Alberta Rescue Organizations & Shelters

For ease of finding a rescue organization near you, the shelters/rescues are listed under specific regions. Please note that some of these rescue groups do provide services/foster care throughout the province and/or in regions beyond their listing.

Shelter & Rescue Listings


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Rescues/Shelters across Alberta:


Please Note: Breed specific rescue organizations are listed under the individual breed sections of this website.


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Calgary & Area

  • ACGS Alberta Rescue
    — "We are a Non profit No Kill Large & Small Animal Shelter, dedicated to giving all homeless, unwanted and abused animals from rural areas all over Alberta and Saskatchewan a second chance at a great life, by placing them in permanent safe loving new homes. We can only take in Animals when space is available, through our home-based rescue and a network of foster homes. There is no limit to how long these animals can stay with us."
    Calgary, AB
    Tel.: 403 837-8333
    Email: acgs.albertarescue@outlook.com
    Website: www.acgs.albertarescue.com
  • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
    — A non-profit organization whose mandate is to rescue abandoned, surrendered or abused small animals from First Nations Communities in Central Alberta and place these animals in the safety of a foster home system while awaiting suitable placement in forever, adoptive homes.
    For further information, please e-mail: info@albertaanimalrescuecrew.com,
    Tel. 403-804-4334, or Fax: 403-442-3833
  • Alberta Herding Dog Rescue
    — "We rescue, retrain and rehome herding breeds of all types. That includes Border Collies, Australian Cattle Dogs, German Shepherds, Belgian Shepherds (Tervurens, Malinois, Groendals), Australian Kelpies, Australian Shepherds, etc. This includes crosses, providing those crosses look and act like one of the herding breeds.
    Serving Calgary and the surrounding areas.
    Phone: 403-335-2382
    Email: HerdingDogRescue@telus.net
    Petfinder: www.ab-herdingdogrescue.petfinder.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/HerdingDogRescue
  • A·R·F — Animal Rescue Foundation
    — ARF's mission is to rescue stray and abandoned dogs and cats from First Nations and rural areas and place them in loving, permanent homes while providing programs to reduce pet over-population.
    P.O. Box 34160
    Calgary, AB, Canada T3C 1S2
    E-mail: general.info@arf.ab.ca
  • The Calgary Humane Society
    — The Calgary Humane Society's mission is to foster the humane treatment of animals and promote values which demonstrate respect for animals.
    4455 110 Ave SE
    Calgary, AB
    T2C 2T7
    Tel.: (403) 205-4455
    E-mail: admin@calgaryhumane.ca
  • City of Calgary Animal Services
  • Cochrane & Area Humane Society
    — The Cochrane Humane Society is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the well-being of animals, sustained by volunteers and the community.
    62 Griffin Industrial Point
    Cochrane, AB T4C 0A3
    Tel.: (403) 932-2072
    E-mail: shelter@cochranehumane.ca
  • DINO Dog Rescue
    — Rescuing abandoned dogs in Canada, USA and Mexico. Providing care and shelter until placement into forever homes.
    2419 Erlton RD SW, Calgary, AB
    Tel.: 403-452-4900
    Email: dinorescueorg@gmail.com
    Website: www.dinorescue.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/DINORescue
  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation
    — Heaven Can Wait provides shelter, care and nourishment to abandoned, abused and homeless domestic animals within High River and the surrounding area.
    Box 6131
    High River, AB, T1V 1P7
    Phone: (403) 601-2520
    E-mail: hcw@telusplanet.net
  • Misty Creek Dog Rescue "All Breed Dog Rescue"
    — Misty Creek Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping all canines in need.
    Mailing Address Only:
    Suite # 472
    300, 8120 Beddington Blvd. N.W.
    Calgary, AB T3K 2A8
    E-mail: mistycreek@netkaster.ca
  • No Borders Animal Rescue Society (NOBARS)
    — "No Borders Animal Rescue Society (NOBARS) consists of volunteers dedicated to providing rescue to stray, abandoned, abused, or surrendered animals, to prevent cruelty, to re-home and promote the welfare of animals. Our mission is to successfully match adoptive homes with adoptive animals."
    Edmonton, Calgary and Central Alberta
    Tel.: 587-363-3100
    Email: info.nobars@gmail.com
    Website: www.nobordersanimalrescuesociety.ca
  • Oops-A-Dazy Rescue and Sanctuary Society
    www.oppsadazy.com
    — Serving Calgary and Area.
    Tel.: (403)734-1013
    E-mail: oopsadazyrescue@yahoo.ca
  • Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation
    www.pawsitivematch.org
    — Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation, a registered Canadian charity, is a not-for-profit, no-kill dog rescue based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    Located in the Calgary area.
  • Pound Rescue
    — A Registered Charity - Helping homeless, suffering and abandoned animals in Okotoks, Calgary and surrounding rural areas.
    Okotoks, AB
    Tel.: 403-938-4890
    E-mail: poundrescue@gmail.com
    Website: www.poundrescue.com
  • Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
    — Founder, Rory O'Neill is a dog behavioral consultant, trainer and rescuer, saving animals worldwide. Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue focuses on Canada, yet at the same time, helps groups in other parts of the world desperate for help. There were thousands of dogs and cats left behind starving and breeding after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; Tiajuana, Mexico, where breeders abandon small dogs like chihuahuas by the hundreds; Baja, Mexico, where spay and neuter is infrequent, and friendly, beautiful dogs are rapidly breeding and being killed inhumanely. Rory O'Neill helps match people wanting to give a loving home to a pet, to animals desperate and deserving of a life. She also has contacts with many overcrowded shelters, where darling cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens, don't always have much time before the "shelter" euthanizes them. People adopting from Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue are literally saving a dog or cat from a life of misery and/or no life at all.
    Canmore and Calgary, Alberta
    Website: www.rockymountainanimalrescue.com
    E-mail: rockymountainanimalrescue@gmail.com (preferred method of contact due to time)
    Phone: 403-673-3224 Office (voice mail)
    Cell Phone: 805-722-5906 (no voice mail, for urgencies)
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Edmonton & Area

