Jesse Adams

RainCoast Dog Rescue Society is a very passionate and dedicated BC non-profit dog rescue organization created in 2014 on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Co-Founded by Jesse Adams with his deep love, commitment, and never ending passion for helping animals, especially dogs, abroad and at home in Canada.

RainCoast is a 100% non profit. As in all donations, adoption fees, fundraiser earnings and merchandise sales go directly back towards rescuing more dogs and cats, and caring for the rescue dogs and cats we already are caring for here. RainCoast is 1005 volunteer based and does not take any money for personal profit.


We at RainCoast Dog Rescue Society rescue and rehabilitate unwanted, neglected, misplaced, abused, stray and shelter dogs and cats of all breeds, genders and ages. We are a very passionate non-profit organization that dedicates our lives to saving dogs and cats locally and abroad.

We take heavy pride and commitment in finding committed, safe, responsible and very loving forever homes for all our adoptable dogs and cats. All this is done through over a decade of experience.

The process for adoption which we use is called a “foster to adopt” process. This process ensures that all parties feel comfortable with the dog or cat they are wanting to adopt, before actually finalizing the adoption. So no one is feeling mislead or forced to adopt. As we want everyone feeling confident and comfortable when they decide to adopt the dog or cat they’re interested in with us.

RainCoast Dog Rescue Society is very passionate and committed to our advocacy work for the better humane treatment, rights and welfare of all animals within our community and abroad. We try and focus on some of the bigger issues such as more detailed definitions in the PCA (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) act. Issues such as the push for the stricter enforcement of animal abuse cases, laws and protection,  and the push for more rigorous and committed prosecution of animal abusers by the crown counsels and judges of BC and Canada. As well as working with other advocacy and rescue groups, and politicians, to bring these important issues to light to help create a positive change.

We help raise awareness and education through many outlets. Outlets such as group dog socialization walks,  group dog hikes, school education events, local dog rescue awareness and adoption events that we host with our local partners such as Bosley’s Pet Stores and other local pet stores. We also post  important facts, videos, training tips, breed neutral awareness to help educate and have repeals for BSL (Breed specific Legislation). We also share health facts to show owners what may be best for their dogs health, body and mind. We advocate heavily for adopting a dog over buying from a backyard breeder, puppy mill or pet store, as these types of places only create more unhealthy lives through abuse and torture, and your money will determine if these types of people will continue to operate. Please think twice about where you’re getting your animal from. There are so many animals lives that are already suffering from serious overpopulation and abuse all around the world, and even very much so here at home on Vancouver Island, BC, and Canada. RainCoast does primarily local rescue work throughout Canada, but also loves to go abroad and do international rescue and rehabilitation work with other credible animals rescues / shelters in need within various countries. The better we all educate ourselves and others within our communities and abroad about responsible ownership, the better treatment and ownership will come of it. 

RainCoast has a great local program where we help give back to those with animals in need within our local Vancouver Island community. The program is called the “RainCoast PET Project”. This is a program has been running for 4 years now and we take great pride and reward in. 

As part of this PET project we will accept dog, cat, bird, fish or rabbit food, and new or used dog or cat items, and disperse them to individuals and throughout communities to those who have pets that needs a little extra help and support. We also offer vet care to these individuals and communities with animals in need of some extra support.

We have been working with our PET Project with the Stan Hagen Salvation Army on Quadra and Cook st in Victoria for the last 3 years. They graciously act as a HUB for our PET Project where we will donate a load of items and food to them and they will hand out to hand out the supplies to those in need that come there for some extra support for their animals. It’s  great way to reach more people with animals in need. It has been a honour to be a partner with them.

Another part of our PET Project is where we have been working with outreach workers and nurses within the Southern Vancouver Island community. Helping the street community and their owners with their animals with vet care and supplies that are struggling to get by and survive through the opiate epidemic. We are currently working with the Rock Bay landing and Arbutus shelter, Travelodge, Pauls Motor Inn, Comfort Inn and Johnson Street building in Victoria, and the Sooke food bank in Sooke.

We also have been running our PET Project in Todos Santos, Mexico for the last 5 months where we have one of our members living currently. We have been running a spay and neuter clinic there that has spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated and been able to offer life saving surgeries to over 153 dogs and cats so far. As well as help supply dog and cat food for over 100 homes in need with animals in the community.

