Adopting From Dogwood

Fostering and Adoption Process and Policies

Foster and (Foster-to-Adopt) Process:

1. Download and complete our application form, please make sure you fill it out completely. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

2. Email it back to us at

3. Follow-up to check on the status of your application and to arrange for a home visit. We are volunteer run and often get behind in our calls and emails. If you haven’t heard from us regarding your application please get in touch and let us know so we can work it out.

For updates, you may phone 604-926-1842 or send an e-mail to:

Fostering and Adoption Policies:

1. The adoption process begins when you submit a completed application form to us, followed by a home visit.

2. Please note that  we do NOT have a shelter you can visit. Rescued animals are cared for in volunteer foster homes. So as not to disrupt foster homes, we pre-screen applicants before they meet the animal and appreciate your consideration. This really helps to begin or maintain the experience of “home life” for the dogs. They get exercise, socialization and are assessed for training/get their existing training maintained/begin to get training. We recommend at least two “meet & greets” to ascertain compatibility.

3. To be considered interested in the animal, the fostering/adoption application must be received. We whole-heartedly encourage you to take the initiative if you wish to adopt a particular animal. Even if the animal is listed as “pending adoption”, please follow up with us, as a potential adoption may fall through. We are a volunteer-run organization and any effort you make helps the adoption process proceed more efficiently.

4. Check our Petfinder listings regularly to see new rescues or to follow the adoption status of our adoptable animals:

5. With the exception of cats, DOGWOOD prefers to restrict adoptions of “special needs” animals to the Lower Mainland area of BC but we do adopt out of the province.

6. DOGWOOD operates on a “Foster- to-Adopt” basis in almost all cases. Placing animals in probationary homes allows DOGWOOD SPORTING DOG RESCUE to evaluate each animal’s needs and permits the adopter to assess the attention the animal requires, such as training and socializing. As a consequence, we have had great success in re-homing animals, ensuring the best placement possible for the animal. If you want to register to become a foster home, this gives you access to animals as they become available for fostering.

7. An adoption agreement and adoption donation is obligatory in the case of a finalized adoption. The donation fee is usually non-refundable once the adoption has been finalized and may vary slightly depending on the animal. Sometimes there are dental, surgical and lab tests or unforeseen costs required, after we have rescued an animal. Donations are used to provide transport, food, medical care (including vaccinations, medication, spaying or neutering, etc.) as well as additional supplies that might be needed in the course of caring for the animal until they are adopted.

Generally, contributions for animals are commensurate with those of the SPCA. If your donation exceeds the animal’s expenses, the excess is applied to other animals in need of rescue and care.

8. One of our policies in regard to DOGS is that the new “parent” and dogs under 15 months ~must~ sign up for obedience classes before an adoption is finalized. Not only does formal training result in positive behaviour but it also assists in developing a strong bond between adopter and animal. Furthermore, we encourage other forms of activity or training, such as tracking or agility. Dogs require mental as well as physical stimulation.

Most rescued animals have some needs around training support – whether it be leash pulling, poor recall or fear. Training takes effort, care, creativity and patience (just think of all the self development growth).

9. It is also our policy that if you have a city yard, it should be fully fenced. In certain instances, we do adopt to condo dwellers, but only when strata council by-laws permit animals and only when a smaller living space is not detrimental to an animal’s well-being. In these cases, potential adopters must guarantee and demonstrate that they will provide an animal, (if it is a dog), with sufficient exercise to compensate for living in small quarters, as well as safety for the animal.

10. We are also selective about placing dogs in homes where there are toddlers or young children lest large dogs knock them over. In all adoptions, the NEEDS OF THE ANIMAL MUST BE MET in a way that works for all involved (understandably). No exceptions.

11. We also offer a SENIORS to SENIORS PROGRAM, where the adoption fee is reduced for approved seniors who adopt an older dog.

12. If you are seriously interested in a particular animal, please let us know as soon as possible, because often dogs are adopted quickly. For updates, you may phone 604-926-1842 or send an e-mail to: