Meet our Dogs
Welcoming a rescue dog into your family can be an extremely rewarding experience! To be able to provide kindness, comfort and safety 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.
Virtually all of our dogs are living overseas either 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.
Please ONLY apply for dogs where there seems to be a good fit. If the bio suggests the dog would do best in a home with another dog, please don’t apply if you don’t have another dog! If the bio suggests the dog needs a fenced yard, please don’t apply if you live in an apartment! The bio information has been added by people who have spent time with the dog so please read their comments and take their suggestions to heart. We want the adoption to be a success and your dog to be happy.
Due to a reduction in flights at the moment, wait time could be considerable since we depend 100% on Flight Volunteers to get our dogs to Canada. As a result, we have had to reduce the number of dogs that are currently available. If you do NOT see a dog(s) you are interested in at this time, please check back with us soon as we will be posting more dogs as soon as flights resume. If you DO see a dog(s) you are interested in, feel free to apply keeping in mind though that we are often getting multiple applications for each dog. As a result, you will have a better chance of matching if you can choose more than one dog you are interested in.
READ BIOS CAREFULLY!
Please read each biography carefully before applying and ONLY apply if you think you are a good match!
LOCAL – Means that the dog is currently living in a foster home in BC or Washington.
PENDING – Means an adopter has been approved but the dog has not yet arrived (so the dog is basically unavailable as the application is just pending finalization).
BREEDS – Are an educated guess only! Most of our dogs are mixed breed street dogs and very difficult to accurately identify.
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 fearful of men (sorry guys!) We try to provide as much info as we can on the dogs’ personality in the bio but it is often not until your dog has arrived, settled into your home, begins to trust you and relax with you that his or her personality really starts to shine. Seeing your dog develop into a relaxed, confident, 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 don’t apply for a particular dog if your situation can’t meet the specific needs of that dog as your application will be denied.
GOOD WITH CATS – If the bio says a dog is good with cats that means that he or she has been specifically tested with cats at the shelter (or foster home) and at the time of testing, the dog showed no aggression or prey-drive towards the cat(s). However, things can always change and new environments can present new behaviours so you will still need to oversee a cautious introduction when the dog arrives and carefully monitor co-habitation until you are confident all is well.
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, 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 for a local dog that you and your family can go and meet first before proceeding with adoption.
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN – Please note that with very few exceptions, it is our policy not to adopt any rescue dog into a home with children younger than eight. Even if a dog has been tested with children, we cannot be 100% sure how the dog will react to all children in all circumstances and therefore, for the safety of your children (and the dog) we will not process applications where there are children under the age of eight living in the home. We understand that this policy will frustrate some people especially those who are very dog experienced and/or have children who are used to being around dogs but we hope you will appreciate our position.
HEALTH – Any major health issues will be clearly listed in the bio and prior to coming to Canada the dog will be checked by a veterinarian in the origin country. (Note that airlines require a current 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 to Vancouver (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 that this has been done is mandatory for finalizing the adoption. Note that if you are applying for a puppy, the cost of the spay or neuter is an additional expense NOT covered by Loved at Last.
VACCINATIONS – All dogs are vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and leptospirosis. Dogs from the Middle East and China are not given the Bordetella vaccination because kennel cough hasn’t been a problem there and the Bordetella vaccine is not readily available. Note that our dogs cannot travel without certification from a veterinarian and unless their shots are up to date. You will receive a copy of your dog’s vaccination records upon his/her arrival in Vancouver.
DENTAL – Most of our street dogs have never gone to the dentist and will need to have their teeth inspected and possibly cleaned upon arrival. This is an additional expense NOT covered by Loved at Last.
ADOPTION FEES – Adoption fees are listed in each bio, for more info click here.