SHARP Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q: What is your adoption process?
A: Our adoption process is similar to other rescues. The first step is to fill out our adoption application. After we have reviewed it and the Board approves the application, a home visit will need to be scheduled. After the home visit (sometimes at the same time if local to the dog of interest), a meet and greet will be scheduled with your whole family and your pets. After the meet and greet, you may pick up your dog from their foster home, sign the contract, and pay the adoption fee!
Q: What do I need to be a successful applicant?
A: This varies on a case-by-case, dog-by-dog basis, however our basic guideline is as follows:
- Be an adult (18 or older)
- Answer ALL questions on the adoption application, thoroughly.
- If your yard is fenced it must be 5ft minimally, 6ft or higher ideally. Electric fence is not considered to be a fenced yard and will be denied adoption.
- If your yard is not fenced, you MUST be willing to properly tether your dog.
- Preferably not have a cat. Unless we get a puppy under 6 months or a dog that has previously lived with cats, we cannot normally place our dogs in homes with cats. However we do look into this on a case-by-case basis.
- Be open-minded and receptive to suggestions and advice.
- Call/email our home visit volunteer back. If no contact has been made after 3 correspondence attempts, or a week’s time from the time we found the volunteer, your application will be disregarded.
Q: What is involved in a home visit?
A: During a home visit, a volunteer will come to your home. They will get a feel for you, your relationship with your pets, and also check your yard and home for potential hazards for our dog. We ask that all family members be present if at all possible. The volunteer has been given a profile of the dog you are interested in and will help us make an informed decision based on general feelings and also that particular dog.
Q: How long does the adoption process take?
A: This varies. It depends on how quickly we can find a home visit volunteer and how compatible your and their schedule’s are to coordinate a time. We review applications within a day typically.
Q: “I would adopt if I weren’t so far away”.
A: We have a transport driver on the team, as well as various other ways to transport a dog to you for adoption! The only difference in the adoption process this way is there is no meet and greet for obvious reasons. A home visit will still be conducted.
Q: I have a cat/rabbit/small animal, can I adopt or foster with you?
A: It is VERY rare when we get a dog that has been raised with cats or has passed a cat test at the shelter. These are the ONLY dogs we will place in homes with a cat. Given the prey drive instinct with the breed, we will not place dogs that are not proven to be cat-friendly into a home with a cat.
Q: How do I apply to adopt or foster?
A: Fill out the Application Form. Please remember to be thorough and honest.
Q: What is involved in fostering?
A: Provide a safe haven for a dog while it is looking for a forever home. All expenses are paid for. Write a bio for your foster dog and take photos. We do ask that you be able to arrange meet/greets and adoptions of your dogs after we have approved an application. We ask you to review applications for your dog and help us decide.
Q: If you don’t have a dog for me right now, can I still apply to adopt?
A: YES! If you wish to have an application on file and be contacted when a suitable dog comes into rescue, you are encouraged to submit an application and have a home visit completed to be pre-approved and ready for your new canine companion.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We do not have a central location, we have foster locations all over Ontario and some out of Province.
Q: Where do your dogs come from?
A: Our adoptable dogs come from shelters where they are in danger of being euthanized, transfers from other rescues, and owner surrenders.
Q: How can I help?
A: Foster! Adopt! Share! Donate! Foster homes allow us to rescue more dogs and fostering doesn’t cost you anything. Adopting opens up room for more dogs to be rescued. Sharing helps to find potential adopters and fosters. Donations of collars, leashes, food, and money are greatly appreciated.