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Apply to Adopt!

Saskatoon Dog Rescue operates entirely through the support of our network of volunteer foster homes. This means that we don't have a shelter or one physical location where you can meet our available dogs prior to submitting an application. Should you be interested in one of our available dogs, please submit an application. Don't worry, a meet and greet will be arranged prior to the adoption, so you can be sure our furry friend is a good fit for you and your family.

New adoptable dogs are posted to our website every Thursday between 8:00 am - 12:00pm. Suitable applicants are contacted on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend checking our website every Thursday morning, and having your application answers prepared in advance.

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Application Process

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Our dogs come to us from an array of difference backgrounds. We often don't know much about their background prior to entering our care. However, each dog is taken to a veterinarian to ensure they are physically, mentally, and behaviorally healthy prior to being put up for adoption. Our foster homes also provide our dogs with socialization exposure to other dogs and other people to ensure they can co-exist peacefully. If any other background information is known about your foster pup, we will always share it with you.

Available for Adoption

 
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Arlo
AVAILABLE
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Red
AVAILABLE
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Walker
AVAILABLE
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Almond
AVAILABLE
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Eston
ADOPTED
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Rouleau
ADOPTED
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Kaili
ADOPTED
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Snowflake
ADOPTED
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Sally
ADOPTED
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Frosty
ADOPTED
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Rey
AVAILABLE
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Sally-o-malley
AVAILABLE
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Roarke
AVAILABLE
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Rizzo
AVAILABLE
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Hanley
ADOPTED
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Cabri
ADOPTED
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Malie
ADOPTED
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Breeze
ADOPTED
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Eugene
ADOPTED
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Minnie
ADOPTED
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Aloha
AVAILABLE
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Marty
AVAILABLE
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Kayce
AVAILABLE
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Nokomis
ADOPTED
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Kelvington
ADOPTED
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Lani
ADOPTED
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Sunshine
ADOPTED
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Blizzard
ADOPTED
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Misty
ADOPTED
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Raya
ADOPTED

Ready to Apply?

Make sure you’ve reviewed our FAQs below before submitting your application. Please note that an application does not guarantee approval. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for a response.

If you are having any issues submitting your application, please contact us.

 

How much is the adoption fee?


The adoption fee for dogs 6 months & older is $275.00. This fee ensures each dog is vaccinated, spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, de-wormed and covers any medical issues prior to being available for adoption. For puppies under six months, the adoption fee is $275.00 + a refundable spay & neuter deposit of $125.00. This deposit is returned when proof of the dog being spayed/neutered is provided at the age of 6 months old, unless otherwise stated in writing by your veterinarian.




What does the adoption fee include?


Upon entering our care, all dogs are seen by a veterinarian and undergo a health check. This ensures that they are physically, mentally, and behaviourally healthy. This health check ensures all dogs are dewormed, provided age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipped, spayed/neutered (if older than 6 months), and given any other necessary medical care.




I submitted an adoption application, but I haven't heard back yet.


We promise our Adoptions Team is doing their best to respond to you as quickly as they can! We are run completely by volunteers, so please be patient! Due to the volume of applications we receive, only successful applicants are contacted. Please do not inquire about the status of your application, as we are not able to respond. Instead, keep checking our website for adoption updates! If you’re the first successful applicant, our adoptions team will contact you within 3 business days. However, the adoption process takes time and involves quite a few steps. It is not uncommon for an applicant to back out of the adoption process. At this point, we move onto the next suitable applicant. Because of this, it’s possible that you may still be contacted to adopt a dog outside of the 3-business day window. If you weren’t contacted about a particular dog, deep watching our website and social media as new dogs become available for adoption often!




Can I meet a dog before applying?


Due to the high volume of applications we receive, and being a foster based rescue, we require an application to be submitted prior to any meet & greets. Be sure to keep an eye out for our adoption events! These are great opportunities to meet dogs prior to applying.




What is the adoption process?


To view our available dogs, visit our Available Dogs webpage here. When one catches your eye that matches the temperament, activity, and age that fits your lifestyle, submit an application! Also, watch for adoption events posted to our Facebook page for opportunities to meet available dogs. New adoptable dogs are posted to our website every Thursday between 8:00 am - 12:00pm. Suitable applicants are contacted on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend checking our website every Thursday morning, and having your application answers prepared in advance. If you’re the first successful applicant, our adoptions team will contact you within 3 business days. After this, the dog's foster home will contact you to arrange a meet & greet. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the physical and mental exercise requirements of the dog, as well as its personality! Pending a successful meet & greet, one of our volunteers will complete a virtual or physical home-check. This is another step to ensure you and the dog are a great match! Once these steps are completed and approved - it's time to bring home your new furever family member! The foster home will contact you to transfer the dog and accept adoption fee payment. Note: As you can see, the adoption process can take some time and involves quite a few steps. It is not uncommon for an applicant to back out of the adoption process. At this point, we move onto the next suitable applicant. Because of this, it’s possible that you may still be contacted to adopt a dog outside of the 3-business day window.




