LotsaDogs Rescue


Our Adoptable Pet List

Click here to download our adoption application. Please email the completed form to:

Happy tails - dogs who found homes!

In Loving Memory of Jessie:

June 15, 1994 - Nov 18, 2007 - who helped me with all the rescues the last few years and is missed terribly by her brothers Hank, Gizmo, Stafa and Coal but not by Lily The Cat .

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We have 2 fundraisers per year - everyone welcome!

The 3rd Saturday of September - Our Annual Christmas in September Fundraiser!

Have your dog's picture's taken with Santa Clause! Vendors, Garage Sale, Silent Auction!
Rain or shine.
Indoor venue available
email for details
new vendors wanted $50 donation for vendor table


Donate, bid, hike!! It's all for the dogs!
Donations recv' a tax deductible receipt - posters, sponsor sheets maps on who is hosting the event for LotsaDogs Rescue

Coming up in June a Weekend of John Wade

E-Collar Training and Nosey Dog Tracking on Saturday (1/2 day sessions each, Lunch included for those taking both) Behaviour Training on sunday (10am-4pm lunch included) watch for details

In May is the 6 Legged Hike in the Rouge and Christmas in September here at LotsaDogs Rescue. Watch for details

Microchip Clinics

1st Sunday of every month at NOON to 1pm. This is a monthly fundraiser to help with vet fees

Adopting A Friend

Please fill out an application form before calling or emailing questions. If we do not receive an application your email will be deleted. Our time is spent caring for these dogs, sometimes as many as 30 dogs at a time, and you show us serious intent to adopt when you take the time to fill out the application. Email the completed form to The Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all shots, Heartworm test, de-worming/de-parasting by us at least once and is $500. Puppies under 6 months are not fixed and the contract is Foster To Adopt until they are fixed with proof shown. Cost it to the adopter

Please, if you want to adopt a dog - we require you take up to 24 hrs 'think about it' time and when an agreement is reached you take the dog home as quickly as possible. We cannot 'hold' adopted dogs "till the weekend" or you "are back from holidays" as there are many, many other dogs dying in shelters that need that space.

If the dog listed is marked 'COURTESY POSTING' the dog is in the care another rescue group, their contact info (tel# or email address) will be provided. PLEASE CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY.

Obedience training or behaviour training is usually required for young dogs. These dogs want to be part of a family and we do everything we can to ensure they are housebroken and not food or toy possessive but we can't train all the dogs - that's your job. We will always have resources available to you for help at any time after adoption and expect you also to do everything possible to make the adoption stick and look forward to a rewarding experience for you, the dog and us.

Adoption Costs - Why we charge them:

The payment made for adopting a rescue goes to pay vet fees and medications, food, housing, whatever expenses we incur to ensure the dog you adopt is as healthy as possible. That money go directly to the vets and more dogs are able to be rescued. We cap our request even though 90% of the dogs cost us well in excess of the Adoption Fee. Please don't ask us to lower fees 'cuz you can't afford it' or 'it's a small dog' - vets don't care what size the dogs is, or your income. They charge what they charge and we pay it. Few vets give a ‘rescue rate’ and those who do have such high fees to start with it doesn’t help.

Once in awhile we get the most obnoxious question in the world asked by people. WHY DO YOU CHARGE SO MUCH AS AN ADOPTION DONATION? OTHER PLACES CHARGE LOWER ADOPTION DONATIONS. First, we don't care what other rescues do cuz they don't do what WE do. We also aren't subsidized and we don't rely on fosters to house and feed our dogs. All our dogs are housed HERE and that means extra gas, hydro and other bills like $500/mo for snow plowing and grass cutting to name a couple things. Second, we don't rely on donated crappy kibble. When we do use fosters we give them the food and cover all vetting. All our dogs are fully vetted - spay/neuter, shots, deworming twice, then there are all kinds of things requiring antibiotics and homeopathics. Each dog costs us $600-800 and some of them a lot more. THAT'S why we charge 'so much'. We need to recover some of our money and rescuing dogs doesn't mean we have to go bankrupt to do it.

Download our Application form

Please email the form to:

Who We Are

We are now a NON PROFIT and a unique rescue in that all our dogs are here (only older dogs or dogs here more than6 weeks are fostered to give them a break). We KNOW our dogs, we study and understand dog behaviour and we are able to correct problems and teach you to avoid them. Unlike other rescues who will adopt an inappropriate dog to you because saving the dog at any cost is what they're about - the cost of course is ALWAYS YOURS - emotional, financial even physical and who abandon you at the first sign of trouble we aren't like that. We want the adoption to work, we know people and we know dogs, we know how to match people's needs to a dog's needs and you aren't dumped after you adopt - we're still here ready to help. We provide consulting and tools to prevent, avoid and fix problems, we hold seminars to teach you dog behaviour. We have maybe a 1 in 40 dogs 'return rate' because we match well and we care about the dogs and about you getting the right dog and the dogs getting the right people.

We take dogs from rural kill shelters in Ontario and in the US. We clean out a kill shelter taking 10-20 dogs that would be normally euthanized for looks, space or behaviour. We get them fully vetted and rehabilitated and ready for adoption. We also help other rescues who need support or training.

It IS hard work and we need all the help we can get! We're getting charity status as soon as we can but we need Dog Angels please!

