Ottawa Pet Shelters

Rescuing a dog is probably one of the best things one can do. The organizations listed below are doing an amazing job and we encourage you to contact them first if you are considering adding a new member to your family.

Animals in Need of a New Address

Our main objective – help animals in bad situations find a new address may it be temporary or permanent.

Arnprior & District Humane Society

The Arnprior & District Humane Society is a a no-kill shelter that takes in animals from Arnprior and the surrounding area.

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services

All Volunteer group that specializes in assisting Giant Canines & Equines & focus on the Special Needs(Deaf, Blind, Sick, Senior & Injured)

Boston Terrier Rescue Canada

Boston Terrier Rescue Canada (BTRC) is a registered Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of Boston Terriers.

Boxer Rescue Ontario

We are a group of dedicated volunteers who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected boxers.

Bytown Association for Rescued Kanines

Bark is an all breed dog rescue in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. We rescue abused/abandoned dogs.

Canadian Chihuahua Rescue & Transport

Volunteers working together to rescue, foster and provide necessary veterinary care for homeless, abandoned and neglected Chihuahuas

CARE – Canine Adoption + Rescue Education

Volunteers Saving Lives by raising awareness about rescue groups and puppy mills and promoting adoption through reputable rescues.

Catahoula Rescue Ontario

Catahoula Rescue places homeless catahoulas & catahoula mixes (as well as other breeds/mixes) in permanent, loving, homes.

Friendly Giants Dog Rescue

Large & Giant all breed NP rescue based in Ottawa with foster bases in several parts of Ontario, Canada *Founded 2009*

Greyhound Supporters (National Capital Region)

Greyhound adoption group and post-adoptive support group dedicated to the health and welfare of retired racing greyhounds globally.

Keshet Rescue

Keshet Rescue is a loving, spacious and safe facility. Our goal is to find every dog their forever home where they can find love and warmth.

Lanark Animal Welfare Society

LAWS is an independent no-kill organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of all animals.

LOYAL Rescue

We are a foster-based, all-breed rescue and our mission is to find loving homes for abused, neglected, abandoned and puppy mill dogs.

Merlins Hope Chow / Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue

We specialize in the rehabilitation and re-homing of Chow Chows & Chinese Shar-Pei with emphasis placed on puppy mill rescues


Miniature Pinscher Rescue of the Ottawa areas, small breed are also rescued with priority.

Taking dogs off death row in pounds, SPCA’s and Humane Societies, training and re-habilitating them so they are ready for their loving homes

New Beginnings Pet Rescue

NBPR is a privately run rescue. It has only one goal rrescuing animals and uniting every animal with the forever home

Danes in Distress is a registered, non-profit charitable organization that rescues unwanted, neglected or abused Great Danes.

Ottawa Dog Rescue

Ottawa Dog Rescue is a local all-breed, foster-based rescue organization dedicated to helping abandoned, abused and surrendered dogs.

Puppymill Awareness Working Solutions

Education and public awareness regarding the cruelty and abuse associated with puppy mills. Promoting fostering/adoption of homeless animals

Sit With Me Rescue

We are an Ottawa area, foster based rescue with a small chapter in the Toronto and Montreal areas taking in dogs in need from local shelters

Spot’s Dog Rescue

We are a small, foster-based rescue saving dogs from high kill situations in QC & ON and finding them forever homes.

Under My Wing Pug Rescue

UMWPR is a registered charitable organization based in Ottawa & run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to saving Pugs.


At the heart of Valley Mastiff Rescue is the Sanctuary, where, at any given time, more than 15 dogs are turning their lives around.

Westies In Need

Westies In Need (WiN) is the largest Westie rescue group in Canada, providing care for abandoned and surrendered Westies in Ontario & Quebec

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