Adopting a new pet can be an overwhelming experience. As a potential new pet guardian, it is important to know that you are adopting an animal from an organization who can provide you with the necessary support and information to ensure you have made the right decision, that you are fully informed of the needs of your new family member and provided with support should future issues arise.
In addition to your local BCSPCA and municipal shelter, there are numerous community based rescue organizations that can help you find the perfect pet.
No Puppy Mills Canada provides a valuable resource that identifies criteria to look for when choosing to adopt from a rescue. Below is a list of organizations who meet this criteria.
Please note, this list is meant only to act as a starting point in identifying a rescue. In addition to meeting the criteria set out in No Puppy Mills Canada, these organizations have been recommended by partner organizations. However, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation does not take responsibility for polices and procedures of individual organizations and we strongly encourage you to do additional research.
BC Chihuahua Rescue
Bully Buddies Rescue Society
Dogwood Sporting Dog Rescue
HugABull Rescue and Advocacy Society
German Shepherd Rescue of BC
TNT Shar Pei Rescue BC
That’ll Do Border Collie Rescue
Vancouver Shar Pei Rescue
West Coast Rottweiler Rescue
Rescue A Boxer
Big Heart Rescue
Broken Promises Rescue
Creston Pet Adoption and Welfare Society (PAWS)
Crooked Leg Ranch
Invermere Companion Animal Network
Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society
Northern Animal Rescue Alliance
Northwest Animal Shelter
Homefinders Animal Rescue Society
Dhanna Metta Rescue Society
Victoria Humane Society
Whistler Animals Galore
Rest.Q Animal Sanctuary