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Rescue Organizations

To the world you are nothing. To a rescue dog you are the world.

- Unknown


A photographer on the scene of a burning home in North Carolina from the Charlotte, NC newspaper, "The Observer," took this photo.

Cinnamon, a pregnant Doberman Pinscher, "thanks" a fireman as he sat down to rest after the fire was out. 

Some time later, she gave birth to 5 puppies.  

Thank you!

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Consider this:

Many dogs do not remain with their original owners either because of a genuine life-altering circumstance or because the owners weren't prepared for the responsibility 
of dog ownership. 

Perhaps they didn't have the time they thought they would, or perhaps they didn't provide the training and didn't want to live with the results. 

Perhaps they 
simply didn't do their homework about the characteristics and behaviour of a particular breed. Whatever the reason, less than 50% of dogs remain in their original homes.

Consider this:

These unwanted dogs and those who have been victims of neglect are considered rescues. 

Sadly, there are often rescue dogs available for placement in loving homes. If you're 
ready for dog ownership, but hesitate because you're not sure if a puppy is right for you, consider a rescue. Rescue organizations and contacts are listed here by breed.

Breed Rescue listings are provided FREE of charge!

All Breeds:

Delta Humane Society

Reach for the Stars Rescue
Montreal, QC

GoodDog Rescue


Rory O'Neill, Director
Dog Behaviorist
(604) 904-7730 
Vancouver, BC
(805) 722-5906  cell 
(for urgencies)

Freedom Dog Rescue
Brigitte Larsen
Ottawa, ON

Genesis Dog Rescue 
Location: ON and QC

Small Breeds:

Michèlle Mayer
Chair, NARC
Navan Animal Rescue Corporation
4388 Navan Road
Navan, ON  K4B 1H9
(613) 834-7005

Tracy Gault
4511 Ontario Street
Beamsville, ON
(905) 563-1494

Charlotte Estabrooks
Tiny Paws Dog Rescue Canada

Giant Breeds:

Gwendilin Boers
Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
(613) 725-4279
Location: Eastern Ontario

Friendly Giants Dog Rescue
Location: Ottawa, ON
and Sarnia, ON
Rescue from kill shelters





Afghan Hound Afghan Hound Club of Canada Rescue
(204) 255-3986
Airedale Terrier Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption

Akbash Dogs Rescue - Ontario
Sunny Reuter
(905) 884-7924

Akbash Dogs Rescue - Canada/USA

FlockGuard RescueNet

Akita Akita Rescue Society of America
(905) 357-7592
Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Malamute HELP League
American Bulldog Canadian Working American Bulldog Alliance
Ellen Opp, Western Canada Rescue Coordinator
11220 Highplain Road
Prince George, BC V2K 5E9
(250) 963-3828
American Eskimo Dog (Min)

Pawzie-tively Precious

Heart Bandits

American Pit Bull Terrier Pit Bulls for Life

HugABull Advocacy & Rescue Society

Bullies in Need

Advocates for the Underdog

American Staffordshire Terrier Pit Bulls for Life

Bullies in Need

Advocates for the Underdog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network 
Australian Shepherd Australian Shepherd Rescue in Canada




Basset Hound Basset Hound Rescue
Phyllis Stapells
Tottenham, ON  L0G 1W0
(905) 936-6156

Basset Hound Rescue - Bedford, NS
Carolyn Mitchell
(902) 832-6250
(902) 452-0242 (cell)

Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario

Beagle Beagle Club of British Columbia
Beth Caskey
(250) 746- 7091

Anderson Beagle Rescue
Rev. David Anderson
506 Second Street
Rayne, LA 70578
(337) 334-4432

Beagle Paws
Canada Wide
(709) 738-7297
Bearded Collie Bearded Collie Club of Canada
Joan Wright
(416) 455-4884
Beauceron Beauceron Rescue Society of Canada
Craig McCracken
(604) 885-4740