Our Featured Pet:

All our dogs are featured pets! They're all wonderful, loving dogs with great temperaments but right now we are featuring OLDER DOGS FOR OLDER PEOPLE (see Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog right after Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a BLACK Dog below).

We have learned that many rescues won't adopt to older people. I think 'older people', me being one of them, are plenty young enough for a dog and needs them BUT should have an 'older' dog - age appropriate is what it's about. Many 'older people' think puppies are their only option and don't want the work - don't blame them - but ADULT DOGS are perfect for ADULT PEOPLE!

There IS such a thing a BBDS - BIG BLACK DOG SYNDROME:

These dogs are in shelters and rescues for much longer, sometimes up to a year, before being adopted. When I read about it in People Magazine a while ago, I was shocked! I LOVE BLACK DOGS and it never occurred to me that anyone else wouldn't but apparently the perception is that they are menacing looking. I know for a fact they don't take great pictures without perfect light - takes hours or days to get some of the shots of our black dogs that are on the site now. PLEASE! If you think black dogs are menacing or unattractive, GO LOOK AT SOME at your local shelter or rescue or make an appointment to meet them here. You'll be amazed at how many wonderful, loving dogs are being passed over. Go pat someone's black dog today!

Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Black Dog:

  1. We cannot clash with your furniture or clothing, and some of you actually worry about that.
  2. We cannot clash with any collar you might choose either! Ditto for bandannas. Accessorize us!
  3. Ease of vacuuming! You can quickly spot the areas of most urgent need.
  4. Excellent night walk protection, the "bad guy" won't see us til it's too late!
  5. We hide dirt well (doesn't mean we don't need that bath after a messy play, but your guests won't be able to see it so quickly).
  6. We make an excellent "backdrop" for a second, more colorful dog if you choose to have more than one.
  7. Availability! We are available now at every shelter you can imagine, in every age bracket, no long waiting lists, no long search!
  8. Status symbol potential. Black pearls are the most costly you know....
  9. No annoying queries "what kind of dog is that" people are content with "big black dog" and don't ask!
  10. We need you!

Top Ten Reasons To Adopt an "Older" Dog:

  1. Older dogs are house trained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.
  2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.
  3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.
  4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.
  5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
  6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.
  7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.
  8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.
  9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.
  10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

*Adapted from Labrador Retriever Rescue's "Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Rescue"

Wish List:

We always need donations - we take dogs no one else will with behaviour issues, and while we are a Wellness Centre and our vet fees aren't too bad, we do use western medicine when needed for fast results like in deworming and HW prevention. You can make payments by calling our vets directly and make donations by Visa or M/C - we're not fussy. We need crates, your old crates gathering dust in the basement can be used by us. We need drivers to help us pick up dogs at the boarder and bring them here or take a leg on a transport list. We need short term foster homes too.

We do everything we can to assist rescue groups and their dogs in finding good, solid, happy homes. Because of our dog camp boarding experience we're uniquely able to spot and fix problems. If you've adopted a rescue from us or another rescue, we're the only rescue able to help you with behaviour problems, emotional problems and adjustment problems because we also work with rescues. We have sources and resources to help make your match work. If you haven't adopted from us and are getting no help from your rescue we can help on a consulting basis.

Rescue Tips:

  1. Well, you've done it! You've adopted a new family member. Doesn't matter the age, just remember - he is NO LONGER a rescue! He's YOUR dog! If you treat him like he's handicapped by his early time before you came along, you're causing emotional and behavioural problems. After you all adjust, you are a family - Treat him that way.
  2. The first couple days you have a nosey 5 yr old on your hands. Counter surfing, accidents in the house, chewing things's a pain but a crate and a schedule and supervision helps a lot. Also, tying the dog to your waist helps you not only know where he is at all times and makes correcting problems instantaneous, it also makes YOU A PACK LEADER. The dog following you for as little as 15 mins a day can eliminate so many problems for all of you.
  3. It takes up to 3 weeks for a dog to feel comfortable enough to take over a household. Barking, growling, food possessiveness... Start training immediately and learn about your dog's breed specific traits and all dog behaviour & communication! Avoid problems by being educated.
  4. Obedience isn't the only way to deal with your dog. Behaviour training or modification or communication is more effective. There are a number of really good books out there too.
  5. We all humanize our dogs. They're our babies after all. We think they're human. Problem is they think we're DOGS! They absolutely have all the emotions we have; they're just a little twisted. We think they feel guilt when we walk in on them chewing up our shoes or when we come home to find the garbage emptied and all over the floor. They do feel guilt all right - only what they're really thinking is " I shouldn't have done that when SHE WAS HERE' - NOT 'I shouldn't have done that'
  6. If you're going to humanize your dog, remember - they're essentially a 5 yr old forever and if it was a human 5 yr old child we would not give them the keys to our car, our PIN# or let them pick what they want to eat every meal. DON'T expect your dog to act like a rational human being. He's a DOG. Dogs do dog things like dig and chew and bark BUT you CAN train them to do it without ruining your garden, clothes, TV converters and they DO GROW OUT OF IT ;-)))

Come Visit Us

We are happy to have you come to meet our dogs, play with them, learn about them BY APPT ONLY. We have the dogs in foster homes, scheduled play times etc and feed times to keep them healthy. Please respect that.

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