Adoption Process & FAQs

Thank you for considering adopting from New Hope Dog Rescue, you will be helping to save a homeless dog. By adopting rather than buying, you will reduce the demand that drives the commercial breeders (puppy mills) of puppies. The Adoption Option: Let’s make it the first option.

Every dog adopted from New Hope comes with a life time promise: If you can no longer look after them, they will always have a place with us.

Adoption Process

Step One: Find A Dog

Find a dog that matches your lifestyle. Which one do I choose?

We have a wonderful selection of dogs; if you find one that catches your eye and meets your lifestyle please put their name/s on the adoption application. Take a look at our available dogs here.

Are you looking or a puppy? If you are adopting a puppy are you willing to take an obedience class? Do you have time to socialize the puppy with people and other animals?

Are you looking for an adult dog that has some of the basics? We have both active and laid back dogs?

How do you choose the right breed of dog for you? Have you researched the breed of dog you are looking for? Do you understand the exercise requirements or training commitment of the breed? What do you want to do with your dog? Example’s: obedience, hiking, agility, flyball or just a slow walk once or twice a day?

If you don’t see the right dog for you, please check back frequently. We always have new dogs looking for good homes and we want them to find the perfect match for their personality, energy level, and needs.

Step Two: Apply Online

How do I apply to adopt?

To apply to adopt a New Hope dog please fill out our application form here.

What happens after I apply?

After you apply, you will receive an automatic response confirming we have received your application.

After receiving your application, we look at your application. You may be contacted for clarification or to give you the status of the dog you are interested in.

Step Three: Meet the Dog

If the dog is available; the foster home will get in touch with you to tell you more about what the dog is like to live with and how it may fit into your home. If everyone agrees this may be a match, a home visit is set up with you and the foster home/dog. This helps to ensure that the dog you are adopting is the right fit for you.  This gives you an opportunity to interact with the dog and ask the foster home for more information and they can answer any questions you may have about the dog.

NHDR defines a “good” home as one that is a match for the dog’s temperament, energy level, and training requirements. A good home must meet both the physical and psychological needs of the dog.

Step Four: Prepare Your Home

This is the time between meeting your new dog and bringing them home. Determine where your dog will be spending most of his time.

If you are planning on crate training your dog, make sure you have a crate set-up and ready to go when you bring them home.

Make sure to dog-proof your home: installing baby gates, removing plants from their reach, picking up breakables that a dog’s tail can clear off a coffee table, ensuring you have household chemicals in a secure location.

Step Five: Bringing Your New Dog Home

After the home visit and/or references are approved, you will be contacted by the foster home and arrangements will be made for you to take your new dog home. At the time you take your new dog you will sign an adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee.

Once you arrive home please remember they may be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from foster home to your home); they may forget any house training (if any) they have learned. Often a kitchen will work best for easy cleanup.

Once you bring your new dog home make sure you give it both some time with you and some time alone. A routine for the first several weeks will help your dog settle right in.  It is best for the first few days to limit the dog’s excitement this could include avoiding dog parks or walks through really busy or loud neighborhoods.

Adoption Frequently Asked Questions

We have a wonderful selection of dogs; if you find one that catches your eye and meets your lifestyle please put their name on the application. Take a look at our available dog list here.

Don’t see the right dog for you?  Check back frequently!  We always have new dogs looking for good homes, and we want them to find the perfect match for their personality, energy level, and needs!

  • Adult dogs $270.00
  • Puppies <6 months $420.00 ($270.00 adoption fee + $150 spay/neuter deposit which is returned to the adopter once proof of spay or neuter is submitted) 
  • Senior dogs are $160.00
    • Small 25 lbs (<11kg) and less – 9 years
    • Medium 26-60 lbs (12 – 27 kg) – 8 years
    • Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg) – 7 years 
    • X-large 101 lbs and over (>46 kg) – 6 years

Our adoption fees do not cover our expenses. We fundraise and accept donations to cover costs. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to rescue and rehome the many dogs who come our way. Click here to visit our donation page.

To apply to adopt a New Hope dog please fill out our application form here:  Application Form

After we look at your application, you may be contacted for clarification or to give you the status of the dog you are interested in. 

If the dog is available; the foster home will get in touch with you to tell you more about what the dog is like to live with and how will fit into your home. If everyone agrees this is a match, we will do a home visit; it helps to ensure that the dog you are adopting is the right fit for you.

NHDR defines a “good” home as one that is a match for the dog’s temperament, energy level and training requirements. A good home must meet both the physical and psychological needs of the dog.

If you don’t hear from us in 48-72 hours, please email us to make sure we received your application. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.

After the home visit and references are approved, you will be contacted by the foster home and arrangements will be made for you to take your dog home.

  • How will the dog fit into your family? – Read the description of the dog and ask the foster home lots of questions about what to expect.
    • If you are looking for a dog that will be good with kids the foster home can provide some feedback.
    • If children will be around your dog at any point, please see this link for bite prevention.
  • Find a Dog That Matches Your Lifestyle. 
    • Are you looking for a puppy? If you are adopting a puppy are willing to take an obedience class? Do you have time to socialize the puppy with people and other animals? For more information on training a puppy read this.
    • Are you looking for an adult that has some of the basics? We have both active and laid back dogs.
    • What do you want to do with the dog? Obedience, hiking, agility, flyball?

Yes! We follow the same procedures as a local adoption but the home visit is done in advance of meeting the dog. We ask a rescue local to you to do a home visit for us.

The adopter is responsible for arrangements and fees associated with transport in addition to the adoption fee. These fees can include the cost of crate if the dog must travel by air. Please look into logistics and costs prior to submitting an adoption application.

Unfortunately no; the number of available foster homes influences the number of dogs we can save. If we keep a dog for an extended period of time it could prevent us helping another. We always have new dogs coming in, more than likely we will have a good match for you when you are ready.

For local adoptions (Saskatoon and area), once the adoption has been approved you have 2 days to pick up your dog. If a dog needs to stay with the foster home for longer, a $10/day fee will be applied and approval from the adoptions co-ordinator must be given. We can not hold dogs for longer than 7 days post approval.

For distance adoptions, we will allow a maximum of 14 days for travel arrangements to be made. A fee of $10/day will be applied for stays longer than 7 days post approval.

We have lots of great resources, so don’t be afraid to ask! We would be happy to provide you with handouts and fact sheets or direct you to a trainer who can help. Please contact us with any issues or concerns.

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