Frequently Asked Questions

To help cover our rescue expenses, we ask a minimum donation when applicants are adopting an animal.

A puppy under 1 year = $450 CAD

An adult dog 1 - 7 years = $ 375 CAD

A senior dog 8 + = $300 CAD

Bird adoption fees vary based on species and health status of individuals. In general, small birds (budgies, lovebirds, cockatiels) will be between $25 - $100, medium parrots (conures, ringnecks, etc) will be $250 - $400 and large parrots (cockatoos, amazons, macaws, etc.) will be $500 - $800.

What are the adoption  donations?

Why do we charge an adoption donation?

VA charges an adoption fee so that we can continue rescuing animals. The adoption fee helps pay for veterinary expenses, food, and supplies. We ensure dogs have been spayed/neutered, microchipped, and received basic vaccinations prior to adoption. Parasite-control is administered if needed, and all senior dogs receive a geriatric blood panel. Some animals enter our program and require more veterinary care than the basics, for things like ear infections, poor dental hygiene and more costly conditions. Adoption fees help us pay for these expenses so that every animal receives appropriate medical care. Vancouver Adoptables does not make any profit from adoption fees, and all money collected goes towards care of the animals.

How do I meet an animal I’m interested in?

Our rescue is primarily foster-home based, therefore we try to be sensitive to our volunteer’s time. For this reason, interested applicants must submit an adoption application and be approved prior to setting up a meet and greet. It’s simply not feasible or fair to ask a foster home to meet with every person who expresses interest.

How does VA prepare animals for adoption?

We keep animals for a minimum hold period prior to making them available for adoption. This is done for several reasons, the most important of which being that it gives us time to assess the animal’s temperament to determine what type of home would be most appropriate for each individual. In our experience, animals need time to decompress after periods of stress or transition (as is common when dogs are in shelters or relinquished by their owners). By letting them settle in, we get an opportunity to observe their behavior and learn more about their personality and quirks, which ultimately helps us be more successful in our adoptions and placements. This is one of the advantages of adopting a an animal from a foster-based rescue - it gives applicants the opportunity to see how the pet behaves in a home, during day-to-day situations, so that adopters can get a more accurate sense of what the animal will be like to live with. Furthermore, our holding period gives us time to ensure animals have had all veterinary work done prior to adoption.

Does VA require a fenced yard to adopt a dog?

No! Some dogs might need a fenced yard, but others definitely do not. There are dogs that are appropriate for apartments and townhomes with no yard or small spaces. We know that in Vancouver a fenced yard can be hard to come by. In many cases, a condo can be a great living arrangement if applicants are able and eager to take their dogs out regularly and ensure they are getting enough exercise.

What does the adoption process look like?

We pour a lot of time, money and love into each animal and as volunteers we are very invested in finding them a home that best fits their unique needs. People interested in adoption are asked to fill out an online application which gives us a bird's eye view of their lifestyle and expectations. We follow-up with selected application via a phone call to review their application and ask additional questions. Adopters who appear to be a good fit are asked to provide references, and a home visit is conducted by one of our volunteers. Finally, a meet and greet is scheduled with the animal of interest and the applicant. It's important to note that for dog adoptions, all family members and any dogs currently living with the adopter must be present for the meet and greet to ensure everyone is on board and gets along well with the dog being applied for. In many cases, we get multiple applications for one animal and are forced to choose one great home out of many! 

How can I help?

Foster, donate, and/or adopt! Fostering is on the front lines of saving animals - they are like the first responders in emergency situations and are directly responsible from saving pets from euthanasia and/or getting them out of shelters. Foster homes take in animals and care for them until they can be adopted. They get the benefit of having and caring for a pet without the financial responsibility or long-term commitment. Check out our How to Help page for more information. Donations are also extremely helpful and allow us to take in pets with more significant medical needs - these animals are often the ones that need the most help getting out of the shelter system. Donations can be made directly to our vet: Norgate Animal Hospital (604) 980-2222.

What can I expect after adoption?

We want to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible. We follow-up with all adopters multiple times after adoption to ensure everything is going well. VA offers a transition period of 2 weeks, and if adopters find that the animal is not a suitable fit for their situation, adopters can return the animal and receive a refund of their adoption fee. If at any point in the animal’s lifetime the adopter can no longer keep the animal, they must be returned to Vancouver Adoptables and cannot be rehomed, gifted, or sold to a different individual or entity. We are strongly committed to keeping our animals safe and in suitable homes, and as part of this commitment, we are there to support and take back the animal at any time during its lifespan.

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