Adopting one of our dogs isn't complicated.
In many respects, we are no different from an SPCA or animal shelter. If you see a dog on our website that appeals to you, and you have decided to offer it a future, and after having read the profile, you feel that you can meet the needs of the particular dog, we need to assess if the match is a suitable one, and just like the SPCA or animal shelter, you need to complete our adoption form .
#1: We are a Foster based rescue, therefore, unlike a shelter, ( such as an SPCA) , all the dogs in our care live in homes like yours and mine in regions spanning Halifax to Toronto. Benevolent families have opened their homes to our dogs, providing for them like they provide for their own dogs, until such time as we are able to match our adoption candidates together with their forever homes, so please don't call us to see if you can, "come by or drop in ", to see our dogs. You will have ample opportunity to get to meet your prospective dog during the adoption process.
#2: Our adoption form allows us to better qualify if you are an appropriate candidate to the needs of the particular dog you are wanting to adopt, and helps you understand the needed criteria. After receipt of your completed form, we will then contact you and answer any additional questions you may have, discuss the dog with you and go over any other important details, and we, ( ourselves and yourself). are confident that this is a heavenly match, we will arrange a home visit.
If we feel you are not a suitable match to this candidate we will still call you and offer possible alternatives or other suggestions that may be helpful.
It does not matter where you live. We adopt out to most points North America. We will conduct a home visit ourselves or via another rescue we liason with in your particular area.
Why? We are not going to your home to check if you have dust on your furniture. We do home visits to substantiate and to validate the information you put on your adoption form. If for any reason you cannot succumb to a home visit by ourselves or our representative, then consider that we will not, under any circumstances, consider you a viable applicant for any of our dogs.
During our visit we try to take the adoption candidate with us, or, if you are from outside our area, we will try to bring a similar dog, so that we and you can evaluate the chemistry between yourselves to see if the match really is made in Heaven. We need to know that both you and your adoptee are well suited to each other.
Our policy on children: A shar-pei or a chow chow ( especially) is generally not considered an entry level breed of dog for the neophyte dog owner. If you do not have previous dog experience, it is not likely that you'll be successful adopting one of our dogs if you have very young children at home, unless you can demonstrate to us that you have resolute dog rearing, handling and training skills and experience with either one of these two breeds.
Unfortunately too many people don't understand that toddlers and dogs are often a precarious mix. Too many people place very unrealistic expectations on the dog once in their home, and issues are bound to arise and it has been our experience that the dog becomes a victim of these altercations,( which were often avoidable), and often the dog's life is put at risk because of it.
There is nothing more rewarding for children than growing up with a canine companion, but dog savvy parenting is an absolute must! If you have young children at home, you will have to demonstrate very clearly that you have strong, previous dog owner skills, a clear understanding of how to teach your children to respect dogs, their needs and their space. Chows although bred towards docileness and good character are still guard dogs none the less.
#3: Once everyone is satisfied, (you, the dog and ourselves), your Adoption candidate gets to stay with you, or if outside our area, you can start to make plans to retrieve or ship your new family member. If for any reason you feel you cannot follow or adhere to our adoption process there is no point for you to attempt to adopt one of our dogs.
Our current adoption fee is $400.00
Airline crates and air cargo is extra, ( for people who choose to fly their adoptees home)
Our adoption fee includes:
- all up todate required vaccinations
- a veterinary health certificate
- Repair any entropian issues, palates, cherry eyes, cataracts, distichiasis, PPM, gastric torsion, stenotic nares, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, renal pypoplasia, cruiciate ligaments, or any other breed specific issue that becomes obvious to us during the dog's rehabilitation here.
- in most cases, a microchip
- in the case of shar pei; If the candidate has been observed, "fevering", we will disclose this information to you.
Nothing is written in stone here. Often this fee is waived for senior or severely handipcapped dogs, dogs with special medical needs, or is waived in lieu of transportation fees. We will let you know prior to the final adoption. All illnesses, aptitudes, temperaments or any other known issues are always disclosed to the potential adopter so that there are NO surprises.
Of course, just like humans, dogs are individuals, therefore we cannot discover everything and sometimes new behaviour manifest themselves in the new environment that was not present or evident during our evaluation period.
-DON’T EVER try to haggle over the price of the dog to be adopted, and don't contact rescues looking for FREE dogs. (Perhaps one of the biggest possible insults to rescue shelters. Some people have come to me with the pitch; “Well, we’re willing to take him off your hands you know, but only have 100.00 for a dog”. Please DON’T ever do that.
It costs money to shelter a rescue, nurse them back to health, feed them and offer quality medical services and only demonstrates your potential lack of willingness to financially address the concerns of your future adoptee. If you can't afford our adoption fee, there's a good chance you won't be able to properly afford to care for your dog.
Generally speaking, adoption fees are reasonable and much lower than one could expect to pay elsewhere. If you only have $225.00 for the dog, and the adoption fee is $400.00, go back home and wait until you have enough money… but before you do, please read our section called: Realistic Financial Costs of Dog Ownership .
Most shelters ask for references that prove you are financially able to meet the costs of owning a rescue, our rescue is no exception.
*** About Microchips
Many of our dogs are pulled from shelters all across North America. Shelters microchip these dogs before sending them to us and most rescues, and many of these dogs already have existing microchips in them that simply won't even scan.
What You Should Know
While microchipping is a method of indentification, it is NOT the abosolute method. Many microchips work on different frequencies, and not all vets/ shelters or SPCA's carry universal scanners. Our dogs come from all over North America, so the California microchip may not scan in Quebec and vice versa.
If you live in Edmonton and go camping in Montana, and lose your dog, chances are good that your microchip will not scan. Also the farmer that finds your dog may has no way of knowing if your dog is chipped or not, and may not know to go to a vet or shelter or may not find the time to do so. Please protect your pet with visible identification such as a metal or plastic tag.
People will spend 100's of dollars on toys, clothes and bedding, but won't do a simple, cost effective task of purchasing visible ID for their dogs.
We will never understand that here. Even the best intentions can go a-rye and you can lose your dog. It only takes seconds for a dog to bolt away from your safety. Even the best, most obedient dog can accidentally become separated from it's owner.
We have a contractual obligation to ALL of our adopters to ensure their adopted dog wears a properly fitted collar at all times bearing ID TAG(s) which clearly bear your name, the dog's name and your pertinent contact information on it.When you pickup your dog, or when we deliver your dog, you must show us with your tag already made. If not, no dog.period!
So many dogs have been put to their death in 4 days or less because they were missing a simple, simple ID tag, often worth less than $6.00 or $7.00. They could have easily been re-united with their owners had they had a visible ID tag on.
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