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Genesis Dog Rescue is a small, non-profit rescue which was founded in Ottawa, Ontario in June 2011 by Tracy Charsley and Amy Cameron. We are an all-breed, foster based, all-size rescue and are registered as a Not-For-Profit Charity in Ontario (#1861825) and across Canada (#817052905RR0001) in order for us to be financially accountable and transparent to our supporters.

At Genesis Dog Rescue one thing we wanted to make sure of is that we are financially transparent to all our supporters. We hope these reports are informative and show how donations/adoption fees are spent.

Our fosters and volunteers are the heart and soul of the rescue, and the reason we are able to successfully rescue and adopt out so many deserving dogs. We truly feel like a family of friends and in some cases we actually are family and it's just so amazing that we can share our passion together and have so much fun doing so.

Being a foster based rescue means that any dog in care with us is placed in a loving foster home and not in a kennel environment, as we strongly believe that they have gone through enough struggles and hardship in their lives. All of our foster families are devoted to showing and teaching the dogs in our care how to be part of a family and feel loved. We are so appreciative of our foster families who work very hard to give these dogs a second chance at a happy life.

Genesis' adoption process is fairly extensive because we really want to make sure every dog is going to their forever home, and that they are the perfect fit for our adopters. If any of our dogs ever needed to be returned we would always take them back without hesitation or judgement.

The adoption process starts when we receive a completed application form for a particular dog in our care. The first step is an initial phone conversation between the potential adopter and the foster family to determine if the dog is truly a good fit for their lifestyle and family. If we feel it could be a good fit then we conduct reference checks which include a veterinary reference and 3 personal references. These references give Genesis volunteers a good sense of how a dog has and would fit into your family environment and the type of care and attention your previous animals have received. Once the references have been cleared the home visit follows. We do home visits to see where our dogs will live, to get a better feel for the home and the neighbourhood, to assess any concerns and to basically make sure the dog will have all their needs met.

After we have approved the home we schedule a meet and greet with the entire adoptive family, including any pets and children that live in the home. This provides an opportunity for pets to be introduced and everyone can then see the initial reaction and interaction between the animals and people. The adopters can take the dog out for walks and can then get a good idea of the temperament and behaviour of the of dog in the foster home where the dog is most comfortable. If all goes well with the meet and greet, then the applicants have the option to proceed with the adoption. We do ask that they take some time to discuss it as a family and make sure that everyone is in agreement that this is the right dog for them.

All the dogs in our care that are adopted out are current on their vaccinations and have been spayed/neutered or will be on a spay/neuter contract in the case of a puppy. All of our dogs are also de-wormed, heart-worm tested and will be on a heart worm preventative when you welcome them home. Genesis dogs are seen by our veterinarian when they first arrive and for any subsequent medical issues that come up while in our care. This full medical history will always be disclosed to the potential adopter.

In order for Genesis to continue to address the medical and daily needs of all our dogs in care, an adoption donation is required for all our dogs. This donation is considered non-refundable as it all goes back to helping the existing dogs in our care. The donation is used to cover any costs incurred by the dog while they are with us and to help provide supplies for the rescue in order to help us bring in other dogs in need. The cost schedule is as follows:

  • Puppies (under 6 months of age) - $500
  • Young (over 6 months but under 7 years) - $400
  • Seniors (7 years and older) - $300

We are extremely grateful for your endless support in helping Genesis Dog Rescue become who we are today and help shape who we will become in the future.


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