FAQ

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY DOG TO GET HERE?

It depends on where your furry friend is flying from and how long it takes us to find a willing flight companion. However, rest assured that once an approved adopter has been found for a dog, the international rescuer is informed and arrangements are made to fly the dog to Vancouver, BC or Seattle, WA as soon as possible.

WILL THE DOG BE LEASH TRAINED?

Expect that your new dog will not be leash trained. In some countries, keeping a dog as a pet is uncommon and often dogs from these countries will need to get used to wearing a leash. 

WILL THE DOG BE HOUSE TRAINED?

If you are lucky! However, most of our dogs have been living on the streets and will need to be house trained. This can be done fairly easily in a few days and there are several videos online on how to do this. You should anticipate some accidents, which can be easily cleaned up with Clorox wipes. If you have rugs, roll them up and/or place pee pads strategically on the ground until you are confident your dog is house trained. 

I AM OUTSIDE THE VANCOUVER AREA, CAN YOU SEND THE DOG TO ME?

Unfortunately, no. If you have been approved as an adopter, we require you or a friend to be at the Vancouver airport to assist with the arrival.

IS THIS DOG HYPO-ALLERGENIC/DOES THIS DOG SHED?

Quick fact:  Most dog allergies are actually caused by a protein in the dog’s saliva (and to a smaller extent, in their dander) and not from shedding. Therefore, no dog breed is truly hypoallergenic, although some may be more allergy-friendly. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee this will be the case because we determine a dog’s breed based on our best guess.  So our advice is to make sure you have thought about what you would do if your dog does cause an allergic reaction. Ideally, you should visit your doctor and determine if you do have a dog allergy and, if so, what can be done to prevent allergic reactions. 

I AM INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A DOG THAT IS LOCAL. WHAT DO I DO?

Visit our adopting page for detailed information. 

CAN I MEET A DOG BEFORE DECIDING TO ADOPT?

Yes! But there are some things that must be done first (Note this information is for local dogs – identified by “local” or “arrived” beside their names). We do not arrange meetings with any of our dogs until an application has been vetted and approved. After this has been done, a meeting is arranged between the adopter, the current foster and the dog.  Meetings should take place in a neutral space or at the foster’s home and all of your family members should be present. Set aside at least 30 minutes to interact with the dog. We encourage multiple meetings prior to making your final decision! This will ensure that you have truly found the perfect fit for your family. Please note that a meeting does not guarantee that you will be able to adopt that dog. The foster must also provide their opinion on how well the dog interacts with your family.

For international dogs, please refer to our adoption fees page for information on how the 14 day trial period works.

WHAT DOES ‘PENDING’ MEAN BESIDE THE DOGS NAME?

When a dog has ‘pending’ after their name, it means that we have found an approved adopter and are waiting for flight arrangements to be made. Alternately, we are waiting for the trial period to end before finalizing the adoption. Applicants can apply to be on a wait list for the pending dog (although we encourage you to consider other dogs as well).

WHY ISN’T THERE A ‘FOSTER’ BUTTON FOR THE DOG I WANT TO FOSTER?

Our primary goal is to find adopters, so if a dog is a prime candidate for adoption then we know a foster won’t be needed. We DO need fosters when a flight companion has been found for an adopted dog and the rescuer has requested to send 2 or 3 dogs alongside them. We can only bring the additional dogs over once we have allocated foster homes for them. We also need fosters for locally re-homed dogs or dogs who require special medical treatment prior to being ready for adoption. 

DOES ‘CAT FRIENDLY’ GUARANTEE THAT THE DOG WILL GET ALONG WITH MY CAT?

We aren’t able to guarantee that a dog will behave in a specific manner or get along with others (cats, dog, kids, men etc). This is because our assessments are based on the rescuer’s or foster’s personal observations of the dog’s behaviour under a specific set of circumstances. It is up to the adopter to feel confident in their ability to introduce their new dog to their cat. Make sure that there is a safe place available for your cat, that introductions are done slowly and that they are only left alone together once you are satisfied it is safe to do so. 

ARE YOUR DOGS MICROCHIPPED?

Yes, our dogs are microchipped. We register our dogs with the American Animals Hospital Association (AAHA), the largest centralized database for pet microchip lookup. Once you are approved to adopt, you need to create an account with Pet Established and visit this page to enter your information. This ensures that any chip registered will also show up in a search on petmicrochiplookup.org as a chip that is registered with PetStablished, in the event that your dog is lost.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We do not have a physical location. Our local dogs are in the care of foster homes throughout the lower mainland, Victoria Island and upper Washington State.

WHY IS THERE AN ADOPTION FEE?

As a fully non-profit organization, we rely on adoption fees to help us cover the costs of vet visits, fostering expenses and airport costs (to name a few!). We send more than half of the adoption fee back to the dog’s rescuer to help them recoup the cost of the flight and the dog’s preparation for the flight. Still, in most cases, our costs are greater than the adoption fee.

WHY DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION?

The information provided by your application and by our international partners allow us to determine the best possible doggy match for you. This is important as our adoptions are often made ‘sight unseen’ and some of our dogs with medical needs may not be a fit for everyone.  Also, the adoption process is in place to help minimize the risk of mismatching a high-energy dog with a less high-energy owner (or vice-versa!). Housing an active husky in an apartment, when you don’t have time for daily walks would only spell disaster; and no one wants that!

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL FOSTER-TO-ADOPT PROGRAM?

Visit our fostering page for detailed information.

WHY WAS MY APPLICATION DENIED?

If your application is not approved, do not take it personally! It is not a reflection on you or your home. Not all applications can be approved and we often have more than one applicant for each dog. This leaves us with the tough job of choosing the home that we feel matches the dog’s needs best. This is not always the perfect home or the first application received.