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FAQs about adopting a dog

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What do you do with the stray dogs that come into the Animal Services Agency?
  • Every attempt is made to reunite stray dogs with their owners. When a dog is not claimed and it is deemed adoptable by the Animal Services Agency staff, it will enter the Dog Adoption Program.
What kinds of dogs do you have up for adoption?
Why should I adopt a pet?
After I've adopted my dog, can the original owner try and claim it?
  • A dog is fully adopted once all fees and paperwork have been completed and the dog has left Animal Services and is in your care and control.
  • If a former owner attends Animal Services after a dog has been fully adopted, we will call you up to one week after the adoption to see if you are willing to return the dog to the former owner. The decision is up to you, as you are the current legal owner and the dog is residing with you.
  • If you decide to return the dog, Animal Services will provide a refund or suggest another dog that may be suitable for adoption.
Does the Animal Services Agency have a "trial period" when adopting a dog?
  • All adopted dogs come with a 7 day home trial. If you return the dog within this time period, you will be refunded your adoption fee less the non-refundable deposit.
What happens if the dog needs veterinary care during the "trial period"?
  • When you take the dog out of the Animal Services Agency on a "home trial", the staff will explain the procedures that need to be followed should the dog require veterinary care during the trial period. You will be given a list of instructions and telephone numbers to call if necessary.
Can I return a dog after the adoption has been finalized?
  • No - after an adoption has been finalized, you become the legal owner of the dog and are responsible for its care.
Last update: August 2, 2019