What's included in my adoption fee?

Rescue is expensive! To bring a dog into the care, we pay the costs of flights (if flown in), crate fees (if applicable), pull fees (from pounds and shelters), medication, vetting expenses, training (if needed) and required supplies that are not donated.

Adoption fees help to cover the following costs:

  • General health exam;

  • DHPP vaccine, if due;

  • Rabies vaccine, if due;

  • Microchip

  • Flea and tick treatment

  • Fecal analysis

  • Deworming

  • Spayed/Neutered;

  • Other costs incurred while the dog was in DHR care

If a dog is adopted prior to the above care being completed, the adopter will be required to complete the care through an DHR approved vet. DHR will cover the costs. Should the adopter choose not to use an DHR approved vet, the costs for the care will be covered by the adopter. Once the dog is adopted, it is the owners’ responsibility to start covering the costs of the vetting and care. We highly recommend you take your new addition to your vet within the first week post adoption.

How do you choose the right adopter?

We consider a number of factors when deciding the perfect homes for our adoptables! We take into account the order of which applications are received, as well as compatibility of the application with the dog which was applied for among many other considerations! If you are interested in applying for one of our adoptables please make sure you meet the following criteria:

  • You are ready and willing to adopt a dog now (not after your vacation, move, wedding or home reno!)

  • You have thought about the realities of owning a dog in depth. (Can I afford vetting? Can I afford good quality food? Do I have enough time to commit to this animals needs, training, exercise etc.)

  • What would happen to my adopted pet if I experienced a major life change? (Move, divorce, had a child, change in job etc)

Where are you located? How can I meet the perfect animal before I apply?

At DHR we want to ensure the best chance of finding a successful forever home for all of our adoptables! That is why we are 100% foster based which means NONE of our animals are in shelters once they arrive into care. Once arrived into care we place our animals into one of our dedicated foster homes so that they can begin to decompress in a structured and loving environment. While in care we assess our animals for different behaviors and truly get to know them so that we can begin finding the perfect fit! As our animals are in the private homes of our volunteers, we do not allow just anyone to visit an animal for the safety of our animals and volunteers. You may be able to meet an animal you are interested in applying for at an upcoming event,  however most often we require a completed application, reference check and home visit of our potential adopters prior to being invited for a visit with an adoptable.

Can I take an adoptable home to see if they are the right fit for me?

We all know how stressful moving can be! Well, its no different for our animals in care! Did you know that the first 3 days an animal is in a new environment it may not eat/drink, test boundaries and hide in its kennel or under furniture? Because of the stressful nature of these transitions we do not generally offer trial adoptions as they often place far more stress on an animal moving from home to home with different routines and expectations.  This is why our adoption process is so in depth, we want to get it right the first time! However we understand that it takes an animal at least 3 weeks to begin to settle in and begin to show you their true personalities which is why we will offer a 50% reimbursement on your adoption fee and take the animal back into our care, if  you feel that you cannot keep your new pet. After the first month, there will be no reimbursement of the adoption fee, which is why we highly encourage  adoptive homes to do their research prior to applying for adoption, and make sure a strong training plan is in place and all members of the home are on the same page prior to bringing your new family member home. By establishing a clear set or rules and boundaries for your new pet the moment they walk in, you will be setting up both your family and your newly adopted member for the best chance at success.