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Helping Homeless Pets was created in November 2006 to help pets who need a new home and to help reduce the number of pets who may become homeless.  We do this by directly supporting Pet Rescue Groups and by educating future and current pet owners. We are working to unite pet rescues across Canada with the knowledge that by working together we can rescue more homeless pets and prevent future homeless pets.

Our Mission is to support legitimate and ethical Pet Rescue organizations by assisting them with certain services and allowing them to focus on the care and finding of a suitable home for the pets they have rescued.

Each pet listed on this site has been saved by a rescue organization, given proper care and is available for adoption through that organization.




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Why Rescue
Pet Rescue groups were born out of a need to save dogs and find them homes.  Years ago, shelters were the place most strays and unwanted dogs ended up.  When the shelters got full and a dog was there too long, the dog was put to sleep to make room for other more adoptable dogs coming in.  It was, and still is, a very sad situation when a healthy pet is euthanized as a direct result of human neglect or ignorance.  The staff working in shelters are forced to make incredibly gut wrenching decisions everyday.  Mostly caused by pet over population and the failure of too many people to recognize that pets should be spayed or neutered.  Bob Barker, the host of The Price is Right ended every broadcast of the show with a plea to spay or neuter your pets, starting in the 1970's.  But even today, there are those that just don't bother, don't care or think that their Sparky would change if neutered. This leads to healthy, wonderful pets being euthanized daily around the world for no other reason that no one wants them or has room.

Rescue Groups began to form and one of the first was Pets Alive in New York State that was started in 1965.

Today, there are many No Kill shelters where pets are not put to sleep, but the problem of over crowding persists.   There are now breed specific rescue groups for nearly every canine breed and groups that rescue any dog.  There are also cat, rabbit, parrot, ferret and other groups that rescue other pets.

There are two major difference between shelters and rescues .  Shelters are usually run and funded by the city where they are located, with funding coming from licensing fees. In many cases though, this funding is inadequate to care for the large number of animals that need help, making euthanasia the only option. Rescue groups are funded only by donations and all the people are volunteers.  While some shelters do put animals into foster homes, many are housed onsite in kennels.  Rescue Groups place all their rescues into foster homes as they do not have shelter facilities.  Animals in foster care do fare better as they are in a real home, just like the home that is out there for them somewhere. Both shelters and rescue groups are essential in the long term care of animals.

We have chosen to assist rescue groups, however, anytime a homeless pet finds a new and permanent home it's a good thing.  If there is a shelter near you, then visit there to find a pet, or just volunteer to walk a dog or clean a rabbit's cage. Don't think someone else will take care of it, because quite often that someone else has already been volunteering 20 hours a week for the past 5 years,

We urge everyone to, 'Please consider adoption first'.  Adoption is not for everyone, but there are many wonderful pets, that will love you forever if you bring them home with you.

We believe that "Every Pet deserves a loving home"

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Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for Helping Homeless Pets.  We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you Donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Helping Homeless Pets through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your Charity to benefit. After your Vehicle Donation is complete, Helping Homeless Pets will send you a tax receipt within 45 days!

Click here for the donation link at Donate a Car Canada.








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