Adoption Fees

All of the adoption fees collected for LALDR dogs (whether they are located abroad or locally) go back into helping to rescue the next LALDR dog. The majority of our adoption fees go to the rescuer to cover flight costs, medical and vaccination, while the rest goes towards care and upkeep of the dog upon arrival. 

Why do we charge the same fees for a local rescue dog? Because the majority of our dogs come from various countries around the world and there are various fees associated with international transport. Fees payable include veterinarian expenses, therapy, behavioral training, and similar expenses that a dog incurs while waiting for adoption.  

There is no expectation for the adopter to pay any more than the adoption fee itself. We simply provide cargo options in case an adopter wishes to receive their dog sooner, rather than wait for a Flight Volunteer coming to Vancouver. If you choose one of these options, LALDR will be as transparent as possible with you regarding the costs and will ask for your approval before any travel arrangements are made.


The amount shown on the dog’s bio page reflects the adoption fee. All fees are subject to applicable taxes. You will be invoiced once the adoption has been approved.

The adoption fees for our dogs are determined by a number of factors including: age, behavioural issues, disabilities (if any), and country of origin (e.g. costs to send dogs to Canada are higher in certain countries) and generally range from $500 to $800.

If your dog is flying into Vancouver International Airport, you can expect to pay a $36.50 CAD Agricultural Inspection Fee in order for Canadian Customs to release your dog. There is also a $20 CAD porter fee. If your dog is flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, similar fees may apply.

Please bring cash to the airport for these costs.


Once you have decided to adopt an international dog, we require a $100 CAD deposit be paid in order to reserve your dog. This deposit goes towards the final adoption fee and will be deducted from the total adoption fee. The deposit is fully refundable as long as you notify us you have changed your mind prior to the dog being booked on a flight. The deposit is non-refundable if you decide to cancel the adoption after the dog has been booked on a flight.

Once your dog is confirmed on a flight to Vancouver International Airport or Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the balance of the adoption fee is due. Please refer to the Invoice sent to you upon Adoption Approval.

For any invoice-related questions, please contact


The Adoption Fee (including deposit) is fully refundable if you determine within 21 days of your dog’s arrival (the “Trial Period“) it is not a good fit for your family. It is also possible to request an extension (“Extension Period“) on the Trial Period if you require more time with your dog. Please notify us prior to the expiration of the Trial Period if you feel this will be necessary. In the unlikely event you find your dog is not a good fit within the Trial Period (or Extension Period), the adoption fee will be refunded to you in full. We will then try to find a foster home for your dog or, if a foster home cannot be found, we may ask you to keep the dog until an new adoptive home is found.  

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are having trouble and need an extension or just need some advice.  We understand that sometimes things don’t work out and adopters should never hesitate to reach out to us for help. We will always accept a dog back!


The following expenses are incurred by the rescuer in origin and are not passed on to the adopter.

International Flights (excess baggage)$300-$600
Spaying or neutering (before travel)$150-$300
Heartworm test$15-$35
Medical Certificate 

Notice to adopters of Iranian dogs:

It it has become a common practice for Iranian Flight Volunteers who offer to escort our dogs from Tehran to Vancouver to charge anywhere from $200 to $350 for each dog. As a non-profit organization, LALDR cannot afford to cover these costs for every dog out of Iran. So we will require Adopters to pay the extra passenger fee, should one be required, in order for the adoption to be approved. While this is an unfortunate additional cost, it is still considerably cheaper than flying dogs here as cargo rather than with a Flight Volunteer. We appreciate your understanding. 

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us.