Nickquenum Dog Rescue

Our Adoptable Pet List


May 11th 2017

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We belong to an umbrella group: "Helping Homeless Pets" a registered charity. Members of this group must adhere to stringent standards and a code of ethics. Please see for more information about our code of ethics.

To donate to Nickquenum Dog Rescue via Helping Homeless Pets:

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  • Our Canada Helps Giving Page comes up.
  • Click the DONATE NOW button. Follow the steps.
  • In the comments section write that the funds are to go to Nickquenum Dog Rescue.
  • Donations go directly to pay veterinary bills for our rescued dogs. A tax receipt can be issued to you.

    Contact us at for further information. Thank you!


    Who We Are:

    "Nickquenum" (pronounced Nick/kwen/num) is a Native word that means "I am going home" We are a NOT FOR PROFIT small rescue group based in Guelph and founded in 2005. We are made up of VOLUNTEERS. We do not have any paid staff and do not receive funding of any kind. We rely completely on donations. We do not have a building or shelter. Dogs are cared for in volunteer foster homes.

    Our Mission:

    We work with small, rural shelters/pounds/animal controls and humane societies to rescue dogs that would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space. We accomplish this by removing the dog(s) from the shelter and placing them in caring foster homes until we can match them with loving committed permanent adopters.

    Adopting a Friend:

    Our mandate is to help dogs in shelters. We regret that we do not take owner surrendered dogs as a rule. We will consider individual cases. We would also be happy to provide you with advice on re-homing your dog or to refer you to no or low kill humane societies, shelters or rescue groups that do accept owner surrendered dogs.

    The Adoption Process:

    Adoption applications are not processed on a first come first serve basis. We may collect more than one application to consider and we choose the one that we feel is the best match for the dog. We do not do same day adoptions. We don't adopt dogs to families with children under 5 years of age.
  • Email to request an application.
  • The completed application will be reviewed and you will be contacted if approved. We will answer your questions to the best of our knowledge.
  • A meet and greet time is set up between the foster parent and potential adopters. All members of the family must attend as well as any canine members.
  • Arrangements for a home visit are made if all are in agreement to proceed after the meet and greet.
  • Finalization of the adoption occurs after an approved home visit. An adoption fee is required to cover veterinary costs. Adopters must also sign an adoption agreement.
  • All dogs have received core vaccinations, dewormer, heart worm preventative, and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. We try to answer emails and messages as promptly as possible so please be patient for most of us are working full time, have families and our own dogs to care for. For an adoption application please email:

    Come Visit Us!

    We do not have a shelter but rely on foster homes. Once your application is approved a time can be set up to meet with the foster family and dog.

    I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs 'out there'. I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed. I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I'll eat. I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat. I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness, and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose. My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted. Here in this house... There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand, I can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many. My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it! Here in this house... I will never be a substitute for anything I am not. I will never be used to improve peoples' images of themselves. I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone's idea of who I should be. I will never suffer for someone's anger, impatience, or stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame. Here in this house... I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch... knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me. If I am ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and thought to be of value. I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough. My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs. Here in this house... I will belong. I will be home. (author unknown)

    DISCLAIMER: WE SOMETIMES COURTESY POST FOR OTHER RESCUES, OWNERS, SHELTERS. If this is the case it will be stated at the beginning of the write-up. It is our intent to list only dogs of good temperament, but we have not evaluated the other dogs. We state information given by their owners, shelters, or rescuer-foster parent. We are merely the liaison and give no guarantees, warranties, or undertakings. It is the adopter's responsibility to confirm information and suitability of the dog for their home. Nickquenum Dog Adoptions and all individuals associated shall not be liable directly or indirectly to the user or any third party for any loss or damage resulting from the information (including errors or omissions) in this website. Stating this disclaimer is the only way we can continue this service. The providers of information about dogs displayed here hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Nickquenum Dog Adoptions and all individuals associated with respect to any loss or damage that may arise as a result of posting their information. END of disclaimer.

    Nickquenum Dog Adoptions

    Guelph and surrounding area in Ontario
    Email please

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