Adoption FAQ

1. Can I adopt any dog I want?

• The short answer is no. Rescue for Life’s adoption process aims to make matches that will make both the dog/cat and the prospective family happy. Some of the factors we consider factors include past history, size, children, energy levels, training requirements required, dominance levels, prey drive, and type of fencing.

2. Do you adopt out of province?

• Yes, we do! We currently adopt all over Western Canada. The full adoption process, including the homecheck is completed.

3. Will you adopt if I live in a condo/house or on an acreage without a fence?

• Rescue for Life has a general required fencing requirement. For most of our dogs 6′ tall fencing is required. Many of our adult rescues have travelled up to 50km a day prior to being rescued and have a roaming instinct in them. On acreages, we know fencing an area off your back door that can act as a backyard area. You can then go into the rest of your property and enjoy it together. In certain limited situations, exceptions can be made regarding the fencing requriements.

4. Do you de-worm all your dogs/cats?

• Yes, all of our dogs are dewormed by one of our partner vet clinics.

5. How much is the adoption and what is included with the adoption?

• The adoption fee for a puppy or dog is $250 – this includes the spay/neuter, tattoo, first vaccination, deworming, and all provide vet care under Rescue for Life. A pair of puppies/dogs can be adopted for $400

• The adoption fee for a cat/kitten is $150 – this includes the spay/neuter, tattoo, first vaccination, deworming, and all provide vet care under Rescue for Life. A pair of cats/kittens can be adopted for $250

6. What age do you take puppies/kittens away from their moms?

• We generally will separate puppies/kittens from their Mom’s at about 8 weeks of age. However, the actually weaning process starts at about 4 weeks. For puppies at 8 weeks, we aim to move pairs of puppies (for continued socialization purposes) into other foster homes, so that the puppies can learn independence, and can start on crate training, house-training, and basic manners. Kittens are also separated at 8 weeks into pairs (for continued socialization purposes) so that they can gain independence from their litter and Mom.

7. What age do you adopt out puppies/kittens?

• Puppies and kittens are available for adoption at 8 weeks of age

8. Do you try to house train dogs/puppies?

• All of our adult dogs come house-trained for the most part (with the exception of dogs with known medical issues). We always tell new adoptive families to keep a watchful eye during the first few weeks to ensure that the house-training continues to go well. All of our puppies come well started on house-training as we use the kennel-training technique to aid in house-training.

9. Do you paper train puppies or crate train?

• We do not support paper training puppies as it tends to add another step in the house-training of puppies. We do crate train our puppies which increase the rate at which they are house-trained. Of course, if you are out of the house for extended periods of time, a puppy pad might need to be put down for these periods as we do not recommend leaving baby puppies in kennels for extended periods.

10. Why do I need a home check?

• Part of the Rescue for Life adoption process includes a required homecheck. We have homecheckers available all over Western Canada available to do these homechecks. The homecheck is the last step of the adoption process and provides final verification that the best possible match is being made. A Rescue for Life homechecker will also provide tips during the homecheck on how to integrate your new family addition.

11. What if I an not able to answer all the questions on the Adoption Application form?

• The application is not a test! However, it gives you and also us an idea of what knowledge you do have on having a dog/cat companion and helps us understand what needs to be discussed in more detail.

12. How long do I have to wait from the time I enquire until I can bring my new addition home?

• The process can be quick! As short as 2 days. If everything goes smoothly – receiving the completed adoption application, having the telephone conversation, doing the meet/greet with the dog/cat, completing the 24 hour grace period where you discuss as a family that this is the commitment you want to make, and the homecheck is completed, your new companion can be home quickly. However, we are a volunteer run organization and sometimes there are delays in the process and the process can take a bit longer. We do try to make the process as thorough but easy as we understand potential adoptive families are very excited to bring their new addition home!

13. If after I adopt I can no longer keep the dog, can I return it and if so do I get a refund?

• Rescue for Life does not provide refunds if an animal is returned.

14. Can I do a test trial?

• Rescue for Life does not allow test trials. We have a through screening process that allows numerous meet and greets so that a decision can be made. We will even work through behavioral problems with existing pets if a family is set on a certain dog/cat. However, we feel that the commitment to make the new addition work must be made from the first day. In addition, test trials are disruptive and stressful for the animal(s), the foster home, the adoptive home, and also Rescue for Life.

15. Am I required to return the dog if it is not working, or should I find him/her a new home on my own?

• The Rescue for Life Adoption Contract requires all adoptive families to return the animal to Rescue for Life if the adoption is not successful. Even if you have a family member or friend that is interested, we require that individual to also go through the screening process.

16. Is there any sort of warranty if the dog has hip dysplasia, or other expensive medical conditions?

• Rescue for Life does not provide any health warranties. We do provide full veterinary assessments and care while in our care. Our objective is to adopt animals that are in good health without any known issues.

17. Does my adoption include a vet check prior to adopting, or do I do one within a certain amount of days?

• All or our animals are vet checked and all required vet care is provided while under our care. We also will provide follow up vet care for certain pre-existing conditions (i.e. porcupine quills, old wounds, etc.).

18. Do I have to use the veterinay clinic specified to have my spay or neuter done? What if I live to far away and can’t make it back do you have arrangements with other clinics?


19. Are the dogs outdoor dogs or are they in a home?

• All of our dogs are indoor/outdoor pets.

20. Where are the animals located? Shelter or Foster homes?

• Rescue for Life uses the foster home system. We think this benefits the animals as they get to experience family life

- many for the first time. While in foster care, animals are house-trained, kennel-trained, and basic manners/obedience is worked on. Foster homes work hard to teach their fosters how to live with kind human pack members.

21. Do the dogs/cats get any training?

• Rescue for Life provides basic positive obedience/manners to all the dogs. For the most part all of our dogs are also kennel-trained. Cats are litter box trained.

22. Do you provide any training/behavior support after adoption?

• Rescue for Life does provide some training/behavior support. In addition, we will provide recommended trainers/behaviorists in your area that are best suited to aid you and your pet(s).

23. Do I get a history of the dog at adoption?

• Yes, a full history of where the animal has come from and it’s background is provided. Rescue for Life will also provide full veterinary records to your vet clinic of choice.