How to Adopt
We are excited to help you find a great addition to your family and we understand you are excited too! Remember that adopting a dog is a serious commitment to make. Be sure you are currently in a space to accept a new family member into your world.
Please read through our adoption process as most of your questions will be answered. Check out our FAQ section as well for any additional information.
Our adoption fees are as follows:
Adult Pit Bull type dogs: $500
Senior Pit Bull type dogs: $200 donation fee greatly appreciated
Pit Bull type puppies, 6 months of age or younger: $650. **No trial period for puppies
**Puppies are vaccinated up until the time of their adoption, any vaccines needed after adoption are the responsibility of the new owners.
We do also assist adult dogs and puppies from the many First Nation Reservations here in Alberta. We also assist small breed dogs from the shelters we work with
Mixed breed adult dogs and puppies: $500. **No trial period for puppies
Senior mixed breed dogs: no fee charged but donations greatly appreciated
~ all homes must apply and be approved. We do basic vetting for all of our dogs, this includes vaccinations, deworming, and spay/neuter. Some dogs need more intensive vetting with things such as dental or orthopedic procedures, there is no additional charge to you for a dog that may have needed additional procedures to become healthy and available for adoption.
Read: the profiles of the dogs
All of our dogs are in foster homes and we post all the information we have about each dog. Pay close attention to the information provided in regards to cat/other animal tolerance, special needs, and energy levels.
*must be 18 years or older
You Reach out:
Send in an email to our adoption team at firstname.lastname@example.org and so forth). We are looking for your family's resume sort to speak. We NEED the following details: your location, your contact number, do you own or rent your home and information about your current pets. (We suggest, for renters, to get your landlord's written permission BEFORE you contact us about adding a dog to your home. We will not refund your deposit if you are approved to adopt a dog, take a dog home, and then have to return it due to not have the proper permissions in place before the dog enters your home. The dog being a welcomed member of your home is as important to us and you as it is to your landlord.) We will take and love any additional details such as your experiences with past pets and what you are looking for in a new addition. Make your email as long and as detailed as you would like, extra points for photos of your home, family and pets! We want to get to know you! Include the name of the dog(s) from our Available list that interest you and what about them caught your eye ~OR~ if none seem to be that perfect fit, still send in an email as we do have New Arrival dogs that we are getting to know and you may be a perfect match for one of our up 'n comings!
We try to respond to adoption emails within 5-7 days but your patience is very greatly appreciated as we are all volunteers with full time jobs and family commitments. If you have not heard a response within 10 days, please send another email in case there was a glitch with the first one.
**If you do not include your location and/or contact number, we will not respond to you email as our adoption team is made up of volunteers trying their best to respond as efficiently as possible to the hundreds of applications received each year. If you have not received a response or call within 10 days of sending your email in, double check the information you have provided.
We Reach out:
You will be contacted by our adoption team with additional questions and a time will be set for a phone call to discuss potential matches for your family. A meeting time and place will be set for your family to meet the dog either at an adoption event or at one of our foster homes. Please be aware that we are based in Southern Alberta and travel to an adoption event or foster home is required by you. We do adopt to homes all over Canada and flights to the right family can be arranged.
Meet the dog!
Please be aware that as excited as your family is to meet the dog, the dog can be as equally excited. This may be exhibited in jumping up on you, vocalizing or some may be shy and take some time to warm up to you. Keep in mind that you are possibly witnessing the dog's worst behaviour due to overstimulation, stress and excitement, and that in a home setting the dog will be much more settled. The information provided by our foster homes/volunteers at the time of the meeting is based on the dog's behaviour in a home setting after being given time to settle.
If you decide to start the 2 week adjustment period after meeting with and spending some time with the dog, the volunteer will have the supplies available to set you up for that 2 week period (collar, leash, food and crate) and will be prepared to go through the terms of that adjustment period with you. A $300 non-refundable deposit is taken at this time. If you choose to think about the dog and discuss things further with your family about the dog after meeting it, we put the dog on a 48 hour hold while you decide.
The Adjustment Period. This is a mandatory 2 week period in which your family is getting to know the new dog and the new dog is getting to know you. (Adjustment periods are not given for dogs under 6 months old, they are puppies and will do puppy things and the home will be willing to a ready to deal with challenges such as house/leash and crate training). You will be provided with a list of dos and don'ts, some common troubleshooting instructions and the contact number of your adoption support volunteer. It will up to your family to stay in touch with the support person throughout the adjustment period with any questions, concerns, photos and updates as things progress.
We never rush adoptions and recognize that as each dog adjusts differently, each home adjusts differently too. If you need additional time or training support, do not hesitate to ask.
Make it Official
At the end of your adjustment period, if you family has decided the match is a great one and you are ready to commit to being a permanent owner to the new dog, we can finalize the adoption!
This does not have to be done in person as time and distance are factored in many adoptions. You would simply let your adoption support person know you want to finalize. The balance of the adoption fee, $200, plus the cost of any supplies you wish to keep will be charged to your credit card or you can choose to do an e-transfer or cash if you are local to our volunteers.
Once final payment is received, the dog's medical records will be emailed to you. This exchange of medical records is what officially makes you the proud new dog owner!
We offer a lifetime of support to all of our adopters and love to hear updates even years after you take your new dog home!
**Please check out our FAQ section for more additional questions you may have about our dogs or procedures.