Bringing Home Your New Rescue Dog


All dogs adopted from Loved at Last must wear a Martingale Collar as agreed upon in their adoption agreement. This is non-negotiable and no dog will be released to an approved adopter without one. It is the new owner’s responsibility to bring one to the airport or have one ready in their home if a dog is being delivered.


  • A martingale is a type of dog collar that provides more control over the animal without the choking effect of a slip collar. Be careful not to purchase one that still has the chain part. The collar should be made entirely of the same material.
  • Cost of a Martingale Collar in BC is around $12-18.
  • A martingale will not let the dog back out of it when the leash is attached to the correct ring. The collar relaxes around their neck when they aren’t being walked and so is quite comfortable.
  • A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dogs’ neck and a lead is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape.

ID Tag

  • You must bring a pre-printed ID tag that has your current phone numbers engraved.
  • Cost of ID tag is around $10-20
  • Ensure that you get a heavy duty ring to attach the tag to the collar. Flimsy rings can become detached and fall off.


You should have a food bowl, water bowl, blanket or pillow and high quality dog food with no grain.

  • Martingale Collar
  • Leash
  • ID tags


  • LALDR recommends registering your dog with the
  • As a new owner, you will need to create your own account as soon as your dog has arrived and you have the micro-chip number. Micro-Chip registry accepts all brands of microchips.


  • Each city has its own bylaws and you should visit their website so that you are aware.
  • Dogs must be registered with the city and there is usually an annual registration fee.



Below are some tips to help you and your family better transition with your newly rescued dog. We hope that this relationship will be rewarding for all of you.


  • EVERYTHING is new to them – starting with the car ride home – they will get used to finding their balance eventually but best to strap them in initially (or keep them in the crate).
  • You must use a Martingale collar at all times that has either our tag or your own personal tag listing all contact numbers.
  • Most dogs are used to roaming free so they must be on a leash until you are confident they won’t bolt. Please leave the leash attached in the house for at least the first few days so they become used to the feel of it and so you have something to grab if they try to bolt out the front door. They may need patience with leash training.


  • Most of these dogs will have never been in a home before – they do not know furniture, inside/outside, the noise of a vacuum cleaner, etc so they will be fearful at first so just go slow.
  • When you first bring your dog in (if direct from the airport), proceed slowly when encouraging them to leave the crate. Sometimes, you might need to take the lid off the crate and then let the dog decide when to come out. Patience.


  • Accompany the dog out into the yard when it needs to do its business. Try to encourage him to always use the same area.
  • It is normal for a newly arrived dog to not poop for a few days. Monitor the situation and call your vet at any time if you are concerned.
  • They pick up on house training quite easily having only gone only on the ground before so this should go fairly quickly


  • The dogs have probably never had kibble before nor treats; you need to change their diet slowly.
  • Give them rice with chicken and little bit of dry food.
  • Slowly add more dry food over 1 to 2 week period or they will get diarrhea
  • Feed puppy food if really thin.


  • Start with rice and chicken  OR
  • Mix 3 tbsp. per meal of pumpkin into their food (not pie filling just pure pumpkin in tins) OR
  • Applesauce  OR
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol (Tablet only! – liquid is too hot) – 1 in a.m. and 1 in p.m.
  • If severe – fast them for 24 hrs
  • Also, the vet sells Gastro food that is really bland and will clear it up in a couple of days.