Adoption Rates

Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue Adoption Rates & Information

Thank you for caring about in most cases, a previously homeless animal. We work hard to provide for their welfare with socialization, teaching basic manners, rules and boundaries, and vet care as needed. The pets are in different stages of socialization, training and in some cases, rehab when they are ready for adoption. We provide a profile of its temperament, needs and personality to the best of our knowledge.

Meeting to Adopt/Adoption Agreement

Adoption Agreement: Please review our Adoption Agreement information, AND print the Form and bring with you day of adoption or fill in online if not adopting in person (for example, fosterers, dogs being transported to adopter).

Payment Options:
  • Interac E-Transfer to This is our preferred method of reimbursement/payment.
  • Charge Card: Paypal – Adopters can pay from our website under Donations or PayPal.
  • Canada Helps: This registered Canadian online non-profit accepts donations for registered charities:
  • Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue website Donation page.
Adoption and Rate Information:

Rates for our Hand-raised and Socialized Puppies to 6 months of age:

  • $675. Vaccinated (puppy old enough and no longer nursing or mother not allowing) and dewormed. Adopting a puppy requires a $150 refundable spay/neuter deposit. After the puppy has been spayed/neutered (at 6.5 months of age) we ask adopter to forward in a Request For Refund from our website.
  • $575. If not yet old enough for vaccines, adopted prior due to other circumstances such as nursing or just finished nursing, or recently rescued. Includes deworming. Require a $150 refundable Spay/Neuter deposit. After the puppy has been spayed/neutered (at 6.5 months) we ask adopter to forward in a Request For Refund from our website.

Adult Dogs 7 Months and up Spayed/Neutered from Canadian Shelters, First Nations, or Surrenders:

  • $650. This includes vaccines: parvo/distemper and rabies, deworming, spay or neuter, antibiotics if needed and other veterinary needs.
  • $425. Senior’s 7 years and up. Vaccinated and sometimes spayed or neutered and sometimes not. Dewormed.Please Note: Hopefully the dogs teeth are in good shape, however many senior dogs aren’t, especially if had been homeless or not properly cared for. $100 deduction if teeth in poor health and need dental, bones, or something to help with teeth cleaning.

Mexican Rescued Dogs:

  • $750. This typically includes spay/neuter, core vaccinations, rabies, and deworming, airfare, customs, taxes. Covers cargo fees, car rental, gas, parking, crates, and sometimes accommodations.
  • $450. Senior Mexican dogs (7 years or older), spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, deflea.

Other Foreign Rescued Dogs:

  • $750. Usually includes spay/neuter, standard vaccines, and deworming. (Often distemper, heartworm and ehrlichia tests are performed as well depending on where the dog is coming from.) Veterinary Health certificates are included. The rescue organization we partner with do their best to ensure dogs are healthy and have been tested for all common diseases. All dogs that are imported have been determined to be free of diseases. (Type and number of tests depend on the area the pet is rescued from and their access to testing.)

**Dental:** Often dogs from First Nations have a broken, cracked and or decayed teeth and due to being chained and the dog chewing to free itself, cracking it’s teeth in the desperate attempt to get away. We do our very best as well, to be sure no dogs flying up from Mexico have tooth decay, since many of them are found homeless on the streets with teeth in a terrible way due to each garbage full of bacteria. Extractions are often necessary for previously homeless dogs. We do our best to provide for this, however, there are times we cannot afford all the high vet bills and ask potential adopter’s of a pet to help with it’s vetting cost, otherwise, it’s not possible for us to manage higher than normal vet bills. Veterinarian’s have high rates and it is very hard for Rescues to manage.

Cats & Kittens:

  • $200 if not yet spayed/neutered. We request a $150 refundable spay/neuter deposit per cat or kitten. After the cat or kitten has been spayed/neutered the adopter can send in a Refund for Deposit on our website to request the refund of the deposit or email us with a copy of the spay/neuter info from the vet.
  • $375 for cats that are spayed/neutered.

If adopter adopts two, which we highly recommend for their basic welfare as cats/kittens need other feline company for playing, cuddling, grooming and sleeping, the rate is discounted $25 for each cat/kitten whether spayed or not.


Vaccinations/The Scam and Detriment of Over-Vaccinating:

We do not agree with veterinarians that dogs need annual vaccines, nor every three years. In other words, they do not, and should not be UTD (up to date). We recommend two sets for puppies and one or two for adults for the balance of their life. We recommend you request a Titre test from your vet instead as over vaccinating which is basically, dangerous, not necessary, and money that should rightfully be yours. Google: The danger of over vaccinating your pet. (Most dogs sadly die of cancer.)