North American Beauceron Club Rescue
Belgian Shepherd Dog Crusader Resources
315 5th Avenue, Bay 14
Unit 105
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2E3
(403) 932-8830

Spirit Ridge K9 Training & Rescue  
Box 70, Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0   
(519) 855-6962 


Bernese Mountain Dog Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada National Rescue
Maureen Greaves

North Peace Bernese Mountain Dogs
Tricia Ouellette
Fort St John, BC

Christa Duff
BFWrescue Inc.
(we are a 501(c)(3) public charity)


Bichon Frise Happy Tails Rescue
(905) 889-9690

Biewer Breed Club Canada Rescue

Bloodhound Bloodhound Club of Canada Rescue
Tammy Arseneau
(613) 347-1973 OR
Debbie Blowatt 
(204) 654-1343
Border Collie Border Collie Friends Rescue

Southern Ontario Border Collie Rescue

Luan Egan
(416) 410-7573

Border Collie Rescue Ontario
Cindy Boht (416) 536-2910
Sharon Fong (905) 839-1751

Border Collie and Rough Collie Rescue
Janet Arthur
(519) 922-2555

Sally Hull, Executive Director
Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue
Winnipeg, MB

Border Terrier Canadian Border Terrier Welfare 
Pam Dyer, English
(450) 584-3951
Jocelyne Tasse-Durocher, francais
(450) 641-0941
Borzoi Borzoi Club of Ontario
Judith McAnanama - (905) 765-4909
Lisa Miceli - (905) 722-5010
Boston Terrier Boston Terrier Club of Canada
Ana-Maria Davies

Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Manitoba

Boxer Boxer Club of Canada Rescue

Boxer Rescue Canada
Gail Wittebrood, BC  (250) 747-1987
Marta Nettelfield, AB  (780) 338-2573

Boxer Rescue Ontario
Kathy Blundell, (905) 571-5795

Boxer Rescue Quebec
Crystal Ryan

Without Borders Boxer Rescue (BC/AB)
Chantelle Yates
Briard Briard Rescue
Nancy Valiquette
(905) 824-2405
Bull Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Carol Gray & Gord Williams
(905) 562-1555  

Pit Bulls for Life

Bulldog (English) English Bulldog Rescue
Susan Dibbley
236 Robson Road
Leamington, ON  N8H 3V4

Confederation Bulldog Club (English/French Bulldog Rescue)
Gail Neilson
(905) 868-9940

Bulldog Club of Central Canada
Mary Coles
c/o Kilnridge Farm, RR#2
Hillsburgh, ON  N0B 1Z0
(519) 833-9757

Cascade Bulldog Rescue

Bullmastiff Bullmastiff Rescue of Canada
Maritimes - Harold & Janet Hamm - (902) 765-8483
Sharon Strong - (902) 660-2383
QC - Josee Perrin - (450) 477-2696
ON/SK/MB - Amy Lewis - (416) 951-1322
BC/AB - Cheryl Randolph - (250) 642-7667
Website - Anne Pogontsis - (647) 999-9433




Cairn Terrier Cairn Terrier Club of Canada, BC Division
Janice Lewis, Lower Mainland  (604) 522-9363
Leslie Lundgren, Island (250) 748-5498
Ontario and Eastern Regions Rescue
Linda Kettlewell
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canada
Elaine Ellis
36 Allendale Road
Brampton, ON  L6W 2Y8
(905) 451-6399

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels of B.C.
Ontario Spaniel Rescue
Krysta Williams
2821 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON   K1T 1N2
(613) 325-0459 
(Long Coat)

(Short Coat)
Chihuahua Rescue
Edna St. Hilaire
c/o 2114 Dublin Street
New Westminster, BC  V3M 3A9
(604) 521-0922

Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport

BC Chihuahua Rescue
Chinese Crested

Crest Care

Chinese Crested Rescue of Ontario

Hope's Haven Chinese Crested and Hairless Dog Rescue

Chinese Shar-Pei

Canadian Association for Shar-pei Rescue

Merlin's Hope Chow Pei Rescue

North American Shar-pei Rescue

TnT Shar-pei Rescue

Once Again Chinese Shar Pei
Claude Arsenault & David Bulloch
PO Box 161, Tyne Valley, PEI  C0B 2C0
(902) 831-3244

Chow Chow Chow Chow Fanciers of Canada, South Central Ontario
Judy Goacher
4248, RR#1
Kendal, ON   L0A 1E0
(905) 983-6412

Merlin's Hope Chow Pei Rescue
Cocker Spaniel (American)
Cocker Spaniel (English)
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of British Columbia
Carol Jackson
(604) 716-3647

Angels under our Wings
Victoria, BC

Ontario Spaniel Rescue
Krysta Williams
2821 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON   K1T 1N2
(613) 325-0459

Collie (Rough)
Collie (Smooth)

Collie Rescue Network

Okanagan Collie Rescue




Dachshund (Miniature Smooth)
Dachshund (Miniature Wire-haired)
Dachshund (Miniature Long-haired)
Dachshund (Standard Smooth)
Dachshund (Standard Wire-haired)
Dachshund (Standard Long-haired)
Dachshund Rescue of North America
Charlotte Estabrooks

Maritime  Canadian Representative

Dachshund Club, Western
Susan Lankau
(604) 943-4304

Canadian Dachshund Rescue

Miniature Long-haired Rescue
Sarah Brook
RR#3, Site 2, Comp. 19
Prince George, BC  V2N 2J1
(250) 962-0242

Miniature Dachshund Club of BC
Jo Reeves

Dalmatian Dalmatian Adoption and Rescue
(905) 458-1883
Deerhound (Scottish)

Scottish Deerhound Rescue Groups

Doberman Pinscher Crusader Resources
255150 Towers Trail
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2A2
(403) 932-6570


Doberman Rescue Assistance

Heather Cole
Port Hope, ON
(905) 797-3087

Richard or Maria
Strays Farm Reg'd Dobermans
Dogue De Bordeaux Dogue De Bordeaux Rescue
Dutch Shepherd North American Dutch Shepherd Rescue




German Coolie

German Coolie Rescue Australia

German Pinscher

Crusader Resources
255150 Towers Trail
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2A2
(403) 932-6570
German Shepherd Crusader Resources
255150 Towers Trail
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2A2
(403) 932-6570

German Shepherd Rescue, BC

Toronto German Shepherd Rescue
Anna Young
(705) 924-9123 

West Coast German Shepherd Rescue of BC
South Langley, BC - Purebred Shepherds only

Founder:  Lisa Bogardi


Great Dane Danes in Distress
Jim Wood
(519) 279-4549 
Karin Severin

Great Dane Rescue Inc.
Jo Anne Richards
(705) 878-5845
Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees Club of Southern Ontario
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue
Brian and Sera Fradgley
(403) 862-4763

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Rescue

Greyhound Adopt-A-Greyhound
Lynda Seed
(613) 489-0654

Greyhound Adoption, Niagara
(905) 563-1666

Greyhounds in Need of Adoption (GINA)

Greyhound League, Northwest Canadian
Amy Johnston
(403) 663-1839

Greyhound Lovers of Hamilton Wentworth
Heather Geres
(905) 692-5790
Paul Hannam
(905) 304-1798

Greyhound Relocation & Adoption
Freddie and Bill Cowan
(519) 425-7822

Greyhound Rescue
Barb Johnston
(905) 563-1666

Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada
Cheryl Sinnott
Covering NS, NB, PEI & NFLD
(902) 889-2214 
Email: or 

Maritime Greyhound Adoption Program
Deb Levasseur, President
924 Shediac Road,
Moncton, NB E1A 5X6
(506) 384-0000

