based organization works to locate local lost dogs and reunite them with their families.

Buddha Dog, established as a nonprofit in 2018, was named for Asher’s late dog, Henry, whom she often called her “little Buddha bear.” Prior to the start of her nonprofit, Asher had been passionately offering her services to rescue lost, stray and abandoned pups for more than a decade.

When it comes to taking on a new case, Asher emphasizes that “every case is different, and there’s no blanket recipe for lost-dog recovery.”

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Whether a dog has been lost for a few days or years, each case is evaluated and approached with individualized care that prioritizes the dog’s history and point of escape. Owners may report their lost dog through the “request help” form linked at the top of the organization’s website.

Rescues are conducted using methods, techniques and state-of-the-art equipment made for capturing dogs.

Asher typically only rescues in locations within a two-hour radius, but she has traveled much farther in the past. Many dogs she has helped over the years have been brought up North from Southern states by other rescue groups.

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