Palliative Care

Sometimes we take in some dogs who require more care than others - often for the rest of their lives.  Whilst these dogs tend to stay within the TDRI family they incur a lot of expense - if you would like to donate to the ongoing treatment of these animals and play a role in making whatever time they have left more comfortable please consider donating - we need all the help we can get.  Click here to donate! 

Meet Tinta!!! This pretty little black lab x joined our program last year after spending 2 years in a Mexican shelter. Our team fell in love with her when a couple of them went down for their annual personal vacation. In true rescuer form, they spent their vacation helping out with a Mexican animal rescue and that's when they saw her. Slinking low against the walls, timid and scared, was this lovely 4 year old girl. Her shyness, along with the fact that she is a black dog (which is regarded as a bad superstition in Mexico) made her chances of adoption slim. Before ending up at the shelter, Tinta gave birth to 6 puppies on a high traffic," slum" area street corner. One puppy was killed by a car, another died from heat, and the remaining four were happily snapped up by tourists for adoption. Sadly, Tinta has been moved to the status of palliative care as she has some medical issues that we are trying to muddle through. 



Alice has gone from a scrawny, drastically underweight American Bulldog dumped in a construction site, producing milk but with no evident puppies to a stunning, solid, athletic girl who is just a big marshmallow.

This sweet girl is approximately 3 and has been through quite a lot, she was hit by a car when dumped which smashed her hip and this went untreated for a period of time until she came into our care. She has recovered beautifully and is now ready for a family to call her own. True to the breed she has a list of allergies however we have managed to keep things under control with a regulated diet. Her play style is a little rough so we are looking for a home with kids over the age of 15, ideally with some breed experience. Continued training is mandatory to build on her confidence and socialization.


Zeke is a handsome Rotti/Lab mix who is looking for a home of his own after his owner sadly passed away. He is approximately 5 years old and a big strong boy at 81 lbs. This canine gentleman is house trained, well behaved in the home, does not mind being left alone, walks well on a leash and has a good understanding of basic commands. Zeke is gentle, cuddly and super affectionate with his people but true to his breed, can be territorial when strangers enter his home or yard; he can be nervous of people when he first meets them but warms up quickly and once he knows you he will greet you like a long-lost friend! A home that has experience with these guardian breed traits would be ideal for him. Zeke also needs some work on handling, in particular his feet and at the vet's, and requires a patient and knowledgeable owner who will continue the work his foster home has been doing to desensitize him, using only positive methods since he does not respond well to harsh corrections. Zeke gets along great with other dogs but he would like a home without cats. He would love to have a big fenced yard to play ball in, and he likes long hikes,  and the water! Zeke has not been around children much as far as we know and is looking for an experienced adult home that is committed to positive training. This special boy has so much potential and is going to make an adoptive family super happy! Due to some behavioral issues Zeke requires a fully fenced backyard and is not suitable for condo/apartment living. 



Bella is a lovely 'Island Girl' brought up from St Lucia by another rescue a year ago. This little monkey sadly took off shortly after having arrived in Canada and ran at large for 7 months through last year's cruel cold of winter and harsh heat of summer. Finally, she was caught. When our rescue was asked to take her in we of course welcomed her into a foster home. Bella is a lovely girl, crazy smart, sassy, funny, bossy and silly - she keeps her fosters on their toes. Bella is still currently a HIGH FLIGHT RISK. Only very dog savvy, seasoned applicants will be considered. Bella is not good with cats or small animals, and is best in a pack environment. She also needs an adult home only no children.  Bella is as pretty as she is charming, so steals the hearts of all she meets.
*We cannot stress enough how clever she is and how quickly she could be gone, so please applicants with strong, experienced handling backgrounds only. 

* Bella is working on her good canine skills and currently not available.


Mack is a handsome senior Puggle ( a Pug /Beagle cross) This sweet gentleman has gone through some tough times losing his owner and ending up in a humane society and then being adopted by a family who could not keep him. He is now in our care and receiving lots of TLC in his awesome foster home. He is lovely in the house and has lots of charm, however he can be vocal and is not suitable for living in a condo/apartment. Currently he is in good health and this former chunky monkey has lost weight. Mack is now an active fella who loves long walks and to swim laps in the pool. He loves a good game of fetch. He is the size of a small Beagle with a big personality and an even bigger heart! We will not accept applications with children under 14 as to the best of our knowledge he has not lived with children under 14. Mack needs to be the only pet in the home as he much prefers the company of being with his people. Mack will make a lovely companion but he is not suitable for a first time dog owner.


Meet Wallace, this handsome fella is an American Bulldog/Presa Canario Cross.

Silly and fun loving Wallace is two years old and he is going to make his new family smile everyday! Wallace lost his front leg at a young age but that hasn't changed this boy's zeal for life. We are looking for an adult home for this three legged guy, as he can get easily excited and over stimulated.  Wallace has doggie friends and likes other dogs but again can easily get over-stimulated and would do best as the only pet in the home so he can be the shining star.  Wallace requires an experienced adult  family who have bulldog breed experience and must have a strong positive reinforcement training background. 

This very handsome affectionate boy is a great canine citizen who has a good understanding of commands and loves to please. Wallace has a great doggie sense of humour and he is going to make a family who is a match super lucky!


This sweet little boy needs a loving home to call his own this Christmas. This handsome little Pomeranian - Chihuahua cross needs a stable, calm adult family who will work with him being timid and shy and help him blossom into the dog we know he will be. Poor little Clyde was thrown out of a van on the side of the road. Luckily he did not sustain any physical injuries but we hope to place him in a family who will treat him like a Prince. At approximately 4 years old he is a good boy who likes the company of small cats and dogs but is terrified of larger dogs. Clyde has stolen many hearts and we know he will steal yours too.

Sherlock Bones

Put fun in your Holiday Season with the addition of this handsome boy to your family. Sherlock we believe is a Rotti crossed with a Bernese Mountain dog. He is approximately one years old and so far life could not have been so great as his former family abandoned him in a rental house where it is estimated he was alone for 4-5 days. We are so excited to have him in our care and though he is nervous of people when he first meets them this 90 pound galoot is an absolute marshmallow once he knows you want to be friends. Big and bouncy he needs an experienced family who will work with him and help him build confidence with professional positive reinforcement training. Sherlock loves to play with other dogs, at this time cats are unknown. We are looking for a family that is an adult home that provide consistency, fun and lots of love.

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