Cost of Adoption

Overview of Adoption Costs

Due to the nature of the rescues we perform – and the fact that our group is made up entirely of volunteers – we have created a general fee structure per animal that helps us cover the costs of all that goes into our daily work.

What do costs help cover?

  • rescue equipment
  • gas
  • laundry
  • facility cleaning
  • kennel cleaning
  • facility equipment
  • emergency vet care
  • facility maintenance
  • mortgage of sanctuary
  • general utility bills
  • pet supplies
  • pet enrichment


Beyond this, every dog has a different intake status (where did the dog come from? Was it flown in or rescued locally?) and vetting status (has it been fully vetted or still in the process of receiving general or special care?)

Therefore, costs associated to every animal helps cover their own circumstances.

What do certain animal fees cover?

  • flights, if flown in
  • gas, if transported in
  • crate fees, if applicable
  • medication
  • vetting expenses
  • emergency vet care

Spay & Neuter Deposits

In the event that an animal has not yet been spayed or neutered due to a number of circumstances, we require a $150 deposit towards the eventual surgery: this is to prevent further overpopulation. This deposit is 100% refunded via e-Interac upon receiving a copy of the spay/neuter certificate. When your adoption is finalized, you will receive a reminder to complete the Refund of Deposit Request Form. Please note that it is the adopters’ responsibility to remember to complete the request for a refund.

Holding Animals

In the event that you have fallen in love with an animal but can’t take the animal home immediately, there is a 50% non-refundable holding fee. There may also be additional care costs, should the stay be extended.


Adoption Cost Breakdown

Puppies |  $350 + vetting costs accumulated

Puppies are often in the process of receiving standard vet care. If you’re interested in a puppy, please submit an online application. Once your application is approved, someone from our adoption team will review the puppy’s current vetting status and discuss vetting costs with you.

Adult Dogs, Locally Rescued | $250 + vetting costs accumulated

Often times, the animals pulled from Alberta Reserves are in need of vet care due to tooth infections and injuries sustained. Other vet care includes spay/neuter, first set of vaccinations, and/or deworming.

Adult Dogs, Pulled From Home, Rescue Group, Kill Shelter | $350

The animals that come to us from an unfit home, another rescue group or a kill-shelter are usually already spayed/neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. There are no vetting costs to this animal and it is ready for immediate adoption.

Dogs Flown In from Mexico & California | $550

This cost includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, deworming, airfare, international health certificate, cargo, custom taxes and more.

Deduction for Microchips

Microchips: Not all rescue groups and shelters in Mexico have microchip capabilities, hence adopters need to take the pet to a vet shortly after adopting to get one placed. They are very worthwhile and worth every penny. We deduct $50 for Mexican dogs not microchipped.



Cats & Kittens | $75 + vetting costs accumulated

Cats and kitties are $75 each plus vetting. If adopter adopts two, the rate is $50 each plus vetting accumulated.