Abigail is an ABSOLUTE sweetheart and it makes our blood boil knowing that up until two weeks ago she lived in a crappy aluminum shed, in squalor, in a city backyard. Thank God for our good friends at Animal Services who work as hard as they do and who brought this girl to our attention. Abigail is approx. 2–3 years old and has clearly been bred in the past. This Cane Corso x Boxer has a HUGE personality, is a gorgeous grey colour with giant white “baseball mitts” for paws, eyes that melt your heart, and a personality that matches.  It was concluded after X-rays and a physical examination, that Abigail will require a surgery to repair her torn cruciate ligament. For us to ensure she gets the care she needs; she will not be ready to be adopted until after her surgery (in April), but we are currently accepting adoption applications.  Abigail has lived her whole life alone in a backyard, and though she desperately wants to be every dog’s friend, she unfortunately lacks some social graces and does not yet understand appropriate play style. Due to this, currently, she is best suited as the only pet in the house. She has an absolutely wonderful personality, however, is incredibly strong and is still learning basic commands and leash skills. Therefore, a family where all members of the home are over the age of 16 is required. We are looking for a family who have “bully breed” experience who will be on board with attending positive reinforcement training classes to help her further blossom.

J.R. is an adorable 5 month old Coonhound x Lab mix who recently joined our program. Not only is this boy cute as can be, but he’s sweet as sugar. J.R. gets along with other dogs and is best suited for a home where he has a canine friend – for this reason, we will not consider applications for him unless there is another dog in the family. True to his breed, J.R. LOVES all of the amazing smells that walks have to offer and is a pretty “nose-to-the-ground” kind of boy. He thinks that cookies are the best, is good in the car and loves to meet new people. J.R. is looking for an active family who will be dedicated to taking him to positive reinforcement training classes for skill development and as a way to keep his little brain working and stimulated. This cutie would be fine in a home with kids 12 and over. Cats are unknown. For more information on this bundle of fun, email info@thedogrescuersinc.ca

Copper is a sweet, sweet boy who has had quite the journey to get into our care. Copper landed in a high kill shelter, with a poor coat, dried and cracked paws, covered in grease and suffering from a thyroid condition. He was saved and went on to stay with a big-hearted foster family, where he was diagnosed as heart worm positive before undergoing treatment.  At approx. 4-6 years of age, Copper is a handsome Lab/ Hound/Golden Retriever who has undoubtedly had a rough start to life. Copper does not enjoy the company of other dogs so he will need to be the only canine in the home, but is good with cats, loves classical music and loves a good snuggle. After joining our care it was determined through x-rays that Copper will need a bi-lateral cruciate surgery (knee surgeries) so that he can live pain free. Until Copper has had his surgeries and is recovered, he will not be available for adoption, but anyone looking to donate towards his care, can click the red donate button at the top of the page.

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.




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.




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.

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. 

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