Our Featured Qualicum Beach, BC Partner:
Furever After Small Dog Rescue
Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
P.O. Box 34
Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1S7
Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:We adopt to families on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Unfortunately, we are unable to facilitate long-distance adoptions due to the logistical difficulties of providing thorough pre-adoption screening and post-adoption follow-up outside of these areas.
About Our Rescue Group:We are a group of dedicated volunteers whose focus is to help small breed dogs who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. We began our rescue efforts in September of 2002, became incorporated as a registered non-profit society in July of 2006 and received our registered charity status in March of 2009. During this time, we have played an integral role in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of dozens of abused, neglected and abandoned dogs, many of whom were in danger of euthanasia in overcrowded animal control facilities. We work co-operatively with many other rescue groups and shelters in order to achieve the common goal of giving homeless dogs a second chance at life and happiness. We are based in Qualicum Beach, but we have successfully placed dogs in wonderful homes all over Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The majority of the dogs we rescue come from animal control facilities, although we occasionally accept owner surrenders as well. Our first priority is to help with dogs in local shelters who require our assistance. These are often dogs with high medical needs or those who are extremely stressed in the busy kennel environment. When the resources are available, we also rescue dogs from shelters in Los Angeles, where they are in imminent danger of euthanasia due to critical overcrowding.
The dogs in our care are not kept in a shelter or kennel; they are fostered in the private homes of our volunteers. They spend a minimum of one to two weeks in foster care, during which time they are provided with appropriate medical treatment and their foster parents have an opportunity to get to know their individual temperaments and needs.
While in our care, each dog is examined by a vet, spayed or neutered, updated on vaccinations, tattooed, micro-chipped and provided with any medical and/or dental care that is needed. Training is begun for any behavioral issues that are identified while the dog is in foster care. Once any medical and/or behavioral needs have been addressed and we've had a chance to get to know each dog's individual personality and specific requirements, the dog is listed for adoption. In order to find the best possible match between dog and family, there is an extensive adoption screening process. Our goal is to find the most suitable home to meet the individual needs of each dog for the duration of the dog’s life. Unfortunately, we are unable to facilitate long-distance adoptions due to the logistical difficulties of providing thorough pre-adoption screening and post-adoption follow-up outside of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
Come Meet our Pets:We do not have a shelter---all of our dogs are fostered in the private homes of our volunteers, so you need to make arrangements if you would like to come and meet one of them. In consideration of our fabulous foster volunteers, an adoption application form must be filled out and approved prior to meeting any of our dogs. Please contact us via e-mail if you would like more information about one of our dogs or if you would like to fill out an adoption application.
Our Adoption Process:The adoption process involves filling out an adoption application form, followed by a telephone interview to discuss your application and to answer any questions you may have about the particular dog you are interested in adopting or the adoption process in general. Then we contact three personal references, including a vet and grooming reference if possible. The next step is to come and visit you in your home. The purpose of this visit is to meet all of the family members and to ensure that your home will be a safe and suitable environment for the particular dog you are interested in adopting. Finally, we arrange for all of your family members to meet the dog in order to ensure that everyone is compatible. If we are quite certain that the dog is a good match for your family, then the adoption is finalized, an adoption contract is signed and an adoption fee of $250 is paid. The adoption fee is used to off-set some of the costs we have incurred in caring for the dog. In the rare event that the cost of caring for the dog was less than $250, the remainder of the money goes directly towards helping other dogs in need.
Post-adoption follow-up is provided via e-mail, telephone or home visits, depending on the situation, in order to ensure a successful transition of the new family member into the home. We remain in contact with our adopters and provide advice and support as needed to help ensure that every adoption is successful. However, if for any reason the adoption does not work out, we will always take our dogs back into care at any time throughout their lives. In fact, this is a condition of adoption which helps us to ensure that none of our dogs will ever end up in shelters again.
If you would like to fill out an adoption application form for one of our dogs, please contact us via e-mail so that we can tell you a bit more about the particular dog you are interested in adopting and answer any questions you may have. We reply to e-mails as promptly as possible, but please be patient as we are all volunteers with jobs and families of our own, in addition to our rescue work.