May 6, 2016

Dog Parks & Local Groups

Leash Free / Off-Leash Areas in Toronto Parks

Toronto Dogs are welcome in certain parks designated “leash free”, or off-leash. A ‘leash free’ area within a park is a place where dogs can socialize and run off-leash in a safe, secure environment.

The City of Toronto provides information on approved Toronto dog parks and commercial dog walking permits and offleash policies.

A list of dog parks in areas in and around Toronto, from We can’t guarantee that it’s 100% accurate, but this list of dog friendly parks in and around Toronto is a good start.

Traveling? Find dog parks in the United States.

Local Dog Groups and Pet Rescues in Toronto

Action Against Puppy Mills – Dedicated to raising awareness about puppy mills and their connection to pet stores. Located in Toronto, Ontario.

Adopt-a-Rott – Adopt/rescue across the province of Ontario including Toronto.

Border Collie Rescue (Southern Ontario)
905 473-9050
Dedicated to assisting Border Collies who need to be rehomed, and assisting in educating Border Collie Owners who may not have an understanding of the breed or their dog’s behaviour. Member of and their Canine Rescue Code of Ethics.

Canadian Golden Rescue – where unwanted, abandoned or mistreated Golden Retrievers are rescued and cared for and adopted to new homes

Caring Canine
Tel: 416-597-8632
We are a non-profit volunteer group providing free dog-therapy/visiting service to the Toronto community and its neighbourhoods (including Mississauga and Markham). Our volunteers bring their friendly dogs to visit elders, patients, and people with disabilities at nursing homes and other healthcare facilities weekly or bi-weekly. We also provide dog-therapy/visiting at clients’ homes. Social activities keep our dog-loving volunteers connected. All our volunteer dogs must pass the mandatory vaccination/health requirements and a therapy dog evaluation.

Dog Rescue MeetUp – meet with other dog-rescue-owners in Toronto

DogWatch – opposing breed specific legislation in North America

4 Legged Love
A Toronto and Ontario Dog Rescue and Adoption group. A No Kill Rescue, all dogs who enter their program stay in foster homes until they have found permanent new homes.

German Sheppard Rescue – dedicated to saving lives of no longer wanted GermanShepherds

GiNA – Greyhounds in Need of Adoption
Tel: 1-877-987-GREY
GiNA is dedicated to finding loving, responsible homes for retired racing Greyhounds. GiNA’s first and foremost concern is the safety and well being of their dogs. We pride ourselves on the amount of love and care they put into finding the perfect home for each one, and we go out of their way to meet and get to know all potential adoptive families to ensure each dog goes to the best possible home. Let one of these retired racers race into your heart today!

Helping Homeless Pets
A charitable group assisting Canadian Breed-Specific and All-Breed Rescue Groups who adhere to a Code of Ethics in dealing with dogs in need, the adopting public, and other rescue groups. Help us to make a difference!

The “Pit Bull” Co-op
The “Pit Bull” Co-op is a Toronto born group where “pit bull” (American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American staffordshire terrier, any other dog that resembles any of the above breeds and is included under Ontario’s Bill 132) owners meet on a weekly basis to walk and socialize their dogs in medium sized groups in down town Toronto. The co-op is currently looking to expand in other parts of Ontario as well. The co-op is dedicated to creating awareness about “pit bulls” and responsible dog ownership through educating, meetups, and fundraising.

The Smiling Blue Skies Canine Cancer Information Centre and Fund
The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund is in loving memory of our beautiful BluesMan, Ch Teacherspet Smiling Blue Skies CGC, who we lost to lymphoma, and was the 2004 recipient of the Golden Retriever Club of Canada’s Silmaril Kennel Trophy for the Human/Animal Bond. Our fund raising efforts, benefit the University of Guelph’s Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, with all proceeds going to the treatment and research of canine cancer. Visit us for limited edition and one of a kind ceramics, gifts, and jewelry, supporting precious people and pets. Smiling Blue Skies offers the most comprehensive on-line canine cancer information centre in Canada, including web and print resources, veterinary support, nutritional information, studies and grants, and grief support.

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs
Tel: 416-967-4244 Ext. 261
Help to improve the quality of life of anyone who will benefit from the regular love and care of a dog ~ children in hospital, the physically and/or mentally challenged, those is seniors residences, palliative care or rest homes. To join the ranks of the Therapy Dogs, a dog must become certified as a “Good Canine Citizen”.

Therapeutic Paws of Canada (TPOC)
TPOC supplies visiting therapy dogs to nursing homes, seniors facilities, retirement centres, hospitals, childrens facilties, special needs childrens classroons, sick kids hospital, classrooms and libraries for the Paws to Read (TM) programme.

Toronto Animal Services
19 River Street
Tel: 416-392-6767
The City of Toronto Municipal Code requires that all dogs and cats living in Toronto be licensed with Toronto Animal Services and wear the City-issued tag. Licence applications are available online at . Pet owners can also get their pet licensed by calling 416-338-PETS (7387).

Toronto Humane Society
11 River Street
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-392-2273
Fax: 416-392-9978

TorontoPugs – A free, fun club for Pug owners in Toronto