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Adoption Policies

Please take the time to read through the FHR Adoption Policies. These policies are strictly enforced and allow our volunteers to determine the best possible home for each animal. Failure to comply with these policies may result in denial of the application. Adoptions are not first come first serve, we pick the best match for both the animal and the adopters.


  1. Applicant has no previous history of breeding or selling animals for profit.

  2. Applicant has no previous history of surrendering an animal to a shelter or re-homing.

  3. An applicant under the age of 21 requires a parent/guardian to fill out the application. If approved to adopt, the parent/guardian will also be responsible for the day to day care, financial and medical needs of the dog.

  4. Applicants renting must have a letter of approval from the landlord and condo approval letter from the condo board.

  5. Based on location of the applicant, we follow all bylaws on pet limits in households. We may require proof of registration at time of application for all pets in the home.

  6. Other animals in the home must be spay/neutered & up to date on vaccines including rabies. 

  7. Household limit of 6 animals maximum including the new dog (incl. cats/dogs and other pets)

  8. Animals must be housed indoors with family members, no heated garages or outdoor enclosures.

  9. Animals must have access to food and water throughout the day.

  10. Animals must be provided with a safe place to relax/retreat such as a crate.

  11. Adult dogs are not left alone more than 10+ hour & puppies are not to be left alone for longer than 4 hours to ensure proper socialization.

  12. All of FHR animals will be spay/neutered including puppies and kittens. 

  13. All members of the household are required to be present at an adoption (pet store events only).

  14. We do not ship dogs. Adopters are required to meet the dogs in their foster homes here in Calgary.

  15. For out of town adoptions, all adults in the home are required to be present at adoption in Calgary.

  16. Home checks are required for special needs dogs, dogs deemed fearful out of the normal spectrum or any other time the rescue feels it is necessary.

  17. We do not do out of country adoptions

  18. We do not adopt two dogs at the same time unless they are a bonded pair.

Cost of Adopting 

Many people may not be aware of the costs involved in rescuing animals or preparing them for adoption. Depending on the origin of the animal (local or international) each will receive medical attention such as vet check-up, deworming, neuter/spay, vaccinations and other medical treatments the animal may require

We strive to keep our fees as low as possible while continuing to run our rescue. With the increasing challenges of rescuing animals during the pandemic the costs continue to rise, but the need to rescue is more urgent than ever as many pet owners surrender their animals due to financial struggle or illness. 

                                         FHR adoption fees:

Local Dogs/Puppies $400-$800

Adoption Fee Covers;

  • Transportation

  • Boarding 

  • Spay/Neuter (all Dogs/Puppies) 

  • Basic vaccinations (to date of adoption) DAPP & Rabies 

  • Deworming & Parasite Treatment 

  • Specialized treatments, dentals, hernia's, injuries and more

International dogs/Puppies $500-$950
Adoption Fee Covers;

  • Transportation

  • Boarding 

  • Flight to Canada

  • Import fees at the airport

  • Health Certificate from Veterinarian (International Animals ONLY)  

  • Spay/Neuter (all Dogs/Puppies) 

  • Basic vaccinations (to date of adoption) DAPP & Rabies 

  • Deworming & Parasite Treatment 

  • Specialized treatments such as dentals, hernia's, injuries and more

The adoption fee is considered a donation and is intended to cover the cost of rescuing and preparing each animal for adoption.


Unfortunately because the cost of rescuing the animal in most cases exceeds the adoption fee we are unable to issue tax receipts for adoption fees.    

Method of Payment
  • We accept all forms of online payment when adopting from a foster home, EMT to preferred. 

  • We accept cash or credit card only at adoption events.

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