Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When was Dog Tales founded, and by who?
Dog Tales was founded in 2014 by an animal-loving husband and wife team - Rob and Danielle. Both had been involved in rescue for years before finally deciding that the best way to help animals in need was to open a rescue of their own.
Q: Why is the kennel decorated so extravagantly?
Our luxurious kennel space is one of the things that sets Dog Tales apart from any other rescue in the world. We believe that our dogs deserve all of the comforts of home while they wait for their forever homes, and wanted to create a space that contrasted the idea of the cold, stark shelter that we all have grown so accustomed to. A fun, decorated environment filled with happy dogs makes it easier for guests to repeatedly visit until they find that perfect dog, without leaving feeling emotionally drained each time.
Q: Does Dog Tales accept donations?
We do not profit from our rescue efforts, and donations mean the world to us. All donations received go directly towards the care of our many animals, which includes their rescue, rehabilitation, and medical needs. (We take care of the shelter décor ourselves!)
Q: Is Dog Tales a registered charity?
No. An extremely important part of our mission at Dog Tales is not only to help animals that are physically in our care, but also to change legislation that hurts or endangers animals across our entire country. This is why lobbying the government, communicating political call-to-actions, and applauding politicians who stand up for change are an integral part of our day to day. Unfortunately registered charities in Canada are subject to political audits that make it extremely difficult to engage in these activities (more information can be found here). For this reason, we do not feel that becoming a registered charity is the right decision for us at this time. We do not profit from our rescue efforts, and certainly recognize that donations would increase if we were able to provide tax receipts, however making a difference for our animals on a larger scale is far more important to us. If you would like more information about our current political efforts, or about the expenses involved in operating our rescue, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Q: Why do you rescue dogs internationally when there are dogs in Canada in need of homes?
"Charity begins at home, but should not end there." - Thomas Fuller
At Dog Tales we regularly take in owner surrenders, and at any given time about half of the dogs in our shelter are local dogs. The other half come to us through rescue initiatives both within Canada and internationally. We search for the dogs that we feel need us the most, and do not believe that the value of a life is determined by geographic location. We are doing as much as we possibly can to help as many dogs as we possibly can, but the sad reality is that we cannot save them all (though we intend to keep trying to!).
Q: Can I visit the rescue if I don't plan to adopt?
Of course! Dog Tales is open to the public every Sunday from 11-5. This is a great time to explore our grounds, see our animals, and chat about all things animal-related with our friendly staff. If you just so happen to find the perfect dog, it's an added bonus!
Q: Why is the kennel space only open to the public once per week?
Having unfamiliar faces walking through our shelter can be very stressful for our dogs. They all want your attention, and once they get worked up it can be difficult to calm them down. It is for that reason, the well-being of our dogs, that our shelter is closed to visitors Monday through Saturday. We use this time to rehabilitate and care for our dogs in order to get them in tip-top shape for their future forever homes. We are able to arrange private appointments through the week if you are unable to attend our weekly Sunday open house, however you will not have access to our kennel and our staff members will instead bring the dogs out to you. For this reason, private appointments are only booked if there are a few specific dogs that you are interested in meeting. Please call us for more information.