Interested in adopting one of our fabulous dogs? Here’s how the process works!
- Fill out an adoption application (online or download) where you can specify a particular dog or dogs that interest you, or let us make recommendations based on your preferences and home environment. This doesn’t commit you, it just gives us more information to determine the best match for you with our available dogs up for adoption.
- For the download version of the application, please download, save to your computer, then you will be able to input your responses, and return it to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is recommended if you can't complete the form in one sitting, or if your internet connection is not always reliable.
Please note the following important details:
- For out of town adopters: We do our absolute best to get our wonderful dogs into the best suited homes for them, regardless of location. Please feel free to apply if you are not in the Ottawa area. However, all of the steps above still apply; therefore it is essential that we are able to do a home visit, regardless of your location. If you are out of reasonable driving distance, then we will ask a member of another trusted rescue, or one of our fosters in the area, to do the home visit for us. If this is not possible (eg. if there are no rescue organizations or fosters in reasonable proximity to your home), we may not be able to adopt a dog to you.
- For local adopters with cats: Before adopting a dog to a home with cats, we try to first “cat test” the dog. If this goes well, then we introduce the dog to your cat and allow them to spend enough time together that we have a reasonable idea of how they’ll co-habitate. This is NO guarantee it will go well, unfortunately, as the cat may become more interesting to the dog as the dog settles in, and we insist that adopters with cats take the appropriate precautions to properly integrate a dog into a home with cats. We can provide more information on this as needed.
- For out of town adopters with cats: This one is a challenge, and sometimes not possible. For the majority of dogs, we do want them to meet their new feline friend before anyone commits to the adoption. If this isn’t possible, then adoption from us may not be an option. In cases where the dog is being fostered with cats and is doing fabulously, and if the cats at your home are dog-savvy, only then will we consider an application. It is on a case-by-case basis.
Adopting a dog vs. a "free" dog
Here's the cost breakdown of adopting a dog vs. a "free" dog.