Important Adoption Information

Adoption Area

We will consider adopters who live in British Columbia 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.

Airport Pick Up

Adopters need to be available to meet their dogs at the airport or they need to make alternate arrangements.

Please purchase a martingale collar with a buckle and bring it with you to the airport. A martingale collar is designed to tighten if your dog tries to back out of it meaning the collar can’t slip off and your dog can’t escape. Martingale collars also have the added benefit of hanging loosely around your dog’s neck when not attached to a leash so are far more comfortable then a standard collar that has to be kept snug. Most pet supply stores have small, medium and large martingales.

Please use the guide below for sizing and not the manufacturer’s guide since the guides tend to lean towards a larger size and people who use those guides (or get suggestions from pet store clerks) end up buying the wrong size. If in doubt, buy two sizes. You can always return one later. 

  • Large dog (over 80 lbs) = buy a large size martingale 
  • Med-large dog (40-80 lbs) = buy a medium size martingale 
  • Medium dog (under 40 lbs) = buy a small size martingale 
  • Small dogs (under 10 lbs) = buy an extra-small size martingale 

Children and Dogs

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.

In general, LALDR will not approve an adoption to a family with children under the age of 8 years. Please note: if your application is denied for this reason, please understand that we want to keep both dogs and kids alike safe. Under specific circumstances, we will consider applications with children under the age of 8 but only if we have video proof from the foster/shelter showing the dog interacting safely with a young child.

LALDR requires a waiver to be signed for any adoption to homes with children under 18.

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 available to meet.

Good with Cats/Dogs

Read the bio carefully. We are not able to guarantee that dogs and cats will get along. If a profile says that the dog does not like cats/children/dogs, please look for another dog on our website. Applications that do not match the profile requirements will not be selected.


Most dogs 8 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.

All adopted puppies MUST be spayed/neutered before the age of nine months. Confirmation of spay/neuter is mandatory for finalizing all the adoption of puppy and the vet cost is at the expense of the new owner.


Most dogs are vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and leptospirosis. Dogs from countries where kennel cough has not been a problem or the Bordetella vaccine is not readily available, such as in Iran and the Dominican Republic, do not receive it. 


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. Keep in mind that the identified breed could be something different and don’t fall in love with an assumption.


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


Most street dogs have never had any dental work. The majority of rescue dogs may need to have their teeth cleaned upon adoption at the expense of the adopter.