Every ARF adoption begins with an online application. But what happens after you apply?
- Screening Interview: Pre-approved applicants are contacted by email to arrange a phone interview with one of our volunteer Adoption Screeners. This interview will take at least 30 minutes.
- Foster Home Match: If the screening interview is successful, ARF will contact the foster home. If the foster home feels there might be a match, the foster home will contact the applicant to schedule a meeting in their home.
- Foster Home Interview: The applicant and all members of the applicant’s household (of all ages, including non-related members, such as boarders or renters) must attend an interview in the foster family’s home. The applicant will be asked to bring any other dogs living in the home as well.
- 24 Hour Wait Period: 24 hours after the initial meeting, the applicant contacts the foster home to advise if they are still interested in pursuing the adoption.
- Day Visit: If the foster home agrees that the dog and applicant are a potential match, a day visit will be arranged for the dog to spend a day (no overnights) in the applicant’s home.
- Permanent Adoption: When the dog is returned to the foster home, permanent adoption can be discussed. Applicants will be asked to go home and think about it overnight. Final approval of adoptions is at the sole discretion of the foster homes and is based primarily on the best possible match for both the dog and the adopter. We ask that all potential adopters respect the foster homes’ decision.
- Training: When you adopt a dog from ARF, you are required to attend training classes with one of our partnered reward-based training facilities. We have partnered with several local reward-based trainers to offer all adopters free training classes to help set the entire family up for success.
- Follow-Up: In order to ensure your relationship with your ARF dog is a successful one, an adopter can expect a follow-up email within 3-6 weeks of adoption. You will be asked to fill out a short, post-adoption questionnaire and email it back to us. This email is not intended to interfere or disrupt the new family, but to offer support to ensure the transition with the new pet is a smooth one. We have also collected a number of resources to help you adjust to life with your new dog
- Out-of-Town Adoptions: We do facilitate out-of-town adoptions and have modified our process a little to accommodate. The initial visit and the day visit will be scheduled for the same day, with a brief break between to allow both adopter and foster home time to decide if this is a good match. There will still be an overnight wait period before final adoption can be discussed, so we will ask adopters to either spend the night in Calgary or come back into Calgary the next day. We do not ship our animals. Please research training facilities near you and be prepared to discuss them with the telephone screener or foster home.
Please note: We cannot guarantee the size or breed of our dogs.
- Dogs under 4 years: $450
- Dogs over 4 years: $350
Your adoption fees include spay/neuter, a microchip or tattoo, the first round of vaccinations, de-worming and mandatory training sessions with one of our partnered reward-based training facilities. We also provide adopters with a follow-up email and we encourage adopters to contact us if they are experiencing any difficulties with their newly adopted dog.
**NEW** We are proud to provide all dog and cat adopters with a 6-week trail of pet insurance through Petsecure.
Please note: Adoption fees are non-refundable. Should an adopter become unable to keep an animal, they must contact ARF who will endeavour to remove the animal as soon as possible; however, no refund will be issued.