Mega Dog Raw

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 Angus Glen
Date: April 13, 2019
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Date: June 2, 2019
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Date: June 9, 2019
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Date: October 5, 2019
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Caring For Animals In Need

Supporting Animal Rescue

The Furry friends 5k charity event was created to support local animal rescue organizations, shelters and humane groups.  This is the 9th year and the event has raised over $500,000. Donate or pledge a participant on the event pages.  If you prefer to keep track of pledges offline you can download the pledge sheet.

Homeward Bound Rescue

Homeward Bound Rescue

Homewardbound Rescue is a small scale dog rescue group dedicated to rescuing dogs in need. We love the Flat Faced Dogs! This comprises of Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers, Mastiffs, Bostons and many others. We also take in other breeds when there's a need to help other rescue organizations when they are full.

All dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated/health checked and micro chipped before adoption.

Our dogs are more often than not are owner surrenders, puppy mills and local shelters.

Standard Poodles in Need

Standard Poodles in Need

Standard Poodles In Need, Rescue & Re-home (SPIN) is a Canadian non-profit, foster-based organization primarily concerned with the welfare of homeless or unwanted standard poodles but also with the welfare of toy poodles, mini-poodles and poodle mixes.

Pickering Animal Services

Pickering Animal Services

The City of Pickering, Animal Services is responsible for reuniting lost pets back to their owners, pet adoptions, pet licensing, responding to injured wildlife, enforcement of all municipal animal related by-laws and educating the public on the importance of being a responsible pet owner. In addition, they also provide 24-hours emergency response for any sick or injured cat or dog in Pickering.


Animal Services currently runs their animal shelter in a retrofitted building on leased property in north Pickering.  Currently fundraising efforts are focused on helping raise money to build their own brand new Animal Shelter in Pickering.

Team Dog Rescue

Team Dog Rescue

TEAM Dog Rescue is a grassroots, foster-based, Canadian registered charity dedicated to helping all breeds of homeless dogs in our local communities find their forever homes. 

From a shared vision of caring and concern for all, TEAM emerged in 2012 in response to a growing need for support from local shelters. Since our inception, over 750 homeless, medical and abused dogs have been welcomed into our rescue, and are now thriving in loving, forever homes. 

TEAM Dog Rescue provides medical care, behavioural assessments, ongoing training and a safe haven for our dogs as we work diligently to find them their ideal ‘furever’ homes. What makes us unique? Our focus is on rescuing dogs locally first: from overcrowded and high-kill shelters in Ontario and Quebec, and in partnership with the IFAW Northern Dog Project. TEAM is run exclusively by volunteers, located throughout the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding areas. 

Speaking of Dogs Rescue

Speaking of Dogs Rescue

Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program (SODR) is a registered charity run solely by volunteers. SODR is an all-breed rescue with a focus on senior dogs that is dedicated to assisting dogs from shelters and, when space permits, helping dogs who are surrendered by their owner.  Our dogs are lovingly cared for in foster homes until we find well-matched forever homes.  All dogs entering our rescue are spayed or neutered and have all their medical needs attended to (e.g. heartworm test, bloodwork, vaccines, microchipped, dewormed and often our older friends need dentals). Our adoption process entails a written application, a telephone interview, reference and veterinary checks and an in-home visit. We are committed to placing our dogs in homes that are responsible, caring and compassionate. We actively fundraise in an effort to help cover rescue related costs such as medical care, grooming, boarding, food and supplies (such as microchips, collars, harnesses and leashes). We are always in search of new foster homes where a dog can be cared for and loved until a permanent home is found. Adopt one of our dogs today!

Procyon Wildlife

Procyon Wildlife

Procyon Wildlife is dedicated to working with our communities in an effort to help wild animals in need of care. Our goals are to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release these animals, and to promote public appreciation for wildlife preservation.

St. John’s Ambulance

St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program

Therapy dog services are provided in a wide range of community settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Seniors residences and care facilities
  • Schools, universities and colleges
  • Community centres and libraries

The therapy dog program provides an opportunity for individuals to:

  • Talk with the volunteer and the dog
  • Feel, touch, pet and cuddle the dog
  • Receive unconditional love from the dog
  • Carry-out or practice an activity in the presence of the dog

The program offers many benefits, improving quality of lives.  Some of the reported benefits include: 

  • Greater social engagement with individuals/residents talking more, participating more in activities, and smiling more
  • Stress relief and distraction from pain
  • Comfort and calming 
  • Improved self-confidence and esteem
Burlington Humane Society

Burlington Humane Society

The Burlington Humane Society is Ontario’s leading no-kill shelter.  We provide food, shelter and medical attention to stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats in Burlington and surrounding area.  We then find forever homes for all our animals.  We operate solely on donations and the kindness of the community as we do not receive any government funding.  With a dedicated group of over 400 volunteers, we care for and adopt out over 600 animals each year.  We also provide education opportunities through our Burlington Humane Kids Club and our podcast “Burlington Humane”.  To find out more about Burlington Humane Society, we are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit our website at

Great Dane Rescue Inc.

Great Dane Rescue Inc

A non-profit group established in 1993 dedicated to the placement of relinquished Great Danes, staffed totally by volunteers who donate their spare time to helping save these beautiful dogs.

Helping Homeless Pets

Helping Homeless Pets

Helping Homeless Pets is an organization dedicated to assisting homeless animals by directly supporting legitimate and ethical pet rescue organizations. Each of our members has undergone a screening process, and has agreed to abide by our Code of Ethics. 

HHP was created because we believe that by working together we can accomplish so much more.

Action Volunteers for Animals

Action Volunteers for Animals

Action Volunteers for Animals (AVA) is an all-volunteer run charitable animal rescue dedicated to improving the lives of stray and feral animals. We have been a registered charity since 1981 and operate thanks to generous donations by individuals and pet charities.  We work predominantly in the GTA (Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region, Hamilton and Toronto) and are sometimes able to help cats in other areas of Ontario and Quebec.

Many animals are homeless until AVA comes to their aid. Rescued cats are vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Many of the rescued cats also require medical treatment; each year we pay for surgeries, x-rays, medications, blood tests, dental procedures and hospitalizations. Cats are then placed in foster homes until they are ready to be adopted to their forever homes.

Series Sponsor

Thank you to Bold Raw for sponsoring the 2019 Furry Friends 5K Series.

The series would be impossible without the support of our sponsors. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

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Our Team


Caron Shepley

Race Director

Alisons dog

Allison Hansen

Race Director

Judys dog

Judy Tresise

Volunteer Coordinator