Calendars Have Arrived / Adopting a Dog From a Shelter/ Ottawa

Way back in June (Can you believe we’re done July already? Where did summer go? ) I shot a calendar to benefit the Ottawa Humane Society, so many dogs & cats, and so much fun! We had all kinds of breeds from Beagles to Weimaraners, you never know what will end up at a shelter or rescue! I figured it would be a good time to talk about adopting a dog, there are TONS of places to get a dog, good and bad, but for today let’s look at adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group. Purebred or mixed breed, there’s sure to be the perfect dog waiting for you out there, you just have to find it.

If you are looking for a purebred dog or cat, a good place to start would be checking out the groups parent club (just Google the breed, your area, and parent club together), they will usually have a rescue group that specializes in their chosen breed. You could also try contacting a breeder, often times they have retired breeding dogs & cats, dogs that didn’t live up to their hopes and dreams (maybe their bird dog puppy hates water?), and sometimes even have pets that have been returned to them from past litters due to a variety of issues. When I was looking for a dog I almost adopted this gorgeous blue merle collie that was given back to the breeder because it’s owner was very ill and wasn’t able to look after him properly. This dog was perfect in every way, unfortunately he was adopted before I could go see him (but it’s alright, I found my perfect dog anyways).

If you’re not picky on breeds you can check out all the local rescues in our area (they have lots of purebreds too!) Here are some to get you started:

Arnprior Humane Society (Dogs & Cats, all breeds)

Friendly Giants Dog Rescue (specializing in large & giant breeds)

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation (Dogs, giant breeds & special needs)

Hopeful Hearts (Dogs, all breeds, specializing in senior and special needs)

Ottawa Humane Society (Dogs & Cats, all breeds)

B.A.R.K (Dogs, all breeds)

Country Cat Rescue (Cats)

Another great place to look is, there you can search for pets by breed, location, and other neat selections such as good with kids, good with cats, age etc. Most rescues now put their pets on Petfinder so it’s a great way to look at all the pets in your area on one site, much like a search engine for pets.

Back to the calendar we shot; all proceeds are going towards the Ottawa Humane Society.The calendar is overflowing with adorable and funny pictures (we couldn’t just pick a few) of dogs and cats in the Ottawa area, almost all of them are rescues with just a few exceptions (one is a retired show dog adopted from a breeder & his daughter joined him in the photograph). The images I’ve posted are only out-takes that didn’t quite make it, you’ll have to buy the calendar to see the rest : ) They are $15 if you wish to purchase one, you can contact me at or Lydia at Have a great  Wednesday, Friday will be here before you know it!

About lyndagraveline

Ottawa based professional pet photographer, I photograph everything from horses, dogs & cats to wild & exotic animals. Available for commercial shoots as well, see website for more details.
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