Greyhound Rescue Quebec
Shirley Smith

J.K. Greyhound Adoption
Patricia Gabriel, Ste Therese, QC
(514) 910-1219

Greyhound Club of Canada
Laurie Soutar, Secretary
(519) 458-8181

Greyhound Pets Inc.
Steve Waines

Greyhound Supporters & Adoption
3 Sage Crescent
Nepean, ON  K2J 1Z7
(613) 216-8097


Klaus G Schulz, CPP-OCP
Greythound Adoptions
Montreal, QC  H3X 2V7
514) 239-2513

Greyhound Rescue
Oshawa, ON

Griffon (Brussels) National Brussels Griffon Club Rescue
Blissfield Rescue
Michele Gilks
Box 1030
Doaktown, NB  E9C 1Z4
(506) 365-7662




Jack Russell Terrier B.C. Russell Rescue
Catherine Taylor, Coordinator
(604) 538-4440




Leonberger Leonberger Rescue, Inc.
Leo Rescue Ontario
A Division of the Leonberger Club of Ontario
Gail Bishop, Director  (705) 487-2517




Maltese Happy Tails Rescue
(905) 889-9690

Manchester Terrier

Canadian Manchester Terrier Club
Rescue Chair:
Lisa Wysminity
Mastiff Canadian Mastiff Club Rescue
National CMC Rescue Coordinators:
Lerene Masterson
(905) 433-5592

Jennifer Lee
(780) 352-6784

Friendly Giants Dog Rescue
Location: Ottawa, ON
and Sarnia, ON

Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature Australian Shepherd
Miniature Aussie Shepherd Rescue
Miniature Pinscher Min Pin and Shiba Rescue BC

Crusader Resources
255150 Towers Trail
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2A2
(403) 932-6570




Neapolitan Mastiff United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club
Jennifer Groves, USNMC Volunteer
Newfoundland Newfoundland Dog Rescue Club of Canada
Lloyd Nelson
(905) 668-7339

Newfoundland Dog Club of Manitoba
Terry-Ann Lambert
139 Rodney Street
Headingley, MB  R4J 1A6
(204) 831-6923
North American Miniature Australian Shepherd Miniature Aussie Shepherd Rescue




Papillon Papillon Canada Association Rescue
Julia Beaton
(604) 937-5700

The Wild Rose Papillon Rescue
Edmonton, AB

Jo Raymer  (780) 475-4276
Pat Galloway  or Nicole Zizek 

Pekingese Pekingese Rescue of BC
Lisa Bogardi

Pomeranian Club of Canada
Christine Surtees,
Rescue Coordinator

(613) 256-2019

Poodle (Miniature)
Poodle (Standard)
Poodle (Toy)
Poodle Club of Canada
Carolyn Savage

Manitoba Standard Poodle Rescue
Barb Svenson
27 Ferry Road
Cartier, MB  R4K 1B2
(204) 864-2044
(rescue in Sask and NW Ontario also)

Portuguese Water Dog

Michelle Jackson
705-717-4305 (cell)

Pug Pug Club of Canada Rescue Program
Simone Norman
(905) 778-0295

Pug Dog Club of B.C. Rescue Program
Sandra Todosychuk
(604) 584-8180

Pug Hugs and Boxer Slurps Rescue
Meredith Bateman
(506) 734-3248

Pugalug Club Pug Rescue

Manitoba Pug Rescue

Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Manitoba

Under My Wing
Ottawa, ON




Retriever (Golden) Crusader Resources
255150 Towers Trail
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2A2
(403) 932-6570

Golden Retriever Adoption Service, Canadian

(416) 657-2445

Golden Retriever Club of Alberta Rescue
Retriever (Labrador) British Columbia Labrador Retriever Club (1995) Society
Cheryl Young
(604) 820-8765

Crusader Resources
255150 Towers Trail
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2A2
(403) 932-6570

