Ontario Rescue Organizations & Shelters

Please Note: Breed specific rescue organizations are listed under the individual breed sections of this website.


For ease in finding a rescue organization near you, the shelters/rescues are listed under specific regions. Please note that some of these rescue groups do provide services/foster care throughout the province and/or in regions beyond their listing.

Shelter & Rescue Listings in Ontario

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Rescues/Shelters across Ontario:

AREA CODE 416 & 647 – South Central Ontario – Toronto

  • 4 Legged Love
    — Toronto and Ontario Animal Placement and Adoption Agency
    General E-mail: dogs@4leggedlove.com
  • Adopt-a-dog/Save-a-Life
    — Dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and placing them in loving and caring homes in Toronto and Southern Ontario Canada.
    Tel.: (416) 787-3862
    E-mail: info@adoptadogsavealife.com
  • Animal Alliance of Canada/Project Jessie
    — Project Jessie is a rescue network for lost, stray and abandoned cats and dogs in pounds where they are vulnerable to being sold for research. This practice, known as pound seizure, is mandated under Ontario’s Animals for Research Act. We are fighting to put an end to pound seizure and ban this breach of trust for lost pets or pet owners forced to surrender their companions to municipal pounds.
    221 Broadview Avenue, Suite 101,
    Toronto, Ontario, M4M 2G3
    Tel: (416) 462-9541
    E-mail: info@animalalliance.ca
    — A non-profit organization available to aide in rehoming and rehabilitating unwanted dogs and cats.
    All-breed rescue, serving all of Southern Ontario.
    E-mail: anmlresq@hotmail.com
  • Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue
    — Working Together to Save One Dog at a Time.
    E-mail: rescue@buffalopugs.com
  • Etobicoke Humane Society
    — An all-volunteer, registered charity, serving the Etobicoke community since 1987.
    1500 Royal York Road, Suite E
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3B6
    Tel. 416-249-6100
    E-mail: contactus@etobicokehumanesociety.com
  • ORA – Organization for the Rescue of Animals
    — ORA – Organization for the Rescue of Animals is a registered charitable organization, 100% volunteer based, promoting the humane treatment of all animals and the preservation of Wildlife. ORA is operating in and around the Greater Toronto Area and is working for the well-being and protection of all our fellow animals.
    Claudia Vecchio – President
    P.O. Box 22608
    300 Coxwell Ave.
    Toronto, Ontario, M4L 3W7
    Website: www.ora-animalsrescue.org
    Tel.: (416) 726-8895 or (416) 726-5762
    Fax: (905) 473-9604
  • Pomeranian and Small Breed Rescue
    — A Canadian Registered Charity Organization, devoted to saving small dogs, both mixed and purebreds, from shelters, pounds and puppy mills.
    E-mail: psbrescue@yahoo.ca
  • Safehome Animal Rescue
    “To provide information to those around us regarding the need to help the animals in the their community and abroad and to be directly involved in the rescue of abused, neglected, and homeless pets.”
    Tel.: (416) 712-2116
    E-mail: admin@safehomeanimalrescue.org
  • Siber Rescue Ontario
    — Devoted to rescuing, providing sanctuary, refuge and ultimately re-homing abandoned, stray and neglected Siberian Huskies, Inuit Sled Dogs and mixes therein. A non-profit organization that is based out of York Region, Ontario and receiving dogs in need from all over North America — taking in dogs of all physical conditions and ages from newborns to seniors.
    E-mail: siberrescueon@gmail.com
  • Speaking of Dogs Rescue
    — A Toronto-based organization which launched in 2001, and is dedicated to educating and enlightening people about dogs through seminars, workshop forums, outreach and rescue. Their goal is to end cruelty, abandonment, mistreatment and homelessness of man’s best friend.
  • Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue
    — Ugly Mutts is a dedicated team of volunteers working with a community of caring people to find permanent, loving homes for approximately 200 – 300 homeless dogs each year.
    – Hamilton, Burlington, GTA Area
    Email: uglymuttsdogrescue@gmail.com
    Website: www.uglymuttsdogrescue.com

