Adoption Information

OSDR has an adoption process that we follow with all potential adopters. Its purpose is to make the transition for a dog into a new home as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

Many of these little guys have come from very traumatic, frightening places and will require time to adjust to a new person and environment. Whether from a puppy mill or from a home where its former owner is no longer able to care for them, dogs are not as adaptable as one may think. Like us, they need time and patience to feel safe and comfortable again.

The first step in our adoption process, after you have seen one of our available dogs that you are interested in, is to complete an Application for Adoption and send it to us completed.

Once we receive the application, we will contact you to arrange for you to meet the dog. You may be asked to go to the foster home or to a local pet store. If you and the dog are compatible, we will have the dog visit your home.


The first visit will  be kept short, if you and the dog are comfortable with each other, subsequent visits will be arranged. Starting with a few hours and ending with overnight visits. We will provide all the food, bedding, etc. that is needed for the visits.

This process can take up to two weeks. Once you are comfortable with the dog and it with you, the adoption can be finalized. The final decision in this adoption process is always with the dog!

When you adopt a dog you receive all the records we have on the dog. All dogs are neutered/spayed, tattooed, health checked, dental done, etc., before they are adopted out. They are also socialized to the very best of the foster home’s ability.

The process can be a slow one, as we are very careful that both dog and adopter are happy and secure in their decision. In the adoption process, our main concern is that if you are not able to keep the dog for any reason, the dog comes back to us.

Animals should be a life time commitment, but often they are not. This is where the Okanagan Small Dog Rescue fits into the community. We are happy that people have an option to bring their dogs to us.

Please understand that we need your support and donations. The dogs and all of us at OSDRS are in your debt as you take our society’s dogs into your heart with your kindness.

OSDR rescues and adopts locally. We are committed to our adoption process.

OSDR also adopts dogs keeping age of dog in relation to age of adopter in mind.. This must be an age appropriate match.



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