Dog Adoption FAQ's
There are three main breeds of dog up north; husky, lab and shepherd. Northern Designer Dogs are some mix of these three. Occasionally there are other breeds. Normally we do not know the father and sometimes not even the mother.
Since we often don’t know their mix of breeds it is hard to determine their size. The majority of dogs end up between 50-80lbs.
Because of the common dogs in northern Ontario we rarely get smaller breed dogs. However, they do come up occasionally. Keep an eye out for the dogs for adoption.
We only ask adopters to cover some of the initial vet care costs that we incur. Where costs incurred by FTH significantly exceed this amount (e.g. for spaying/neutering), the adoption cost will be fully made known to the potential adopter once fully approved.
Since our adoption ‘fees’ cover only approximately 40% of our operating costs, we rely on donations and fundraising to cover the remainder of our expenses.Donate Now
When Finding Them Homes started on its mission of rescuing dogs from remote northern communities and finding forever homes for them, the board’s philosophy was that no ‘profit’ was to be made from the adoption of these (un)fortunate animals. In other words, the rescue would operate solely on the donations of like-minded individuals who wanted to help these dogs rather than ‘selling’ rescued dogs.
Cases where we may incur additional costs for treating a dog include:
Transport from Remote Communities (Including Those Only Accessible by Air)
We do not ask adopters to assume these costs because that would act as a deterrent to finding forever homes for many dogs. Instead we rely on the generosity of dog lovers to provide the means for us to pay for the extra expenses that allow dogs to be rescued and looked after.
If it’s in your heart to also make a donation when you adopt a dog from us, we will gladly accept it and provide a tax receipt early the next year for your donation. Your donation, in addition to our fundraising efforts and the generosity of other supporters, is what allows us to help more dogs in need. Thank you for considering this when you adopt.
Please come to your adoption appointment with the proper size martingale collar and 6′ leash. In your adoption email we will provide you with the size that is needed. FTH will carry a supply should you wish to purchase collar and/or leash at the adoption. Unfortunately we can not proceed with the adoption otherwise.
Please be aware that adoptions are completed on a tight schedule – often there are adoptions scheduled before and after yours, and there are a number of people involved in the adoption itself. While we understand that sometimes there are circumstances beyond your control, you MUST contact us at least one hour before the scheduled adoption time to notify us that you will be late. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the adoption appointment, the dog will be placed on the available list again, and the next adoption application for the dog will be processed.
If a dog is in foster care in the Barrie area, you can meet the dog at any of our public meet and greets OR upon approval of application and home visit, we may be able to arrange for you to meet the dog. Puppies do not attend public meet and greets as they’ve only had their first set of vaccines.
There are very few cats up north and therefore it can be hard to determine this factor. We rarely know until they come south. If you have a cat and the dog you’re applying for has not been exposed to cats, we will be asking you to take a 1:1 session with a trainer of our choice to ensure the transition goes smoothly
There are many factors that affect how long the process takes. It depends on the potential adopter’s availability, the volunteer’s availability, the potential adopter’s readiness to respond to emails, and a few other factors. It can range from a few days to a week or so. We are a 100% volunteer run organization, and we all have full-time jobs. Some days are busier than others, especially when a litter of puppies go up for adoption.
Events that include raffles, 50/50 draws or other lotteries need to obtain a license from the municipality where the event is to take place.
Finding Them Homes – James Bay Pawsitive Rescue cannot be responsible for the conduct or liabilities that may arise from any third party fundraising initiative. Thus, the organizers of such events shall ensure that they have adequate liability insurance to protect themselves in case of accident or circumstances arising that may lead to a claim being made against them.