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Adopting an International dog (foster-to-adopt) & the Special Foster Programs

**This program is ONLY if the dog is not available to be met in advance of the adoption. If a dog is local, the adoption is finalized before the dog can go with the adopter. From the Meet the Dogs page of our website, on the dogs profile, select the “adopt” button to submit the adoption application.

International Dog – Foster -to-Adopt Program

(for dogs arriving from overseas going directly into approved adopters home)

Many of Loved At Last Dog Rescue (LALDR) dogs are brought to Vancouver, BC from overseas. These dogs are extremely precious because of their circumstances. Several have had a rough start and have had injuries including lost limbs, eyes, ears etc.  People adopting a dog from LALDR are also precious because they are agreeing to bring a dog into their homes; most sight unseen. ALL International adoptions are part of our Foster-to-Adopt program. This offers a safety net for those willing to apply to adopt a dog they have not met. Many first time meetings happen at the Vancouver Airport and most often, it’s love at first sight. LALDR relies on our local contacts at the origin to provide us with as detailed a description of the dog as possible. However occasionally when a dog arrives in the home, it’s not an ideal match.

The Foster-to-Adopt program (should actually be called the adopt-to-foster program) enables applicants to determine if the dog is a good fit for their home. If it is found that it is not a good match we ask that the applicant agree to foster the dog until an adoptive home is found. Upon arrival of the dog, the applicant will sign an adoption agreement and provide a two week post-dated cheque (or e-transfer) for the adoption fee. The cheque will not be cashed until the applicant decides to adopt the dog or the 2 week foster period is over. If the applicant decides not to adopt, the cheque will be destroyed and a photo of the destroyed cheque will be provided.  During this 2 week trial period, communication with LALDR is extremely important. We ask adopters to let the dog settle in for a few days and to keep in contact with us. After the 2 weeks, unless notified by the adopter, the adoption is finalized.

If you have any reservations or require any extra assistance please never hesitate to contact us – or call the phone number on the adoption contract. At any time, under any circumstance, we will always accept a LALDR dog back. Thank you very much for wanting to foster-to-adopt a rescue dog.

Steps in the International Adoption Program:

  1. Apply to adopt a LALDR dog from the Meet the Dogs page by clicking on the dogs profile page.
  2. Continue through the process (explained in detail on the Adopting page) and receive an email confirmation that your application has been approved.
  3. A flight/companion will be found to escort your dog to Vancouver, BC. Current wait times are around 6-8 weeks.
  4. Meet your dog at the airport with a representative from LALDR. Bring the required martingale collar, leash, 2 week postdated cheque, and sign the adoption agreement.
  5. Bring your new dog home. Keep in contact with LALDR and advice of any concerns. We suggest you take the dog to the vet within the first 14 days for a check up.
  6. The adoption process is complete with the cashing of the postdated cheque or e-transfer.

Adopters who are not in the lower mainland are required to make arrangements to get the dog to them from the YVR airport. If an adoption does not work out, they are also responsible for returning the dog to us.

Special Foster Program 

Fosters (temporary homes) for LALDR dogs are always needed. Foster dogs could be with a home for as short a time as a few days to a few months. Sometimes, once we have a foster home arranged the dog will then be approved for adoption. Foster homes need to be able to recognize the fact that a fostered dog becoming adopted is a celebration that the dog now has a forever home rather than an upset because they now don’t need to foster. Please only apply to foster a dog if you are willing to be flexible and understand this uncertainty and ever changing situation.

If the final intent of your wanting to foster a dog is because you want to adopt the dog, please refer to the Foster-to-Adopt program as explained above or  the adoption process if the dog is local. Any home that is approved to foster, is not necessarily the home that a dog will be adopted to. We do not review foster homes when considering homes for adoption. Applications to foster are NOT applications to adopt. 

Restrictions – When you foster a dog you are agreeing to bring a dog into your home that needs love, care and attention for an unknown period of time. Restrictions on time such as only available on weekends, are not appropriate for a foster home. Let us know about restrictions on size. The majority of dogs will not be house trained. If you have cats, we are not able to guarantee the dog has been tested with cats.

Foster homes need to be able to work with dogs that might require special attention. They are often called upon to assist us with readying the dog for adoption.  Dogs could have separation anxiety, unknown behavioral issues, need house training, leash training etc.  If you are away from the home for long periods of time it is unlikely that this will be a good home for a foster.

Unless specifically identified as in need of a foster, we do not use foster homes for most dogs.

If you feel that you are emotionally ready and prepared to foster a dog, please submit an application to foster by clicking the link below. While you are able to select a specific dog, we are not able to guarantee a dog to foster.

If you have any reservations or require any extra assistance please never hesitate to contact us.  Thank you very much for wanting to foster a rescue dog. 

Steps in the Special Foster program:

  1. Apply to foster a dog from the Meet the Dogs page or use our generic foster form Foster Application
  2. Continue through the process and receive confirmation that your foster application has been selected
  3. Await contact from LALDR to process your foster application. If approved, you will be assigned a foster coordinator.
  4. Bring your foster dog home. Keep in contact with LALDR and let us know how things are going. The more updates and photos that we receive the better! 
  5. Please remember this a foster program and is NOT  a trial period for an adoption.