AREA CODE 905 & 289 – South Central Ontario – Greater Toronto Area

AREA CODE 519 & 226 – South Western Ontario

  • All Breed Canine Rescue
    — Based in St. Thomas, Ontario and covering Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties; as well as working with a rescue network across North America.
    St. Thomas, ON
    Tel.: 519-633-6226
    E-mail: allbreedcaninerescue@sympatico.ca
  • Animal Love Foundation
    — Reaching out to animals who are surrrendered by their current families, homeless, abused and/or neglected in London and surrounding areas.
    Salford, ON
    Tel.: 519-485-3244
    E-mail: animalovefoundation@yahoo.com
  • Animal Rescue Foundation of Ontario — A·R·F
    — The Animal Rescue Foundation of Ontario, based in London Ontario, rescues, upon request, abused and abandoned dogs and cats, from First Nations and rural areas, and places them in loving homes.
    Tel.: 519-284-4445
    E-mail: General Info arfontario@sympatico.ca
  • Animalert
    London, Ontario
    Tel.: (519) 642-7732
    E-mail: animalert@rogers.com
  • Barkin Rescue
    — Barkin Rescue operates mostly out of Glencoe Ontario, but also has several volunteers in London and surrounding area.
    E-mail: teddyacres@yahoo.com
  • Barks and Meows Rescue
    — Goal is to rehome, socialize and provide premium healthcare to both surrenders and strays.
    Glencoe, Ontario
    Tel.: 519-494-5504
    Website: www.barksandmeows.ca
    E-mail: charmaine@barksandmeows.ca
  • Barlee’s Angels Rescue Network
    — A non-profit, all-breed animal rescue group based in Southern Ontario, Canada.
    E-mail: barlees@hotmail.com
    Tel.: Note: We don’t have a phone number to contact us, however, we do have phone conversations by appointment when an application from www.barlees.ca/site/adopt-from-barlees is processed.
    Website: www.barlees.ca
  • Bow Wow Rescue
    — A small, entirely volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing public education, veterinary care and forever homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned animals.
    Clinton, ON
    E-mail: mm.layton@tcc.on.ca
  • Cambridge & District Humane Society
    — A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and providing shelter and comfort to the needy animals of the Cambridge and District community in Ontario, Canada.
    E-mail: spca@cambridgeweb.net
  • Cedar Hills Animal Sanctuary
    — “We are a not-for-profit foster-based rescue that is not funded by any government agencies and rely solely on public donations and volunteers/fosters… We are committed to finding loving, forever homes for dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds and ages. We promote animal rescue, fostering and vetting (spay/neuter) of all animals. CHAS ensures that all animals find their forever home, no matter how long that journey takes.”
    Tel.: (519) 369-6851
    Email: cedarhillsanimalsanctuary@gmail.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/CedarHillsAnimalSanctuary
  • CK Animal Rescue
    — “Non Profit rescue in southwestern Ontario, comprised of volunteers and foster families who open their hearts and homes to save dogs from high kill shelters with the ultimate mission of finding permanent, loving families. Currently developing a program of Compassion and Kindness to animals for in-class presentations for elementary school students to change future attitudes towards animals. Coming Soon – Seniors for Seniors, a program where seniors will be encouraged to adopt unwanted senior dogs who have given up hope and need a second chance.”
    Chatham, Ontario
  • Friendly Giants Dog Rescue
    “Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving forever homes for dogs that have been abused, neglected and abandoned and left in high kill shelters to die. The dogs are all in caring, committed foster homes in order to assess each dog individually for their needs in order to find them permanent, responsible, forever adoptive homes.”
    Sarnia, ON
    E-mail: friendlygiantsdogrescue@gmail.com
  • Grand River All Breed Rescue
    — Based out of Cambridge and serving Southern Ontario.
    Tel.: 519-650-9228
    E-mail: grandriverrescue@hotmail.com
  • Grey Bruce Animal Shelter
    — A non-profit organization dedicated to helping displaced animals find new families.
    Owen Sound, ON
    Tel.: 519-372-1911
  • Helping Paws Rescue
    Aylmer, ON
    E-mail: helpingpawsrescue@gmail.com
  • K9resQ
    Dog Adoption Service — Serving London and Local Area
    — K9resQ is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. Dedicated to rescuing dogs and adopting them to approved homes, where they will be loved, as part of the family. We encourage responsible pet care. We strongly encourage owners to spay and neuter their pets and to keep their pets’ vaccines up to date. We strive to increase awareness through education and by example. Our aim is to help all who are interested in experiencing the joy of owning and loving a dog.
