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Surrendering A Dog:

July 14th, 2023:  Please note we are currently closed for intakes. We need more fosters in both Ontario and Quebec before we can take any more dogs into care. We are beyond capacity at this point and are getting 2-3 requests from shelters and the public daily for help. If you've ever thought about fostering, now is that time! Please click the link above to find out more about how to foster with HAR.

The first step in placing a dog into our rescue program is to fill in the form found at the bottom of his page.  While we understand the form may seem lengthy, we require it be filled out in it’s entirety as the information you provide there will allow us to ensure your dog is placed into the foster home that best matches your dog’s temperament, medical needs, or behavioural needs.

Please understand that our rescue is run completely by volunteers.  If you are moving tomorrow and need to place your dog today, we will be unlikely to help you.  We need time to arrange a space in an appropriate foster home and to find volunteers to get your dog where he/she needs to go. Please give us as much lead time as possible.

Please be honest while filling out the surrender form.  If your dog has bitten a human in the past we need to know that.  If he is not good with cats, or aggressive with other dogs we need to know. Understand that we have no kennel facilities and rely on the foster care system - meaning if you don’t disclose that your dog has a propensity to nip small children, for example, and we place him in a foster home with small children, YOU are putting someone else’s family at risk.  We can work with almost any medical or behavioural issue but we need to know, up-front, what those issues are so we can place your dog into the appropriate foster home.

Once your dog is accepted into the rescue program please have ready to accompany him the food he is used to eating, his food and water dishes, his leash and collar and any associated tags as well as any toys or bedding he particularly likes.  We also ask that you please contact your veterinarian and ask that all your dog's vet records be emailed to us at

On the day your dog is to be picked up a volunteer will have a copy of the form you are about to fill out.  You will need to sign and date this form at that time.  The form gives legal custody of your dog to Herd About Rescue, which allows us to do any vetting that may need to be done while your dog is in our care and also allows us to legally place him into a new adoptive home when the time comes.

Herd About Rescue asks that owners surrendering their dog to Herd About Rescue make a financial donation to the rescue if possible.  There is no set amount and whatever each owner feels comfortable with is appreciated. This donation will help off-set the costs of things like food or any medical expenses your dog incurs while in the care of the rescue. Please note that Herd About Rescue will never turn away any dog if an owner is unable to make a donation.  An E-transfer may be sent to Please Do Not send a donation until it is confirmed we will be able to assist you and will be taking your dog into our care.

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