About Us


North Amity Dog Rescue is a family run non-profit society on Vancouver Island BC dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in US and Canadian shelters that are at risk of being euthanized due to a lack of space and resources. We also help dogs in northern Canadian communities in need of rescue and also will accept local Vancouver Island owner surrenders if we have foster care available. We are a foster-based rescue and do not have a shelter building.

We started NADRS to become part of a growing movement to defend and speak for the defenseless and to educate and promote the importance of spaying and neutering animals to end their needless suffering and abandonment. Millions of unwanted healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized each year across North America simply because there are not enough committed homes to provide them with lifetime love and care.  By adopting a dog with a rescue organization or at a shelter, these numbers can be reduced by reducing the demand for puppy mills and backyard breeders to sell dogs. ALL of our dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Our biggest hope is changing behaviour – the number of dogs needing homes is staggering – we all have to do something to make an impact! You can help save lives by simply ensuring that all of your pets are spayed and neutered and encourage your family and friends to join us in our efforts to end overpopulation.


We believe that companion animals are a product of human intervention and that we have a special obligation to them in regard to humane treatment and responsible stewardship.

We believe in the intrinsic dignity and sanctity of animal life

We believe all animals are entitled to be free from suffering, abuse and exploitation.

We believe we have an obligation to alleviate suffering.

We believe we have an obligation to prevent cruelty.

We believe we have a duty to protect and care for the suffering and homeless.

We believe that our values, decisions, conduct and behaviour should set the tone and be a model for others in their care and treatment of animals.


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Sharon Lacoste

Sharon Lacoste


Sharon is the co-founder and President of NADRS. She has volunteered thousands of hours of her time helping local rescues and fostering dogs of all sizes and ages.

Samantha Bremner

Samantha Bremner

Vice President

Samantha is the co-founder and Vice President of NADRS. She has worked with dogs professionally for six years, fostered dogs and volunteered her time with local rescue dogs.

Joshua Torontow

Joshua Torontow


Joshua lives in Victoria and has been professionally working with dogs large and small for the past 5 years. The dogs are naturally drawn to his calm and gentle nature. Joshua truly rounds out our team as he is also great with people, brings a youthful perspective, and keeps us laughing with his witty sense of humor!