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Adopt a Rescued Dog – Ottawa Gatineau Rescues, Shelters

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Adopt A Rescue Dog from one of the many Dog Rescue Groups or Shelters

Ottawa, the Greater Ottawa Area, the Ottawa Valley – Ontario Canada, and;
Gatineau, West Quebec – Quebec, Canada…

When you adopt a Rescued dog from a local area Dog Rescue Group or shelter you help to ensure that our local dogs have the opportunity they so deserve to contribute to the health and well being of our community – for our children, our family’s our seniors. Dogs teach empathy, generosity, kindness, responsibility. Dogs give so much back to our community, dogs contribute so much to our personal lives. Dogs help make a community a vibrant, caring, connected environment – supporting our health and well being. Dogs and humans form very special bonds and have done so for millennium – dogs keep us in touch with our humanity and help us be better beings. How we look after our dogs is a reflection of ourselves and our community.

If you are looking for a specific breed of dog, a pure bred dog, a mixed breed dog, a puppy or an adult dog the Ottawa, Gatineau and Region dog rescues and shelters listed below always have many wonderful, adoptable rescued dogs…

1.0 Dog Rescue Groups in Ottawa, Gatineau

Arbed Rescue – Quebec

BARK – Bytown Association For Rescued Kanines – Ottawa, Ontario

Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary – Kemptville, Ontario

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services – Oxford Station Ontario

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance – Ontario, Canada, USA

Blue Moon Catahoula and Big Dog Rescue – Finch, Ontario

Bullies in Need (BIN) – Ontario
Rescue dedicated to “pit bull type” dogs in Ontario. My personal favorite dog  ‘breed’ = pit bulls, pit bull crosses, pit bull ‘type’ dogs . Shame on Ontario for legislating and failing to repeal BSL!

Catahoula Rescue(Ontario) – various fosters on location in Ontario, including Ottawa

Canadian Dachshund Rescue Ontario – Ottawa Ontario

Good Dog Rescue – Manotick, Ontario

I am Alive Dog Rescue – Brockville, Ontario

Loyal  Rescue Inc. – Ottawa, Ontario (email: info@loyalrescue.com)

Marshall’s Dog Rescue – Ottawa and Perth Ontario

NARC – Navan Animal Rescue Center – Navan, Ontario
NARC takes-in dogs that Ottawa’s large, and very well funded Ottawa ‘Humane’ Society ‘shelter’ the OHS, which is a KILL facility), and other rescue groups will not take-in. NARC serves a very special need in the community – a place where truly misunderstood, and/or neglected, and/or abused dogs have the opportunity to live a life where they receive the support, and love they deserve.   Just because a dog’s humans failed him/her does not mean that the dog should receive a death sentence.  I have worked with many beautiful dogs who have been adopted from NARC. Support NARC – donate, and adopt so more dogs with no where to turn can be saved by Navan Animal Rescue Center.

Ottawa Dog Rescue – Ottawa, Ontario

Poet’s Vision Aussie Rescue  – Perth Ontario
Dedicated to rescuing and re-homing deaf and visually impaired Australian Shepherds (mixes) and Border Collie (mixes) that are the direct result of merle to merle breeding.

Sirius K9 Rescue – Ottawa, Ontario

Vafa Animal Shelter – Ottawa Location
Vafa Animal Shelter, a rescue group that saves many wonderful dogs in Iran from certain and brutal death by poison, gun shot, beating, starvation. The shelter, located in Iran houses about 800 dogs at any one given time. Vafa transports these beautiful rescued dogs of all breeds and all sizes on a weekly basis to Canada and the USA. Upon arrival in North America the dogs are placed in caring foster homes. They are available for adoption and I can assure you from first hand experience that they are beautiful, loving dogs!

