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      Our Story

      At Team Plover, our goal is to create a world where every pet has a loving home. This means no more healthy dogs on euthanasia lists in shelters or dogs struggling as strays on the streets.

      That is why we've made it so that every Team Plover purchase makes a dog in need of help, more accessible to a loving home.  For every Team Plover dog collar, leash or bandana sold, we commit to transporting one dog in need, on a leg of their freedom ride toward a loving home. 

      As an added bonus, along with your purchase of any collar or leash, you get a short video showing the exact dog you helped rescue! 

      Learn more about the unique way we give back.

      How It All Started

      In 2018, our founder, Christian Marcello, graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering, only to realize he had “zero passion” for Engineering.

      Instead of jumping straight into a career in his field, he decided he’d take a bit of time, follow his heart, and try different things—things he was actually interested in.

      In the pursuit of exploring his passions, he joined a few networks of relay drivers where he would volunteer his time and gas to help transport animals from high-kill shelters in Quebec, Canada, to rescue organizations around the city of Toronto.

      During this time, Christian saw first-hand how effective rescue transportation was. It was able to open up a world of possibilities to pets who were stuck in awful situations and living out their lives confined in shelters. He quickly fell in love with the work he was doing, along with the impact he was able to have on the lives of so many pets.


      He wanted to find a way to help as many animals as he could but recognized that it couldn’t be done alone. 

      So, when he started Team Plover, he built giving back, in the form of rescue transportation, directly into the business model, with the purpose of making pets in need of help, more accessible to loving homes. 

      Thanks to the support of many people just like you, Team Plover has outgrown Christian and his van and we are now dreaming bigger. We've begun growing a network of animal transporters across North America bringing us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal – ensuring that every pet has a loving home.  

      What’s in the Name?

      Team Plover gets its name from the Plover bird, widely regarded for its brave feeding habits.

      You see, when the Plover is hungry, they are bold and fearless enough to fly into the mouth of a crocodile and pick the food straight out of the crocodile’s teeth. Not only does this provide the Plover with a delicious meal, but it helps the crocodile as well, as the Plover is also cleaning its teeth.

      Now, you might be wondering, what does this have to do with dog collars and leashes? At Team Plover, we like to think of our partnership with rescue dogs as similar to that of the mighty plover and the crocodile. 

      When you buy a collar for your dog, you are not only doing something that benefits you and your pet but you're also helping another pet in need. But just as a single Plover can't help all the crocodiles in the world, a single person couldn't possibly help all the struggling pets in the world. Which is why when you shop with Team Plover, you’re helping to bring us one step closer to making our goal a reality – one collar or leash at a time. 

      Learn more about how our business gives back.