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FAQ’s: Niagara Dog Rescue


1- Dog has diarrhea and/or some blood in stool
a. First no treats for dog,
b. Feed only boiled brown rice with boiled chicken for at least 2 days, if improvement slowly start to add back in dog food
c. The dog food may be too rich or the dog may be allergic to it – for allergies try a food without chicken (I use Acana pork and butternut squash), too rich move to a different food – some dogs cannot handle grain free especially hounds
2- Dog has rash of some sort
a. Keep clean and dry
b. Wash with warm water and dish soap (it is antibacterial) or water with some apple cider vinegar in it
c. Often dogs have some skin issues when changing climates
3- Dog needs nails done
a. Not super common but if they cannot cut them themselves they can bring to groomer or vet to get cut. Fosters can either bring to one of our vets and we pay or they pay at another establishment and we reimburse (nail cutting at any vet is usually 11-15$)
4- Dog has worms
a. SHOULD never happen but, shockingly, it happens.
b. Dog needs to go to one of our vets to get dewormer
5- Fixed?
a. ALL of our dogs are spayed/neutered.
6- Vaccinated?
a. Our dogs come vaccinated with the following: Rabies, DHLPP, Bordatella.
b. They are also dewormed and on flea/tick prevention.


1- Cannot pick up from transport
a. Most fosters/adopters to pick up from transport but some do not drive and some live far away –please contact us and we will attempt to work out a solution.


1- House trained?
a. A lot of fosters/adopters require that a dog is house trained – rarely can we guarantee this but most often our pups are very clean in the house and when they get out on a routine there is very few issues
2- Crate training?
a. This SHOULD be posted if a dog is crate trained or not, for the most part our pups are good in crates as they are use to being in a kennel environment
b. EXCEPTION – Dogs coming from Thailand (SOI Dogs) should NOT be crated.
3- Cats?
a. Very hard to test if our dogs are good with cats … be patient if you require a cat friendly dog
4 – Issues?
a. Contact a trainer or training@niagaradogrescue.org

Yes, there are dogs everywhere to be saved, however the US has a higher number of kill shelters, more dogs in shelters, and the shelters provide a shorter time frame (if any) to find a new home for the dog. Owner surrenders can be put down immediately in some shelters. We have saved many from the states and are connecting with shelters here in Ontario as well.

As a foster based rescue, we don’t have a shelter so we don’t have a single location. Many people work together to transport, foster, check references, do home visits and process adoptions. They are from all over the Niagara region to west GTA.

The fenced yard requirement will depend on the size, temperament and exercise needs of the dog. You may be able to adopt without a fenced yard if you can indicate how you will supervise outside play.

The adoption fee helps to help cover the costs associated with rescue such as vetting, boarding and transportation, and includes spay/neuter, HW testing, rabies and DHLPP vaccines and, in some cases microchip, prior to adoption.
There’s also food, transport, grooming and possible boarding. It could also include unexpected medical expenses and training fees.


Dogs < 1 year – $700
Dogs 1  – 7 years – $600
Seniors 7+ – $450
Special Needs – $450
Puppy <8 months – $550 USD *available to US Adopters only*
Legacy Dog – $750
Bonded Adult Pair – $1200
Bonded <1 year pair – $1400
Bonded puppies – $1100 USD *available to US Adopters only*
Admin fee for cancellations – $100

We need to raise funds because adoption fees will not cover all of our expenses.

Any information we have on each dog is posted, we will add additional information as we receive it, to their profiles and keep it as up to date as possible. We have volunteers specifically leading groups of dogs, the best way to get proper information on a dog is to apply for that dog and speak to the lead. This avenue of contact can not provide you more information on dogs then what is posted.

We do not have a facility, we are volunteer run, meaning all volunteers use their personal telephones, we can not provide a phone number, please fill out an application and we will get in touch with you.

If you are interested in adopting, please complete an adoption application and someone will be in touch to discuss which ones would be the best fit for your family and lifestyle.

Please remember we do not have a facility. We are foster based meaning dogs are in volunteers homes. Once your application has been processed you can meet the dog.
See the Process that we complete for all applicants

Please remember we are a volunteer run organization, we are working as best and efficiently as possible. We get many applications a day and process them in order they are received.
If you would like to volunteer we are always looking for new help!

See above
To help cover the costs associated with rescue such as vetting, boarding and transportation, and includes spay/neuter, HW testing, rabies and DHLPP vaccines and, in some cases microchip, prior to adoption.

Although we would love to know everything about the dogs before they arrive, sometimes that is not the case. Many of our dogs are fostered before arriving, however, sometimes we must wait until the dog is in local foster care to do testing with children, cats and other dogs. Once we know, we will update the information on our posts.

Meet and greets with our dogs are scheduled once reference and home checks have been completed. These are coordinated with the foster family.

Of course. NDR will ensure the right dog is chosen for your particular situation.

All dogs are treated with a flea/tick treatment before arriving at NDR. It will be your responsibility to continue your chosen method of treatment.

Most fosters provide a leash, crate, food, bedding, toys, etc. for the dog’s use (however we can provide these things if needed). And of course love!NDR will pay any medical expenses or reimburse foster “only” if said expenses and veterinarian clinic have been approved by NDR prior to the dog attending the clinic.

Proper introduction is crucial and this can be done after the application process is complete.

The process can be done fairly quickly. Reference calls will be made quickly but responses from those calls sometimes take a few days. Please advise your vet and references that we will be calling.

Yes.  If the process is completed you will have a faster track to dogs coming in.

Please contact us and be sure we received your application.

Each city has different bylaws so please check with your particular city for this information.

If possible, please include any vet your family has used and include the family name the account would be under. We will go by the family history.

We need to know that your landlord will allow dogs to live in the rental unit before approving your application. If you have a pet agreement with the landlord, then you may also send that in.

We will be asking about your level of responsibility, reliability, home situation, and verifying things on your application.