Mack is STILL looking for a family to call his own!! This handsome senior (9-10 years old) Puggle ( a Pug /Beagle cross) is a sweet gentleman who has gone through some tough times. He lost his owner, ended up in a humane society and was adopted by a family who couldn't keep him. Mack has been in our program for some time now, and while he is very doted on by his foster family, we would love for him to have a family to call his own. 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. Mack is an active fella who loves long walks, LOVES to swim, and enjoys 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 where there are children under 14 as to the best of our knowledge he has not lived with children under 14. Mack could be in a home with another dog as long as it was the right fit - puppies and young energetic friends need not apply. He is much more interested in his people and is not a fan of dogs who will be too "in his face". At this time, he is not suited for a home with cats. This sweet boy will make a lovely companion but he is not suitable for a first time dog owner.

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Brigadier General



Brigadier has settled in to foster care and is an absolute love. A handsome Labrador Retriever he has already captured hearts. Brigadier is a lovely boy believed to be between 5-7 years. This sweet boy was picked up as stray in rural Ontario though it is understood that the animal control knew who the owner was and that he was used as a stud dog, by a “breeder”. The Brigadier General as he has been named, came into our care a couple weeks ago and has muscle atrophy or no muscle mass ever developed that is affecting how he walks after long periods of lying down and his general movement . We are currently working with our favorite Oakville chiropractor Dr. Mark Fleet as well as introducing massage therapy into his program.”Brigs” is not ready to leave our program yet as we are working on getting this boy feeling and moving better but we are accepting donations toward his care as well as any well wishes and good thoughts!!
We are so happy to have him under our wing and he is in a seasoned foster home who is doting on him to make him feel as special as we all think he is.

Hi, I'm Zeke! I have been waiting for my perfect home for a very long time. I have a few special requirements that don't fit every family, and a few quirks that will deter some folks, but I am trying so hard to be my absolute best! I am a Rotti mix, about 6.5 years old and just under 80 lbs. I am looking for an adult family who has experience with similar breeds and will understand some things about me: that I am protective of my home, naturally wary of strangers, and that it takes me a while to trust a new person. My new family must be sure to go very slowly with me in the beginning to gain my trust. They must be 100% committed to positive training and never use harsh language or corrections with me as this will destroy my trust; I am very sensitive! It scares and worries me when humans handle my body, especially my feet, and I must be muzzled when I go see the vet. I walk very politely on a leash but when I see other leashed dogs (and sometimes people who scare me) I react to them, so my new family must be aware of this and help me feel safe and comfortable. For this reason crowded living situations, apartments or busy cities are not for me and I need to live in a detached home with a fenced yard. I have lived with other dogs and can have some doggie friends, but I don't get along with every dog and would like to be the only pet in my new home. I care so much more about interacting with my humans than I do about playing with other dogs, and would like to have all your attention! I am super affectionate with people I trust. I love, love, love playing Fetch and could do it all day. I also love long hikes in the country, but dog parks are not for me. As attached as I am to my people, I don't mind being left alone in the home while my family is out; I am crate trained but also fine when left loose in the house. My foster mom says I am easy to live with and a such a good boy who just needs to find a dog experienced family willing to give me a chance!



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 (or cats) so he will need to be the only canine in the home, 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.




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.




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.




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.

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.