Adoption Process

Our Adoption Process

Most of our rescue dogs have experienced neglect, abuse, suffering, and abandonment. Because these dogs cannot speak for themselves or choose their future families, we at Pawsitive Match have a huge responsibility in making that decision for them. Our dogs come from unknown backgrounds and we can make no guarantees as to their temperaments, level of training, or health. We ask our adopters to take into consideration that pets require a lifelong commitment. When planning for a new pet, future life changes such as marriage, divorce, relocation, additions to the family, career changes and allergies, must be taken into consideration. We strive to place our dogs into permanent, loving homes.

Our application screening process is thorough, although we pride ourselves on processing applications quickly and efficiently. The process begins with the applicant filling out our adoption application, followed by a telephone interview. Our adoption fees vary with each dog. These adoption fees are then used towards saving more lives. All dogs are spayed or neutered and brought up to date on vaccinations prior to adoption. Vet records are provided to the adopters. Please note that our dogs are not adopted on a first come first serve basis, but rather we look for the best possible "Pawsitive Match". We reserve the right to refuse applications for adoption.

Our organization has a 10 day "adjustment period". It is important that adopting families have this option, as our goal is to assure a rewarding and successful adoption, to both the family and the dog. It is emotionally traumatic for dogs to be transferred continuously from one home to another which is why we believe that if the adoption is not working out, the adoption be cancelled prior to the dog developing a strong emotional bond to the family. Follow ups are conducted on our adopted dogs periodically in their new homes to assure that we have been successful in creating a "Pawsitive Match".

Another option for dogs not yet in Calgary is "Foster to Adopt". Under this arrangement, a foster family agrees to take in a dog with the intention of becoming their adopter. For more information on Foster to Adopt, contact our adoption team.

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Adoption Fee Outline

Our adoption fees range from $350 - $500. All puppies up to 6 months of age range from $450 - $500.

The adoption fee includes:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Health exam
  • Distemper complex vaccine and boosters up to the date of adoption (some may be required after this date at the adopter's expense).
  • Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation will cover the Rabies vaccine for any dog over 3 months of age. Any puppies under the age of 3 months cannot be vaccinated against Rabies and this cost will be the adopters responsibility. Please speak to your adoption processor if you have any questions or concerns
  • Deworming
  • Testing and treatment for parasites
  • Microchip
  • Transportation to Calgary
  • 30 days of free pet insurance

As an adopter, you are responsible for any vaccinations required after you adopt the dog. The dogs we are rescuing come from unknown backgrounds, therefore Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation cannot guarantee the health of any animal.

Medical records are provided after the adoption and no vetting should be done until you have reviewed these records with your vet.

Pay Adoption Fees Online

We accept Paypal payments, credit cards and e-mail money transfers. Payment options will be provided at the time of adoption. Simply click on the pay now button below to pay your adoption fees online.

One Last Thing

We recommend that you enroll your newly adopted friend in appropriate training as early as possible. From the moment you bring a dog home, you can start to work on good manners. Most undesirable behaviors can be modified, so we recommend that you consult a professional trainer and take the time to work with the dog, don't wait until you are frustrated to the point of not wanting to keep your pet. We work with multiple training organizations and will gladly help to arrange a suitable course of action for you. As an adopter of a rescue dog you qualify for many great discounts with the trainers we work with. Please ask your adoptions processor for details.

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If you are interested in adopting one of our rescued dogs, please fill out the application below so we can best match you and your new companion to your home and lifestyle. If you are looking for a specific breed and you cannot find it here, let us know and we may be able to help you find what you are looking for.

Please note, in the event we get more than one application for a particular dog, we try to provide the best match for the dog and the adoptive family.

Note: All applicants that currently live in a rental home must have a letter of approval from the landlord prior to submitting an adoption application. We cannot process applications without approval.

IMPORTANT: Your application is vital to our rescue organization so we strive to reply to each one within 48 hours. If you have not been contacted within that time, please email adopt@pawsitivematch.org to confirm that we have received your application.