Important Adoption Information

Adoption Area

We will consider adopters who live in BC 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.

Make sure you arrive with a martingale collar. The 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. Martingales 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. Extra-small martingales are only available at Mr. Pets, Paws Street Market, some independent pet supply stores or on  

Make sure to buy one with a buckle! The ones without a buckle have to be slipped over the dog’s head and then tightened once on and loosened in order to remove. This can be really difficult to do especially with a nervous rescue dog!  

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.

Having a policy of restricting adoptions for certain dogs to homes that have children, could make it feel that Loved at Last is being unnecessarily difficult and insensitive to potential adopters. However, not approving an application is extremely hard on our volunteers and is an emotionally draining experience. As a result, the board of directors has removed this emotional decision and has determined that unless a representative of LALDR has personally met the dog or has been satisfied by the international rescue about the dogs’ ability to live with children, we will not approve an adoption to a family with young children under the age of 12. We will not consider applications with children under the age of 8 years old. Under specific circumstances we will consider applications with homes with children between 8 – 12 years old.

We will not review/approve any application with kids under 8 years of age. If your application is not approved as a result of this decision, please respect our guidelines and understand that we want the dogs and kids to be safe.

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 able to be met.

Good with Cats/Dogs

Read the bio carefully. If a profile says that the dog does not like cats/children/dogs, please do not apply for this dog if you have them. Applications that do not match the profile requirements will likely not be processed. We are not able to guarantee that dogs and cats will get along.


Most dogs eight 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 that this has been done is mandatory for finalizing of the adoption. If adopting a puppy, the cost of the operation is at the expense of the new owner.


Dogs are vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and leptospirosis. Dogs from the Middle East are not given the Bordetella vaccination as kennel cough hasn’t been a problem there and as a result the Bordetella vaccine is not readily available.

Understanding that most dogs are not coming from a country that has the same standards of living for dogs as in Canada is important. Many dogs are living in a shelter and under less than ideal conditions.


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.


Street dogs have often never gone to the dentist. The majority of dogs will need to have their teeth cleaned upon adoption. This is at the expense of the adopter.