Toronto Dog/Cat Adoption And Rescue Organizations

Use the links below to find Toronto dogs, cats, or small animals & remember, "Why shop when you can adopt?"

4 Legged Love
4 Legged Love is an dog placement and dog adoption agency based in Toronto (Etobicoke), operating through out Southern Ontario. Our main focus is canine companions but we attempt to help out any companion pet. Our consultants facilitate dog owners by relocating their pet into the best possible new home. We offer a loving and home-like alternative for people who find themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of having to part with their beloved companion and can not bear to leave him/her in a pound or humane society with a fate unknown. As well, some of our dogs come to us through volunteers at pounds who can see that a dog deserves a second chance and their lives should not be cut short due to an irresponsible owner.

Annex Cat Rescue
Does your heart go out to animals in need? The Annex Cat Rescue is an all-volunteer charity passionately dedicated to helping homeless cats in Greater Toronto and to the elimination of animal cruelty through community education. Kittens and tame adult strays are humanely trapped, then given vet care and placed in a network of foster homes for adoption. Adult feral cats are trapped, neutered or spayed, then returned back into their colonies, where the are fed daily. This curbs population growth, preventing disease and starvation. Almost all money raised by ACR goes directly for medical treatment, in partnership with veterinarians who provide services at reduced rates.

Happy Tails Rescue
Happy Tails Rescue is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Toronto/Southern Ontario area of Ontario, Canada, dedicated to rescuing unwanted, neglected or otherwise unfortunate Bichon Frise, Maltese, and other small breeds, and adopting them to new loving, permanent homes with a 99% success rate in our placements when re-homing dogs into their new forever homes.
Happy Tails Rescue is not a shelter.  When we accept a dog into our rescue, it immediately becomes part of a foster family where it is loved and nurtured back to a stable physical and/or mental state and only then will it be adopted to a fully screened, loving family or individual.

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Helping Homeless Pets 
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Helping Homeless Pets was created in November 2006 to help pets who need a new home and to help reduce the number of pets who may become homeless.  We do this by directly supporting Pet Rescue Groups and by educating future and current pet owners. We are working to unite pet rescues across Canada with the knowledge that by working together we can rescue more homeless pets and prevent future homeless pets.

Our Mission is to support legitimate and ethical Pet Rescue organizations by assisting them with certain services and allowing them to focus on the care and finding of a suitable home for the pets they have rescued. 

PDRC specializes in the rescue and appropriate re-homing of abused, unwanted and abandoned Pointing dogs in Canada and never discriminates on the basis of health, age or Pointing breed. PDRC is dedicated to raising funds to support the rescue of Pointing breeds and to educating the public about the plight of homeless Pointing dogs as well as realizing the challenges and benefits of adopting an animal in need.

PDRC invites you to "like" us on Facebook and help us bring Pointing dogs and loving families together. 

Pugalug Pug Rescue
Pugalug Pug Rescue is a bridge between a pug's past life and its future forever home. It is a group of volunteers who are committed to helping rescued pugs by providing medical care, loving attention, comfort, food, companionship and a forever home. It is a process whereby the pug's needs are paramount both during its time in the rescue process and when its ideal adoptive home is being determined.

Our rescue organization has no building and no business hours; it is not an animal shelter where a potential purchaser can drop buy, choose a pug and take it home. Rescue is not a place to get a pug cheaply. Potential adopters are required to complete a comprehensive application, undergo a home visit, have references checked and agree to fairly stringent conditions before being approved. We want to make absolutely sure that the pug, who has suffered so much upheaval already, doesn't wind up back in rescue and have to undergo the process again because of an inappropriate adoption.

Speaking Of Dogs
Speaking of Dogs is a Toronto-based organization which launched in 2001, and is dedicated to educating and enlightening people about dogs through seminars, workshop forums, outreach and rescue. Our goal is to end cruelty, abandonment, mistreatment and homelessness of man's best friend. The founders of Speaking of Dogs have 50 years of combined experience and knowledge. They have worked in animal shelters, veterinary clinics, rescue organizations and dog training facilities and are devoted to the welfare of dogs.

Standard Poodles In Need (SPIN)
Standard Poodles in Need (SPIN) is a not for profit organization dedicated to the welfare of homeless, neglected, or unwanted standard poodles as well as toys, minis, and poodle mixes. SPIN is the only foster-based standard poodle rescue in Canada, and our volunteers and foster families have decades of experience working with, and understanding this amazing breed. Each dog that comes into SPIN's rescue program is cared for in a warm, loving foster home until a forever home is found. All dogs entering our program are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, brought up-to-date on vaccinations, and have their medical needs attended to before potential adoptive families are interviewed, meet the dog, and have their home inspected by our volunteers.

All of our available rescues are posted on our website: 

Toronto Cat Rescue
TCR is a no-kill, not for profit, 100% volunteer, registered charity - all donations go directly towards helping cats in need.  TCR relies on volunteers to foster cats in their homes until a cat lover adopts them. Having a network of Foster Homes allows every cat in our care to be part of someone’s home. It gives a rescued cat a chance to adapt to living with a family, sometimes with other cats, dogs and/or children.  On average we have 300+ cats available for adoption, see our Available Cats. With over 100,000 homeless street cats in Toronto, TCR is very active in the Feral Cat community. We support and educate our volunteers in the care and feeding of feral cat colonies and support TNR(M): Trap, Neuter, Return, Monitor efforts.

Westies In Need
Corrie Yeoman 905-936-6691 [email protected]
Westies in Need (WiN) is a Canadian Registered Not for Profit group (Corporation #1866841) that provides rescue, fostering, transport, medical attention and adoption services for surrendered, abused, abandoned, neglected, and/or homeless West Highland White Terriers in Ontario and Quebec. We are the largest Westie rescue organization in Canada.

Our mission is to: rescue Westies, get immediate medical attention to those in need, foster Westies in a safe, attentive environment, find them loving and forever homes and to also educate the general public to the need for spaying and neutering dogs and the perils of puppy mills. We advocate an end to the operation of puppy mills, pet store animal sales, and the neglect and abuse of these precious dogs.