Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue is an all-breed dog rescue that is dedicated to saving the lives of deserving dogs throughout Canada and the Northern United States and providing them with a second chance for a permanent, loving home. Our experienced and dedicated Rescue Team is based out of the Hamilton-Burlington/GTA area, supported by a host of private, pet-friendly foster homes throughout Southern Ontario.

Ugly Mutts has been rescuing and rehoming pets for over 15 years. We use a detailed screening process for both the pets that come into our care and for the people looking to adopt. This enables us to ensure that not only will the adopter meet the needs of the specific pet, but that the pet will meet the wants and desires of the adopter. This process has allowed us to successfully rescue and rehome approximately 200 – 300 pets each year. While our main focus is on dogs, we do attempt to aid any companion animal in need.

For people who find themselves in the unfortunate position of needing a new home for a beloved pet, Ugly Mutts offers a safe and compassionate alternative to pounds and shelters. Your pet will be kept in a loving home environment where they will remain until such time that they can be matched with a suitable, loving, new family. Our goal in rehoming is to help alleviate the stress from a previous owner and to ensure the best match for both the pet and the adopter.

The name “Ugly Mutts” is our tongue-in-cheek way of saying that every dog is deserving of a second chance regardless of their appearance, size or breeding.

Whether you are looking to adopt a dog or needing to find a new home for your pet, Ugly Mutts Rescue Team will ensure the best options for you and your family!


”My family brought me home, all cradled in their arms. They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm. They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys. I sure did love my family, especially the little girls and boys.”3

”The children loved to feed me; they gave me special treats.  They even let me sleep with them – all snuggled in the sheets. I used to go for walks, often several times a day. They even fought to hold the leash, I’m very proud to say.”

”These are the things I’ll not forget – a cherished memory. Now that I’m in the shelter – without my family. They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe. But I didn’t know the difference between the old one and the new.”

”The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug. So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug. They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside. This I didn’t understand, although I tried and tried.”

”The walks stopped, one by one, they said they hadn’t time. I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime. My life became so lonely in the backyard, on a chain. I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.”

”So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why. They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye. If I’d only had some training when I was a little pup, I wouldn’t have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.”

”‘You only have one day left, I heard the worker say.  Does that mean I have a second chance? Do I go home today?”