Our Mission



Toller Rescue Inc. was formed:

  • To provide shelter (short or long term foster care), veterinary care, comprehensive evaluations, and training (rehabilitation) that provides for a good quality of life for homeless, stray, abandoned, abused, and neglected Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers of any age or health condition while in our care;
  • To work with shelters and other rescue organizations to rescue what is to be believed purebred Tollers, and also those dogs who are sufficiently of Toller type including temperament to be considered adoptable as Toller Mixes;
  • To provide, through a careful adoption process, permanent loving homes for displaced and unwanted Tollers, whether young or old, sick or healthy;
  • To seek to reduce the numbers of unwanted, abused and neglected Tollers through rehabilitation, education, and adoption;
  • To counsel Toller owners on behavior problems to prevent Tollers from needing to be rescued;
  • To educate shelters and other rescue organizations about the Toller breed;
  • In accepting dogs into our program, preference is given to those facing euthanasia, to those living in shelters or pounds, and to those in untenable living situations. We also attempt to accommodate owner turn-ins, to keep those dogs from facing such fates and to allow them to go from one home to another with less disruption;
  • To educate dog owners and the general public about responsible pet ownership, including spaying/neutering, training and humane care of Tollers and other pets;
  • To cooperate with state and local authorities in the enforcement of laws related to the welfare of dogs;
  • To protect the Toller from careless breeding in order to preserve the excellent qualities of this breed for future generations.

Toller Rescue Inc. gladly cooperates with other rescue groups to aid in the placement of Tollers into the appropriate loving family environments they deserve. One of our main goals is to have enough volunteers and foster homes across the United States that all states will have enough volunteers that even small towns and shelters will have someone to call when a Toller is in need.


Our Founding Volunteers

President Laura White

Laura, husband Don and a group of dogs they trained. Laura with her grandkids and Tollers enjoy a day at the beach together

Rescue has always played a major role in my life, and something I am deeply passionate about. While most of my rescue work is focused on Tollers, it seems like all animals in need seem to find my husband Don and I. We have nursed abandoned kittens, cared for horses, mended broken legs of ducks, let alone the homeless dogs we have found dumped at our doorstep. So we always seem to be up to our neck in you know what.

I have been involved with the sport of dogs almost my whole life, starting in 1966 with Shelties. I became entranced with Tollers in 1976. I am a founding member of the NSDTR Club USA, and have held many positions with the club including President. I also was a member of the Ethics committee, another topic I am deeply committed to. Breeder Ethics goes hand in hand with Rescue, thus both play a driving force in my life.

Along with training dogs professionally since 2000, primarily retrievers in the field, I feel it is important to give back to the community. Thus Don and myself have worked with various humane organizations to offer low cost companion dog obedience classes. We feel this helps keep dogs out of the shelters. I am also involved locally with legislation that effect our rights to own companion animals.

I feel this new National Toller Rescue Organization is off to a fantastic start, and I am honored to serve as Founding President.

Email President Laura White: president at toller-rescue dot org



Vice President Dee Nichols

Dee Nichols

I have been a member of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club for 16 years and during that time I have held several positions in the club. I was the Region 6 Director for 6 1/2 years, then did merchandise for a year during that time I was the Rescue Coordinator for 3 years. I took a couple years off and then was the secretary and treasurer for our National Specialty. I then once again became the Rescue Coordinator and held that position for another 2 years. From the beginning I was always involved in one way or another with rescue.

I am excited working with this group in a continuing effort to help Tollers that need our help.

Email Vice President Dee Nichols: vicepresident at toller-rescue dot org



Secretary Nancy Tucker

Nancy and her Tollers Nancy and friends enjoy a day on the water

I am a retired nurse executive and nursing home administrator, have owned and rescued dogs for 40 years, and am active in the dog sports of obedience, conformation, field, agility, rally obedience, and dock diving and am a member of five different dog related clubs where I also have instructed. My Tollers and I compete regularly in AKC and other dog sport venues. I am certified by AKC as a Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

My love for Tollers and Toller rescue was initially inspired by my cousin’s rescue dog, "Paco." She adopted him at one year of age, thinking he was an "All-American" mixed breed. When she brought him to her vet for his vaccinations, the vet, who was a Nova Scotia native, said "Oh—I see you have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever!" My cousin answered "A WHAT??!!" I, along with the entire family, came to quickly love Paco, and began my breed research and quest for a rescue Toller. Before long, Don White, the USA Toller breed club rescue program coordinator at the time, paired me up with my first Toller, who I named "Rescue." She is the love of my life, and her story is found on this website.

My Tollers and I volunteer and have made multiple therapy visits to nursing homes, schools, and day care centers, 4-H and other group activities, doing obedience demonstrations and providing educational programs. I have experience with, and enjoy training service dogs.

I regularly contribute to various dog related magazines and authored a Toller dock-diving article in the April, 2008 issue of the "AKC Gazette."

Email Secretary Nancy Tucker: secretary at toller-rescue dot org



Treasurer Karen Walbridge

I am a retired healthcare worker and have always owned at least one dog. For 13 years I owned, bred and trained Bernese Mountain Dogs and Pugs.

I have a 5 year old Toller whose name is Boss who came into my life when he was a mere 8 weeks old. He is both my Service Dog and close companion. We have enjoyed all activities that many other Toller owners and their dogs find so endearing.

Boss's and my favorite activity is practicing what the breed was bred to do and that's get ducks.

I feel strongly about being a responsible dog owner and I have chosen to participate in Toller Rescue Inc. to "Give Back" in appreciation for the privilege of sharing my life with Boss.

For those of you who have a Toller or simply love the breed, it's a good way to get involved and make sure no Toller is need is ever neglected.

Email Treasurer Karen Walbridge: treasurer at toller-rescue dot org



Board Member and Brain Stormer at Large Jeanne Wolf

Email Board Member at Large Jeanne Wolf: boardmember at toller-rescue dot org



Our Policies and Procedures

Along with a detailed and concise Mission Statement, we felt that it was important to adopt Bylaws and document all crucial Policies and Procedures from the beginning even before we started accepting member volunteers. Thus at our first board meeting we adopted a Draft Aggressive Dog Policy and Procedures and a Fence Policy. Another important policy is stated in our Mission Statement in regards to the Policy of rescuing dogs believed to be Toller Mixes. Particularly in a situation where the dog is going to be put to sleep, there is no way we are going to walk away from a dog in need.

You might ask, “Why does every policy and procedure need to be written down?” The answer is simple: It keeps ALL volunteers on the same page. We feel this is very important to any organization, but particularly one of National scope. Because each rescue situation is unique some flexibility is written into each policy, i.e. exceptions.

We are VERY fortunate to have a member that in her “other life” actually wrote Policies and Procedures all the time for a large hospital group. We are indebted to Nancy Tucker for her expertise in this area.


We urge each potential volunteer to read our
Policy and Procedures Manual Available Here.

Our Bylaws are a Public Document and are
Available to Read Here.


Toller Rescue Inc. is deeply indebted and grateful to Golden Beginnings a Houston Texas based Golden Retriever Rescue Organization for their organizational help and support. Sometimes we have no Tollers in Rescue, and perhaps a smaller Golden might be a good alternative.


The Starfish Story

Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

    Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

    One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

    As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

    He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

    The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

    "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

    To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

    Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

    At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."


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