Jewel and Sam Roberts Band help open Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary

Dog lovers and music aficionados were treated to a double-whammy of excitement in Toronto over the weekend

On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary in King City held a grand opening party that was attended by a host of celebrities and A-list animal advocates.


Napa the mastiff stole the show.

Located just north of Toronto, the lavish bash featured champagne, oysters and performances by Jewel and Sam Roberts Band.

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The Grammy-nominated songstress performed an acoustic set of her biggest hits, including “Hands,” “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games,” while Juno Award-winner Sam Roberts sang fan favourites like “Brother Down” and “Where Have All the Good People Gone?”

Despite the starry guest list, one pooch in particular stole the show – Napa, an adorable Neapolitan mastiff who was rescued from the streets of Israel.

Jewel performed an acoustic set of her hits.

Founded by animal right supporter Rob Scheinberg and his actress wife, Danielle Eden, Dog Tales is a unique dog shelter that encompasses 50 acres of green fields and rolling hills. Up to 87 dogs can run and play in the idyllic setting as they wait to find permanent homes.

The opulent shelter – which is decorated with doggy divans, ornate urns and crystal chandeliers – also houses a horse haven for retired professional racehorses.

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In all, the project is said to have cost upwards of $1 million to build and is funded entirely on private donations, with significant contributions coming from Rob and Danielle.

Dog Tales will open its doors to the public in November and will host weekly Sunday adoptions. It also encourages families to visit the shelter – whether they plan to adopt or not – to come interact with the animals (and bring their own pups along, too.)

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