Niagara Dog Rescue

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Niagara Dog Rescue

 

In North America alone, every year, people buy 17 million pets.
In North America, every year, 3 to 4 million healthy dogs and cats are killed in shelters.
This is 10,000 every day!
This is why we do what we do……

 

No one can do everything but everyone can do something!

A little about us

Niagara Dog Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping homeless and unwanted dogs find a new home. We focus on dogs at immediate risk of being put down at high kill shelters. Any potential fosters or adopters are fully screened through vet, reference and home checks. Adoption fees are $400 (including GST) to help cover the cost of rescue, and includes spay/neuter, HW testing and treatment (if necessary), rabies and DHLPP vaccines, and microchip, prior to adoption.

We a foster based rescue. This means we do not have a facility, dogs are pulled from shelters and put in to comfortable homes until they are adopted.

We need fosters in Niagara Region or West GTA to love and care for the dogs we rescue until they are adopted.

Each foster volunteer allows us to save one more dog and help him/her find a loving forever home.
Fostering is ideal for families considering adoption but who are not yet sure. Fostering provides them an opportunity to get to know the dog and how s/he fits in the family. This allows them to make an informed decision about a long-term adoption.

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23 Reviews of “Niagara Dog Rescue”

  1. Stephanie

    This organization, don’t get me wrong has the best intentions, however staff are discriminating, judgemental.

    My fiancé works in construction, his company ALWAYS CLOSES FOR WINTER. NDR sees it as POOR, POVERTY, UNABLE TO AFFORD DOG.

    You fucking kidding me? You don’t think a couple of 30 and 40 year olds know how to work their ass off spring summer fall have THOUSANDS saved for winter?

    But no no that’s ok, NDR wants people who HAS MONEY AND HOME ALL THE TIME

    Like us…… but NOOOO BECAUSE HIS COMPANY IS CLOSED FOR WINTER YOU LIKE TO ASSUME WE ARE BROKE AND POOR?

    You’d think a non profit organization dedicated twining forever homes for fur babies would appreciate a couple wanting to adopt, who are home all day for at least another THREE MONTHS before returning to work where the dog would only be alone for 6 hours before I come home from work.

    Very professional. Like to discriminate and judge and they haven’t met or spoken to us on the phone.

    Pathetic.

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    • Liz

      Hi Stephanie.. I’m sorry for taking soo long in answering your post. I’m so sorry that Niagara Rescue has caused such an unfortunate circumstance for you. I hope that by now you have found a more appropriate rescue operation to adopt a dog from. There are many rescues out there, and based on yours and other comments perhaps I need to review this rescue operation on my WOOF Now What site.

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      • Ids graves

        I was a volunteer and vetted applications.if they didn’t phone her it means the vet reference was bad or personal ones as that is one of the steps taken

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        • Christine Goodwin

          I personally know 2 different people who have applied to adopt. Both had plenty of experience with rescue dogs, both had the means and environment to properly care for a dog. After emailing back and forth for a short time, communication stopped. No explanation. No references were ever checked. 2 months later, 1 of the dogs is still in need of a permanent family

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      • kim

        please do I volunteered for them for 3 years you can contact me anytime

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  2. Martin

    Poor operation , after applying and getting the phone interview i told them my situation up front. I currently live in Ontario in an executive home on an average city lot but i am in the process of transferring to Halifax to an acre of lakefront. No problem i am told and i give my references, after giving up a lot of personal information not even necessarily relevant i am told all is good and a home visit is scheduled. A lovely lady shows up and gets the tour of the house , comments on how nice it is , loves the fully fenced yard etc , i ask if she would like to take any pictures and she states she only takes pictures if she sees a problem and that she saw nothing that would stop us from adopting. Now my wife is excited and picking who she would like to meet. Later that night i get an email saying that because of our pending move we would not qualify to adopt since these animals have already traveled so far. So essentially a dog is going to be denied a home after jumping through all of the hoops because of a short plane ride !! They themselves throw them on a transport instead of flying so the animals welfare takes a back seat to the cost by NDR. One less gets adopted for a completely nonsense reason. I hope people really consider who they adopt from and go somewhere more professional and less invasive. I also told them i did not care about cost if it were extra to fly one direct or leave in foster care an extra week or 2 to ease the transition. Will just buy from a breeder as i always have i guess !!!!!

