"Because we care about animals and the people
who love them"
Muskoka Animal Rescue works to improve the lives of companion animals in the Muskoka – Parry Sound region by:
We envision a community where all companion animals
have safe and secure forever homes.
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 District of Muskoka and Parry Sound. In 2015, over 100 animals were successfully rehomed!
Muskoka Animal Rescue does not operate a shelter. All of the animals are homed 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. The Rescue is currently in the process of applying for Registered Charity Status with the Canadian Revenue Agency.