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Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Heather Watling is the founder and CEO of 4Champ Animal Rescue and made the leap to a foster-based rescue system in 2015. She began with a handful of people helping out local dogs in the Greater Sudbury Area to having an entire team of volunteers with the same passion and love for dogs and she has. She has made connections with rescues, sponsors, trainers and many more over the past years.



Our Story

"We don't just save animals, we save people too".

Animal suffering is one of the biggest issues affecting our society today. From climate change to animal cruelty to pets looking for a home, our hands are full with both global and local challenges.4 Champ Animal Rescue is all about making a difference, day after day, 365 days a year. 


4Champ Animal Rescue is a registered charity rescue located in Hanmer, ON in the Greater Sudbury Area. Established in 2015, Heather Watling, had a dream to save the lives of dogs who are in desperate need of behavioural modification. There was a need for this type of service in her community and she stepped forward to help.

 The rescue is run entirely of volunteers – including the founder and CEO, Heather Watling. There is a board of directors whose job is to execute the daily operations and policies of the rescue as well as making important decisions for it’s future.

4Champ has many areas of focus and this is because we go by the words of our founder, Heather, “we save not only animals, we save people too!” This means that we are involved in many communities, programs, and missions across the province.

The Rescue


What We Do


Our team works closely with local By-Law and Animal Control to help rescue strays and abused animals. We then bring them into an appropriate foster home that will allow them to thrive and grow into the animals they were meant to be. Once they are rehabilitated to a good spot, we then start searching for their furever home where they can safely and happily live out the rest of their lives. 

We also work with the Safe Haven Program that helps pet parents in crisis situations find temporary housing for their fur babies. People who enter into the Safe Haven Program are usually facing some sort of domestic situation, homelessness, hospitalization and more. 


We also work closely with Northern Reservation Communities to help provide boarding while their pets receive necessary medical care. In some cases, we even help provide transportation and cover most of the costs needed to get their pets here for help. Places like Kashechewan and Attawapiskat do not have access to vet care for things like spay/neuter, vaccinations, or emergency treatment. To learn more about our involvement with the Northern Communities.

We also take in surrenders. We understand that life happens and to prioritize your pet’s needs, surrender is sometimes the only option available. If you are considering surrendering your animal, please click here.

Meet The Team

Our Sponsors

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