Who is DINO Rescue?

Dogs In Need Organization (DINO) is a non-profit animal welfare organization located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Composed of a group of innovative dog minded people, DINO is committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people.

What we do

DINO Rescue works to rescue dogs in need, to provide shelter and care and to place them into loving homes. We specialize in matching humans with dogs. Our goal is to match people and dogs in unions that suite family, lifestyles, and hearts.

Need Boarding

DINO Rescue is pleased to offer boarding for $20 per day. Preference will be given first to our adopters, but we will happily accommodate others if space allows.

Please contact us for further information on our boarding! Thank you from the DINO Rescue team!

Where our dogs come from

Our dogs come from everywhere, including high kill shelters. Dogs in need are our focus.

Mission Statement

DINO’s Animal Rescue Society will provide a safe-haven for dogs (and other animals) that have been abused, abandoned and neglected. By methods of rehabilitation, we will help them find their canine-selves, a balanced state of mind, and the ability to adapt well to their new home. DINO’s Animal Rescue Society will offer the human breed a place to learn communication, care and compassion for and from the animals that reside there.

Their education will be instrumental in “Breaking the Chains of Abuse”.

Vision Statement – Long Term Goals

To provide temporary support and resources to families in short term financial need to help animals remain in their current homes, when possible.

To help with temporary supplies of pet food to families who are suffering from unemployment, seniors on fixed incomes and families who are dealing with chronic illnesses.

To offer temporary foster care for pets whose care providers may need short-term hospital care. To help provide piece of mind for seniors or chronically ill patients who may require temporary foster care. To provide food from our food bank for pets placed in our temporary care.

To partner with local veterinary clinics to offer a low cost spay/neuter program in our communities to help reduce the number of unwanted births and deaths of unwanted pets via a voucher program.

To help pets through temporary care & sheltering for abused persons in battered shelters.

To have our OWN FACILITY where we will provide a sanctuary for senior dogs whose owners have abandoned them in shelters; on-site services for rescued dogs and their new families; temporary haven for rescues while waiting for available space in our foster care program.



Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special.


It wasn’t too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway…the ones who had been at RainBow Bridge for a while…knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times.

Although it was obvious the animal’s heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness. Unlike the pets waiting at the Bridge, this dog had not been restored to his prime. He was full of neither health nor vigor. He approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who were by now watching him. He knew he was out of place here. This was no resting place for him. He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old dog and apologized sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the RainBow Bridge. And he had no special beloved people…not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below.

With no place else to turn, the poor elderly dog looked toward the fields before the Bridge. There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself…elderly and infirm. Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren’t playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge. The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join them. And so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at the Bridge, who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the pets who had been there for some time to explain it to him.

“That poor dog was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of

him. They way you see him now, with graying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was

exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels. He never, ever made

it out and passed on only with the love and comfort that the kennel workers

could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for

good. Because he had no family or special person to give his love, he has

nobody to escort him across the Bridge.”

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, “So what

will happen now?”

As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the

all-invasive gloom lifted. Coming toward the Bridge could be seen a single

figure…a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary…a person who,

just like the elderly dog, had just left Earth forever. This figure turned

toward a group of the sad animals and extended outstretched palms. The

sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were

bathed in a pure and golden light. Instantly, each was young and healthy

again, just as they had been in the prime of life.


From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a group

of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway. As they came close to the

passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or

a scratch behind the ears. Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure

softly murmured each name. Then, the newly-restored pets fell into line

behind the figure and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they

all crossed together.


The recent arrival who had been watching, was amazed. “What happened?”


“That was a rescuer,” came the answer. “That person spent a lifetime trying

to help pets of all kinds. The ones you saw bowing in respect were those who

found new homes because of such unselfish work. They will cross when their

families arrive. Those you saw restored were ones who never found homes.

When a rescuer arrives, they are permitted to perform one, final act of

rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor pets that couldn’t place on

Earth across the Rainbow Bridge. You see, all animals are special to

them…just as they are special to all animals.”


“I think I like rescuers,” said the recent arrival.


“So does God,” was the reply.


–Author Unknown–