First, I run a search on Petfinder based on breed and I usually try to find a dog who looks close to the breed they list it under. I generally look for dogs with special needs to feature but more often than not, I see a dog I can't avoid posting. Something compels me to post that one. Since Petfinder runs a search based on location and breed, the dogs are all listed by how far away they are from Ontario. In most cases, the northern states just have more of those particular dogs I'm searching.
Second, the OSPCA uses a new hosting program called "Petango". I generally run all my searches from Petfinder. Because of the OSPCA listing dogs on Petango and NOT Petfinder, Ontario has very few dogs listed by breed category in Ontario. I don't like the way Petango works - I used it when I was searching for my Cattle Dog and I'm sure many dogs were skipped over thanks to it. It's not user friendly if you are looking for a particular breed with no concern regarding location.
Third, there are many groups and organizations in Canada that don't use either Petango or Petfinder. I'm lazy and have only done searches through Petfinder. I will try to use Petango more often (much as I don't like its layout) and will post the occasional dog listed only on rescue/shelter sites.
For those who, like me, are in Canada I will try to post Canadian dogs more often. Take some time to check out Petango. Who knows, maybe you'll like it?
Today's Featured Rescue is Ben the Border Collie / Labrador mix. He is estimated to be between 10 and 12 years old. He is a nice quiet old guy who enjoys the company of people. He is housetrained and enjoys cuddling. He is located in Newmarket, ON at the York Region Branch of the OSPCA.