Dog Food:

Human food is far better than kibble and dogs love fresh greens and need them! That is why they graze on grass, and many dogs also love all types of fruit. Not only do most dogs love fruit and vegetables, there are many spices that will contribute to a healthier life for your dog. Everything in moderation, but if you do feed kibble, stay away from ‘by-meal’ and by-product in the ingredients. Less is better. It’s often pull of preservatives. We recommend kibble with fish as a primary ingredient, ideally mixed with human food. You can feed nearly all dogs a mix of kibble and human food without causing diarrhea. Diarrhea is usually caused by only feeding your dog the same thing for years then suddenly something else. Of course, diarrhea is also caused by a variety of other things such as stress/anxiety, getting into spoiled food, cat litter, marrow from bones, sick, etc.

Spices are also good for dogs, same as us humans. Tumeric, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper is fine. Supplements such as fish oil are also beneficial, again, same as for us humans.


About worms – We know, they are gross! We’ve seen our fair share, yet, it’s important to be educated about them. Round worms look like spaghetti and Tape worms look like white rice pieces. Depending on where a dog is rescued, it may have round worms, tape worms, both or neither. Typically and most commonly, worms occur because dogs are scavenging for food and eating contaminated garbage. Dogs and puppies from Albertan Reservations usually all have round worms.

In contrast, dogs rescued from Mexico or California usually have tape worms as a result of the flies in the area. Both are extremely common and very easy to get rid of with deworming pills. Dogs with these worms are NOT contagious to other dogs or people. Dogs need to be dewormed twice, two weeks apart, since the deworming medication does not kill eggs/larvae. (The first deworming kills matured worms, and the second deworming kills potential now mature larvae.)

Crate Training:

We often have crates for sale for people that would like one. Please be sure your dog or puppy is “Crate Trained” (conditioned to a doggy-den crate, not just put in and door shut. Depending on your dog and household, the ‘style’ (metal, open aired, or hard plastic, vari-kennel style) we would recommend may vary. If don’t know about ‘crate training’ and would like to learn more about it, house-breaking, or any other dog-related questions, please send in a Consult Form for our director, Dog Behaviourist Rory O’Neill, to book a time to meet with you in person or on phone.

Training & Behaviour Problems:

Our director and founder, Rory O’Neill, has been rescuing, training, and rehabilitating dog. Rory has learned a vast amount of information over the years about dog body language, fear, aggression, breeds, their needs, and most importantly, and pet owners needing help at learning about dog behaviour and how to be a Pack Leader, and not the other way around. The human needs to lead the household, not the dog. In much of our Canadian society, we treat our dogs like family members, and that is how it should be! However, pet owners do need to use dog psychology when raising a dog, not human psychology.


We find numerous rescue dogs with dental problems due to many factors, broken teeth chewing chain to get free of being tied, rotten food full of bacterial, dog bites near mouth and chin, baby teeth not falling out, and other reasons. Vets and our team do our best to find these problems prior to adoption, however sometimes we do not see them since they have not yet surfaced.

Bacteria could be lurking below the surface. Please take this into consideration when adopting and realize, we were not aware of it and had no way of knowing. We do our best to get all pets the best veterinary care we can provide. It’s not likely, but it is possible, the pet you adopt may need dental care after adoption. Shopping around for vet care is a smart move since rates vary a lot between clinics. We advise you ask your friends and ask vets in advance to for rates. We can also suggest local veterinarian’s we use to you.

Spay & Neuter!

Help us educate others, by speaking to them if you find your friends, family, acquaintances, who haven’t yet gotten their pets spayed. Everyone must do their part, that way, more unwanted and uncared for dogs and cats will not be born, and the ones that are have a chance to get a safe and caring home. Dogs and cats have many babies in every litter, while human only have one at a time. There are not enough homes for all the domesticated animals that are already born! Please help by educating those that think they should let their pet breed, or want a “purebred.”


We refund the adoption cost less $150 if a pet does not work out. The $150 helps cover the cost of emails, texts, phone calls, meetings, returning, we posting, and then some. We offer a two weeks return for a pet. A pet needs to be returned to us anytime in the lifetime of the pet if for any reason you can’t keep.

THANK YOU for caring about giving a previously homeless pet that struggled to survive on it’s own. Without you, we could not save as many as we do. Every single one of them is grateful for being saved from a lonely, hungry, frightening and extreme weather existence. It takes a lot to save them, but worth it!


If you’d like to contribute with items needed at the sanctuary, always needed: paper towels, puppy pee pads, wet and dry dog and cat food, large garbage bags, pellet style cat litter (most needed, from Rona or Canadian Tire), white vinegar, laundry detergent, blankets as well as a wide range of volunteer opportunities working at the Rescue Center organizing, cleaning, dog walking and handymen and all trades. We are registered non-profit with revenue Canada and offer tax deductible receipts.