Meet Our Dogs

Adoptable Dogs: We have pages of dogs looking for new homes! Make sure to click on the link about to view all adoptable dogs!

Welcoming a rescue dog into your family can be an extremely rewarding experience! To be able to provide love and kindness is an incredible gift. Many of our dogs are literally rescued right off the streets and have never known what it’s like to be in a loving home.

Almost all of our dogs are over seas in crowded shelters or, for a lucky few, in foster homes. Since our adopters are not able to meet a dog prior to taking them home, we provide as much information as possible in the dog’s biography and ask that you carefully read the bio before applying. Rescue dog bios are written by Volunteers who have spent time with the dog – so please take their suggestions to heart. Please ONLY apply for dogs that would be a good fit to you and your family. We want your adoption to be a successful one and for you and your rescue dog to be happy.

Please Note: Many of our dogs receive numerous applications – so you may not receive the dog of your choice if you only choose one dog. We suggest that you list several dogs you might interested in as this will increase your chances of being successfully matched with one of our rescued dogs.

LOCAL – Means that the dog is currently being fostered in BC or Washington.

PENDING – Means an adopter has been approved but the dog has not yet arrived. Adoption is pending finalization.

BREEDS – Most of the breed identities are educated guesses only! Most dogs are mixed-breed street dogs and it is very difficult to accurately identify the specific breed of each dog.

SIZE – Most LALDR dogs are on the medium to large size. They may not fit on your lap (although that won’t stop them from trying) but there are benefits of owning a larger sized dog. They are every bit as lovable as the pint size variety. They are usually quite calm and offer better protection that a small dog and will love you unconditionally with their “big” hearts.

PERSONALITIES – Our shelter dogs as a whole are in desperate need of human affection, kindness and care. They are often happy-go-lucky and eager-to-please despite the crowded conditions they live in and the hardships they may have endured. Others however, can have a variety of issues ranging from anxiety to fear, and it is not uncommon that our dogs are reactive to men (sorry guys!). We try to provide as much info about the dog’s personality but it is often not until your dog has arrived and settles into your home that his/her personality really starts to shine through. Seeing your dog develop into a calm, confident and happy dog is one of the great rewards of rescuing!

GOOD WITH DOGS – As a general rule, the shelters we work with are very crowded and so our dogs tend to get along well with other dogs. However, you will see exceptions in the bios such as “would do best in a home with another dog” or “prefers home without other pets”. Please take this into consideration when applying for a dog with specific needs. Tell us why you think this dog would do just as well with you even if you are not a perfect match.

GOOD WITH CATS – If a bio says the dog is good with cats that means it has been specifically tested with cats at the shelter (or foster home) and at the time of testing, showed no signs of aggression or prey-drive towards the cat(s). However, things can change and new environments can present new behaviours so we recommend that you use a cautious approach when introducing a new dog to animals already in the household.

GOOD WITH CHILDREN – If the bio says a dog is good with children that means that he or she has been specifically tested with children at the shelter and at the time of testing, and the dog showed no fear or aggression towards the child. However, please keep in mind that while a dog may have been fine in that situation with that child, this does not mean that the dog will be fine with ALL children in ALL situations. Some of our dogs have been severely mistreated by humans of all ages (including children), and can be quite fearful. That fear can lead to unpredictable behavior. If you have children in your home and have any hesitations about adopting a shelter dog, we suggest you search on the LALDR website for a local dog that you and your family can meet first before proceeding with adoption.

ADOPTING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN In general, LALDR will only approve an adoption to a family with children over 8 years old. If your application is denied because of young children, please understand that we only want to keep both dogs and children safe. Only specifically tested dogs may satisfy criteria to be adopted to homes with young children. Under these circumstances, we will consider applications with children with young children if we have video proof from the foster/shelter showing the dog interacting safely with a young child.

All families wishing to adopt with children under 16 years old will be required to sign a Waiver.

HEALTH – Any known health issues will be clearly listed in the bio and will receive a vet check prior to coming to Canada. (Note: Most airlines require a recent vet certificate as part of the flight booking and check-in process.) If a previously unknown health problem is present upon the dog’s arrival to Canada, LALDR and the rescue of origin will generally cover reasonable cost of vet treatment on a case by case basis.  

SPAY/NEUTER – Most of our dogs will have been spayed or neutered prior to their arrival (unless a health condition prevents them from safely undergoing surgery.) Puppies younger than eight months that have not been spayed or neutered MUST be fixed before the age of nine months. Confirmation of surgery from a vet is mandatory before finalizing the adoption. Note that if you are applying for a puppy, the cost of the spay or neuter is an expense NOT covered by LALDR.

VACCINATIONS – 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. Note that LALDR dogs cannot travel without certification from a veterinarian that their shots are up to date. You will receive a copy of your dog’s vaccination records upon his/her arrival.

DENTAL – Most of our rescue dogs have never had any dentistry work done to them. They may need some dental work upon arriving. This is at the sole discretion of the Adopter and is NOT covered by LALDR.

ADOPTION FEES – Adoption fees are listed in each bio, for more info click here

Read our Policies Under “Adopting”

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We have pages of dogs looking for homes! Make sure to scroll down and click to move to other pages.