OUR ADOPTION PROCESS

If you are interested in adopting a rescue dog, the first step is to look at our dogs currently available for adoption then please complete and submit the Adoption Application.

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If your application is appropriate for the dog you have chosen:

  • We will arrange for you to have a telephone interview with one of our volunteers. 

  • If, after the telephone interview, it looks like a good match, we will arrange for you to meet the dog. During the telephone interview you will be asked to provide personal references and references from your veterinarian and dog trainer.

  • Depending on the dog’s personality, you may be asked to visit with the dog once or twice before we can determine if there is a match. This is common with shy or timid dogs.

  • ​If the meetings go well, we will contact you to arrange for a home visit so we can ensure your home and yard are safe and adequate for the dog you wish to adopt.

  • After that process, if there appears to be a suitable match we will contact you and proceed with the adoption.

Completing the Adoption:

  • All available vet records and the dog’s history will be provided to you upon adoption.

  • Adopters must be ready to pick up their adopted dog as soon as they have been approved. We cannot hold dogs for people who have been approved but are not yet ready to accept the dog into their home.

Adoption Fee:

An adoption fee is required after the adoption is finalized. In most cases, the adoption fee is non-refundable, even if the dog is subsequently returned. However, in some circumstances we may feel it is appropriate to refund the adoption fee. Adoption fees for our dogs vary depending on the age, behaviour and medical needs of the dog. The adoption fee is listed at the end of each dog’s bio.

The Adoption Contract:

Before an adoption can be finalized, we will require you to sign an Adoption Contract.

What if the dog and I are not compatible?

If things don’t work out between you and your new dog, he or she must be returned to us so that we can find another home. This is a binding term of the Adoption Contract.

Accuracy of Information:

It is sometimes difficult for us to determine the complete history of our dogs. Therefore, we cannot always provide accurate information regarding the medical history, age or breed of a dog. We provide all the information we have gathered, however we cannot always confirm its veracity.

Note:

All dogs remain on our website’s “Our Dogs” page until an adoption is finalized, so all dogs listed may be applied for. The exception is that dogs with ‘Adoption Pending’ beside their name have an adoption in progress and may no longer be available for adoption.

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