    Email: contact@k9resq.ca
    Phone: 519-472-9396
  • Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Ontario (JRTRO)
    “Rescuing Jack Russell Terriers and any mix that may be Jack Russell Terrier.
    We are a small but mighty group of women and men devoted to helping stray and homeless Jack Russell Terriers (JRTs) find their way to loving adoptive homes and helping individuals who need to re-home their dogs due to difficult circumstances.”
    Toronto, Ontario
    Phone: 519-371-5865; Cell: 705-627-7924
    Email: jrtrobusiness@gmail.com; foster@russellrescue.org; or questions@russellrescue.org
  • KisMutt Small Dog Rescue
    — All Breed Canine Rescue serving all of Ontario.
    Kismutt Rescue was created to help counteract the pet overpopulation epidemic facing North America today. Our mission is to alter the course of destiny for dogs in need, dogs that have been abandoned or abused, or are in danger of being euthanized. We provide them with a happier, more derserving fate by placing them in loving permanent homes.
    Our beautiful dogs come to us from a variety of sources: shelters, pounds, puppy mills or as owner surrenders. They are socialized in our foster homes until they are ready to be adopted. Please view our website, and see our available dogs for adoption.
    St. Marys, Ontario
    Tel.: 519-283-6585
    E-mail: kismutt@sympatico.ca
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society
    250 Riverbend Dr
    Kitchener, ON
    Tel.: 519.745.5615
    E-mail: info@kwhumane.com
  • Nickquenum Dog Rescue
    — Rescues dogs in need from all over Ontario as well as Michigan and Ohio.
    Guelph, ON
    E-mail: northernpassage17@yahoo.ca
  • Oxford County Animal Rescue
    — “Rescuing abandoned, neglected, and abused animals in and around Oxford County, and placing them in Loving forever homes.”
    Norwich, ON
    Tel.: 226-236-3658
    Email: info@oxfordcountyanimalrescue.com
    Website: www.oxfordcountyanimalrescue.com
  • Pet / Friends for Life
    — A no-kill animal centre located in St. Thomas, Ontario.
    14 St. Catharine St.
    St. Thomas, ON
    Tel.: 519-631-5757
    E-mail: helphomelessanimals@rogers.com
  • Renewed Life Animal Rescue
    — “Our goal is to make a difference in each and every animals’ life that we welcome into the rescue. We make a promise to them to do everything in our power to find them their much deserved loving forever homes! We are strictly an in-home, foster based rescue. We do not have a kennel.
    Wingham, Ontario
    Email: renewedliferescue@outlook.com
    Website: www.renewedliferescue.com
  • SaveMeRescue
    — A non profit organization dedicated to saving dogs and placing them in loving and caring homes in Southern Ontario, Canada.
    Phone: 416-278-3770
    Email: contact@savemerescue.com
  • Second Chance Auction Animals Rescue (S.C.A.A.R)
    —”SCAAR started with one little sick puppy in 2013. We started pulling the unwanted/sick dogs from livestock auctions in Ontario. We now take owner surrenders, dogs from animal control facilities and high kill shelters. Our goal is to work together to end the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Ontario. All of the dogs are treated like our own pets, they are housed in loving foster homes that are skilled with certain dog behaviors.”
    London, ON
    Phone: 226 785 6639
    Email: scaar.london@live.com
    Website: scaarontario.weebly.com
  • Simcoe and District Humane Society
    — Helping animals in Norfolk County
    24 Grigg Dr.
    Simcoe, ON
    Tel.: (519)428-9161
    E-mail: info@s-dhs.ca
  • Teacher’s Pets
    — A volunteer, non-profit organization that rescues abused and abandoned animals, often ones who are scheduled for euthanization.
    Windsor, ON
    Tel.: (519) 258-3613
    E-mail: teacherspets07@hotmail.com
  • Tiny Paws Dog Rescue Canada
    — TPDRC is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to re-homing and rehabilitating all small breeds under 20 lbs. Small breed mixes are the primary concern but purebreds are always assisted.
    416 Talbot Road East RR # 3
    Leamington, ON N8H 3V6
    Tel: 1-800-774-8315
    E-mail: generalinquiries.tpdr@gmail.com
  • Upper Credit Humane Society
    — “To facilitate and provide leadership on matters related to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal welfare in the communities served.”
    5383 Wellington Road 24
    Erin, ON
    Tel.: (519) 833-2287
    E-mail: adoptions@uppercredit.com
  • Windsor/Essex County Humane Society
    — The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society is a registered charity that provides temporary shelter for more than 6,500 animals each year.
    1375 Provincial Road
    Windsor, ON
    Tel.: (519) 966-5751
    E-mail: adoption@windsorhumane.org

