Lack of available foster homes leads to admissions freeze at Regina Dog Shelter – Regina


It’s been almost six years since CC RezQs, a Regina-based dog rescue center, last announced that it could no longer accommodate dogs and puppies due to a lack of resources.

That changed this week when the nonprofit had to make the difficult decision to initiate an admissions freeze because it didn’t have enough host families available.

The announcement was made public on the organization’s Facebook page where members of the dog rescue said they could not currently accommodate dogs or puppies.

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The rescue waiting list had grown to 31 more dogs and puppies.

“We are currently in a position where we have endless requests for help and no open houses to put dogs and puppies to rescue,” CC RezQs said in their social media post.

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“On this list we have adult dogs, young adults, litters with and without mom, pregnant female dogs, individual puppies, abandoned dogs and basically anything you can imagine.”

Stephanie Senger, who is one of the directors of CC RezQs, said they work with about 26 First Nations and rural communities around Regina to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the dogs.

The organization has rescued 188 dogs and puppies so far in 2022.

However, the current lack of available foster families has forced the group to deal with the backlog of dogs on their waiting list and assess how they can expedite the process of finding placements.

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Senger said host family availability was not where it was compared to previous years.

“We felt a bit of a lull in adoptions, so the rate at which dogs and puppies are being adopted is a bit slower than usual and definitely slower than we would like. So the dogs are taking longer to find a home, which means they stay longer in foster homes, which ties up those homes even longer,” Senger explained.

“It’s not even that we’re in a financial crisis right now.”

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Another factor that prompted the organization to set an intake freeze is the increase in dropouts.

Senger mentioned that with more dogs being released into their care, this translates to fewer foster placements available to them.

“It’s for a number of reasons. A lot of it is people returning to work after COVID-19 who just aren’t managing the adoption of their dogs. So yes, a few factors make it really difficult.

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For Senger, she said the solution for all rescues is to receive help and support from the community to keep doing what they are doing. In this case, that means finding more people interested in fostering puppies and dogs looking for forever homes.

“If we had 10 new foster families or 20 new foster families, that would mean 10-20 new dogs and puppies could be taken in,” she added. “The solution is just to get more people interested, to get people who want to try for the first time, to get people interested in favoring and seeing what it’s all about so we can keep doing what that we do.”

CC RezQs says they provide all the supplies needed to foster a dog or puppy, however, interested individuals or families must be within an hour of Regina.

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More information about their foster program, including applications to become a foster home, is available on the organization’s website.

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