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    • Liz

      Hi Martin.. I’m taken a back on how you and your family have been treated or mistreated. There are many rescue operations that work very well in finding forever homes for puppies and dogs. I’m hoping that you will not give up on rescues. You have most likely moved by now and I truly hope that you and your family has found the right family member (dog).

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  3. Stefani Leduc

    Niagara Dog Rescue are terrible scammers. I adopted a puppy from them on Feb. 15th. Two days before that, she was with a foster and her siblings were also sick and taken to the vet. Neither me or the foster were notified of the other sick puppies. By Feb. 17th at 8am, not even 48 hours after picking her up, I had to bring her to the emergency vet where she was diagnosed with parvo. Her bills came to over $6400 and despite Niagara Dog Rescue creating a GoFundMe to help pay her bills, we haven’t received a penny from them, and we were told they didn’t legally have to give us anything. So they raised almost $7000 in their fundraiser which we were included in, and they aren’t giving us any of it! They made us feel like crap for asking for money and basically said they we shouldn’t have adopted if we couldn’t afford her bills. She was sick before we even got her and they knew it but didn’t accept responsibility! RUN AWAY from this rescue! We have no choice now but to take them to court.

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    • Liz

      Hi Stefani.. I’m so sorry that your little pup was so sick. I’m seeing all kinds of feedback for NDR.. hopefully other rescuers can learn from what happened with you.

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  4. Devon

    My fiancé and I adopted a pup early this year and it has been the best decision we’ve ever made. The volunteers at NDR are really wonderful and help you find the right dog for you! The process is great and the support continues after you’ve adopted. We feel like we’ve become apart of the NDR family and we couldn’t be happier with our experience or our new family member.

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    • Liz

      Thank you Devon for taking the time and providing such a heartfelt review. Enjoy your newest family member!

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  5. Matthew

    If I could give Niagara Dog Rescue a negative star I would. We applied to adopt a dog, we went through the application and everything was good. Get an email from Kayla Freeman asking us to do an interview. We were super excited and had our hopes up at this point. We kindly respond back to the email with our availability and then we got ignored for a week and a half. We tried to send a couple follow up emails but received nothing in return. On Thursday we finally receive an email back from Kayla. She told us she “must of missed” our message and we re-schedule the interview for Saturday at such short notice. That’s fine we work it out and are ready for our interview come Saturday. Kayla calls us and says that the dog has been adopted and that she emailed us about it. That was a lie…. she never emailed us. We told her we didn’t get it and the response we got was “oh I must of forgotten to copy and paste the email to you guys,” meaning she knew WELL before the interview time Saturday that the dog we wanted was gone already. That’s fine and all it’s just the fact that she ignored us for 2 weeks and sets up an interview for us getting our hopes up for nothing. She then hurries us along and couldn’t wait to close our application. For a rescue that is ran by volunteers, it’s sad that they DO NOT care for future adopters. Very unprofessional, very rude, and there processes are unrealistic and flawed. I would highly not recommend this rescue to anyone.

    When emailing Niagara rescue about this problem we received a very rude response. Basically stating that we’re terrible people, however they did not even look through our application? EXTREMELY BIAS.

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  6. Jess

    My partner and I had a terrible experience with NDR. We put in an open application and were approved for a dog that we were told would not be arriving in Canada until September (as I am finishing my master’s thesis next month, August, we were assured by our adoption lead that this would not be a problem at all) but he was unexpectedly moved up the transfer list and arrived earlier this month in JULY – we were given not even 48 hours notice of his arrival, and they jerked us around offering and rescinding a foster placement before finally deciding we were obligated to pick him up 3 hours away from our apartment, even though we don’t have a car and had to get a very pricey last minute rental to accommodate. We tried to make it work, but the dog had a lot of problems living in our downtown apartment and it was too overwhelming for him and us so we ended up having to return him. Not only did they keep all our money and all the new equipment (leash, collar, bowls, crate) that we purchased for him, we also paid for him to get checked at the vet and 6 months worth of heartworm/flea and tick medication. We don’t begrudge taking care of this dog for the time we had him, but they also kept our adoption fee after telling us it would be returned to us. We are very drained from this incredibly frustrating experience

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  7. Ben

    NDR is ridiculously operated. Having an organization run by volunteers is not a rescue. Its a poorly run business! You can’t contact anyone directly, the volunteers are very judgemental and aggressive. No wonder they are overwhelmed with a lot of dogs. The restrictions are so tight that its a wonder any of the dogs get homes. It’s super sad to want to rescue a dog but the volunteers can’t get their act together to actually let the dogs be adopted. No wonder so many people buy puppies, places like this exist! Aweful.