Do you have any tips on the application process?


Since our application process operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, we recommend being ready to apply for dogs as soon as they become available on our website! We suggest familiarizing yourself with our adoption application beforehand. You may even want to consider preparing your answers in a separate document ahead of time! We post dogs between 8:00am - 12:00pm on Thursday mornings, so applicants who are watching our website during these times have a great chance when applying!




Why aren't all the dogs and puppies in foster homes listed on the website?


Dogs may be in foster care for several days up to a few weeks before they become available. Once they become available, they will be posted onto our Available Dogs page.




I saw a dog on your Available Dogs page previously, but they are no longer listed. Why?


If a dog is not listed on our website, they are either already adopted or are not available for adoption at this time. Typically if a dog is moved on hold for medical or behavioural reasons, we will leave them on the website but indicate “on-hold” in their biography.




Where can I view your adoptable dogs?


All of our available dogs can be viewed at https://www.saskatoondogrescue.com/adopt.




Can you 'hold' a dog for me?


Unfortunately, no! When applying, please be ready to adopt the dog immediately! A happy adoption means there is a space in a foster home for us to bring in another dog in need.




How big will my puppy get?


Your guess is as good as ours! We try our best to figure out the breed(s) of the dogs that come into our care, but the truth is you never really know what you're going to get. If you have a size restriction where you live, we recommend adopting an adult dog that is fully grown.




How can I tell if a dog is good with kids, good with cats or good with other dogs?


If a dog has experience with cats, kids, or other dogs, we will note this in the dog’s adoption biography on our website. If we feel that a dog would do well in a specific scenario (without cats, in a single-dog household, etc.), we will note this in their biography as well. In many cases, a dog has come to us with an unknown history, so we may not know everything about them. However, all of our dogs are behaviourally-cleared prior to being put up for adoption.




How can I confirm my application was received?


Upon submitting your application, you should receive an auto-response letting you know that your application has been received. Please note that only successful applicants are contacted by our adoptions team. Suitable applications are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. We receive a large number of applications and are not able to respond to every applicant.




When are new dogs listed?


Newly arrived dogs are placed on a mandatory foster. This allows them to settle in nicely, do their veterinarian visits, and get some basic training. In addition, this also gives our team a chance to get to know the dogs, so we can make better matches with our adopters. We list new adoptable dogs on Thursday mornings between 8am-12pm on our Available Dogs page. As these new pups become available for adoption, they will be listed on our Adoptable Dogs page which we update daily. We encourage you to check back often for new updates!




I would like to adopt a specific breed of dog. Will you help me locate what I'm looking for?


We are not able to take requests for a specific breed of dog. Please check our website frequently to see if we have a dog that matches what you are looking for.




How do I obtain my adopted dog's medical records?


Once you've adopted your newest family member, you can email medical@saskatoondogrescue.com and our medical team will release the veterinary records from their previous clinic. To change the microchip information over, you can contact EIDAP at www.eidap.com, and we will confirm you are the new owners.




What medical procedures are performed on a dog prior to adoption?


Each dog is vaccinated, spayed/neutered (if appropriate), micro-chipped, de-wormed and evaluated for any other medical issues prior to adoption. Once your dog is adopted, please email medical@saskatoondogrescue.com to obtain your dogs medical records.




Where do your dogs come from?


Our dogs come from a variety of backgrounds. We partner with various communities across Saskatchewan to provide homes for strays and for dogs can’t be cared for. We are contacted frequently for accidental litters, or dog that were found without a home. We also see a number of dogs being surrendered from families that aren’t able to provide the dog with the love, attention, or exercise that it needs.




Do you have any hypoallergenic dogs?


In short, not likely. As a rescue organization, we often have little background on the types of dogs that enter our care. We do our best to guess the breed(s) of a dog, but our guess is as good as yours!




Do you have any small dogs?


We don’t often get small-breed dogs, but when we do, they’re snatched up quickly! Keep an eye on our Available Dogs page for any dogs that catch your attention. New dogs are posted every Thursday morning between 8:00am - 12:00pm.




I live outside of saskatoon, can i still apply?


Yes, you can! We have a virtual meet-and-greet process in place to allow you to meet your dog and ask the foster family questions, all without having to travel to Saskatoon! However, should you decide to adopt the dog, you are responsible for picking up the dog on a mutually agreeable date, arranged with your dog’s foster family.





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