  • A Better Choice Dog Rescue (ABC Dog Rescue)
    — Our goal at ABC Dog Rescue is to help dogs in need. We take in sick, abused, injured, stray, and starved dogs, give them the medical attention they need then start the process in finding them their forever home. There are many dogs out there that need help and we are dedicated to helping as many as we can.
    Tel.: 780-857-2817
    E-mail: abcdogrescue@hotmail.com
    Website: www.abcdogrescue.org
  • Alberta SPCA
    — The mission of the Alberta SPCA is to have every animal in Alberta humanely treated.
    10806 124 Street
    Edmonton AB Canada T5M 0H3
    Information: (780) 447-3600
    Animal Abuse and Neglect Complaints: (780) 451-CARE
    Toll Free: 1-800-455-9003 Fax: (780) 447-4748
    E-mail: info@albertaspca.org
  • Animal Rescue and Outreach Society
    — Animal Rescue and Outreach Society (AROS) is a charitable, non-profit organization serving the Alberta Capital Region. Our main objectives are:
    - To promote the welfare of animals by providing temporary and permanent homes for pets who are surrendered, abandoned, abused, sick, and/or injured.
    - To provide free and/or low cost pet care programs to the community.
    Edmonton, AB
    Email: animalrescueandoutreach@gmail.com
    Website: www.animalrescueandoutreach.com, www.facebook.com/animalrescueandoutreach
  • CaliCan Rescue Foundation
    — A non-profit organization who brings small breed dogs from California to find homes in Canada. Their main goal is to help put a dent in backyard breeders and puppy mills by also adopting out dogs who don't have much time left in the high-kill shelters in Calfornia.
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Duke and Duchess Animal Rescue Society (DDARS)
    — DDARS is a non-profit charitable organization based in Edmonton, Alberta.
    WHAT WE DO:
    - Rescue abandoned, stray and homeless dogs and find them loving forever homes.
    - Spay/neuter and provide veterinary medical care to rescues.
    - Socialize and rehabilitate rescues in loving foster homes while awaiting adoption.
    - Educate the public on the importance of spaying/neutering and proper animal care.
    Phone: 780-222-3969 or 780-221-9669
    E-mail: dukeandduchessrescue@gmail.com or dukeandduchess@telus.net
  • Edmonton Humane Society
    — The Edmonton Humane Society is dedicated to protect animals from suffering and to promote life long commitment to animal welfare and dignity.
    13620 - 163 Street
    Edmonton, AB, T5V 0B2
    Phone: (780) 471-1774
    E-mail: ehs@edmontonhumanesociety.com
  • The Humane Animal Rescue Team (HART)
    — A non-profit organization committed to: rescue stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats from rural areas surrounding Edmonton, AB and place them in permanent homes; and provide programs that promote responsible pet ownership, and prevent cruelty to animals.
    c/o 12348-134 Street
    Edmonton, AB, T5L 1T9
    Tel.: 455-hart (4278)
    E-mail: info@humaneanimalrescueteam.ca
  • K9 Care and Rescue
    — K9 Care and Rescue's mission is to provide food for hungry dogs on Parkland area Alberta reservations; to educate dog owners; to provide discounted vaccinations and medicines to prevent or treat disease; and to remove abandoned or surrendered dogs and place them in loving homes. Additionally, K9 Care and Rescue arranges discounted veterinary services for general health care and for spaying or neutering.
    Spruce Grove and Parkland Area
  • NASAP — The Northern Alberta Society For Animal Protection
    — NASAP adopted out 53 animals in its first year of operation, 129 in its second year, 459 in its third year, and 534 animals in 2002. They are now in their fifth year of operation.
    P.O. Box 3236, Station Main
    Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 2T2
    Phone: (780) 922-0250
    E-mail: admin@nasap.ca