One of the biggest and most proud parts for us within our PET Project has been getting to make strong bonds, partnerships and friendships with First Nations communities here on Vancouver Island and throughout Canada. We help out with dog and cat food, and all sorts of supplies to any community and their members that are looking for some extra support for them and their animals when needed. We also help with organizing vet care, spay and neuter clinics, training, education and awareness for anyone looking for it within these communities, and take on any dogs or cats needing to find new homes by request.

We proudly are currently working with the Pacheedaht First Nations community in Port Renfrew, BC. The Sc’ianew First Nations community in Beecher Bay, East Sooke, BC. The Heiltsuk First Nations community located on Campbell Island in Bella Bella, BC. The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. 


RainCoast Dog Rescue Society rescues all of their dogs with the utmost love and care for the dogs well-being and rehabilitation. Depending on the severity of the case, some dogs can take months to rehabilitate, and in some cases the dogs are ready for adoption within a short time. All of our dogs are assessed and temperament tested, given different levels of training started depending on the dogs needs, a full health check, fully vaccinated, de-wormed, flea and tick treatment, spayed or neutered if over 6 months of age, (but the spay or neuter must be done by contract when applicable on a vet recommendation).  All the dogs RainCoast Dog Rescue rescues are either personally fostered by us on the RainCoast property or placed into responsible foster homes before being placed up for adoption. This is to see if any unforeseen medical or temperament issues come out prior to being placed up for adoption or adopted out. We take great pride in the safety, health, care, love, and rehabilitation of all our rescue dogs. We dedicate our lives to rescuing and rehabilitating these beautiful animals.

RainCoast Dog Rescue Society uses a great “Foster To Adopt” program which makes things really comfortable and professional for potential adopters. This means we start off by asking you to apply online on this website by clicking “adopt now”, and then to fill out the application to the best of your ability. Once we receive your application we will contact you usually within 5 days or less to discuss your application and answer any questions or concerns you may have, as well as discuss the adoptable dogs you may be interested in. Once we agree on some dogs, or a dog being a possible good fit for you we will arrange a home check of your residence. We follow that  a meeting of the dogs or dog you were interested and approved for. When you come to meet the dog or dogs you were interested in we will go for a on-leash walk with the dog, we will see how the dog does in a safe and enclosed off-leash environment by themselves, and then with other dogs to see their socialization skills, temperament and playful manner. After you can then go home to discuss it with your family, partner or by yourself. You then you will let us know what you thought, we will let you know what we thought, and if we agree it seems like a good match we then discuss if you would like to take the dog home to start the official “Foster To Adopt” process.  We will sign a “Foster To Adopt” agreement and then we kindly ask you place the adoption deposit down by email transfer or cash. This is simply to show us you are taking the possible adoption seriously and that you are financially capable to adopt a dog. The deposit is 100% refundable at any point you ask for it back during the “Foster To Adopt” process if you choose not to adopt the dog. When you start the “foster to adopt” we provide you with the following items:

  • Food
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Bed
  • Bowls
  • Dog waste bags
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Crate
  • 24 hour support for anything needed

For the next 7-14 days we stay in touch each day to see how things are going and to answer any questions you may have.  We are always here to help and the more we work together as a team and give it our best shot, the better change we have at making it a successful adoption. Education is so key! If you choose to adopt the dog we kindly ask for the borrowed items back for our next rescue dog in need.

This is also a nice process because you do not have to go out and spend up to 400$ – 500$ for these items right away and then possibly not end up adopting a dog. Which would leave you with 400-500$ worth of dog stuff you may not be using if you don’t decide to get a dog. RainCoast Dog Rescue does all they can to make your adoption process as comfortable, safe, professional and smooth as possible. We will always be there for any tips or advice for you and your RainCoast adopted dog for your dogs whole life. RainCoast also takes back any of their dogs no matter what during the life of the dog. The dog is NOT allowed to be given away, euthanized, sold or surrendered to anyone, shelter or pound. RainCoast never wants their dogs to go back into the system to which they came from. We love all our dogs we rescue and feel once we rescue them we have given them our oath to always be there for them for their entire life.

Adoption fees –

600$ for any puppy under 6 months.

450$ for any dog under 8 years of age.

250$ for any dog 8 years or over.

13 and up free adoption to amazing home. We will help supply the food as well.