Frequently asked questions
Why become a foster for CHR?
Fostering is one of the most important and impactful jobs in rescue. As we do not have a physical shelter, without our amazing network of volunteer fosters, we would not be able to save as many dogs as we do.
Fostering is also one of the most rewarding jobs in rescue. By providing a safe & loving home for a dog in need, not only are you freeing up a spot for another dog to be rescued, you’re helping to prepare the dog for adoption into his or her forever home. Foster homes also provide a more loving environment than most shelter facilities can. Many dogs are often overlooked in a noisy, scary shelter environment as they become too stressed. In a home setting, the dog’s true colors can shine.
What happens after I fill in the foster application?
Once your application is received we will acknowledge back via email.
What is the process for Foster to Adopt?
The same process as explained in the foster application with the following rules.
What is the adoption process?
To adopt one of our dogs, please fill out an adoption application. Although we do our best to reply to all inquiries within 48 hours, please remember we are a 100% volunteer based organization, and many of us have full time jobs outside of rescue. We appreciate your patience.
Our priority is to ensure the fit is right for both you and the dog, we will reach out to your personal and veterinarian references (if applicable), and your landlord (if applicable). A virtual video or pictures of your place are required at the time of application.
You will then be granted a couple private meets with the dog. If after the meet and greet, you would like to proceed with adoption, we will review your application with the foster and make our final decision.
What are your adoption fees?
Due to COVID and associated expenses, we need to temporarily raise our adoption fees. The rates listed below, are pre-pandemic and due to changing times, many humanitarian airline programs are on hold (as are the flights themselves). Post pandemic, we hope to go back to our regular low rates. Thank you for understanding
A kitten 12 months of age and younger is $450 + HST
A cat 13 months and up is $300 + HST
A senior (9+ years) is $200 + HST
A bonded pair is $500 + HST
A puppy 12 months of age and younger is $825 + HST
A dog 13 months and up is $750 + HST
A senior (9+ years) is $450 + HST
A bonded pair is $900 + HST
Why can’t I meet the dog before submitting an application?
To minimize the disruption to the lives of both our dogs and our foster families, only applicants that have completed the phone screen portion of the adoption process will be granted a private meet and greet with the dog.
Occasionally, we will host adoption events in which anybody is welcome to come by and meet the dogs. Please note though that you may not take a dog home from one of these events.
All adopters must submit an application online and go through our screening process.
What are the adoption fees used for?
We are a not-for-profit organization and the funds we collect from the adoption fee covers the intake cost of bringing dogs into our care and their vetting costs. Some of our dogs have more vetting needs then others, for example teeth extractions, spay and neuter surgery, knee surgery and medication for particular skin conditions.
What should I consider before adopting a dog?
Adopting a dog should be a well-thought-out decision by all members of the household. Is it the right time? Do you understand the years of emotional and financial commitment? CHRs best suggestion is to really think hard about what qualities in a dog are important to you, which may help you figure out what breed, age, size, activity level and temperament will work for your family. Here are some other things to consider:
- How will the dog fit into my family/lifestyle? Please take time to thoroughly read the dog’s bio/profile and feel free to e-mail the foster home questions about what to expect.
- I have children; what should I take into consideration? If you are looking for a dog that will be good with children, it will be noted in the dog’s bio and his/her foster home can provide you with relevant information. Please remember that young children need to be taught how to interact positively with dogs of all types and sizes BEFORE you bring one into your home. We can provide you with some links and tips on this crucial topic.
- Am I willing to commit to obedience classes with my dog? Please do – we advise even experienced dog parents to take their new dog to class. It helps both of you establish a solid relationship in a positive, public environment.
If I adopt a dog from you, and can no longer care for do you take the dog back?
I understand that I must notify CHR, without delay, if I can no
longer care for or keep my dog and agree to give CHR time to rehome my dog or
place my dog in an approved foster home, if available.
returned within the first seven (7) days of the adoption date
b. No refund after seven (7) days
c. The adopter agrees to pay the surrender fee of $500.00 or greater
(depending on increase) should the dog be returned after 3 months of the
d. The adopter agrees to contact CHR should the dog exhibit behaviour
concerns and pay for behavioural services prior to undertaking any
i. If the adopter previously paid for training, proof of such is required
when the dog is surrendered, else item 1 d. is applicable
case of biting or aggression.
their dog if it is deemed unadoptable
I’m leery of adopting an adult dog, as I don’t know the dog’s history. What do you do to determine if the dog is temperamentally sound?
Can I meet a dog before submitting an application?
Occasionally our dogs are taken to special Adoption Events where you can meet them prior to submitting an application. However, as multiple families/individuals may be interested in the same dog, we require all interested adopters to complete our adoption process first. Having every interested person coming to the home of our volunteers to meet a dog is just not feasible.
I don’t have a fenced yard – am I going to be automatically denied?
Absolutely not. There are families who adopt from us who live on country properties, in suburban areas, and in condominiums / apartments who do not have fenced yards. Of course there are always certain dogs that must have a fenced yard, but we will specify this in the dog’s bio. Please read carefully before applying!
If I fill out an application to adopt a dog, am I guaranteed to get it?
No, there is no guarantee that you will be able to adopt a specific dog. We typically process only one application at a time for each dog, however not every application is approved. Once an application is closed, we move on to the next most appropriate application for that dog.
Why do I have to go meet the foster to see the dog?
I’m not in Southern Ontario; will you fly/drive my adopted dog to my home?
No, we will not fly or transport a dog to his/her new home. As a volunteer not-for-profit organization, this is logistically and financially impossible. If your application is approved to adopt, you must make the drive to both meet and to pick up your new dog in person.
Where are you located?
Canine Haven Rescue was founded in Toronto, ON, however we are a foster-based rescue which means we do not have a physical shelter. Our dogs stay in private homes.
Why so much screening before fostering or adopting ?
Our number one priority is to ensure the best possible fit for both you and the dog. Our adoption success rate is due in large part to the rigor we take in screening each family. Some of the top reasons dogs end up in shelters are lack of training, lifestyle changes (i.e. new baby, marriage), relocation, cost of dog ownership, not enough time for pet etc. Our goal is to ensure our adoptive families are well versed in the realities of dog ownership and ready to make a lifetime commitment. Your patience during our screening process is greatly appreciated.
How can I help?
There are several ways to become involved with a rescue organization like CHR!
Where do your dogs come from?
CHR dogs primarily come from reputable rescue organizations in Mexico and Dominican Republic. While many rescue organizations abroad perform spay/neuter clinics, free vetting for family pets in need, and manage many donations – many dogs still find their way into shelters.
What about Canadian dogs?
First of all – Canadians are amazing! Local shelters also get dogs from US and Mexican shelters, as Canadians have been early adopters to rescue programs. We also have high standards regarding spaying and neutering.
How do I rehome my dog or cat?
If you are looking to rehome your dog, please never offer it as “Free to a Good Home” as this is the most common way for animal abusers, dog flippers (those who take free dogs by pretending to be a good home, and then sell them) and others with very bad intentions to obtain free animals.
What is included in the vetting information?
Pet Licenses / Microchipping?
All CHR dogs are microchipped.
Who runs Canine Haven Rescue "CHR"?
Canine Haven Rescue is run by a Board of Directors, and very dedicated volunteers who commit countless hours of personal time and resources to saving dogs in need. Our volunteers are a fantastic group of people who make everything that we do possible. We prefer to interact with the public and our partners personally so that we are fully involved in all aspects of the organization.