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Our Featured Hamilton, ON Partner:

Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue works with pounds, shelters, private dog owners and other like minded rescue groups to coordinate, rescue and provide loving foster care to dogs in need until they are placed in suitable, loving new homes.

Ugly Mutts operates and maintains foster homes throughout Southern Ontario.

About Our Rescue Group:

Ugly Mutts mission is to rescue as many dogs as possible and to adopt them into stable, permanent loving homes with committed families throughout Ontario.

Ugly Mutts Volunteers came together out of their individual love for dogs and the realization that working as a team and combining our efforts we could make a real change and give dogs that second chance for a happy future that they so rightly deserve. We believe that a life is a life, and regardless of whether you are a purebred dog or a mix of 10 different breeds, whether your previous owner cared for you lovingly or you were dumped along the side of the road as a puppy, all dogs are deserving of our compassion and care. As we do not have a shelter or a location to house the dogs relying instead on private foster homes, and because we also feel a duty to ensure the safety of people, we are unable to rescue any dog that has aggression towards humans or that suffers from a psychosis. Still however, even with our limited resources, our Rescue Team manages to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome approximately 250 to 300 dogs each year.

Whether you are looking to adopt a dog or in need of a new home for a beloved pet, our experienced volunteers will ensure the best options for you and your family.

Calling our rescue Ugly Mutts is our tongue-in-cheek way of paying homage to all of the not-so-purebred, slightly over-weight, under-bitten, wonky-eared, dewclaw-missing dogs of the world.

Ugly Mutts Goals Are:

To provide a second chance to any deserving dog in need

To promote good pet ownership

To provide guidance and instruction in positive reinforcement to our adoptive families

To provide the best alternative to loving dog owners who are unable to continue caring for their pets.

Ugly Mutts Dog Rescue "Helping Save Lives"

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Our Adoption Code of Ethics

Ugly Mutts owes a duty of responsibility to all of the dogs accepted into our care and yet recognizes that it also owes a duty to foster parents, adopters and members of the general public to ensure their safety.

Ugly Mutts will not accept a dog for placement or adopt a dog that is physically unsafe to humans in temperament or behaviour.

Ugly Mutts will not intentionally misrepresent a dog’s age, temperament, breeding, or any other pertinent information or facts in order to facilitate the adoption of a pet.

Ugly Mutts will not knowingly adopt a dog/dogs of any age or breed into any harmful environment including but not limited to pet shops, laboratories, wholesale dealers, backyard breeders or puppy mills.

Ugly Mutts will not knowingly allow any person to foster or adopt a dog who has been banned from keeping animals or has been convicted of cruelty to animals.

If you see a pet currently listed for adoption that you feel would make a great addition to your family, please submit an application for consideration.

Our Adoption Process:

The adoption process for each of the dogs is done on an individual basis. We have no set criteria as each dog has individual needs and our primary concern is to ensure that not only will the adoptive family have the means necessary to care for the pet but that the dog will meet the wants and desires of the adoptive family, as a pet.

In this regard, we place less importance on the type of home you live in, and more on exactly why you want to adopt a dog and what your plans are in caring for the pet.

We do care passionately about our dogs however, we care just as much about the people and ensuring that whatever dog they adopt is in fact a good choice for their situation.

You must submit an application to be considered as a potential adopter. And only approved adopters are invited to meet the pet in person. There is no commitment to adopt by either yourself or Ugly Mutts until it is mutually agreed that the specific pet is a good choice for your situation.

The application can be found on our main website at

We do not adopt on a first come, first served basis and we do not hold dogs without a signed commitment from the adopter.

We do reserve the right to refuse any adopter for whatever reason. Visiting a specific dog is done by appointment only and donations requested for each pet may vary.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.