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The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is fortunate that it doesn’t require a large rescue organization in Canada, but occasionally Tollers need a little help out of unfortunate situations.

A few dedicated Toller breeders and lovers of the breed have stepped forward to ensure that Tollers in need of new homes receive a second chance.

Called “Toller” for short, this little red, fox-like retriever is often mistaken for a Golden Retriever or Spaniel mix. Purebred Tollers may be micro-chipped at the withers or tattooed on either ear or flank, and sometimes on the abdomen.

Description: Dogs can be various shades of red or orange – usually with some white markings on feet, chest, face and tailtip – but can be all red with no markings. The double coat is medium length with feathering on the back of the legs and a heavily feathered tail. They are a medium sized dog weighing from 30 to 50 lbs. Females are generally smaller than males.

Temperament: This highly energetic dog is sweet and loving to owners and friends but may be suspicious of strangers and unusual situations. They love to retrieve and can be easily won over by playing with a ball or a retrieving object.

If you find a dog that fits this description, please notify the rescue co-ordinator shown below. Telephone contact is preferred as it speeds the process of care for the dog.

Placement of Rescued Tollers

Occasionally rescued Tollers are looking for forever homes. If you are interested in adopting a dog from the Rescue program, please contact one of the names listed below.

Also note that occasionally our Rescue contacts are unavailable. If you do not receive an immediate response from the contact in your area, please contact one of the other volunteers listed.

Karen Machin
Toller Rescue Co-ordinator
Contact our Toller Rescue Department

Iva MacCausland
Toller Rescue, Manitoba/Ontario/Quebec

Susan McDonough
Toller Rescue, Atlantic Canada

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