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Helping Adoptable Dogs and Cats Find Loving Homes


It is estimated that over 400 million stray dogs and cats exist worldwide. The first step to help remedy this escalating situation begins locally. Actions as small as regular vaccinations and surgical sterilization (spay/neuter) can help to prevent aggression, disease transmission, and animal suffering.
Our foundation is dedicated to sharing our passion, resources, knowledge, and experience to make this change happen,

but... we need your help.

pause4change Rescue Foundation is a team composed of dedicated volunteers who have worked within Alberta animal rescues for years. It is our focus to build a foundation that works collaboratively within Canada's rescue community. We are 100% volunteer-run, and 100% of our animals are cared for in foster homes.


Our Vision

"Developing progressive change with the ability to shape the future of Animal Rescues."

Our Mission

Pause4Change Dog Rescue Calgary. Adopt, foster, volunteer & help animals in need!

Rescue Unwanted and Abandoned Canines & Felines From Partnered Communities and Rural Areas

We have rescued animals from many parts of Alberta who would have suffered without intervention from our trusted and experienced team. All animals in our care reside in foster homes.

Educate The Public

We participate in community events, discussing the needs of dogs and cats that haven't found their forever home yet. We believe in evidence-based care and are passionate about sharing this valuable information.

Advocate Responsible Pet Ownership

As part of our adoption processes, we educate all potential applicants on proper care. We provide opportunities for training services for all adoptive and foster homes!

Why adopt from pause4change?

pause4change goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for your potential best furry friend. We provide your new family member's spay or neuter surgery, they will be vaccinated, and provided with any medical treatment that they might have needed while in our care. We also include a FREE TRAINING COURSE with all of our puppy and dog adoptions! (To be used within 2 months of your adoption)

pause4change believes in setting up adoptive families for success. You'll be provided with several different course options to choose from through our reputable force-free training partners here in Calgary and the surrounding area! You'll also have lifelong support and encouragement through our social media alumni group!

We care about helping your new loved ones. While your adoption fee helps us to help the animals in our care, the truth is we don't even break even. This is why we rely so heavily on volunteers, foster homes, community partnerships, grants, fundraising, and donations in addition to our adoption fees to keep our doors open. Being 100% volunteer-run and foster home based, you can feel confident knowing your adoption fees and donations go straight to the animals!


Land Acknowledgment

Pause4Change Rescue would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We would also like to note that we are situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this land is “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary.

Adopt a Dog

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