Founded in 2009, Thank Dog I Am Out is a not-for-profit dog rescue society* based in Vancouver BC with a mandate to:


  1. Rescue and re-home as many adoptable dogs at risk of being euthanized, surrendered, abused, or neglected
  2. Place these rescued dogs into pre-approved fur-ever homes

*We are a Registered Charitable Organization- our charitable number is 81653 8581 RR0001.
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Our Story

Thank Dog I Am Out started with Homer. Founded in 2009 by Susan Patterson, Thank Dog I Am Out’s humble beginnings began as a result of her inability to find a small or medium sized rescue in local BC shelters. Given no choice but to look abroad, Susan stumbled onto various rescue organizations based in the United States. That’s where she saw him: an abused, disabled, Chihuahua mix pulled off death row in Washington State, who was just crying out for a loving home.

Susan Patterson & Homer

That day in 2009, when I dared to reach my hand out into the dark and pull a tiny, abused, and terrified dog into my life, I knew my life had taken a dramatic turn. Starting with one dog, then two, then two a month, and on and on, we grew to where we are today…and continue to grow. With the dogs, came amazing people wanting to help.

Today with over 75 incredible volunteers with a passion for the value of a life, Thank Dog I Am Out’s main mandate is to save as many dogs that live in our world at risk of being euthanized, abused, surrendered, or abandoned. I am surrounded by amazing people, and we plan on making a difference. Please join us.

Susan Patterson, Founder of Thank Dog I Am Out