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(i.e. reading; research; length of time spent looking for a dog, etc)
NOTE: Not all dogs are suitable for homes with children. If a dog has an unknown history with children the dog may not be placed with children under the age of 13.
NOTE: If you have other animals in your home we strongly suggest your animals be current on vaccinations and that you consult with your veterinarian to ensure it is safe to bring another animal into your home (for both your new dog and your current pets).
Please list the current pets in your household
Owning a Pet
NOTE: DCAS staff are very knowledgeable about each dog's personality and lifestyle needs. We will let you know if a dog meets your particular "reason". Not all dogs will meet your lifestyle and if there is not a match we may decline your application for the specific dog. (A decline of your application is not a reflection of your ability to care for the dog).
NOTE: DCAS encourages all adopters to welcome their new dog into their home. Dogs are social creatures and being isolated from the family, or caregiver, can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. This stress can cause a dog to "act out" by barking, having destructive behaviour such as digging, and escaping from the yard. Barking and dogs running loose are against the local by-law and can be an expensive problem.
NOTE: Hundreds of animals each year are surrendered to the shelter because a landlord or strata did not authorize pets in their unit. To prevent animals being returned for this reason we will only adopt to renters who have approval from their landlord and owners who have approval from their strata.
NOTE: Please be advised that a visit from a DCAS staff member may be required prior to approving your application. This is to assist you in ensuring your home is ready for your new dog.
NOTE: Please be aware that DCAS staff will inform you of a dog's behaviour while s/he has been in the shelter however, behaviour or personality of any dog can change when they are removed from the shelter environment. Once in his/her new home they can develop different personality or behaviour traits. Because of this we are not able to guarantee the future behaviour of any animal we adopt to the public. We encourage all adopters to seek a behavioural consult from a certified trainer once the dog is in your home.
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