Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you charge an adoption fee?

Precious Paws Rescue ensures that each and every dog we rescue has full veterinary care provided prior to adoption. This includes (but is not limited to) full age-appropriate vaccinations, fecal test and deworming, wellness bloodwork and heartworm test, spay/neuter and microchip. We believe that no dog should be adopted out unaltered (unless there is a medical reason prohibiting this) so we practice pediatric spaying and neutering for all puppies that enter our rescue as well. Often the dogs we rescue require additional veterinary treatments to prepare them for adoption and most dogs that we take in end up costing the rescue much more than the adoption fee recovers.

What should I expect once I send in my application?

Step 1 - Your application will undergo an initial review by a Precious Paws Rescue volunteer. If it meets our criteria, within a few days of sending in your application, a volunteer will be in touch with you to set up a telephone or online video interview. We will also check your landlord (if you have one) and veterinary references.
Step 2 – If you are unable to access an online video interview we will schedule a home visit for a volunteer to come to your home to meet all family members and see where the dog will be living. Depending on your location, the home visit may occur within days of the interview, or weeks later. If there are no Precious Paws volunteers locally, we will request assistance from other rescue groups affiliated with us. Rescue work is largely volunteer based so please be patient if waiting on a home visit to be completed. 
Step 3 - Once the application, interview and home visit (or video chat) have been completed our adoption counsellor will review all information to determine the best match for the dog and families involved. Please understand that we often receive multiple applications for the same dog so if you are not approved for the dog you applied for, it does not mean that we think you’re not a good pet owner, we just have to attempt to make the best match for everyone. We hope that you will consider keeping your application on file with us for future rescue dogs and we are happy to provide reference to other rescues that you may be applying with when applicable. 
Step 4 – If you are approved to adopt we will then set up a time for you to come and meet the dog in question. If it is a successful match and you would like to move forward with adoption we will then have you sign an adoption contract, complete a microchip registration form and then take your new companion home with you!

Why do you ask for so much personal information? It would be much easier to go to the store and buy a puppy.

Precious Paws Rescue believes that we have a duty to ensure that our dogs are placed in the homes best suited for them, with applicants that believe in the philosophy of rescue and have the patience to work through the screening process. The application provides some of the details needed to make this determination. Certainly it is easier to walk into the store and buy a puppy, but it is exactly this "instant gratification" mentality, that has contributed to the hundreds of thousands of homeless and subsequently euthanized pets in Canada today. Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment, not something to take lightly.

Can I foster a dog in my home?

If you have room in your home, you might consider fostering for us! Our foster homes go through the same screening process that our adopters go through and then we match you up with a foster dog that is suitable to your home, lifestyle and family (as best we can). Many of our foster volunteers provide the food/toys/essentials for their foster dogs but Precious Paws is also happy to provide this whenever necessary. All veterinary care is provided by the rescue while the dog is in foster care.

My current pet is not spayed or neutered - is that a problem?

Precious Paws Rescue's policy is that all cats and dogs, irrespective of whether they are indoor or not, should be altered unless a medical condition prevents it, or the animal is "champion" stock and intentionally is kept intact with the intention of improving the bloodlines. We most likely will not consider a home for fostering or adoption that currently also has an unaltered dog or cat unless there is a medical reason or other for this not being done.