  • No Borders Animal Rescue Society (NOBARS)
    — "No Borders Animal Rescue Society (NOBARS) consists of volunteers dedicated to providing rescue to stray, abandoned, abused, or surrendered animals, to prevent cruelty, to re-home and promote the welfare of animals. Our mission is to successfully match adoptive homes with adoptive animals."
    Edmonton, Calgary and Central Alberta
    Tel.: 587-363-3100
    Email: info.nobars@gmail.com
    Website: www.nobordersanimalrescuesociety.ca
  • Northern Spirit K9 Rescue
    — Provide food, shelter, medical treatment and rescue to dogs on First Nations Reserves and in other areas. To Educate and provide support to residents of First Nations Reserves and other areas. To promote, facilitate, organize, direct and carry out ventures of all kinds designed to enable people in the community to participate in the development and improvement of caring for and providing food, shelter and medical treatments for dogs on First Nations Reserves and other areas.
    16103-98 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta, T5X 4Y6
    Tel.: (780) 456-2544
    E-mail: contact@northernspiritk9.com
  • Parkland Animal K-9 Society (PAKS)
    — A new rescue group based in Parkland County. PAKS is dedicated to reducing the number of unwanted and stray animals held at Parkland County Animal Control and help to educate the public in respect to pet management.
  • Rescue For Life
    — A small animal no-kill rescue group operated out of Spruce Grove, Alberta. Cats and dogs are fostered by volunteers until their forever homes are found. While in foster care the animals receive full vet care and training. All animals adopted out by Rescue for Life are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed.
    83 Heatherglen Close
    Spruce Grove, Alberta, T7X 4A3
    Phone: (780) 702-6151
    E-mail: info@rescue4life.org
    Website: www.rescue4life.org
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue Society
    — To promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Second Chance Animal Rescue Society is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless and abandoned animals in the Athabasca and Lakeland area (northern Alberta).
    Box 3045
    Athabasca, AB T9S 2B9
    Tel.: 780-466-SCAR or 780-466-7227
    E-mail: scars@scarscare.org
  • SNAP Rescue (Spay Neuter Action Program)
    — SNAP's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and place animals in need. Since SNAP was formed as a registered charitable organization in 2003, we have successfully rescued and placed more than 1000 cats and dogs. Many of these animals were victims of neglect, abuse, and violence, some of whom had special needs and were rejected by other organizations.
    Tel.: 780-968-0025
    E-mail: snaprescue@gmail.com
    Website: www.spayneuteractionprogram.ca
  • Underdogs Rescue
    — "Underdogs Rescue is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to rescuing large "power" breed dogs in shelters across Canada. This includes (but not limited to) Humane Societies, SPCA(s), Animal Control(s) and other Rescues. We are committed to the re-homing of these dogs, through rescue, rehabilitation, training and care to responsible and loving dog owners."
    Edmonton, AB
    Contact: - see www.underdogsrescue.com/contact-us
    Website: www.underdogsrescue.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/underdogsrescuealberta
  • Zoe's Animal Rescue Society
    — "Our mission is to rescue dogs and cats and find them their furever homes. We also aim to help educate the public about the necessity of spay and neutering and humane animal treatment."
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Tel.: 780-887-2798
    Email: info@zoesanimalrescue.org
    Website: www.zoesanimalrescue.org
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Canadian Rockies

