Adopting FAQ

The goal here at LDR is to place dogs in to homes where they will be treated like family with people who are able and willing to provide a stable, happy loving forever home. While the process may seem time consuming it is only because we have our dogs’ best interests at heart. We want to ensure that the dog you wish to adopt is well suited for you, your family, your home and your lifestyle. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to get in touch.

Before filling out the questionairre, please read:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Live within the Thunder Bay area
  • Own your home, or have landlord approval (Yes, we do check!)
  • Have a secure fenced yard or enclosed area*
  • Be willing and able to commit to a dog for life

*Exceptions to some adoption policies may be made on a per dog basis. Get in touch for more info.

Adoption Fee:

The adoption fee is $350.00 and is the same for all dogs regardless of age or breed. While referred to as a "fee" it is actually a donation towards some of the costs incurred by the rescue associated with veterinary care, food etc.. This donation also helps ensure that adopters are taking the process seriously and are not looking to adopt on a whim. Before adopting please consider the cost of proper food and veterinary care, and be sure that you are in a position to provide this long-term.

Adoption Process:

  1. Browse the Adoptable Dogs - Consider the age, sex, breed, energy level and temperament of dog you are looking for. Read their bio and get to know them a little better. See the dogs here.
  2. Adoption Questionnaire - Complete the online questionnaire. *Note: Filling out the form gives us the information needed to determine the best candidate for a dog, it does not guarantee adoption. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  3. Meet and Greet - This is an opportunity to meet the dog in person to see if they are a good match for you and your family. If you have other pets at home, we will make arrangements to introduce the pets to ensure that everyone gets along. We will discuss this in more detail when we meet.
  4. Home Visit - Home visits are a mandatory part of the adoption process as we want to ensure the home is a pet-friendly, safe environment for the dog (fenced, free of potential hazards etc). It also gives us a chance to observe how the dog reacts in his or her potential new home.
  5. Trial Period - This is the opportunity for you to trial the dog in your home. During this period you get to see how the dog behaves in your home environment and gives you time to make sure everyone is compatible. There is never a rush to push a dog in to a new home so take your time. After all, this is a lifetime commitment!
  6. Adoption Complete! - If everything has gone well, CONGRATULATIONS! Your new dog can now start the transition into his/her forever home with you! We will meet with you to complete the adoption process, collect the adoption donation and exchange all necessary paperwork.

If it doesn't work out...

We think very highly of our dogs and are always here to answer any questions or address any concerns regarding your new family member. Our hope is that every home we place a dog in to is his or her forever home, however we understand that circumstances can change. In the event things don't work out we welcome our dogs back with open arms whether its been five days or five years since adoption. See adoption agreement #


  • Spay/neuter policy:

    Since the early 90's Local Dog Rescue has led the way in spay.neuter advocacy for companion animals adopted from rescues and shelters to help reduce pet overpopulation. All dogs adopted from LDR are spayed or neutered prior to adoption; this cost is included in the adoption fee.

  • Microchip policy:

    All dogs are microchipped prior to adoption; this cost is included in the adoption fee. LDR is listed as the primary contact, and adopters are added as the alternate contact. This is done as a safeguard so that should something happen to an adopter (ie. hospitalization, accident), or to one of our dogs (ie. dumped or surrendered to another rescue, shelter or pound), we can be contacted to care for or reclaim the dog. LDR is committed to our dogs for life!

  • City license policy:

    All dogs living within the city of Thunder Bay are required to be licensed; this cost is included in the adoption fee. *As all of our dogs are spayed/neutered and microchipped, you are entitled to a "lifetime license". This license is non-transferable.

  • Do I need a fenced yard?

    A fenced yard is preferred within the city as many of the dogs in rescue were strays or had been allowed to roam and we believe it would be irresponsible to place them back in to situations where they may seek to roam again. We feel its a step backwards to place dogs in to homes where they would have to be tied up after having free reign in a fenced yard while in rescue.