For general inquiries: Hugabull@gmail.com

Have questions about volunteering? Hugabullhelp@gmail.com

For dog related inquiries (adoption, fostering, re-homing): Hugabullfoster@gmail.com

For fundraising inquiries: Hugabullfundraising@gmail.com

HugABull Advocacy & Rescue Society

PO Box 16101 Sumas Mountain PO

Abbotsford, BC  V3G 0C6


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Great rescues in Metro Vancouver

October 14, 2018


There are dozens, if not hundreds, of rescues operating in BC. It can be hard to navigate, and to know which ones are going to provide the screening, matching and support to ensure that your next family member is a fit for you. For more information on what constitutes a responsible rescue, check out our website


A volunteer has compiled this list of rescues that work with BC animals, serving adoptive families in the Metro Vancouver area. We thought it was worth a share!
PDF version here.




CARES Cat Shelter

Cat Therapy and Rescue Society

Katie’s Place Animal Shelter

Royal City Humane Society





A Voice4Paws Canine Rescue Society

Cross Our Paws 
Dhana Metta (specializes in small and special needs dogs)
Little Paws Rescue (small dogs) 



Breed specific

BC Chihuahua Rescue 

HugABull Advocacy & Rescue Society

Loveabull Rescue Society

Rescue A Boxer
TNT Sharpei Rescue

Vancouver Shar Pei Rescue

Tip:  you can also check with breed clubs to see if they have rescue programs.



Dogs & cats

SAINTS (seniors and special needs dogs)

Squamish Neighbourhood Animal Partnership and Protection Society (SNAPPS)



Other species

Small Animal Rescue Society


Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Reptile Rescue, Adoption & Education Society




Most cities have an animal shelter! Check out their pages and social media accounts:


Chilliwack CARE Centre

Coquitlam Animal Shelter

Countryside Kennels (PoCo/Pitt Meadows)
Delta Community Animal Shelter

Langley Animal Protection Society

New Westminster Animal Shelter

Regional Animal Protection Society (Richmond)

Surrey Animal Resource Centre

Vancouver Animal Shelter

Whistler Animals Galore



And of course, there’s a wide network of BC SPCA branches!  spca.bc.ca


You can always browse sites like Petfinder to look at cute furry faces. Remember that the guideline is "buyer beware". A listing on the site does not guarantee that the rescue is a good one, or even that the dog is in BC. 


Further reading

Navigating the Rescue System
What is Responsible Rescue?

No Puppy Mills Canada





1. Inclusion on this list is not a quality guarantee! A rescue may be fantastic but change under new leadership. Always do your research and watch for any "red flags" no matter which organization you work with.

2. Exclusion on this list does not necessarily mean a rescue is bad. There are hundreds of groups throughout BC and we can't know about them all. There are some resources on our website that can help you determine what to look for in a rescue.

3. We have chosen to focus this list on rescues that work with local dogs. We feel that this is important work, and BC dogs need love! We also wished to keep the scope of the project manageable. 

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