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Picture of Raiden
Raiden Adoptable Now
Picture of Raiden


  • Breed: Saluki Mix
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Needs:

Meet Raiden
Raiden never has a family of her own, she has been living in a dog shelter in Bahrain for 3.5 years before she made her way to Canada at a chance for a new lease on life.

The plight of dogs in Bahrain is complicated, dogs and cats are often left to roam the streets in temperatures that usually soar between 35 to 45 degrees Celsius with little to no access to food, water, or shelter. Fortunately, there are some kind and caring volunteers who feed all the homeless animals at night and have established feeding routes. Bahrain is an island country of about 1.5 million people; most of the people are Middle Eastern with a rather large number of expats. Land area is 283 square miles. Among these islanders, are over 18,000 stray dogs living on the streets. Bahrain remains a country that Canada can import dogs from as they do not carry diseases ( most specifically Rabies) that are of concern elsewhere in the world. As a rescue, we prominently helps dogs locally first and foremost, and always have, but every year we commit to helping a handful of dogs from abroad, and a month ago welcomed this beauty into our care.

Raiden is a beautiful 4 year old, she is very submissive and very gentle and she is learning the rules of engagement of being a stellar Canadian. Everything is new and everyday comes with a new lesson. This timid and fearful little girl is shedding her fear and showing her bravery with each waking day.

Raiden spent most of her young life in a shelter in Bahrain where, sadly, she was bullied by the other dogs. Despite all she endured, she has the gentlest nature. She was welcomed by one of our incredible fosters and has spent the past 10 weeks unwinding & thriving, and showing us why she is SO deserving of her happily ever after. Because she’s been through so much, she would thrive in a quiet home without young children, and in a more suburban setting. She warms up naturally to ladies, and can sometimes take more time with men. All she wants to do is cuddle up with her people, but it may take her some time to come out of her shell initially. She is currently fostered in a home with both dogs and cats, but is happy in her own company as well. A fenced in backyard would be Raiden’s dream.

Raiden’s adoption coordinator is excited to discuss Raiden in more detail with you. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.

Fill out an application for Raiden!

Project Inseparable

Project Inseparable deliveries

“My dog is my home.”

Homeless are forced to sleep rough to avoid giving up their pets. When COVID hit, we realized that homeless and their pets were even more vulnerable than usual and we knew that although Project Inseparable was going to have to look a little different this year, we were admit that we were still going to find a way to help. In partnership with Humane Society International, Fred Victor Homeless Shelters and Toronto Housing, TEAM Dog Rescue will be holding our 3rd annual Project Inseparable, hoping to spread some holiday cheer before we close the door on 2020.

Instead of gathering donations and filling knapsacks with basic essentials, like we have in previous years, we will be sponsoring a select few seniors and individuals who own pets living within Toronto Housing and in the Fred Victor shelter system.

Project Inseparable chihuahuas

What is “Project Inseparable”?

How Can I Help?

*THANK YOU! Because of your overwhelming generosity, we have reached our fundraising goal for Project Inseparable this year! If you’d like to support TEAM Dog Rescue’s general programs, please visit us here.*

Together, we can have an even greater impact in our community! Here are the three ways you can help in 2020:

1. Order items from our Amazon Wishlist: This Wishlist was created in close consultation with our partners, and we have carefully selected items keeping in mind costs, quality and their asks.

See the Wishlist here.

2. Monetary Donations to our “Project Inseparable” Fund: Donations will go towards gift cards can be made through our donation link below.

If we exceed our goal for Project Inseparable, any additional funds will go towards providing vetting, supplies, training and other essential supplies to local dogs in need.

**Thanks to you, we reached our fundraising goal for Project Inseparable this year! To support TEAM’s general programs with local dogs in need, visit us here.

3. Donate Items: If you would like to donate something on the list please contact [email protected] to let us know how you would like to contribute and to arrange porch pick up! Please ensure you add “Project Inseparable” in your subject header.

Our Impact in 2019

First and foremost we want to send out a HUGE thank you!! to all of you for getting involved with this year’s Project Inseparable. Every contribution counted in making a BIG impact to those who are living on the streets and within the Fred Victor centres throughout the GTA.

Our impact in numbers:

  • 500+ gift cards from Starbucks, Tim Hortons & McDonalds were purchased with money donated
  • 200+ cans & bags of dog food/treats were dropped off at respite centres in the downtown core
  • Over $3500 in cash donations was collected & used for knapsacks, additional gift cards & female sanitary products. 100% of the donated funds were used for items for both people and their pets.
  • 100 amazon packages were purchased using our wish list by perfect strangers in the community
  • Blankets, towels, tarps, sleeping bags & tents were delivered to the Covenant House
  • 20+ shoeboxes were filled with donated items from the community and wrapped / labelled (male/female, with some being dog only)

Our Impact in 2018

In partnership with Fred Victor Homeless Shelters – we used our social media channels to reach out to the community to ask for donations for both humans and their pet(s). We set up 4 drop off locations around the city where people could bring collected (brand new) items. We ordered 250 reusable knapsacks and collected shoe boxes from local stores.

