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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.

Becoming Acquainted

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.

Putting a Dog on Hold

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.

Connecting the Right Dogs With the Right People

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’s 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.

If You Live in Rented Space

If you live in a rented house or apartment, we will require a letter from your landlord granting you permission to maintain a dog at that residence.

Returning a Dog to the Shelter

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.



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