We were super happy with the adoption process with southern connection rescue. The adoption process was quick and transparent. Stacey & Susan are so passionate and they took time to provide us all the information needed to comfort us during the overall process.
Melissa, Diego’s foster took really good care of him during the adoption process and always shared updates about Diego’s health and social skill improvements. This really helped us to be prepared to welcome Diego in his forever home. also, Stacey was confident that Diego would be a perfect match for us, and yes, it was . Diego is now in our family and is a happy dog !
Thank you all, Bruno and Franck
I always grew up with dogs but never had my own ever since I moved to Canada. I knew I wanted to adopt a dog but had no breed preferences and luckily my whole family was in the same boat!
So, I started filling out applications sometime around summer of 2019 on various rescue websites, called lot of humane societies but no luck. Then in early 2020, I came across Southern Connection almost by chance while browsing something about dogs on Facebook. I messaged them and to my pleasant surprise they were super responsive, answered all my questions promptly, asked what I was looking for and even gave me additional information on what I should be considering as first timers dog owners and how to go about searching for a fur baby.
However, at that time there was a long wait list for puppies and they took a note that I was interested, also gave me an approximate timeline of when to check back in.
When the time passed I did check back with them and again, as before, they were super prompt and let me know that there was indeed a litter that had come in with the mom and that the boy puppy was still up for adoption if I wanted to apply - I couldn’t stay still with excitement!
Since I had already applied earlier (for starting the pre approval process), they were extremely efficient and just told me they will be pulling that back up to begin the process for this pup. Since this was during peak covid times, the house visit was replaced by detailed house photos that I provided and they were thorough enough to ask for the backyard fence photos to make sure the puppy cannot escape when it’s outside, their attention to details was really impressive!
They then scheduled a phone interview with me and my husband. In the interview, they asked us relevant questions but more importantly walked us through what to expect, how to make sure we are ready and it so informative and useful that I literally took notes - they were incredibly helpful and above all, friendly, I was happy it went so well!
Next, they called all my references and had detailed discussions with them - again super thorough.
Finally when the day came to pick up our Coco and like my son says “it was the happiest day of his life”, summer of 2020 was our brightest one thanks to Southern connection.
Even after Coco was home, I had the typical “first-time-dog-mom” sort of questions for them and in the middle of all the hard work they do, they always took the time to respond and give me suggestions and advise. They are caring, beautiful humans who truly care about these beautiful dogs.
And Coco - he is the one that rules our hearts, I never had any experience with shepherd and husky mixes, but these dogs are the sweetest, smartest and the best family dogs ever - I cannot thank SC enough for what a difference it has made in our life, THANKYOU for being THIS awesome!!
Tannis Nayler adopted Aspen May 2020
"We adopted Aspen earlier this year and are so happy to add her to our family. We were very impressed with the adoption process, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful and truly made the process easier. The application and interview were in-depth and we felt they were truly trying to ensure the puppies and dogs found appropriate homes. Our adoption took place over Covid-19 and we were impressed with the safety measures put in place with virtual tours and socially distanced pick up. Really appreciate the effort put forth by Northern Reach Rescue Southern Connection that brought us our high energy cutie. "
The White family adopted Phoebe On June 06, 2020
"On June 6th we met our puppy Phoebe for the first time. She was 12 weeks old and perfect. She is a beautiful, playful, intelligent, energetic bundle of joy with a great personality who keeps us on our toes.
She loves car rides, going on walks and loves hiking off leash.
She is now almost 5 months old already.
She is growing like a weed and we love her to pieces.
I was so happy to find this adoption agency and the fact that they take the time to screen potential adopters means a lot knowing they really care about the dogs they adopt out.
Thank you Northern Reach Rescue Network Southern Connection for our beautiful pup."
The Laylor family adopted Juice April 2020
"Thank -you to Northern Reach Rescue South for our newest addition “Juice” aka Beetlejuice. Thank-you for caring so much about the dogs you re-home, and all the time you took to be sure we got the right fit. Even during an already hard time in the middle of the Covid outbreak , you took the time to do all the back ground checks with our references, and vet checks. Even though you could not do an actual at home visit, the video and photos of my home was a great idea, as well as the over the phone in depth interview. It really put my mind at rest knowing that you were still so diligently checking out the adoptive families. The foster parents you use really helped to acclimate our newest member and he has been fantastic. Please keep doing what you do, because we the new families and our new fur babies need more people like you.
Picking up our pup was done super effectively with all the paper work done online, and upon pick up keeping distance but really making sure we had all the info from the vet and his blanket and toys.. made it a nice transition for all of us. We can feel the love you have for these dogs.
The Laylor Family
The Cummings family adopted Snickers April 2020
"My first experience with Northern Reach Rescue - Southern Connection was in the beginning of this year when I was a reference for my friend who was adopting a puppy. After I completed the reference Susan provided me with more information about the rescue. I looked online and was amazed at how fantastic this organization is!
When our family saw our newest addition to our family we were instantly in love. The application process was easy to complete. The communication during the decision making process was on point and once accepted we were provided with photos and regular updates. Next was planning around pick up and how to follow the guidelines due to the pandemic. Susan and the foster parents were very supportive and accommodating. Through phone calls, emails, facebook messages and social distancing we were able to pick up our puppy without issue. Thank you to all the volunteers and foster parents who give so much of themselves to care for our future family members."