  • Bow Valley SPCA
    — Providing the community with a No-Kill, No-Cage Adoption Centre to shelter and care for stray or abandoned dogs and cats in the Bow Valley, and promotes humane attitudes and responsible pet companionship through educational programs to ensure that the number of abandoned dogs and cats does not increase as dramatically as the human population.
    Canmore, Alberta
    Tel.: 403-609-2022
    E-mail: info@bowvalleyspca.org
  • Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
    — Founder, Rory O'Neill is a dog behavioral consultant, trainer and rescuer, saving animals worldwide. Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue focuses on Canada, yet at the same time, helps groups in other parts of the world desperate for help. There were thousands of dogs and cats left behind starving and breeding after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; Tiajuana, Mexico, where breeders abandon small dogs like chihuahuas by the hundreds; Baja, Mexico, where spay and neuter is infrequent, and friendly, beautiful dogs are rapidly breeding and being killed inhumanely. Rory O'Neill helps match people wanting to give a loving home to a pet, to animals desperate and deserving of a life. She also has contacts with many overcrowded shelters, where darling cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens, don't always have much time before the "shelter" euthanizes them. People adopting from Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue are literally saving a dog or cat from a life of misery and/or no life at all.
    Canmore and Calgary, Alberta
    Website: www.rockymountainanimalrescue.com
    E-mail: secondchance@telus.net (preferred method of contact due to time)
    Phone: 403-673-3224 Office (voice mail)
    Cell Phone: 805-722-5906 (no voice mail, for urgencies)
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Central Alberta

