Shelter Spotlight: Save Our Scruff

Diana Faria
by Diana Faria
Canadian dogs need love too, eh! Save Our Scruff, a Toronto-based rescue organization, is dedicated to helping homeless pooches find a permanent home.

Those who have gone through the often long and grueling process of adopting a child understands why the system is the way it is. In short, those who are trying to find a child’s perspective adoptive parents take precautions to ensure that they get the all the love, care and dedication they deserve.

Dogs are no different. When you’re trying to adopt a dog, you give out a lot of your personal information: where you live, what type of home, your annual income, if you’re single/married/have kids, etc. This is all to ensure that Fido has the best possible home and that the next adoptive fur-parent will love this dog unconditionally. And that’s just what the dedicated people behind Save Our Scruff (SOS) are looking to find for pooches in need.

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Save Our Scuff is a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada, that takes in dogs from unfortunate situations all over the world. This means anything from abandonment due to medical reasons, to rescuing them from an abusive home, to bringing them in off the streets. These dogs are not only local or Canada-wide, but come in from places such as Mexico, Rwanda, and Egypt.

What’s wonderful about Save Our Scruff is that it doesn’t reject any dog based on breed, age or sex, because a dog in need is a dog in need. When they are under the care of staff and volunteers at Save Our Scruff, these pooches are given the medical assistance they may need, rehabilitation if required and, when they are ready, are paired with a foster home who will care for him until an adoptive family is found.

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The adoption process may seem a bit much, but SOS’s wants to make sure that not only is a dog in capable, loving hands, but also to identify which dog would be a good match for you. Take Ginger for instance: hailing from St.Maarten, she’s an affectionate, playful dog who hasn’t quite figured out how toys work (we’re sure she’ll get there eventually). She would benefit from someone who has an active lifestyle, a fenced backyard so she can run and play, and someone who is patient enough to teach her a few basic commands.

Tex, on the other hand, is a 2-year-old Boxer who is scared of practically everything from birds and squirrels to cars and any fast movements. He also hates being alone. That being said, once he’s gotten over the meeting-new-people part, Tex falls head over paws for his favorite human and will follow you everywhere. Tex would need someone who lives in a quiet neighborhood, has a flexible schedule (or who is home most of the time) and is 100 percent committed to loving him for the rest of his days.

There are many ways you can help the guys and gals at Save Our Scruff. One is, of course, to donate in order to keep this rescue mission alive and kicking. Another is to be a foster home for a dog while the staff searches for that dog’s forever home. While fostering, the dog can be taught basic commands and even potty training, but most of all, they need to feel loved and cared for until their future owners can welcome them into their home. Lastly, if you’d like to donate your time instead, volunteers are always welcome.

For more information or to see the dogs up for adoption, visit Save Our Scruf’s website.

Diana Faria
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