Labrador Retriever Rescue Calgary

(403) 934-4965

Labrador Retriever Rescue Ontario

Labrador Rescue Nova Scotia
Patricia Pittman
Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada Rescue
Mairon Bennett
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue
Carole Bradley-Kennedy, National Coordinator
(905) 812-0568
Rottweiler Vancouver Island Rottweiler Rescue
Sarah McMillan
(250) 746-0669

Rottweiler Rescue - Vancouver
Lisa Strutinski
(604) 574-4819

Central Alberta Rottweiler Rescue
Diana Primiterra

Southern Alberta Rottweiler Rescue
Michelle Whistlecraft
(403) 620-0676

Adopt-A-Rott (Ontario)
(905) 692-1482

Trojan Rottweilers
Debbie Cornell-Charneski

Rottweiler Rescue Links

Elsa Laplante
Vernon, BC




Saluki Saluki Rescue
Sandra Gahan
(519) 620-9937

Samoyed Rescue
Calgary, AB
Lisa Hubenig

Schnauzer (Giant) Canada Giant Schnauzer Rescue 
Schnauzer (Miniature) Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Alberta
Ferne Gudnason
(403) 788-2189
Scottish Deerhound Scottish Deerhound Rescue Groups
Scottish Terrier Canadian Scottish Terrier Club
Setter (English) English Setter Rescue
Beth Denuino
(905) 465-0214
Setter (Gordon) Gordon Setter Club of Canada - Rescue
Setter (Irish) The Irish Setter Club of Canada
(613) 989-1342
Shetland Sheepdog Canadian Rescue Shetland Sheepdog Association
Michelle Rogowski
(204) 832-5484

Southern Ontario Sheltie Rescue Society
Shiba Inu Shiba Rescue GTA 
Jackie Clayton
(519) 831-8998

National Shiba Inu Rescue

Siberian Husky Siberian Husky Rescue Site
Silky Terrier The Maple Leaf Silky Terrier Club (National)
Debby Nelson
Box 93
Goodeve, SK  S0A 1C0
(306) 876-2110
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Rescue
Sylvia Hamilton   (519) 853-1456
Spaniel (Brittany) Brittany Rescue
Lori Haldorson
Spaniel (Clumber) Clumber Spaniel Club of Canada
Dermot Moore   (905) 885-2821
Spaniel (American Cocker)
Spaniel (English Cocker)

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of British Columbia
Carol Jackson
(604) 716-3647

Angels under our Wings
Victoria, BC

West Coast Cocker Rescue
Vancouver, BC

Spaniel (English Springer)

English Springer Rescue Association of Canada

Spaniel (Welsh Springer)  
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada
Candy Beauchamp 
(613) 596-9323




Vizsla Vizsla Society of Ontario
Elaine Hopkins
680 Otonabee Drive
Peterborough, ON  K9J 7P9
(705) 743-7894





Weimaraner Association of Canada Rescue

West Highland White Terrier Westie Rescue of Canada (WRC)

Report a Westie Needing Help:


Westies in Need 
Corrie Yeoman
#1392, 8th Line, RR#4, 
Tottenham, ON   L0G 1W0 
(905) 936-6691 

Kim Mclean 
3 Carman Court, 
Iroquois, ON   K0E 1K0 
(613) 652-4974

Whippet National Whippet Club of Canada
Paulette Blinch
(250) 964-1429

Whippet Rescue Canada
Sherrall Chapman
(613) 475-6000








Yorkshire Terrier Canadian Yorkshire Terrier Association Inc. Rescue
Edie Ovens
16152 Hurontario Street
Caledon, ON  L0N 1C0
(905) 838-4178

Canadian Yorkshire Terrier Rescue  
Catherine, ON  (905) 791-0156
Sandy, ON  (416) 699-9691

Crusader Resources
255150 Towers Trail
Cochrane, AB  T4C 2A2
(403) 932-6570