Additional Rescues in Ottawa, Ontario and Across Canada

2.0 Kill and High-Kill Dog Shelters

WHy there is NO excuse for KILL shelters in Ottawa, Gatineau, Canada

The numbers stated in the photo, reflect the reality of the situation – in Eastern Ontario, Canada, the USA. Demand for dogs, and cats far exceeds the number of dogs, and cats in shelters. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for a ‘shelter’ facility to be a KILL facility – not for volume intake reasons, community wealth, or lack of wealth is also NOT a presiding factor…


Brockville Humane Society of Canada – Brockville Ontario

Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) – Ottawa, Ontario
A VERY well-funded facility that CAN afford to go no-kill, but chooses not to.

Renfrew County Branch – Ontario SPCA – Pembroke, Ontario

SPCA Outaouais – Gatineau, 132 rue De Varennes, Gatineau Quebec
It is unethical, and 100% unnecessary for the SPCA Outaouais to use a GAS CHAMBER to KILL dogs and cats – yet the SPCA Outaouais continue to CHOOSE to do so. There is NO EXCUSE other than human hubris for doing so. When you adopt a dog from the SPCA Outaouais facility – you save a dog from a CRUEL and TORTUROUS death by Gas Chamber.  It is past time that Canadians take action to Ban the Use of Gas Chambers in Canada!

If you would like to understand more about how OTHER facilities in Canada and the USA go from being a kill facility to a NO-Kill facility, you can read and follow here >>, and  here >>, and here >> . The ability to go NO-KILL is NOT predicated on the WEALTH of the community/shelter, it is predicated on the WILL to do the right thing amongst those in the community, and those that run a shelter.

As Nathan Winograd is aptly noted – Chippewa County, for example, is located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It isn’t a wealthy community: the average per capita income is only $19,334. And it is cold. It gets an average of 99 inches of snow every year. In January, the average temperature is six degrees. But what it lacks in big dollars and warmth is something worth much more: big hearts and a burning desire to save lives. There was a time when as many as eight out of 10 animals were killed . Not anymore. After hiring a new director, everything changed. Today, the shelter saves 97% of the animals. The per-capita income in Ottawa-Gatineau (the Nation’s Capital) is +80,000 dollars in 2013, which has since increased to +90,000 dollars.  You can see per capita income statistics up to 2013  here >>.

For examples of No-Kill shelter facility’s in this region, simply look at the list of No-Kill shelters below.

FACT – there is no excuse for KILL facilities for dogs and cats in the National Capital’s region – nor in the rest of Canada and the U.S.A. Egos, hypocrisy, and human hubris aside.

3.0 No-Kill Dog Shelters

Arnprior and District Humane Society – Arnprior, Ontario

Gananoque & District Humane Society – Gananoque, ON

Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) – Smith Falls, Ontario

SPCA de l’ouest Quebec (SPCA of Western Quebec) – 659 Auguste-Mondoux Gatineau, Aylmer-Sector, Quebec

For those of you that are thinking of bringing a new dog into your life, shelters and rescue groups have many beautiful dogs that deserve a second chance at life.

When you adopt a dog from a shelter you ensure that you are not supporting puppy mills and back-yard breeders.

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My own dog  pack is comprised of eleven dogs – eight  are rescued dogs (photo above is of some of the dogs in my own pack). I support rescued dogs and you can too!

The vast majority of dogs that end up in shelters are beautiful, adoptable dogs.

The next time you want to bring a new dog into your life – please think about adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group.

Did you know that just as many pure bred dogs end up in shelters as do mixed-breed dogs?

It is my firm belief and it has been my life experience in living and working with dogs that a dog is not just a dog…

There have been many well known, well respected people throughout history who have said that humans who endured in the face of great adversity carry many scars but it is these same people who have the most to contribute to society. I believe that the same can be said for the dog.

All dogs have so much that they are willing to share with humanity. If we are willing to open our minds to see, we can learn so much from them about ourselves. They can help us be more aware of our own behavior and give us a second chance to grow into better, wiser and happier individuals.

When you help a rescue or shelter dog it is not just the dog that gets a second lease on life and a new opportunity…it is also the human.