Once an animal is rescued, it is hart's priority to find each
dog a loving, safe and stable lifelong home. To assist in
achieving our goal, we have established these hart Adoption
Guidelines. These Guidelines will be applied to all adoption
applications by hart and foster homes through our Adoption
- Potential adopters must be at least 18 years of age.
- hart will not proceed with a home visit or adoption to any
individual showing signs of intoxication (alcohol or substance
abuse) at the time.
- Potential adopters must have reasonable expectations of the dog
and not show intolerance or aggressiveness toward the dog.
- Potential adopters must demonstrate they have the financial
means to care for the dog. References may be required for students
or unemployed individuals.
- Individuals who have returned an adopted dog to hart for
reasons which show a lack of understanding or compassion will not
be allowed to adopt another dog.
- Potential adopters who have euthanize an animal for reasons
other than severe health or who have surrendered an animal to
another organization, or given an animal away for reasons which
show a lack of understanding or compassion with respect to the
animal's needs and natural behavior will not be allowed to adopt a
Applications and Finding the Best Match for the
Adoptions are not done on a "first-come, first-served"
basis. Some of our dogs have special needs that must be taken
into consideration and our matching system allows us to find the
best environment for each dog. Where there are multiple
applications for a particular dog, the best match for the dog will
be the primary consideration.
Some hart dogs may have specific medical and/or behavioural
needs and therefore may be listed as "special needs adoptions".
Where necessary, the adoption process for these dogs may be
modified and include additional steps such as multiple visits
between the potential adopter and the hart dog, meetings with the
behaviouralist or trainer currently working with the hart dog, or a
commitment to continue training with the dog after adoption.
All hart dogs are fostered in homes in the greater Edmonton
area. Potential adopters who live outside of the greater Edmonton
area will be considered as potential adopters provided they adhere
to the steps in the adoption process and the foster home is in full
agreement. At a minimum, out of town potential adopters will
be required to travel to Edmonton to meet the hart dog. Detailed
photos of the potential adopter's home and yard, as well as
references, may be requested. If the adoption is approved, the
adopter will be responsible for providing transportation of the
hart dog to the new home.
All dogs adopted through hart must be spayed/neutered.
Based on the dog's age at adoption, some may be altered prior to
moving to their permanent homes. Some may be too young, so
hart will work with the adopter to arrange a spay/neuter
appointment at a veterinary clinic authorized by hart and hart will
cover the costs of this procedure. Spay/neuter is a
condition of every hart adoption. If a potential
adopter has an unaltered animal at home, the reason that the animal
is unaltered is an important factor that must be considered prior
to an adoption approval.
hart does not allow its dogs to be adopted as gifts. The
potential adoptive home that is screened and approved must be the
intended home for the dog.
hart dogs will only be adopted out to homes with permanent,
secure fences or other such secure structure (i.e. dog run with a
top or cover). hart may consider adopting to a home without a
fenced or otherwise secure yard if the potential adopter has
adequately demonstrated how the dog will be kept safe and secure
hart does not condone leaving dogs outside, unsupervised for
extended periods of time as all dogs are social animals who thrive
in a healthy, family setting and may become bored and problematic
(barking, digging, aggressive) if left unsupervised. All hart dogs
will ONLY be adopted as indoor, companion dogs, not working or
outdoor yard dogs.
hart dogs are crated while in foster care and we strongly
recommend using the crate until the adopter can trust the dog to be
left in the home unsupervised.
hart takes all household members into consideration when
arranging an adoption and may, based on the dog's temperament,
discourage the adoption of certain dogs to families with young
Potential adopters who rent will be required to submit written
proof from the landlord that pets are permitted (i.e. lease,
written permission signed by landlord). Owners of townhouses
or condominiums may be required to provide proof that their bylaws
Other Pets at
Home - Proof of Vaccination
All resident animals of a potential adopter must be up-to-date
on vaccinations before an adoption will be approved. Proof
(i.e. vaccination certificate) may be requested.
While hart makes every effort to ensure the dogs available for
adoption are healthy, hart does not guarantee the health or
temperament of any dog. Once adopted, medical costs
(including booster and rabies shots) are the responsibility of the
The adopter has three (3) weeks in which to return an adopted
dog to hart for a fifty percent (50%) refund, regardless of
circumstances. After the three (3) week period, if the
adopter is unable to keep the dog, they must contact hart who will
take the dog back into care, or use all available resources to
place the dog into a suitable home. No refund will be issued
after this three (3) week period.
In order to ensure successful placement of hart dogs, an adopter
can expect follow ups from hart volunteers.
All municipalities have bylaws pertaining to the control of
animals. Potential adopters must adhere to the animal control
bylaws in their area, including licensing requirements.