PLEASE ADOPT – DON’T SHOP!
Anyone interested in adopting one of our rescue dogs can submit an adoption application to OTTAWA Dog Rescue. Once the application has been reviewed by our Adoption Coordinator, we will be in touch to chat further about the dog in question.
The application asks quite a few questions, and even requires some personal and veterinary references. People tend to wonder about the amount of detail on the application, and so we thought we should explain why we are so particular.
The dogs who have come into our care have either been previously abandoned, abused, neglected or bounce around from homes and shelters. We ask very detailed information because we are trying to find the absolute best home for the dogs and the best matched dogs for our adoptive homes. We want to set both the families and the dogs up for success and we can usually tell from the information provided on the form whether the dog you are interested in would be a good fit for your lifestyle and your expectations. We don’t adopt out on a first come first serve basis, and once your references have been approved, we always conduct a home visit to be able to visualize where the dog will be living.
Here is the process in a nut shell:
- An Application is received for a specific dog.
- The Adoption Coordinator will review each application as it comes in to ensure that it appears to be a suitable home. If not, a board member will contact the family to notify them or discuss concerns.
- Once an applicant is identified as a match, they will be notified and should they remain interested, will be put in contact with the foster home for a discussion about the dog.
- If all goes well and the foster home feels comfortable with the potential applicant, a meet and greet can be arranged between the dog and the applicants and any existing pets.
- If all goes well and the potential adopters wish to proceed with the adoption, the Adoption Coordinator will contact the vet and personal references of the applicant and arrange for a home visit at the applicant’s home.
- An ODR volunteer will meet with the entire family at their home and discuss expectations, safety measures, what to expect in a rescue dog, and what they are looking for in a dog. The volunteer will also verify that they believe the family will commit to a life-long relationship with the adopted dog and can provide a safe and loving home.
- All members of the adopting family household should be present at the home inspection so an informed decision can be reached by the entire household on the acceptance or rejection of a dog. This would preclude the dog from being unnecessarily uprooted due to a household member’s lack of input.
- There is a potential 24 hour wait period before finalizing the adoption. This allows the adopters time to gather thoughts and supplies and make a permanent, responsible decision. This may be waived under special circumstances, or at the discretion of the Management Team.
- At the final adoption meeting, the foster home (or other individual handling the adoption) will review the Adoption Agreement with the new owner. A cheque made out to OTTAWA Dog Rescue or an e-mail money transfer to our Rescue account must be obtained from the adopter at the time of adoption. One copy of the Adoption Agreement should be kept by the adopter. The other copy remains with Ottawa Dog Rescue
- The dog’s medical records and papers (if available) will be provided at the time of adoption or mailed (or e-mailed) shortly after.
- New adopters must have their dog examined by their vet within two weeks of the adoption. In the event of a pre-existing condition, Ottawa Dog Rescue will cover medical treatment with our vet up to a certain amount. Any issues not detected in the first 2 weeks are deemed to be new and Ottawa Dog Rescue holds no liability.
- If diagnosed within the first two weeks following adoption, we will take the dog back into care should the adopter not wish to deal with a long term medical issue.
- We encourage the new owner to contact the Adoption Coordinator with questions or problems.
- A member of our team will contact the new owner after 3 weeks and 3 months to see how things are progressing.
- Ottawa Dog Rescue will not give the adopting family the name, address or phone number of families relinquishing dogs, nor will it give the relinquishing families the name, address or phone number of the adopting family.
WHY WAS MY APPLICATION DECLINED
Applicants can be declined for, but not limited to any unfavourable answer to the following reasons:
- Applicant indicates a plan to breed the dog.
- Applicant refuses the spay/neuter contract on a younger dog that cannot be altered during their time in Rescue.
- Applicant misrepresents information on the application.
- Applicant indicates the dog will be allowed to run free.
- Applicant’s veterinarian indicates a history of poor care for other animals.
- Applicant has a history of relinquishing other pets.
- Applicant will only accept an age or dog personality the Adoption Coordinator feels is unsuited to them (i.e. elderly person who wants a very young dog).
- Applicant owns other dogs that are not spayed/neutered.
- Applicant owns other dogs that are aggressive.
- Applicant rents a home or apartment and landlord cannot be contacted by OTTAWA Dog Rescue for their approval.
- Applicant has no fence when it appears the dog would be at risk due to lack of fencing (invisible fence is not an adequate safety measure).
- Applicant’s home is unkempt and potentially unsafe with clutter or items that can be considered harmful to a dog’s health.
- Applicant states that the dog will live outside.
RETURN OF PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED DOG
If, through the follow-up process or telephone call from the owner, we are made aware that a dog previously adopted should come back into the program, we will work with the family to find a solution or an open foster home.
We cannot provide refunds of the adoption fee, as in most cases the funds have been used for the veterinary care of another rescue dog.
When possible, OTTAWA Dog Rescue will provide names of qualified animal behaviorists, training facilities or counselors if the owner wishes to attempt to rectify the behavior.
If OTTAWA Dog Rescue learns that an owner has violated the terms and conditions of the Adoption Agreement, the Board of Directors will review the circumstances and make a decision regarding action to be taken in recovering the dog in question.
- Puppies 1 year in age and under: $550.00
- Adults between 1 year and 7 years in age: $400.00
- Seniors at 8+ years in age: $300.00
For any puppy adopted under 6 months of age, Ottawa Dog Rescue will contractually require the adopter to have the dog spayed or neutered before the dog is 6 months of age. We will set up the appointment with our approved vet at a time convenient for the adopters. Failure to comply with this contractually binding rule will result in the repossession of the adopted dog by ODR without refund of the adoption donation to the adopter.