About Muskoka Animal Rescue

"Because we care about animals and the people

who love them"

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We envision a community where all companion animals

have safe and secure forever homes.

Muskoka Animal Rescue works to improve the lives of companion animals in the Muskoka – Parry Sound area by:

  • Providing loving, foster-based care for surrendered, lost and abandoned animals
  • Supporting the community through the companion animal adoption process
  • Providing support, information and referrals to community members facing challenges with their pets
  • Supporting community members who have to surrender their companion animals
  • Facilitating TNR (Trap Neuter Release) for feral cat colonies
  • Focusing on animals that need help within the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound


The Little Rescue That Could...

Founded in 2008 by Michelle Ainsworth and joined later by Lauren Spivak, Muskoka Animal Rescue was established to provide non-judgmental support and help for people that needed to find new homes for their companion animals. Michelle brought her education in animal care from Georgian College plus several years experience in animal rescue and animal welfare work, while Lauren ensured that animals needing foster homes found them, often at her place!

In 2010, a Facebook page was launched and volunteers were recruited. With the closing of the Huntsville Animal Shelter in 2012, the need for a foster-based rescue became even greater. 

From it's humble and organic beginnings, Muskoka Animal Rescue now provides services throughout the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound. In 2015, over 100 animals were successfully re-homed!

Muskoka Animal Rescue does not operate a shelter. All of the animals live with foster families. Not only does this keep operating costs to a minimum, but the animals are safe and secure in a home environment. Behaviour with other pets, children and strangers can be observed so that Muskoka Animal Rescue can ensure the best fit possible in a fur-ever family.

Operating costs are covered (barely) by adoption fees and donations. 100% of funds raised go directly to animal care.