Adoption Process

Interested in adopting? Here’s how it works…

Step 1 - Getting to Know You

Complete our adoption application. We will then contact you by email to let you know if your application is being considered for a specific dog. A time to discuss your application will be scheduled so please check your spam/junk folders just in case.

Step 2 - Detailed Conversation

We feel it’s important to really understand your needs and if it is a good match with the dog you have chosen. Everyone can learn a lot about the best fit.

Step 3 - Reference Checks

We will contact 2 or 3 of your personal references along with your Veterinarian reference and if applicable, a landlord reference.

Step 4 - Home Visits

It’s important that we know the dog will be entering a safe home. We conduct home visits both in-person and/or virtually.

Step 5 - Meet and Greet

All members of your home, including dogs and other pets, will get a chance to meet. This is a great opportunity to get to know the dog more through interaction and asking the foster any questions you may have.

Step 6 - Moving Forward

If everyone agrees that your home is the right home, an adoption contract will be sent for review and signature. An adoption fee shall be paid within 48 hours of acceptance. Arrangements for the arrival of your new family member will be coordinated.
Do you have questions about the adoption process? Check out our FAQ or feel free to contact us.

Adoption Fees

  • Puppy (up to 8 months) – $850
  • Adult Dog (over 8 months) – $750
  • Senior Dog (medium/large over 7 years, small over 10 years) – $500

Adoption fees for adult and senior dogs include spay/neuter, microchip, and up to date vaccines at time of adoption (rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza).

Please note that with adopted unaltered pups (those too young to be sterilized) there will be an additional deposit of $300 required, which is refundable upon proof of spay/neuter.

Adoption fees are subject to change without notice.

Adoption FAQs

Have a question about the adoption process? We have the answers! You’re always welcome to reach out to us to ask any questions that you have. But first, we recommend taking a look at the frequently asked questions below.

Typically from start to finish, the process can take approximately 7 to 10 days, depending on everyone’s schedule. However, in some cases, the process can take a few weeks.

What does this process look like? Once the application is received, if you’re deemed a potential adopter, you will be called by a Hopeful Tails Adoption Coordinator. A telephone interview will be held, and once all suitable applicants have been interviewed, we will have a discussion with the foster family to determine the best possible fit for the dog. Foster families are the primary caregiver for the dog until adopted, so their input is extremely important to us throughout the process.

Once a decision is made, the applicant will be notified, references called, a home visit arranged, and then the first of two meet and greets scheduled. All unsuccessful applicants interviewed will be notified and possibly considered for another more suitable dog.

We always strive to support our dogs once adopted, whether it be a referral to a qualified trainer, a vet specialist, etc., and although our goal is to place a dog in their forever home, sometimes things don’t work out.

If for any reason things aren’t working out with the adoption and all reasonable effort has been made to overcome the challenges/issues, or should circumstances in your life/home change, the dog is to be returned to the care of Hopeful Tails.

Please understand that it might take a few days to secure a foster and we would want copies of his/her veterinary records, post-adoption.

No. Dogs require attention and training as well as a chance to settle in. Hopeful Tails believes that it’s best to focus on one dog at a time so they can adjust and become amazing companions to your family. After your first dog is settled and you wish to grow your family then please reach out to us to discuss this possibility.

There is one exception, which is the case of a bonded pair. In this instance we would adopt two animals out at the same time.

Please reach out by email and follow up. At Hopeful Tails, we’re all volunteers so many of us are working full time and running the operations of the rescue, and navigating life.

Our goal is to make sure we get back to everyone in a timely manner, but things happen and we don’t mind being reminded in case we miss something!

It’s important for us to speak with people in your life who know you well and have seen you interact with animals so that we can gain a better understanding of your lifestyle and history with pets. This helps us to understand your family dynamics and energy levels to ensure we are placing the right pup in your home and that they will be well taken care of.

We require this information to ensure you are allowed to own an animal in your current living situation. We do not want to put you or the dog in a risky position if the landlord does not allow pets on the property.

Virtual or in person home visits by one of our qualified volunteers is required to ensure there is sufficient room for a pup to have space to relax and enjoy life as well as to ensure there are no hazards in the house or on the property. We like to know where the pup will be spending most of its time with you.

No. It’s important for us to go through our adoption process in the proper order. The process is designed to learn more about you and your family dynamics, lifestyle, energy levels and needs. Only then will we have a better understanding if the dog you are interested in is even a close fit for your family.

Our foster families are volunteers and have busy lives so we don’t want to ask them to host meetings with unapproved adopters.

Yes absolutely, but depending on the distance, you will be responsible for travelling to Toronto or the GTA and assist with transport to your home location. This can be organized with your Adoption Coordinator.

Although we cannot guarantee with absolute certainty of the health of each dog, we will ensure each dog that we adopt has been examined by a veterinarian. We will assess the overall health, as well as spay/neuter, microchip and ensure they are up to date with appropriate vaccinations. Seasonal Heart-worm and Flea/Tick preventatives will also be provided while in our care.

In the event that the dog is too young for spay/neuter or vaccinations we will arrange to have this done at the appropriate age. All medical reports will be given to the adopters so that they can pass this information along to their own veterinarian.

No official assessment is done. We get as much information on the pups before they arrive into our rescue as possible. We also have our volunteer fosters complete an assessment after the pup has settled into foster care. We learn about their personality, behaviour, temperament, how training is going, and if there are any quirks that need to be worked on further.

All of this information is passed along to our potential adopters and used to ensure things match up for the best possible forever home.

Absolutely! We are always here for you. We want to hear from you often about your new family member. We can assist with referrals for training, insurance, etc. All medical questions should be discussed directly with your veterinarian.

If you like, we can also add you to our closed Facebook Furever page so that you can also share experiences with other adopters from Hopeful Tails. You can also share your post-adoption adventures on Instagram with the #HopefulHappyTails.

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