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Southern Alberta

  • Brooks Animal Protection Society (BAPS)
    — The Brooks Animal Protection Society (formerly Brooks and District SPCA) is a charitable organization dedicated to finding homes for surrendered animals.
    Brooks, Alberta
    Tel.: 403-362-4323
    Fax: 403-362-8316
    Animal Control Tel.: 403-793-7840
    E-mail: dogs@bapsociety.com and cats@bapsociety.com
  • Drumheller & District Humane Society
    — "Our mission is to care for animals, find them forever homes and work with and educate the community on responsible pet ownership."
    E-mail: humane-contact@drumhellerhumane.org
  • Hanna S.P.C.A. Pet Shelter & Rescue
    — A volunteer group dedicated to animal welfare, dignity and their protection from suffering.
    Hanna, Alberta
    Tel.: (403) 854 0706
    E-mail: info@hannaspca.com
  • Lethbridge & District Humane Society
    — The Lethbridge & District Humane Society's main goal is to find the best possible homes for abandoned, stray and previously owned animals from Lethbridge and surrounding area.
    2920 - 16 Avenue N.
    P.O. Box 783, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Z6
    Phone: 320-8991
    E-mail: petcity@telus.net
  • Oops-A-Dazy Rescue and Sanctuary
    — A new registered charity that rescues all animals including dogs.
    Box 482
    Gleichen, AB
    T0J 1N0
    Tel.: 1-888-734-1013
    Fax: (403) 734-1014
    E-mail: oopsadazyrescue@yahoo.ca
  • Persian Dreams and Canine Themes Rescue Society
    — Our mission is to find permanent loving homes for all of the animals in our care and those yet to come. Organization was established January 2007 and is federally registered. We depend on our foster homes to care for the rescued until the right home is found. Rescue animals are vet checked, vaccinated, dewormed, altered and microchipped.
    127 1st. SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta
    T1A 3Z1
    Tel.: 403-529-0707
    Email: persiandreams@hotmail.com
  • Pincher Creek Humane Society/SPCA
    — It is the aim of the Pincher Creek Humane Society to place all animals that come into our care in suitable homes where they will be well looked after and happy.
    P O Box 2647
    1068 Kettles Street
    Pincher Creek, Alberta
    T0K 1W0
    Tel.: (403) 627-5191
    Email: pcspca@telus.net
  • Prairie Dog Canine Rescue
    — Based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Prairie Dog Canine Rescue serves all of Southern Alberta but has also rescued dogs from as far away as Nunavit.
    E-mail: manymuddypaws@yahoo.com
    Website: prairiedogcaninerescue.blogspot.com or www.petfinder.com/shelters/AB48.html.
  • Ridge Rescue Society
    — A registered not-for profit Society within the Province of Alberta & federally registered to allow charity tax receipting. "We operate as a no-kill rescue based in Southern Alberta. We are not specific to only Alberta, we have access to transport options to rescue across Canada. Our goal is to match each family with the best suited pet resulting in a forever match."
    Email: info@ridgerescue.com
    Website: www.ridgerescue.com
    Facebook link: www.facebook.com/RidgeRescue
    Twitter : @RidgeRescue
  • SOS (Save Old Souls) Senior K9 Rescue
    — We are a registered "no-kill" rescue society serving the Medicine Hat, Alberta and surrounding area since 2000. We work on the belief that all animals deserve a happy and healthy life regardless of age or disability. We specialize in older and sometimes physically challenged dogs that usually for no other reason, are deemed unadoptable, however we do not necessarily restrict our animals to this criteria. Our organization is run by non-paid volunteers, and our adoptable friends are all placed in private foster homes until successfully adopted. For more information about us, and to see our available dogs for adoption, please visit our website.
    PO Box 478
    Redcliff, AB
    T0J 2P0
    Tel.: (403) 548-7850 E-mail: sospet@shaw.ca
    Website: www.sospet.petfinder.com
  • Windy City Canine Rescue
    — The Windy City Canine Rescue is helping older dogs in Southern Alberta in need of a home. Our goal is to make sure that a dog that has already had one family, finds his/her perfect match this time around.
    Lethbridge, AB
    Tel.: 403-359-3139
    Email: info@windycityrescue.com
    Website: www.windycityrescue.com
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Northern Alberta

