Do you have a physical shelter?

We are a foster-based rescue which means that all our dogs are fostered in individual private homes. We do not have a physical shelter, with the majority of our team located in Toronto.

Why don’t you adopt outside of your “adoption radius”?

We simply do not have enough volunteers to cover home visits, wellness checks, and any emergencies that might arise. We know that there are many suitable potential families that would love to adopt one of our dogs, but we currently do not have the needed volunteers to help facilitate and oversee adoption processes.

This ranges as far north as Barrie, as far south as Hamilton, as far east as Bowmanville (plus Prince Edward County), and as far west as Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo. If you’re on the border or have a concern, please contact us about your location.

Why don’t you adopt out to homes with children under 12?

For liability reasons, we do not place dogs in homes with children due to lack of history. While there may be no obvious reason to believe that our dogs are not good with children, we will not adopt or foster dogs without a 100% safety guarantee.

What does your adoption fee cover? 

Our adoption fees for adult dogs is $738, and our adoption fee for puppies is $1017 (includes HST). The fees support our mission and enable us to continue to save as many dogs as possible. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, vaccinations, flea treatments, and initial deworming (where necessary).  The average dog in our rescue accrues costs anywhere from $700 to $3000! We provide top-of-the-line veterinary care. The adoption fee also covers the transport and health certificate fee. (To put that cost in perspective, the average cost of a puppy from a breeder is over $2000!). Adoption fees are not eligible for tax receipts as the CRA considers it payment in exchange of goods.

Are you a not-for-profit? Can you issue tax receipts?

Redemption Paws is proud to be a CRA registered Canadian charity (BN: 795539311RR0001). Visit redemptiopaws.org/donate for more info. Donations of $20 CAD or more we will receive a tax receipt.  Your donations go directly to the dogs and are used to (including but limited to) transport costs, vetting costs, supplies, training and equipment for special needs dogs.  Adoption fees are not eligible for tax receipts as the CRA considers it payment in exchange of goods.

Why do you require home or apartment insurance for adopters?

Many of our dogs come from situations where they have lost their homes or have been abandoned because of natural disasters. Home insurance provides an essential level of protection for pets that have already experienced significant upheaval.

Why do you require pet insurance?

We offer a free 30-day trial of pet insurance for all our adoptables. It is our way of helping pet parents acknowledge the cost of veterinary care and begin the journey to explore pet insurance options. The average emergency vet visit costs between $2000 and $5000. At about $50 a month, basic pet insurance can help to offset much of those costs. Pet insurance is not only a smart investment, but it can help to ensure that pets are not returned to rescues due to high medical care costs.

Where do your dogs come from and how do you know they aren’t lost/missing?

Our dogs primarily come from areas affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, drought or earthquakes. We are very careful in selecting dogs that come to our rescue. The vast majority of our dogs come to us via reputable local rescues and shelters and have experienced the stresses of homelessness. A small percentage of our dogs come to us via owner surrender.

Do you take in owner surrenders?

Please contact us to discuss.

What does the adoption fee include?

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, vaccines, and any other necessary medical treatment the dog may require while under our care. This can be anything from dental extractions, heartworm treatment, and addressing other pressing medical conditions.

Why is your adoption procedure so lengthy?

Since our dogs are coming from uncertain and often sad situations, we feel it is prudent to make sure we make the best match as possible not only for the dogs but for the adoptive families as well.

Can I adopt as a surprise for a family member?

No, we do ask that all members of the family including any spayed or neutered dogs in the home attend a meet and greet to ensure the best possible fit for everyone.

I have an un-spayed or un-neutered dog in my home, can I adopt a dog?

We do require all dogs in the home that are over six months of age be spayed or neutered.

Are the dogs potty trained?

While we cannot guarantee a dog is completely potty trained, our dogs do live in foster homes where they tend to establish bathroom routines.

Are the dogs trained?

For the most part, our dogs are not trained and will require an owner to teach them commands like sit, stay, and how to walk on a leash. We mandate that adopters commit to working with a reputable trainer who has experience with rescue dogs. At the time of adoption we will ask for confirmation that a one-on-one training session appointment is scheduled to take place within the first week of adoption.

What if I adopt a dog and it doesn’t work out?

Your contract states that you will always return the dog to us. Simply contact the adoption manager for your case and we will schedule a time to return your dog as soon as possible. We do not issue refunds of the adoption fee.

How can I foster?

To become a foster parent please go to redemptionpaws.org/foster

Can I go on one of your missions?

Due to the sensitive and stressful nature of our missions, not everyone is qualified to go on a transport. All transporters must have a valid passport, G driver’s license, travel insurance, be over the age of 25, and be in good health. To apply please go to redemptionpaws.org/volunteer

Do you have other volunteer opportunities?

Yes—many of our volunteer opportunities are remote, including screening foster applications, adoption applications, administration, home visits, and more. To apply, please go to redemptionpaws.org/volunteer