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Adoption Process

You must be 21yrs of age to adopt a dog.

FEE: Our adoption fee is $300.00. The dogs will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and heartworm checked prior to adoption. If a puppy or an unaltered dog is adopted, it is MANDATORY the dog be spayed/neutered by age 6 months for puppies or within one month of adoption for older dogs.

Our adoption process includes filling out an adoption form, an adoption fee, home visit, and reference/vet checks. We do our utmost to ensure dogs and their adopters are matched with strong consideration to lifestyle and needs. If you are not considered for a particular dog, please try not to take offence to this as each dog's needs are unique and we strive to place the dogs in permanent homes. Many rescue dogs have been shuffled around and desperately need permanency to feel secure, and the last we want is to cause these dogs more stress. Once your application is approved, you may come and meet the dog(s). After a reference check and a home visit, the dog is then placed into his or her new home.

Often, we'll receive multiple applications for the same dog. We decide which home the dog is going to based on a number of factors. It is rarely an easy decision, so please be easy on us if you don't get the dog. There are over 3 million dogs killed in North America every year because nobody wants them. Please look to one of them if you don't get the one you are after on your first attempt. Local rescues are posted on www.petfinder.com

Want to apply for a dog? Please fill out our adoption application and send it to pawsacrossborders@gmail.com

This is the adoption application file: AdoptionApp.pdf

Alternatively, you can cut and paste the following into an email if you can't/won't open the .doc file.

Paws Across Borders Society

Adoption Application

Please help us to match rescued dogs with compatible families by taking a moment to tell us a little about your household. It is not our intention to pass judgment on who is or is not a suitable home for a rescue dog – our main concern is the long-term welfare of the dog.

Paws Across Borders reserves the right to refuse any application.

Date Received by Paws Across Borders:



City/Town: Postal Code:

Telephone: Home ( )                                Business: ( )

E-Mail Address:

1. How did you hear about the Paws Across Borders Program?

2. What made you decide that you wanted a dog?

3. What type of dwelling do you live in? House Apartment Acreage Condo

4. Do you own or rent your home? Own/ Rent

a. If rent, does your rental agreement allow you to keep large dogs? Yes No

b. Are you able to provide your landlord's written permission or phone number stating that dogs are allowed?

5. Do you have a secure, fenced area & or dog run for a dog? Yes No

a. What is the size of your lot?

b. What is the height of your fence & or dog run?

c. What materials are your fence & or dog run made of?

6. How long have you lived at your present address?

a. If less than two years, your previous address:

b. How long did you live at this address?

7. Have you had dogs before? Yes No

a. What Breed(s)?

b. What happened to them?

8. Have you ever had to give up a dog? Yes No

a. If yes, what were the circumstances?

9. Do you presently have any other animals? Yes No

a. If you answer yes, please tell us what kind and age they are

b. What kind of food do you feed(wet/dry and brand)?

10. How many people are in your household? Adults? Children? (If you have children at home, please list their ages)

11. Are any members of your household allergic to dogs? Yes No

12. Is everyone in your household in agreement about adopting a rescue dog?

13. Would everyone living in your house be available to come and meet a possible adoptee? Yes No

14. Who will feed, exercise and train the dog?

15. Are members of your family generally home during the day? Yes No

16. How many hours of the day will the dog be left alone?

17. Where will you keep the dog when no one is home?

18. Where will you keep the dog at night?

19. Where will you keep the dog during the day?

20. Where will you keep the dog if you are away overnight?

21. Will the dog be tied up? Yes No

22. Have you had any experience in housebreaking and / or training a dog? Yes No

23. Are you willing to crate train a dog if necessary? Yes No

24. If the dog makes a mistake, how will you correct (discipline) the dog?

a. What problems will you refuse to work on/or are not prepared to work with e.g. Housebreaking, Dog aggression, possession issues ect.?

25. Will you take the dog to training classes? Yes No

26. Preferred sex of dog: male female either

27. Preferred age range:

28. How long do you plan to keep this dog?

29. How much will you spend on the monthly upkeep of your dog (food, treats, vet care, training)?

30. Is there anything you want to ask us about adopting a rescue dog?


Who is your Veterinarian?

Name and phone number of a local individual (not a relative) who knows or has known your other animals:

May we visit your home before and after you adopt this dog? Yes No

I / We agree that if we adopt a dog through Paws Across Borders Society, we will provide professional VETERINARY CARE, A NUTRITIONAL DIET, AND A LOVING HOME FOR THE DOG FOR AS LONG AS IT IS HUMANELY REASONABLE TO DO SO. I / We also agree to maintain all required municipal licensing. I / We further agree that the dog will be returned to Paws Across Borders for re-adoption if for any reason it can no longer continue to reside with us. I / We understand that the main function of the adopted dog is as a family pet, and I / we may participate in any normal canine activities that interest the dog and us, so long as no harm comes to the dog or any other being.

No member of our household has ever been convicted of cruelty to animals.

Signature _____________________________ Date ____________________

Please complete this form and email to:


The availability of dogs varies therefore we are unable to estimate the amount of time required to match rescue dogs with suitable adoptive homes from our waiting list. We will keep your application on file for six months unless you reconfirm your interest in adopting.


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