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Pet Of The Month

Sabine was the last dog to be adopted in our Dog Speed family.  Her bio is below. Sadly, her medical challenges could not be overcome and she has crossed the rainbow bridge.  

Since we're shutting down the rescue, Sabine will remain in the 'Pet of the Month' place of honour as a memorium to her strong and lovely spirit. Rest in peace sweet Sabine!

​Look at that happy face!  Sabine is a 6 year old Maltese, approximately 7 lbs and an absolute doll! She will give you kisses and loves to be in your lap or laying beside you.


Sabine is a special needs dog, she has diabetes and Cushing's Disease, both of which are manageable with medication. She is a happy sweet little soul who just needs a kind person willing to love and care for her despite her medical challenges!

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Dog Speed is Closing its Doors

After 15 years of helping animals in need, Dog Speed Animal Rescue will be closing its doors.  
We are so proud of the work we have done, finding forever homes for homeless unwanted animals, international animal disaster deployments, sharing educational info, and are especially proud to have taken in animals with costly medical needs that other rescues wouldn’t.  
We will be leaving our sites up a while longer until we finalize the registered charity red tape.  
We’d like to thank all the amazing people who’ve helped us over the years - the adopters & fosters, volunteers, donators, vets & staff, trainers, board members past and present, and our corporate partners.  Without you we could not have done it!  
Its been a privilege to work with you all!
Traci, Heather, June

How to Make Sure an Animal Rescue Organization Isn’t Fake


There are steps you can take and warning signs to watch for to ensure you’re adopting a pet from a legitimate animal rescue organization:


  • Many rescues are actually registered not-for-profit charitable organizations and will have a registered charity number in Canada, and in the U.S. will be a registered 501 (c).  As such, they have mandates they must adhere to in order to maintain their legal charitable status.  

  • Be wary of rescue organizations that will only communicate with you online.

  • Reputable rescue organizations will always want to visit your home for an inspection and do reference checks.

  • Be cautious of organizations that ask to meet you only in a parking lot or other public place.

  • Legitimate rescue organizations won’t adopt out puppies or kittens younger than 8 weeks old - any earlier and they lose out on social and behaviour lessons from the mother and litter-mates that can result in behaviour issues.

  • Always request to see veterinary records for the pet you want to adopt. Make sure the pet is current on vaccinations and has been examined by a licensed veterinarian. Also make sure the paperwork matches the pet you are adopting.

  • Consider adopting from a local animal shelter or humane society, which are required to provide medical attention and veterinary care for their animals.

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