Mark Kemball & Family adopted Oliver June 24, 2019
"I saw Oliver on a Facebook post and thought he would fill the space for two of our dogs who left us within 8 months. Grae, our German Shepherd was feeling lonely and depressed. I contacted NRRNSC to inquire about adoption and was disappointed that out of province was not possible. Unfortunately for NRRNSC, I persisted and was not ready to give up. After checking us out and talking more about Oliver, following a Skype review, we were very happy to be accepted for a long distance adoption. We made arrangements through WestJet to have Oliver flown from Toronto to Charlottetown, PE. His foster mom, Kim, got him to Pearson Airport and stayed with him for three hours till he was loaded on the plane and ready for his new home. He arrived safely and before we could leave the airport, two people wanted to adopt him. He and Grae have settled in nicely and love their play time. Oliver has discovered the red dirt of the island when digging in grandmas garden. We are so happy that NRRNCS took a big leap of faith to allow Oliver to Rescue us. The adoption process was smooth, but don’t misunderstand, they want the rescues to go to good homes. "
"Here is a picture of our dear Little Kaya. He is a husky/lab from northern Ontario and is healthy, energetic and affectionate. He makes us laugh and smile everyday. We are so happy to have him as part of our family and the grandkids just love him!
My husband and I were so thrilled the way the adoption process went. I couldn't believe how quickly things went through once we decided he was the right pup for us. Susan was so thorough and efficient about getting the whole thing done as quickly as possible. She answered all of our questions and let us know she would continue to support us and answer any questions we may have. It really was a wonderful, exciting experience for which we are truly grateful. Thank you and Thank you for Kaya Bear!!!"
"It has been 3 weeks since we adopted our Trinity from the Northern Reach Rescue Southern team and I want to say that the whole process has been a great experience. Everyone at Northern Reach were professional to deal with throughout the adoption process and you can tell they are passionate about all their rescue dogs. We have already started to recommend Northern Reach Rescue South to our friends and would recommend them to anyone looking to adopt any of the dogs that they give a second chance to."
"We adopted our spunky little guy Fergus five days ago and he has settled into our home and our hearts perfectly. He and his Dogue de Bordeaux sister have become the best of friends, playing non stop, and cuddling up together when they are finally tired out. He is such a calm but playful puppy, he is intelligent and loving. Adopting him was the best choice my husband and I could have made. Thank you to Susan and Northern Reach Rescue for being such amazing people with such a big love for these dogs! You made every step of the process seamless and we can't wait to work with you in the future!"
Love from, Crystal, Sean, Cass, and Fergus
"We adopted our Husky-Lab mix, Gunner (formerly Loki) in early June’19 and were impressed with the Northern Reach Rescue Network-Southern Connection. They showed due diligence in making sure their rescue puppy was going to a good home and were very flexible with pickup arrangements. Susan was easy to work with and VERY responsive to emails and texts. Pam and Laura, the “Foster Mothers” had done a great job of taking care of the little guy and getting him started with basic obedience and house training. They also provided early feedback on his character, which was a huge bonus and helped us in our decision to adopt Gunner. He's been a great addition to the family! Kudos all around!"
Terry and Dick Moss, Sudbury, Ontario
"Susan you are truly an amazing person and we can not thank you enough along with Northern Reach all your volunteers, fosters and the lovely lady who saved Bella aka Rockie. We very much appreciated your guidance and support during every step of the adoption process.
When we were in contact with you the first time you told us Bella’s story, right away I knew that this was the dog Angela would want as she is always looking to help the one’s that need the most help. Within seconds we knew she was the one we wanted without hesitation even before we saw what she looked like. When you sent that first picture we were even more in love with her. In keeping in touch with you the stories you would tell me about her would melt our hearts, she has touched so many hearts and will continue to do so. We are so blessed to have found her. The way that you always look out for her best interests is amazing. Thank you for helping make our dreams a reality.
She has brought so much joy to our lives and has made our family complete!"
We had almost given up hope that we would find the “right fit” for us….and then we were introduced to Maggie. My husband and I are both seniors. He has serious health issues and I have mobility issues. Our beautiful trained dog had passed away in August and we knew we could not raise another puppy in our circumstances. So enter Northern Reach South and Maggie. A friend heard of this amazing two year old dog who they were looking to place in an “empty nester” home. Maggie is great with everyone of all ages however they felt that after raising her seven puppies Maggie deserved a calmer house where we were home most of the time. I was totally up front about our lifestyle and the accommodations we made to raise a dog properly (use of a marvellous dog walker for exuberant exercise, circle of friends for support, very dog friendly neighbourhood, potential to train dog to walk with me while I use my walker instead of cane). I put in my paperwork at 2 am because we had family over for the Grey Cup game. The next morning it went from emails, to texts to phone conversations, to me notifying my references that they would phone them THAT DAY. Two hours later I’m taking pictures inside and out of my house and texting them to this “Susan” from Northern Reach. Then I’m instructed to phone Foster Mother and plan a "meet & greet" ASAP….The Next Day. Meeting Ms Maggie and her awesome foster parents sealed the deal for us and apparently for all of them. Maggie came south not knowing how to play with toys. She learned from her pups:) and has continued to hone her playful skills with us! We cannot believe this sweet soul that entered our family on Boxing Day. She is delightful and mischievous and so loving! Maggie has expanded our hearts and everyone in our neighbourhood and social group is IN LOVE with her. Northern Reach thanks us and the vet congratulates us for adopting a northern dog. We are the ones who are eternally grateful. Our home is complete again and our souls are sighing!