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  8. Angela

    We jumped through hoops to rescue a dog through NDR. We finally got notification of a dog available. We picked her up in dark parking lot at 11 pm we were told she was a boxer/lab lie my first look at her she is a boxer/bull. We got very blurry pictures of her but was excited about our new addition anyways. We had a list of requirements we needed in a dog and we got none of them though we were told she met all of them.. We were also told she was sick when dropped off and someone would contact us pertaining to issue they didn’t we had to push the issue. We pushed for and extra week of foster time to figure out her health issues and in hopes she would settle in.. we have chosen to surrender her back well what we didn’t realize is that we have no choice but to keep her until she gets adopted. So I have a dog who is lovely and affectionate but aggressive and I’m not comfortable with. I can board her at my expense but that is not fair to her. This poor dog needs the right home and they are still lying about her and she is going to get bounced around if something is not done about this!!! They don’t care about these animals they dump them off and don’t look back not a call or concern for her well being and we have fought with them non-stop. It’s very sad.. DON’T DEAL WITH THEM ..we can’t find this dog a home we have had her 5 weeks and what does NDR do let’s raise the price of her by $100 she 5 they are saying 4 her back story is a complete fabrication.. I’m so angry.

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  9. Tonya

    Applied to adopt a dog. Got an email asking for an interview very quickly. Scheduled my interview and before they even talked to me, they called all of my references even though their website says that they don’t do that until AFTER they interview the applicant. They were asking my references what kind of dog I wanted instead of asking me. This was not acceptable or reputable to me, so I cancelled my interview and withdrew my application.

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  10. Stephanie Doslea

    We were pre approved for adoption, all our references gave excellent reviews, phone interviews and virtual apartment tour successful. After several weeks we finally found the right dog. We had another phone conversation and were emailed adoption papers. We paid the fee and a week later we were told we can’t adopt this dog. “On review of the application the dog isn’t suitable for apartment living”. Who makes decisions like this after the fact? Needless to say we’re not happy about any of this. We were fully refunded. We’re seniors living in an apartment. All was in the application. I sent another enquiry as to why the decision was made but I’ve had no reply in 2 weeks. I have to assume it’s because we’re seniors. I understand volunteers run the show but not very professional. No recommendation from me.

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  11. Stephanie

    We were pre approved for adoption, all our references gave excellent reviews, phone interviews and virtual apartment tour successful. After several weeks we finally found the right dog. We had another phone conversation and were emailed adoption papers. We paid the fee and a week later we were told we can’t adopt this dog. “On review of the application the dog isn’t suitable for apartment living”. Who makes decisions like this after the fact? Needless to say we’re not happy about any of this. We were fully refunded. We’re seniors living in an apartment. All was in the application. I sent another enquiry as to why the decision was made but I’ve had no reply in 2 weeks. I have to assume it’s because we’re seniors. I understand volunteers run the show but not very professional. No recommendation from me.

