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About Us

In early 2021, Bark at the Moon Animal Rescue was founded as a means to help provide love, housing, and good health for street dogs, shelter dogs and local dogs in need. We are a non profit, foster based rescue. Our dogs are fostered across South Western Ontario (Ranging from Toronto, to London). Globally, we’ve seen an increase in overpopulation in terms of abandoned and neglected animals since the beginning of the pandemic. Shelters both locally and abroad are overflowing with unwanted pets. With overcrowding in shelters, comes unnecessary euthanasia for many very well-rounded, adoptable pets. Our mission is to save as many dogs (and cats) as possible from unwarranted death.

Our Motto is:  All Breeds, No Borders.

What that means to us:
Animals' lives matter, and we're committed to saving the lives of as many endangered dogs and cats within our means. Where they're located should never matter, an animal in need is an animal in need. Additionally, we're not ones to shy away from a challenging case. We have had dozens of behavioral cases come into our program,

Our name is inspired by rock'n'roll intentionally. We are the underdog crew of humans, who've decided to roll up our sleeves and work together to make a difference - for the underdogs. Since launching this organization, Bark at the Moon Animal Rescue has saved over 200 animals. This is an incredible accomplishment for a rescue that has just reached one single year of operating. Our team has since grown tremendously, with over 33 team members, and tons of fosters, volunteers, and supporters. Together, we can make a huge impact for many animals in need.

Meet the Team

Shelby Tilley


Shelby has over 7 years of experience in animal rescue and the animal care industry. She has dedicated her entire adult life to to the advocacy of animal welfare. It has always been a dream of hers to launch her own animal rescue, and in February 2021, she did just that! If you're adopted, fostered, volunteered or even followed Bark at the Moon - chances are you know Shelby. She has her hands in EVERYTHING BATM related. From intake days, transporting fosters or adoptables, outreach trips, events etc... you can find her there. Bark at the Moon is her baby, and she ensures to be on the front line alongside her team every step of the way.


Christine Janzen

Executive Director

Christine joined our team in December of 2021 as our Volunteer Manager and quickly took over as Executive Director. Her passion for the team, the animals, and improving the organization from processes to policies has helped BATM grow to a team of over 40 with all new teams and systems. You can find her at almost every event, sorting inventory, or driving around Southwestern Ontario with animals or supplies in tow.

Our Team

Join our Team!

We are always looking to add animal lovers to our team! Whether it's on our Core Team or just casually, we need people like you to help us make a difference!

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