  • Barrhead Animal Rescue Society
    — The Barrhead Animal Rescue Society (B.A.R.S.) was established in January 2010, and is dedicated to ensuring the humane treatment of all animals in the Town of Barrhead, the County of Barrhead and surrounding areas.
    Barrhead, AB
    Phone: 780-307-6590
    E-Mail: Terry@BarrheadAnimalRescue.org
  • The Bonnyville & District SPCA
    — The Bonnyville & District SPCA was created to give a home to animals who have been abandoned, lost, abused and to provide these animals with a safe haven. We promote responsible pet ownership, and a commitment to make a difference. We always welcome volunteers.
    Box 5444, 5601-54 Ave., Bonnyville, AB. T9N 2G5
    Phone: 780-826-3230
    Fax: 780-826-2266
    Email: spcabonn@telus.net
  • Fairview Area Animal Rescue Society (FAARS)
    — We are a society dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abandoned, neglected and abused animals in the Fairview, Alberta area. We aim to promote the humane care and treatment of animals through compassion and respect. We believe that all animals deserve a safe world, a world without cruelty or neglect.
    Phone: 780-834-7722
    Email: loriolga@yahoo.com
  • Fort McMurray SPCA Animal Shelter
    — The mission of the Fort McMurray S.P.C.A. is to have every animal in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo humanely treated. The objective is to prevent cruelty to any and all animals within the Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
    155 MacAlpine Crescent
    Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 4A5
    Phone: (780) 743-8997
  • Grande Prairie & Districa SPCA
    — A non-profit organization serving the northern communities of Alberta. Providing not only a safe haven for neglected/abused animals but also perform adoptions, provide education in the community, as well as investigate and shelter those in need in a professional and compassionate way.
    Located in the Airport Industrial Park
    12220-104 AVE, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8A8
    Phone: (780) 538-4030
    E-mail: info@gpspca.com
  • Lakeland Humane Society
    — In cooperation with local communities, the Lakeland Humane Society provides a safe haven for animals, while promoting responsible pet ownership, a concern for animal welfare and their environment, and compassion for all living things, and a commitment to make a difference.
    Cold Lake, Alberta
    Tel.: (780) 594-1896
    E-mail: admin@lakelandhumanesociety.org
  • NASAP — The Northern Alberta Society For Animal Protection
    — NASAP adopted out 53 animals in its first year of operation, 129 in its second year, 459 in its third year, and 534 animals in 2002. They are now in their fifth year of operation.
    Box 79016, 1020 Sherwood Drive
    Sherwood Park, AB T8A 2G4
    Phone: (780) 922-0250
    E-mail: admin@nasap.ca
  • Peace River SPCA
    — A non-profit homeless shelter for animals who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
    9510-94th Avenue
    Peace River, AB
    Tel.: 780-624-3633
    E-mail: prspca@telusplanet.net
  • Prairie Animal Rescue Society
    — Located in High Prairie, Alberta but take in dogs and cats from several areas.
    Phone: (780) 536-3868
  • Sundance Canine Rescue
    Serving North Central Alberta.
    — We Have made a great effort to provide refuge to Dogs who are unwanted, homeless and in need of a place away from cruelty, and neglect. We Spay/Neuter all dogs before they get adopted out to there forever loving homes. We save lives one dog at a time.
    Phone: 780-892-3513
    or Cell: Tracy - 780-850-6726 or Steve - 780-667-0482
  • St. Paul Animal Shelter
    — A non profit organization that provides a shelter and adoption agency for St. Paul and area. Secondly, acts as the pound for the town of St. Paul. Open to the public from 1-4 pm every day except Stat holidays.
    PO Box 422, 5417-50 Avenue
    St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0
    Phone: 780 645-2262
    E-mail: pawsofgold@live.ca
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue Society
    — To promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Second Chance Animal Rescue Society is dedicated to reducing the number of homeless and abandoned animals in the Athabasca and Lakeland area (northern Alberta).
    Box 3045
    Athabasca, AB T9S 2B9
    Tel.: 780-466-SCAR or 780-466-7227
    E-mail: scars_general@yahoo.ca

If you know of a Shelter or Rescue Organization that is not listed here, please contact us with the details and we will be glad to add it to the appropriate listing.