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  12. AM

    Not an experience I would wish on others. I inquired about adopting a 1-year-old pooch through Niagara Dog Rescue who was listed as being gentle, good with kids, etc. — basically all of benchmarks you would look for in a family dog. I had a great interview with the volunteer working with us, she then went on to gave great interviews with my three references. Throughout the process, the biggest thing for my husband and I was we be able to have a meet and greet to see how the dog and kids interacted. Had to fill out the adoption papers ahead of a meet and greet AND pay the $600 fee before meeting our canine buddy (which I did question). On the day of the meet and greet, we were ready, hoping he’d be our newest family member, we’d purchased a crate, food, leash, collar, etc. (Knowing that they’d all keep if he wasn’t ‘the one’). Two things prior to the meeting – their email stated that if the meet and greet didn’t work out, I’d be on the hook for $100 – I wasn’t comfortable with that and inquired about it. They told me that that actually wasn’t the case (they might want to update their email form), second – when I paid, the fee showed up as USD – any Canadian knows this is a bit of a shift in price! Turns out that was misinformation too…
    Day of the meet and greet the volunteer and foster were very nice. Another lady (with whom I’d never spoken with ) from Niagara Dog Rescue came late and joined us. She seemed to be ‘the boss’. We played with the dog, walked the dog, he licked us and the kids, let them pat him and just seemed like a real gentle guy. We fed him milk bones and walked him around the park, chatting about how much we liked him. Unbeknown to us, ‘the boss’ was against us because of the kids. We walked pup back and she said she had ‘real concerns’ because we have kids. It blindsided us. They knew we had kids. My kids were being respectful and gentle. The dog was listed as being good with kids and placed in a foster with a child. They also found he had a bump on his head that needed to be properly vetted (and hadn’t been yet). Basically, we were denying the adoption. I was told I could work with them to try adopting another dog (I won’t be). I will be waiting for my $600 refund. My kids really liked him and cried the whole way home. It was horrible.

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  13. Chris

    Unimpressed. Applied almost two months ago, referring to a specific dog. Didn’t hear back until tonight, with a brief email saying the dog had been adopted. I already knew that as the dog had shown as adopted within the week of my application, but when I emailed at the time to ask if I should indicate I was interested in another dog, was told to wait until I got a call from them. No call, just a brief email. I asked was told I’d have to submit an application if I saw another dog I was interested in. I can’t see any point in doing that if it’s just going to be a repetition of the process. To be fair they indicate that responses can take up to 8 weeks, and I can appreciate that they’re busy but given that, and the demand for dogs, it seems unlikely that any dog other than a rabid killer would still be available.

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  14. Dave

    This organization adopts out sick dogs without advising potential adopted parents. My parents adopted a dog (Ronnie) and within the 1st week had to pay over $1000 dollars in vet bills. The dog was sent home with congestive heart failure, a kidney infection, lung problems, lack of muscle mass in his back legs, a skin disease and was positive for heartworm. NDR recognizes the heartworm and advised he was treated, but refuses to acknowledge the other health issues even when they were shown medical documentation from the vet. My parents were not asking for full reimbursement of the vet expenses and were only requesting that NDR cover an ultrasound to help their dog with his heart condition and NDR is unresponsive. They even suggested that the dogs congestive heart failure, kidney infection, skin disease and lack of muscle mass was due to them throwing a Frisbee twice when he got home (lack of following decompression instructions). Think about how ridiculous that sounds.
    They went to NDR because of a positive experience with their first adoption and therefore trusted them in good faith with their 2nd adoption and that trust was grossly taken advantage of. I would not recommend that anyone adopt through them.

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  15. Cathy

    Be very cautious in trusting this organization. We adopted a beautiful dog, that unfortunately came to us very sick. His profile said he was healthy. Because of his poor health, he sadly passed away after having him for a short 6 weeks. We were devastated. NDR was given all the vet records and prognosis and knew the condition of the dog. They refused to take ownership for sending us a very sick dog. I still have the rude emails from one of their volunteers who suggested we contributed to the poor health condition of our dog. He came to us in last stages of heartworm, congestive heart failure, kidney and lung problems, to name just a few of the health problems. We paid $600 to adopt and hundreds in vet care, hoping to save the dog we fell in love with. I informed NDR when our dog passed away. NDR did not offer any reimbursement for the adoption fee. Nor did they offer for us to adopt at a future date at no cost. Nor did they help with any of the vet costs, not even suggesting to go to one of their vets to help with the expenses. Full price for a sick dog that lived less than 2 months. This organization is not as caring as they like people to believe they are. We are still not over the loss we suffered. We are still devastated and it has now been 8 months since our dog passed away.

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  16. Rob Worster

    A fantastic operation would recommend NDR to anyone looking to adopt,adopted a dog from ndr last week she’s a great girl they were up front with me about her medical history I was given advanced notice when she easily coming to Canada three weeks.Fil was my lead on this adoption she matched we the perfect dog a breed I was looking for, I can’t say enough good things about my experience.

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