Frequently Asked Questions
- Can you tell me more about the dog and send me pictures?
- What breed(s) are in this animal?
- Do you ever get any purebreds?
- Are these animals spayed/neutered?
- I need to re-home my dog or I found a stray animal, can you take it?
- Where is your shelter?
- What are your hours?
- How can I meet the dog or cat?
- If I am interested in a particular animal, am I guaranteed to adopt the animal?
- Once my application has been approved, can I take the dog or cat home with me the same day the initial viewing has been arranged?
- Can I adopt a pet as a gift?
- Are the dogs good with children, other dogs, or cats?
- What are your adoption fees?
- What is included in the adoption fee?
- What forms of payment will be accepted?
- Can I get a tax receipt for donations?
Can you tell me more about the dog or cat and send me pictures?
As we rescue from many other rescues and shelters, we initially get very little background information. All the information that we know about these dogs or cats is in their profiles. We update these profiles regularly. All their pictures are posted; unfortunately we are unable to take additional pictures to send to you until we have them in foster care.
What breed(s) are in this animal?
We rarely know for sure the exact breed of the animal. We make a visual assessment and estimate the breed mix. We cannot guarantee the breed of an animal.
Do you ever get any purebreds?
Yes, however, we cannot estimate timing of when we get purebreds into our rescue. We work with many shelters and rescues and rescue animals on an as needed basis.
Are these animals spayed/neutered?
Yes all animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
I need to re-home my dog or cat or I found a stray animal, can you take it?
Depending on the situation, there are a number of steps involved. Please contact us directly to enquire about surrenders and we will do our best to help. For stray animals please contact 311 for assistance.
Where is your shelter?
We are made up of a group of very dedicated volunteers. All of our dogs and cats are cared for in foster homes and most of our volunteers give their time to Pawsitive Match on top of maintaining full-time employment. Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation does not have a public shelter facility but the majority of our foster homes are in the Calgary area.
What are your hours?
As we do not operate out of a physical shelter location, we do not have set hours. Our foster volunteers do their best to accommodate potential adoptive families in respect to a meeting.
How can I meet the dog or cat?
Viewings are by appointment only and every attempt is made to fit the times into everyone's individual schedules. The first step in the adoptions procedure is to fill out the adoption application, located on the adoptions page. You will be contacted by a Pawsitive Match volunteer once your application has been reviewed. We do not give out the addresses of our foster homes, until the application is fully approved by our adoptions committee. You can speed this process up by filling out our application thoroughly and avoid leaving blank fields. We will respond as soon as possible.
If I am interested in a particular animal, am I guaranteed to adopt the animal?
Finding the best match for both our adoptable animals and our potential adopters is very important to us. Many animals receive a number of inquiries and a home is chosen based on what the committee feels is the best match. Please understand that this does not mean that you would not provide a proper home but that the dog or cat is placed based on what we believe to be most suitable.
Once my application has been approved, can I take the dog or cat home with me the same day the initial viewing has been arranged?
We do not typically do same day adoptions. It is the hope of Pawsitive Match that the potential forever family will take a night to sleep on it just to ensure that the right fit has been found for both the family as well as the furry addition. Adopting a new pet is a significant decision that will change your life for many years to come.
Can I adopt a pet as a gift?
We do not adopt any of our animals as gifts.
Are the dogs good with children, other dogs, or cats?
Every animal is different. Once your application has been approved, it is best to talk to the foster home about the animal, as they are best able to provide information.
What are your adoption fees?
Our adoption fees for dogs range from $350 - $500. All puppies up to 6 months of age range from $400 - $500.
Our adoption fees for cats are $150 and kittens are $200
What is included in the adoption fee?
- DAPP (dogs) and 3-way (cats) vaccine and boosters up to the date of adoption. Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations, subsequent boosters and annual vaccinations ARE NOT included. Please budget the cost of these when planning to adopt.
- Rabies vaccine for any dog over 12 weeks of age and any cat over 16 weeks of age.
- Spay/Neuter: All animals will be spayed/neutered prior to adoption. If you have questions or concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Microchip: Animals will be microchipped prior to adoption. The microchip will be registered to you once the adoption finalizes. You may also consider purchasing a customized name tag.
- Snap4Dx test and treatment: If your dog is from the Southern US or a tropical area, we will test for tick-borne diseases (Ehrlichia, Heartworm, Anaplasmosis and Lyme disease). A follow up treatment is needed 6 months after initial testing which will not be covered by PMRF after the dog is adopted.
- Tick/Flea treatment
- Transport to Calgary: If you live outside of Calgary, you will need to make arrangements to transport your new animal home.
- All other additions to these basic procedures or extra vetting is not covered, such as dew claw removal. Please discuss these procedures with your vet.
What forms of payment will be accepted?
PayPal and credit card payments are accepted. Payment needs to be completed prior to taking your adopted animal home.
Can I get a tax receipt for donations?
We are a registered Canadian Charity and can provide you with a charitable receipt. Charity Registration #84618 7680 RR0001
We recommend that you enroll your puppy in obedience training as early as possible. From the moment you bring a dog home you can work on and reinforce good manners. Most behaviors can be modified, we recommend that you consult a professional trainer and take the time to work with the dog, don't wait until you are frustrated to the point of not wanting to keep your pet. A well behaved dog can make the difference between a keeping your dog or him/her winding up as one of the many unwanted animals in shelters across Canada that are euthanized each year. As an adopter of a rescue dog you qualify for many great discounts with the trainers we work with. Please ask your adoptions processor for details.
Please call us if circumstances dictate that you must find a new home for a Pawsitive Match Rescue dog. Adoption fees are non-refundable.