Adopt A Rescued Dog

Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer - Boxer x Pit Bull, German Shepherd x Husky
Two of my own rescued dogs
Dog Rescues and Dog Shelters in Ottawa, Ottawa Area, Ottawa Valley, Gatineau, Ontario, 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

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services – Oxford Station Ontario

Blue Moon Catahoula and Big Dog Rescue – Finch Ontario

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

Canadian Dachshund Rescue Ontario – Ottawa Ontario

Friendly Giants Dog Rescue – Ottawa, Ontario

Friends of Abandoned Pets (FOAP) – Ottawa

Genesis Dog Rescue – Ottawa, Ontario

Good Dog Rescue – Manotick, Ontario

Hopeful Hearts – Dog Rescue  - Ottawa, Ontario

K-911 Rescue – Manotick, Ontario

I am Alive Dog Rescue – Kingston, Ontario

Loyal  Rescue Inc. – Ottawa, Ontario (email:

NARC – Navan Animal Rescue Corp – Navan, 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

The Canine Rescue Team of Ottawa – Ottawa, Ontario

Trinity of Hope Dog Rescue – Manotick, 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 High-Kill Dog Shelters

Ottawa Humane Society – Ottawa, Ontario

Renfrew County Branch – Ontario SPCA – Pembroke, Ontario

SPCA Outaouais – Gatineau, 132 rue De Varennes, Gatineau Quebec
When you adopt a dog from the SPCA Outaouais facility – you save a dog from death by gas chamber!

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.
More rescued dogs in my own dog pack
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.