AREA CODE 613 – South Eastern Ontario – Ottawa / Kingston

AREA CODE 705 – North Eastern Ontario/Northern Ontario

  • Alliston and District Humane Society
    — The ADHS is an affiliate of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) covers the townships of New Tecumseth, Mulmur, and Adjala-Tosorontio as well as the villages of Cookstown, Rosemont and Hockley and the Town of Schomberg. The ADHS provides a lost and found reporting service, humane education, and animal protection and cruelty investigation services.
    Beeton, ON
  • All Heart Pet Rescue @ Bear Creek Kennels
    — All Breeds and German Shepherd Rescue.
    RR3- 430 Oakwood Road, Powassan, Ontario
    Tel.: 705-724-2630
    E-mail: bearcreek@efni.com
  • Animal Assistance Group of Sault Ste. Marie
    — A small non-profit organization that aims to help control the pet population by offering low spay/neuter costs to individuals in desparate need. We also trap feral cats/kittens and find forever homes for them. We open our homes to unwanted cats/kittens and dogs/pups and find foster homes to place them until we can find their forever homes.
    E-mail: animalassistancegroup@hotmail.com
  • Animal Shelter For Huntsville
    — A not-for-profit charitable organization located in Huntsville, Ontario.
    19 Bickley Country Drive
    Huntsville, ON
    Tel.: 705-789-6012
    E-mail: pets@vianet.ca or christie_animalshelter@yahoo.ca
  • Carter’s Forever Rescue and Sanctuary
    — “All Breeds, no dogs turned away. Dealing mainly with bully breeds, brachycephalic. A safe haven for dogs not wanted, old, injured.”
    Tel.: 705-641-1090
    Email: martha.trotts4@gmail.com
  • Cottage Paws Rescue Muskoka
    — “Cottage Paws Rescue is a 100% Volunteer based organization committed to a compassionately helping homeless or unwanted animals in need through medical care and rehabilitation and matching them with their perfect forever homes.”
    Tel.: 705-794-9791
    Website: www.cottagepawsrescue.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/cottagepawsrescuemuskoka/
  • Finding Them Homes—James Bay Pawsitive Rescue
    — “The mandate for our rescue is to help with northern communities who otherwise have no options for stray/surrendered dogs and have no vet accessibility. We have adopted all across Ontario.”
    Barrie, Ontario
    Email: barriehelpingnortherndogs@yahoo.ca
    Website: www.findingthemhomes.com
  • GBAR Georgian Bay Animal Rescue
    — Caring for Georgian Triangle’s needy animals since 1999, GBAR is a ‘NO KILL’ animal rescue, run solely by unpaid volunteers, a registered charity dedicated to helping lost, injured, abandoned, neglected animals; providing compassionate care, spay/neuter, adoption, ‘second chances’ at life. It serves the municipalities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Clearview Township, The Blue Mountains, Meaford, and surrounding areas.
    GBAR, P.O. Box 492
    Collingwood, ON L9Y 4B2
    Tel: (705) 445-5204 (leave message)
    E-Mail: cdhspets@yahoo.ca
  • Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes
    — Established in 1986, the Victoria County Humane Society serves the City of Kawartha Lakes.
    111 McLaughlin Rd
    Lindsay, ON
    Tel.: 705-878-4618
    E-mail: (General Office) shelter.hskl@cogeco.net
  • LOYAL Rescue
    Peterborough, ON
    Tel.: 705-772-4916
    E-mail: loyal_rescue@yahoo.com
  • Manitoulin Pet Rescue
    — “Manitoulin Pet Rescue is a volunteer operated, not-for-profit charitable organization (pending). Our goal is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing the unwanted or displaced cats and dogs of Manitoulin Island. The dogs and cats coming into our program go into caring and committed foster homes in order to assess each animal individually for their needs in order to find them permanent, responsible, forever homes. We work very closely with two other volunteer groups on Manitoulin Island: Fixing Our Felines, and Manitoulin Pet Save. Manitoulin Pet Rescue is sustained by public donations.”
    Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
    Tel.: 705.377.4800
    Email: juliemcdermid@amtelecom.net
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/982467728461819/
  • Northern Ontario Animal Welfare Society
    — NOAWS is a non-profit group dedicated to help solve the consequences of pet over-population in the communities of Iroquois Falls, Cochrane, Matheson, and surrounding areas. We care for, neuter or spay, and find permanent homes for homeless animals.
    Iroquois Falls, ON
    P0K 1G0
    Tel.: 1-705-360-0930
    Email: adoptions@noaws.com
  • Precious Paws Rescue
    — A non-profit rescue dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets. Located in Barrie, Ontario, but also rescue dogs from high-kill shelters everywhere. Barrie, ON
    E-mail: preciousrescue@hotmail.com
  • Rescue 1 At A Time
    — A dog and cat rescue based out of Minesing Ontario, just outside of Barrie.
    Email: fareway@sympatico.ca
    Website: www.rescue1atatime.com
  • Society for Animals in Distress
    — To promote the welfare of domestic animals, to provide shelter and care (including a spay/neuter program) and prevent suffering for those animals in need and to ensure that all animals in the Shelter are either spayed or neutered before they are adopted. To this end we operate a no-kill animal shelter (for dogs and cats); only in very specific circumstances (suffering, terminal illness and/or dangerous aggressive behaviour) will an animal be euthanized.
    33 Perini Rd
    Elliot Lake, Ontario
    Tel.:(705) 461-3197
    Email: society4animals@bellnet.ca

