We are based in Toronto, Ontario. A home visit is an important part of our adoption process. If we are not able to find a volunteer who can visit your home we may not be able to accept your application. If that is the case, please consider contacting a rescue or shelter in your area to save a dog.What to Expect When Adopting
Please consider the following points – it may seem overwhelming but the key to a successful adoption is preparation and planning.
Things to consider
Be certain that no one in the family has allergies to dogs. Spend time with friends or family members that have dogs to make sure you can tolerate the dog hair and dander.
Hypoallergenic means “below normal” allergenic. It does NOT mean that no allergic reaction will occur. Although it is less likely, many people may still experience allergies with a “hypoallergenic” dog breed.
By law you are allowed to own a dog if you are renting, however, it is always best to get permission from your landlord prior to starting the adoption process.
Dogs can be very expensive especially if they develop an illness or have a serious injury. Call some vet clinics and check their costs. You may want to consider pet insurance – check policies as they differ. Do you have a plan in place if you are required to pay a large vet bill?
Can you afford regular grooming?
If you travel who will babysit your dog? Can you afford a Doggie
Daycare or dog sitter?
Can you afford a good quality dog food and safe and healthy treats for your dog?
Dogs need exercise – even old dogs need daily walks. Are you ready to change your schedule to fit in the time needed to care properly for your dog? You must be prepared to get up early enough to walk your dog before leaving the house. If you work long hours and your dog is going to be alone you may want to look into the cost of a dog walker or doggie daycare.
If so, check the by-laws of your condo to make sure there are no restrictions regarding dogs.
Are you in the middle of renovations? Are you planning to move in the next few months? Are you going on a holiday in the near future? If so, it may be a good idea to wait until you are able to devote time to the dog transitioning to your home.
You need to puppy proof your home before bringing a dog home. Take a careful look around your house and yard. Do you see any obvious hazards?