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

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.



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. Specifically children under 7-8 years of age.  We are hesitant for families with children under the age of 12 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.


GOOD WITH KIDS/DOGS/CATS - 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. *information on Petfinder website might not always be current. Please refer to our website.


SPAY/NEUTER - 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. Adopters of puppies can either take their pup to one of our vets in the lower mainland for the surgery or LALDR will reimburse the adopter up to $150 upon issuance of a copy of a vet receipt. 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.


VACCINATIONS - Dogs are vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and leptospirosis. Dogs from Iran are not given the bordetella vaccination as kennel cough hasn't been a problem there and as a result the bordatella vaccine is not readily available in Iran. 

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.


BREEDS - 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. If Sally looks like a Bichon, do not assume that she is a one and that she won't bark lots. She could be any type of small dog. So keep in mind that the identified breed could be something different and don't fall in love with an assumption.


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


*Applications must be approved prior to arranging for a meeting with any dogs in local foster care. 


Applying to adopt

Applications may take up to 7 days to process. Upon submitting an application, a pop up window confirms that your application has been submitted. If you did not see this, contact Petstablished as directed in the application.

Please wait a week before emailing to ask if we have received your application. We do our best to answer all emails, but do not have enough volunteers to always answer daily.  



Submit a completed, online adoption application.

Please answer questions with as much detail when possible.

  • If you live in a strata, make sure that you have read your bylaws and that you can provide a copy. Check for maximum size permitted.
  • If you rent, please have a letter from your landlord with contact information.


Phone Call 

If the application looks suitable for the dog being applied for, a phone interview follows, discussing the application and answering any of the applicant's questions about the dog and the adoption process.


Home Visit 

Shortlisted applicants are asked to participate in a Home Visit. Our visits are to ensure that the environment is safe and ready for a dog to be brought into the home. 


Meet the Dog 

If the dog is being fostered locally, this is typically done at their foster home or at a mutually agreed upon location.

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.  Adopters need to be comfortable bringing their dog home with them from the airport.  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. 

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.


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. A dog that is in the foster-to-adopt program will be cared for in the applicants' home until they are adopted by the applicant or by someone else.


Adoption Process


When you apply to adopt one of our dogs here is what happens:

You will receive a phone call from one of our volunteers to go over your application with you. We want to make sure we interpret what you wrote correctly.

If everything appears to be okay with your application and we have a volunteer Home Checker in your area, the volunteer Home Checker will visit you in your home and take pictures of your home and your yard. If we do not have a Home Checker in your area, a volunteer will ask you to email photos of your home and yard.

Once both these checks have been completed and LALDR is satisfied your family is a good fit for our dogs, you will be notified if you have been approved as an applicant for one of our dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.


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


Volunteers do not have the authority to promise anyone a dog. Only the directors processing adoptions are able to finalize an adoption.



THIS IS A GENERIC LINK- Please use the adopt button on the dogs profile if possible.