AREA CODE 807 – North Western Ontario

  • Fort Frances Friends of Animals
    — A private, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing care and shelter to the numerous unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals in the Rainy River District.
    Fort Frances, ON
    Tel.: 807 274 2144
  • It’s A Dog’s Life Fostering Network
    — Formed by a group of concerned citizens in Kenora Ontario. The aim of It’s A Dog’s Life is to find as many homes for abandoned and stray animals in the city that we can.
    Kenora, ON
    Tel.: 807-467-dogs.
  • Northern Lights Dog Rescue
    — A volunteer run foster home based rescue, meaning each dog is cared for by foster families in a home environment until a forever home is found. Northern Lights Dog Rescue helps find loving homes for dogs in Northern Ontario.
    Thunder Bay, ON
    Email: judy@northernlightsdogs.com
    Website: www.northernlightsdogs.com
  • New Hope Dog Rescue
    — A non-profit volunteer run organization located in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada.
  • Sandy Lake Dog Rescue
    — Sandy Lake is an isolated reserve in northwestern Ontario, located approximately 8 hours northwest of Thunder Bay. It is only accessible by airplane and by ice road for 6 weeks during January and February. There are no vets in Sandy Lake and as a result there is a large dog overpopulation problem. Most dogs in Sandy Lake live outdoors year round, even when the temperature drops to minus 40 degrees. Puppies are born under porches, in woodsheds or anywhere the mother can find shelter. As the number of strays increase they are trapped and shot. Sandy Lake Dog Rescue was created as an alternative to shooting. The goal of the rescue is to find homes for as many of these amazing dogs as possible.
    Sandy Lake, ON
    Tel.: (807) 822-9939
    E-mail: sandylakedogrescue@knet.ca
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