The Six Step Adoption Process

Step One: Application

Fill out an application

Applications are only accepted for ADOPTABLE dogs. This is the first tool used to ensure dogs are matched to the most appropriate home for their specific personality and needs. You will be notified whether your application is selected or not. Further steps are only completed for the selected applicant. Our of province applicants must be willing to travel. 

Step Two: Reference Checks

All references will be checked prior to home visit. We will contact your veterinarian and two character references.  These references cannot be family members.

Step Three: Home Visit

A volunteer will come to your home to visit with you and discuss care. Also, the volunteer will look for any potential problems and check to be sure that your fencing (if required) is adequate and secure. Your home visit does not mean you have been approved.
*virtual home visits are done when possible to adhere to current public health recommendations.

Step Four: 1st Meet and Greet

All family members are required to meet the dog, including other animals.  The initial meet is often done outdoors and on neutral territory.  Adopters must be prepared to travel to the dog’s foster home.

Step Five: 2nd Meet and Greet

Only if the initial meeting is successful do we proceed with a second meeting.  In the potential adopters home for a few hours is ideal to allow all family members to become familiar with the new environment. Your in home meet and greet also does not mean you have been approved and the dog returns to it’s foster home afterwards.

Step Six: Approval

Only after steps 1 to 5 are successfully completed will we determine if an adoption is approved. You will be notified within 48 hours of final meet and greet.  Only then will a time/day be scheduled for adoption. An email is sent the day before adoption with contract and further instructions.


$500 Adoption fee includes:

  • Spay or Neuter
  • Microchip
  • Full veterinary health check
  • Titre Test and or Vaccination when necessary for vaccines (distemper, parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis)
  • Screening for Tick borne diseases and treatment if positive (Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Heartworm)
  • Dental cleaning (if required)
  • Any additional medical treatment as necessary, this often involves major surgery and extensive physio

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