If you come to D’Arcy’s A.R.C. to adopt a dog, you will be asked many questions to ensure that the dog you are interested in is a good match for you and your home and that you are prepared for the responsibilities and commitment of dog ownership.
This discussion can go several ways. We may agree that the dog you are considering is an excellent match for your lifestyle and lucky to have met you. We may suggest that you consider a dog more suited to the home environment you will provide. Or we may determine that you are unable to take on the responsibilities and commitment of dog ownership at this time.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF ANIMAL PROTECTION. If we do not proceed with an adoption, it is because we do not feel that it is in the best interest of the animal.
If you are interested in adopting a special needs dog that has a physical condition or behavioural issues that require extra care, we will ask that you fill out an application form. This application form will be reviewed by our shelter manager to ensure that you are aware of the needs of the dogs and the potential costs involved, and that you are able to provide a suitable home.
We take the business of animal rescue seriously. We want the dogs and cats that we’ve cared for and protected to end up in happy, for-life homes.
If you’re looking for a dog, we suggest that you visit the shelter regularly or phone to find out who we have available. Sometimes dogs move through the shelter very quickly – especially small breeds and purebreds.
If one of our dogs appeals to you, talk to one of the shelter staff. We will tell you everything we know about the dog.
We can arrange to have you take the dog outside so you can interact with it, without the distractions of the shelter. If you have another pet or other people that should meet the dog prior to adoption, let us know. We’ll help you make arrangements for that too.
If you are interested but unsure of whether you should proceed with an adoption, we will let you put the dog on hold for up to 24 hours. We’d rather you took the time to think things over, than have regrets later. A $20 fee is required to put a dog on hold. This fee is refundable if you complete the adoption. If you choose not to adopt the dog, the $20 is applied towards the dog’s care.
If you live in a rented house or apartment, we will require a letter from your landlord granting you permission to have a dog at that residence.
If you are experiencing difficulties with a dog you adopted through us, we ask that you give us a call. We will do our best to help you resolve problems and can direct you towards helpful resources.
If you are unable to keep the dog you have adopted through us, we ask that you phone us at 888-2266 to make arrangements.
Within 21 days of the adoption, we will refund you 50% of the adoption fee and place your name on the waiting list for available kennel space.
After the 21 day period, you will need to book a behaviour evaluation for your dog. If your dog passes the evaluation, your name will be placed on a waiting list for available kennel space. A relinquish fee will apply.
Owning a pet is a lifelong commitment. If you choose the right pet, living together can be a lifetime of joyous companionship. If you choose poorly, neither you nor your pet will be happy.
At the ARC, we strongly encourage people to do their research prior to adopting a dog. It’s important to identify the kind of home and lifestyle you can offer a canine companion, and to look for a dog that will thrive in these conditions.
Some dogs have a naturally high energy level and this translates into a need for a lot of activity. Other dogs are happy with a short walk and lots of naps. A good human / canine match is one where you can meet your dog’s need for exercise.
One good indicator of a dog’s energy level is its breed - or primary breeds if you are looking at a dog of “mixed ancestry”. For example, a border collie or border collie cross will need A LOT of exercise, as well as mental stimulation.
When choosing a new canine friend, be honest about how active you are and how much time you have to exercise your dog. If your idea of a good time includes swimming and hiking, then go ahead and get that young Labrador Retriever. However, if you are a busy person who likes to unwind after work with a good book, then look for a dog who moves at your speed. A dog that is bored, restless and frustrated can be “in your face”, annoying, noisy and downright destructive.
Often, when people are looking for a new pet, they have a size in mind. “I want a small dog because I have children” or “I want a big dog so I will be safer in my home.” Size is only part of the equation. Some small dogs are very nippy or aggressive and are a poor match for homes with small children. Some large dogs are very docile and accepting of strangers. Temperament and energy levels are better indicators of the experience you’ll have with your dog than size alone. A Jack Russell Terrier that is bouncing off the walls will seem to take up more space in your house than a sleeping greyhound.
There’s nothing cuter - or more exhausting - than a puppy. Puppies need to be taught all of the rules, from appropriate elimination to correct identification of food and toys (this of course excludes shoes, furniture and towels). Puppies are a fun experience if you have the time, patience and dedication. Otherwise, you may want to consider an adult dog that has already learned these essential lessons.
Personality traits, exercise needs, trainability, compatibility with other animals, grooming requirements, life expectancy... you name it, you can learn about it prior to adoption! A dog’s breed – or dominant breed – is an excellent indicator of what you can expect. If you’re not a dog breed expert, then check out one of the many books or online resources on the subject. Some websites offer questionnaires that match your answers with breeds suitable to your lifestyle. Here are two of our favorites:
And please – ask our ARC staff for help. That’s what we’re here for!
D’Arcy’s A.R.C. provides shelter and care to dogs of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes. We receive our dogs from several main sources:
If space allows, we will accept some dogs from people who need to surrender their pets. However, our organization’s focus is on rescuing stray and abandoned animals as well as animals at risk of euthanasia.
*We reserve the right to charge an increased adoption fee for small dogs and pure bred dogs.
*Small breed or pure bred puppy adoption fee $399.
*Small dog puppy adoption fee $399