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Adopt a Dog in Vancouver​

Welcoming a rescue dog into your family can be an extremely rewarding experience. It is wonderful that you are reading this and considering adopting.

Loved at Last does not have a physical shelter. All our rescue dogs are either currently in the care of a local foster home or, if they are still waiting for a flight companion to transport to Vancouver, they are in a shelter or foster home overseas. The majority are still overseas.

We do not finalize any adoption until the dog and owner have met in person.  If the adoption is not a good match, we ask the home to foster the pup until we are able to find a new home. If it is a good match, the adoption is finalized.

Read the information about fostering to adopt an international dog.


  1. Submit the adoption questionnaire, can take 3 – 5 days to process.
  2. Receive a phone call from a volunteer to discuss your responses, once assigned can take         around 3 days to receive a call.
  3. A home visit will be set up, time arranged is convenient to both parties.
  4. Reports are sent to the board, can take 1-2 days.
  5. Finalizing the adoption

At no time during the adoption process should an applicant assume that a specific dog has been promised to them.


The point of all the steps above is to ensure that you will have the capability to care for an animal and that the dog will be the most compatible one for your lifestyle. LALDR rescues international street dogs and we often have dogs with missing limbs, ears, eyes and other medical concerns. We are also facilitating an adoption, often, with a dog sight unseen. With the information provided from our international partners and from your application, we try to make the best match possible for you and the dog. So we do carefully screen adopters.

The adoption process is in place to help minimize the risk of mismatching a playful animal with a low energy owner, or mismatching a dog that needs extra training to a family that doesn’t have the time. Getting an active husky when you live in an apartment and don’t have time for daily walks would only make both you and the animal miserable, and no one wants that.


If your application is not approved do not take it personally. It is not meant as a reflection on you or your home.  It only means, that we do not feel it is a good match for the needs of the dogs. It does not mean you are not a good dog owner. Not all applications can be approved.


We often have more than one applicant for each dog so we will review the applications for each dog and choose the home that matches the needs of the dog as closely as we can. This is not always the best home as we want to match the dog up with what he needs. WHY do we do this? Because we want our dogs AND our families to have the very best chance of success.


During the phone interview and home visit, we encourage you to ask questions about the rescue and about the process. At any time, please email us at if you have any questions about the process. All the information we have about the dogs are included in the profiles.  

The home visit is to ensure that your home is properly set up to welcome a new dog. We are looking for gaps in the fence, hazards in the home, and most importantly the space available for the dog to live with you as part of the family.



Once all the steps are completed and your adoption is approved, you will receive an email that clearly says you have been approved and if the dog is local, you will be put in contact with the foster or, if the dog is international, the dogs’ name will be added to the flight list and once a flight companion is found, you will be provided the details and be expected to meet the dog at the Vancouver International Airport. Sometimes, dogs fly into Seattle. Often, at this stage, we will also put you in direct contact with your dogs’ rescuer.



International dogs cannot be met prior to their arrival and we normally only fly the dog over once we have found a home that has been approved to adopt.  When a flight has been found, the itinerary is sent to the adopter and the adopters must come to the airport to meet the dogs. Canada Customs requires that dogs be claimed by their adopters when they are at the airport to pick them up. It is an easy process and simply involves the adopter paying an inspection fee of $31.50.

If you do not live in the lower mainland, you are responsible for making arrangements for someone to be at the airport to receive your dog.  We will also have representatives at the airport, but as the new adopter, it is expected that you will also be there.  As mentioned on our foster-to-adopt page, if the adoption does not work out, we ask that the home become a foster while we find a new home that is more suitable. 

International dogs follow the foster-to-adopt program. Please read the process carefully. The dog will be cared for in the applicants’ home until they are adopted by the applicant or by someone else. Only for international adoptions is the adopter given 14 days to confirm that the dog is a good fit.  We encourage all adopters to take the dog to their vet during the first 14 days for a check up. Discuss any concerns with LALDR before finalizing the adoption. We will disclose any known preexisting condition. Dental is not considered preexisting and often makes the dog appear older because of their previous environment and poor diet. Communication with us is extremely important during this time.