The outpour of support we received from the community was absolutely incredible. On March 15, 2019 volunteers from TEAM Dog Rescue and employees from Randstad Canada went onsite to Google Canada to sort through all of the donated items and fill knapsacks and shoe boxes. Handwritten encouragement letters were written by Google employees for each knapsack and shoe box. Our hope was that a shoebox/knapsack says “you are not alone” and the gesture could mean the world to one.

In Numbers:

  • 250 filled reusable knapsacks and shoe boxes with basic necessities for both humans and their dogs were dropped off to the Fred Victor Center in Toronto
  • 100 Tim Hortons gift cards were distributed to homeless around the GTA
  • Boxes of brand new hats, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags and fresh towels were dropped off to 3 different respite centers in the GTA
  • Over 100 bags of dog food, dog treats and boxes of new leashes and collars were dropped off to low income housing through the Fred Victor Center
  • $300 raised in cash donations 

Through Project Inseparable we hope to raise awareness and break the stigma centered around homeless people who have pets. A HUGE Thank You to our community for helping us help them. We look forward continuing this initiative year over year with your support.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Project Inseparable 2020.

About our Events & Community Partnerships

Events & Community Partnerships are a vital part of our rescue. Over the years we have put a focus on organizing and participating in events in the community, large and small, in order to raise awareness around dog rescue. We have been fortunate to partner with some amazing organizations that are doing their part to raise awareness about dog adoption. Some of our partnerships have included: Woofstock, Pet Valu, Global Pets, PetSmart, Bark in the Park, Uber, Google, Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs), Furry Friends 5k, Aviva, Mini Mioche, The City of Toronto to name a few. Every year we decide on a few large events that we undertake and make an annual thing – these include: A Party with a Purpose, BarktoberFest, Google Pop Up, TEAM Reunion. 

For more information about getting involved with our events or if you are interested in hosting an event on our behalf, please contact Ashley at: [email protected]

Party with a Purpose 2019

TEAM DOG RESCUE 2019 GALA: On February 22nd, we hosted our second annual Party With a Purpose. We would like to thank our Gala Committee for bringing this party to fruition, they committed several hours a day into its planning for the last several months, down to the finest of details, and it showed.

We would like to thank our partners, Yonge-Davenport Pet Hospital, Everlasting Moments Photography & VideographyBoehringer Ingelheim Hofmann Plastics, WestJet, Food In Motion, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stemz, Reggio Kids Childcare CentresCreations by Gitta, The Harlowe, Elizabeth Grant International Inc.AG MacaronsDigital X EntertainmentThe Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation, and our favourite Huskies, Loki and Lucy. A very special thank you to our two celebrity guests Tanya Kim and Caroline Szwed, and of course, The Marc Joseph BandEthan YoungBree Taylor and Farrah Zorowski of Toronto Animal Services. 

Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who attended and helped with every element of the party, from registration, right down to the clean up, we are indebted to you, always. Thank you to all who donated auction items as well, we couldn’t be more thrilled, it was such a successful night due to so many of you who are there for us, and the dogs in need. Thank you!

We are thrilled to announce that we have raised just over $31,000 after expenses!

Thank you for joining us in our quest to do our part to end the plight of homeless dogs in our community, we are humbled and honoured, by your support. 

We look forward to hosting you once again next year!

A Party With A Purpose 2018

Our most sincere thanks to everyone who came to our first annual charity gala, held at Steam Whistle Brewing on Friday, February 23rd at 7:30pm! It was an amazing evening.


The #THINKRESCUE campaign was born out of a need for change. The need to change the perception of rescue dogs as inferior pets. The majority of rescue dogs end up homeless through no fault of their own. They are loving, loyal and grateful for a second chance.

The #THINKRESCUE campaign raises awareness (without judgment) for adoption programs and is geared at changing the stigma placed on rescue dogs everywhere. It encourages families to talk about adoption and consider rescuing first when looking to add a Fluffy or Fido to their family. Our goal is to spread the word about adoptable dogs through the #THINKRESCUE campaign to ensure people are aware that there are better alternatives to breeders and online classifieds.


You can help us with our mission by encouraging those you know to visit their local animal shelter or browse adoption sites first when looking to welcome a pet. We also need you to post the coolest photos you have of your rescue dog(s) on your social media outlets and include the hash tag #thinkrescue – people will automatically associate these great pictures with rescue.