Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I go about adopting a dog?

New dogs arrive on a regular basis. If you are interested in adopting, regularly check our website, Facebook and Instagram pages. Available dogs with their bios will be posted across all three platforms. If you are interested in adopting, you will be required to complete an application.


2. What should I expect from a rescue dog in terms of behaviour and adjusting to my home?

Many rescue dogs go through a process of transition and adjustment. Your new dog may have an accident during the first 24 hours or may not. Your new dog may not eat for several days as well. This is often an overwhelming time for these dogs, who have a lot of transition. Patience, love and understanding is needed. Typically after a week or two in the new home, your dog will begin to relax into its environment. They will feel more comfortable and so their personality might evolve or change. At the 2-month mark there is generally another period of adjustment. It is always important to be flexible and accommodating to the needs of your new family member. If training is needed (which we strongly encourage and recommend for ALL our dogs) we can happily connect you to a trainer. Furthermore, a list of trainers will be on your adoption contract for easy accessibility. All of the trainers we recommend offer a 10% discount to all families that adopt through CCR.


 3. How can I help a dog adjust to my home?

Once you adopt a dog from CCR you will be given a guide that will help you and your new dog with the transition. Some rescue dogs fit right in straight away yet others need a little extra love and support. Our adoption guide can help connect you to the needed resources to make the transition that much easier. Also, CCR is committed to its community. Please shoot us an email and we are happy to further assist and give suggestions!


 4. Can I foster to adopt?

CCR offers foster to adopt (FTA) dependent on the dog and its needs. This is typically offered for dogs with medical conditions that CCR is treating (and paying for) or for a dog awaiting its spay or neuter. Dogs in this category are still available for adoption and can go to their forever home, but they will stay in an FTA until our partner vets deem the dog cleared of the medical issue. Once this happens, the adopter will be required to sign an adoption contract and pay the adoption fee.

During the FTA, a formal FTA contract will be drawn up and will indicate that the dog will be adopted by its FTA family and will detail the treatment plan covered by CCR. Finally, since the FTA family plans to adopt the dog, they are responsible for the cost of food and supplies for their new dog.


 5. Why do you charge an adoption fee? Where does that money go?

Coveted Canines Rescue is a not-for- profit organization run entirely by dedicated volunteers. This means that we rely on adoption fees, donations and fundraisers to be able to continue saving dogs.

As a 100% volunteer run rescue, no one is paid for the time, expertise and effort they provide to CCR. As a non-profit organization, 100% of our profits are invested in the organization and its mission. The majority of the money we raise is spent on veterinary bills. We pride ourselves in having a thorough and strict vetting protocol. This means that we do incur larger than typical expenses for testing and treating our newly arrived dogs. However, it does help to ensure that we are adopting out healthy dogs and providing adopters with complete medical history, especially for dogs with chronic or terminal illnesses. Our other expenses consist of supplies, transport of dogs, and to a much smaller degree, administration (~3%). Our foster families provide a loving home to our rescues for free, so we provide our fosters with the necessary supplies for their dog. We try to minimize our transportation expenses by working with other rescues and volunteers locally and internationally – however, we still do have to pay to pick up the dogs, pay import duties and sometimes, pay “pull fees” to release the dogs from kill shelters.


6. Where do you get your dogs? How much do you know about the dogs you have up for adoption?

We save dogs in Quebec and Ontario, as well as the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Thailand. Our partners in the rescues/shelterswe pull from perform a primary assessment of each dog that is scheduled to be transported to Canada. Most dogs that end up in a kill shelter have no background information. This is why the fostering program is so important.

While in foster our dogs are assessed and re-taught how to live in a home again and be part of a family. Our dogs are also often assessed by one of the partner trainers we regularly work with. Although our main focus is on kill shelters we do take in owner surrenders on a case-to- case basis.


7. Are the dogs examined by a vet? What happens if the dog gets sick after I adopt the dog – will you pay for vet bills?

A veterinarian examines all our dogs when they arrive and you will be provided with a copy of the veterinarian’s report at the time of adoption. It is always possible that a dog may have minor or major medical issues that we were unaware of or were undiagnosed at the time they were pulled. After adoption, it would be your responsibility to care medically for your dog. We will tell you all confirmed or suspected medical issues that were known of at the time of adoption. All of our dogs are adopted with a free 6-week insurance policy. We highly recommend continuing this coverage just in case!