If the dog is being fostered locally, this is typically done at their foster home or at a mutually agreed upon location. A dog in foster care can be met a few times by an approved adopter before a decision is made whether or not to adopt them. This means that local dogs must have their adoption finalized prior to being brought home. Again, you are encouraged to take the dog to the vet for a check up within 14 days.


We will consider adopters who live in BC or Washington State. US citizens need to be able to come to Vancouver to pick up their dog. Preferably at the airport. Any costs associated for a dog to be adopted outside of the lower mainland are at the expense of the adopter. If the adoption does not work out, the expense to bring the dog back is also the responsibility of the adopter.


The adoption applications can be found on the “meet the dogs” page in the profile of the dog that you are wanting to adopt. If you aren’t sure which dog you want to apply for, use the dog named “Potentially yours”.


Important information


Adopters need to be available to meet their dogs at the airport or they need to make alternate arrangements.


Our compassion and desire to save as many dogs as we can, to be the one who can take a troubled dog and with love and patience and overcome extreme obstacles and challenges, can cause us to become so emotionally involved that we overlook the fact that LALDR is rescuing street dogs whose challenges are not always readily apparent. Coming to Canada can be a huge culture shock for them and not everyone is willing or able to commit to the time and care that some of these dogs could need. 

Having a policy of restricting adoptions for certain dogs to homes that have children, could make it feel that Loved at Last is being unnecessarily difficult and insensitive to potential adopters. However, not approving an application is extremely hard on our volunteers and is an emotionally draining experience. For the safety of everyone involved, the board of directors has removed this emotional decision and has determined that unless a representative of LALDR has personally met the dog or has been satisfied by the international rescue about the dogs’ ability to live with children, we will not approve an adoption to a family with young children. We are hesitant for families with children under the age of 8 years.

For the safety of the children and the dogs, we will not review/approve any application with kids under 8 years of age. If your application is not approved as a result of this decision, please respect our guidelines and understand that we want the dogs and kids to be safe.

We encourage families looking to adopt a dog from us to consider those dogs which have been identified as “Good with Kids” as indicated on our website and/or dogs that have arrived in Vancouver and are able to be met.


Read the bio carefully. If a profile says that the dog does not like cats/children, please do not apply for this dog if you have cats or children. Applications that do not match the profile requirements will likely not be processed.  We are not able to guarantee that dogs and cats will get along. 


Most dogs eight months of age or older will have been spayed or neutered prior to their arrival to Canada. Exceptions are those for whom a health condition prevents them from safely undergoing surgery. Typically puppies younger than eight months cannot be spayed or neutered prior to their arrival. 

All adopted puppies MUST be spayed/neutered before the age of nine months. Confirmation that this has been done is mandatory for finalizing of the adoption. If adopting a puppy the cost of the operation is at the expense of the new owner. 


Dogs are vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and leptospirosis. Dogs from the Middle East are not given the Bordetella vaccination as kennel cough hasn’t been a problem there and as a result the Bordetella vaccine is not readily available. 

Understanding that most dogs are not coming from a country that has the same standards of living for dogs as in Canada is important. Many dogs are living in a shelter and under less than ideal conditions.


The breeds assigned to most dogs are educated guesses. We encourage you to do as much research as you can about the breed (if known) prior to applying. However, it is not recommended that you restrict your search for a specific type of dog, nor to put too much into what breed is identified for a dog. If you have to have a specific breed, we are not able to guarantee it.  Keep in mind that the identified breed could be something different and don’t fall in love with an assumption.


Not all homes need a fenced yard, however, if a yard is partially fenced, you will be required to secure the yard.


Street dogs have often never gone to the dentist. The majority of dogs will need to have their teeth cleaned upon adoption. This is at the expense of the adopter.