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           About Canine Rescue


Consider this:

Many dogs do not remain with their original owners either because of a genuine life-altering circumstance or because the owners weren't prepared for the responsibility  of dog ownership.

Perhaps they didn't have the time they thought they would, or perhaps they didn't provide the training and didn't want to live with the results.

Perhaps they simply didn't do their homework about the characteristics and behaviour of a particular breed. Whatever the reason, less than 50% of dogs remain in their original homes.

Consider this:

These unwanted dogs and those who have been victims of neglect are considered rescues. Sadly, there are often rescue dogs available for placement in loving homes.

If you're ready for dog ownership, but hesitate because you're not sure if a puppy is right for you, rescue.

Consider this:

It is estimated that close to 5,000 dogs are born every day in Canada

• Number of animals in Canada that die each year from cruelty, neglect, and exploitation is estimated to be over 500,000

• Number of dogs entering Canadian shelters and rescue organizations each year is estimated at over two million


• Number of dogs euthanized by Canadian shelters each year (due to no fault of their own) is close to one million

• Number of dogs adopted out by Canadian shelters and rescues each year is estimated at one million

• Percentage of dogs entering shelters that are reclaimed by their owners is estimated at only 40%

• Percentage of dogs in Canadian shelters and rescues which are purebred – 30 to 35 %

• Percentage of dogs entering Canadian shelter and rescues that are healthy and adoptable -  90%

Percentage of dogs received by animal shelters and rescues that have been spayed or neutered: 22%

Getting a dog doesn't always mean getting a puppy. While there are benefits to being the first owner of a dog - there are many benefits to adopting a dog that's not a puppy. Not everyone has time to raise a puppy; an adult dog may be the solution.

  1. Older dogs need new homes for many different reasons, most of which probably have nothing to do with the dog itself.

  2. It is not uncommon for even expensive, purebred dogs to be surrendered when their owners move or are no longer able or willing to take care of them.

  3. Older dogs have known personality traits that make them an excellent choice for households with small children.

  4. What you see is what you get, older dogs have already reached their maximum size, there will be no surprises.  They will likely be house and possibly, obedience trained, have probably graduated beyond the chewing-everything-left-in-reach stage.

  5. The energy level of the adult dog is also likely to be more compatible with a household where everyone is in school or at work during the day.

By adopting an older dog, you will not only save a dog from being euthanized but will also make a statement about compassion and the value of life at all ages.  At the same time you will be bringing a wonderful addition into your family - a win-win situation for everyone!
Opening your heart and home to a dog in need can be a most rewarding experience.
Before you purchase, please take a moment to consider some of the wonderful dogs of all ages that are available for adoption.  Check out our rescue directory for a list of breed rescues that may interest you. 

Be a Responsible Dog Ownership:

Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility, and something that should be carefully considered and not just a spontaneous decision.   Your dog will depend on you for, at minimum, food and shelter, affection, training and most of all will need you to spend time with them.  If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. If you already have a dog, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner.

k9 Rescue Me is committed to assisting dog owners raise happy, well adjusted, healthy dogs.  Bringing a dog into your life is a big decision, make sure you treat it like one.  Outlined below are some guidelines to help you make the right decision and be the best dog owner you can be. 

Think before you act……

  1. 1.Understand the Commitment

  2. Dog ownership is not something to be entered into lightly. Owning a dog is a long-term emotional and financial commitment. Before deciding that a certain dog is right for you, you must make an honest assessment as to whether your home is right for any dog.

  3. 2.Assess Your Lifestyle

  4. If you get a dog, they will become a part of your life. You need to make sure that you choose a breed that is suited for your lifestyle.  Consider things like, activity & energy level, shedding, work schedules, personalities and all aspects of your families life.

  5. 3.Make a Checklist

  6. Based on your assessment, determine what you are looking for in a dog. There are certain things that play a big factor in picking the right dog.  Consider size, energy level, grooming needs, trainability and temperament. Do you want a guard dog or a lap dog? Is it important that your dog get along with children? If you rent your home, are there restrictions on height, weight or breed? It is important that you answer these questions beforehand, once you bring a dog home, it can be heartbreaking to realize that you made the wrong choice.

  7. 4.Choose a Breed

  8. Once you have made your list of what are the ideal characteristics of what you are looking for in a dog, do some research to find which breeds are the right fit. Once you have some breeds selected try to interact with some of these dogs.  Visit your local dog park, attend a dog show, check out the breed in action, ask questions of the owners.  Owners are always thrilled to talk about their dog.  By doing this you will be able to narrow down your list of breeds to what is right for you.

  9. 5.Finding the one

  10. Expectation is everything, make sure that you find a responsible, ethical breeder who has a strong history of produced quality, healthy dogs with stable temperaments.  Check out the Canadian Kennel Club Directory, and don’t be afraid to ask for references.  The Breed Referral can put you in touch with breeders, as well as reputable breed rescue groups.  Avoid buying from pet store’s and newspapers, take the time to do your research on the breeder or rescue group that you are getting your dog from.   Remember that it will take some time to add the right dog to your home.  Don’t rush, take your time, do your research and find the right one.  A good dog is worth waiting for.

  11. 6.Consider an Older Dog

  12. Puppies aren't for everyone. An older dog may better fit your lifestyle, check out local breed rescue organizations. These organizations rescue purebred dogs that have been lost, abandoned or surrendered due to the death or illness of their owners. Generally rescue dogs have been spayed or neutered and are screened for health and temperament problems. Rescue is a not only a great source for purebred dogs, it's also a way to save the life of a dog in need.

  13. 7.Dogs don’t make good gifts - Skip the Holidays

  14. Many people try to buy puppies or dogs as Christmas gifts for children or other family members. Most reputable breeders and rescues do not recommend this. You should be prepared to give a new pet to your home your undivided attention, and that is rarely possible during the busy holiday season. A better idea is to give dog-related gifts - toys, leashes, grooming tools - and then bring your new pet home when all the excitement has died down.


10 Things a Dog Asks of it’s Family


  1. 1.My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any permanent separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.

  2. 2.Do not break my spirit with harsh treatment. Your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you want me to learn.

  3. 3.Place your trust in me -  it's crucial for my well-being.

  4. 4.Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as a punishment. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I have only you and I like being with you.

  5. 5.Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand the tone of your voice when you are speaking to me, especially when you use friendly tones.

  6. 6.Be aware that I am normally a social animal; however, I need to make positive associations at a young age to feel confident and well adjusted around other dogs and humans.

  7. 7.Remember that I was bred for activity, both mental and physical and I enjoy playing games, taking walks and an occasional good run.

  8. 8.Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something may be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I may need medical attention, or I may just be getting old. But keep in mind I respond very well to praise.

  9. 9.Take care of me when I get old; you, too, will grow old.



Remember that I only want to love and to please you, so treat me kindly

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