8. Why did I not get the dog I applied for?

We get so many wonderful applicants and we consider all kinds of factors matching dogs to applicants. It is not a “first come, first serve” basis. We will place a dog with a family based on the best match between the dog and the new home. Some factors we may consider include: 

  • Would it be better for the dog to be placed in a home with another dog? What kind of dog?
  • How does the dog’s behaviour match what you are looking for? We want to try and match you with the right dog.  Some dogs require more training than others, some like to cuddle more than others, and some dogs have more energy than others.
  • Can the dog be left alone during the day?
  • Can the dog be crated?
  • The dog’s history and experiences
  • Compatibility with other pets, children
  • Special needs of the dog
  • Are there any medical needs?


9. I live outside Toronto. Can I still adopt from Coveted Canines Rescue?

Most of our volunteers reside in Toronto. We sometimes can arrange to complete home visits outside of the GTA. This will be discussed with you during your application interview.


10. How do I learn more about fostering dogs?

Fostering is the most rewarding experience. If you would like to apply to be part of our amazing team please contact to begin the application process or please fill out and submit a form found under our foster section on the website.


11. I went through the entire process and did not get the dog I wanted. What now? 

Our process involves a meet and greet, home visit and reference checks - so we all get to know each other well. We regularly rescue new dogs and remember – we match people to dogs. Keep your eye out on our website, come to our adoption events and we will keep in touch. As you are preapproved to adopt, and we know you – a future match is likely to happen!


 12. Why is the process so long? Why do I need a home visit and reference checks to get a dog when I can go to a shelter and get a dog right away?

Adopting a dog is a big decision and a long-term commitment. Our reference and home visit process helps you and Coveted Canines decide whether this is the right decision for you. It also helps us match you with the right dog. Some of our dogs have come from difficult situations so our process is set up to minimize the likelihood that they will experience another home transition or breakdown. We do not expedite or rush applications BUT there are things you can do to ensure that the process goes smoothly and therefore takes less time to process:

1. Make sure that everyone involved in the dog’s life agrees to the adoption.

2. Make sure that each question on the application is answered, as it relates to your situation. Please write legibly so that we can send information to the correct e-mail address.

3. Please let your references know in advance that they will be called and encourage them to share what they know in detail.

4. Please ensure that you give your vet (if you have one) permission to answer our questions.

5. When a home visit is scheduled, make sure that everyone who lives in the home is present.

6. You can meet the dog, talk with Coveted Canine staff that know the dogs and complete an application on the spot.  If you have a current dog, come to one of our adoption events for a meet and greet on neutral ground. Let us know in advance so that we can ensure the dog you are interested in is present. Sometimes we can even set up a home visit at the event.   You then skip the meet and greet stage and go right on to the home visit and references.

Most of our applicants find the process connects them to the rescue and helps them gain information on the demands and joys of adopting a rescue dog. The process also requires you to meet the dog and introduce him to all family members and other pets. This helps us all decide whether it is a good match.


13. What happens if I get the dog and things don’t work out? What do I do?

There is always an adjustment period when a dog is placed in a home. Most dogs will display some behavioural issues as they adjust to a new home. We are available to answer questions, and give advice as everyone settles into their new environment. We can also connect you to trainers who can assist you, and we would strongly encourage all of our adoptive families to seek support and assistance from dog trainers. 

If the adoption breaks down, you are required to return the dog to our rescue. You must return the dog to us if things do not work out. We will always accept a dog back into our rescue!


14. Why does Coveted Canines Rescue do a follow-up visit months after adoption?

At CCR, we are so committed to our dogs and their new families that we love to check in and see how everyone is doing! Following the adjustment period, our Alumni Manager will send you an email for an update, a family photo, or even a follow-up visit. This is an opportunity for the adoptive family to discuss their experience with CCR, any issues they have (or have not) experienced with their new dog, and feedback about our screening process. This post-adoption communication is the foundation of our CCR family and enables us to provide any further support. It also helps us be the best we can be for future adopters!