Flying Dogs Canada

Adoption/Foster Info

Adopting one of our dogs and giving them a forever home is one of the greatest things you can do to help. It changes a dog’s life, and yours too! Not able to commit to a dog for life, but want to help in a very big way? We have Canadian, U.S., and Mexican dogs in need of foster homes. Fostering  gives them a chance to live in a home environment out of the shelter, and helps prepare them for life in their forever home to come.  Vet costs are covered for fosters, and in some cases we have food donated meaning it costs nothing but love to foster one of our dogs. Ready to apply? Click below or see our dogs and cats page. Have more questions? See our FAQ below. Also, see below for vet and education links.


1) Complete and submit the ADOPTION applications below both for FOSTERING or ADOPTION. It is the Adoption form for everything (including to foster). Just please indicate in your application, where it asks which animals you would prefer to adopt, that the want to “Foster”

               Adoption Application for Dog (use this same form to apply to foster)

               Adoption Application for Cat  (use this same form to apply to foster)


2) Your references will be checked

3) We will email/text/call you for clarification or for more information

4) Home Visit (Preferred)

**Length of time it can take for the approval process = 1-3 weeks with c
hecking references/vet checks/home visit**

Once approved you will then:
Be matched with a dog/cat

2.) Sign the Adoption Agreement

3.) Pay the Adoption and Crate Fee:

     Adoption Fee: Dogs – $595 / Cats – $245 / Two Cats for $375

     Crate Fee for transport: $122 

     Fostering is free!


Why does it cost money to adopt?

Care for our dogs prior to adoption costs money. FDC relies solely on adoption fees and donations to support the animals within the rescue.

What is the adoption fee?

Dogs – $595 (spayed/neutered/vaccinated) plus $122 transport crate fee. *These fees reflect our current global situation in which we must transport all dogs via flight. FDC must account for additional charges per canine for flight tickets. Once ground transport becomes an option again, the adoption fees will be adjusted accordingly. Thank you for your understanding*

Cats – $245 (spayed/neutered/vaccinated)

Why is your adoption fee slightly higher then other local rescues?

In addition to the food, shelter, and vet costs for caring for our dogs, we also have the added expense of travel from Mexico. We find that we still have very competitive adoption fees and are on par with most local rescue fees. We recently had to make the difficult decision to slightly increase our adoption fees due to our transports being limited to flights only. Once ground transport resumes, we hope to adjust the adoption fees to reflect that as well. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

What is included in the adoption fee?

The dog is vetted, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, parasite control, health check with documents, and travel to Canada. (there is an additional $122 fee for travel crate)

Why do I have to through an application process to adopt?

We need to ensure suitable homes are found for our dogs, and to match them to the best homes possible, and vice-versa. We want your home to be a forever home, and for you to find the perfect dog that suits your family best. Answering these questions and doing reference checks ensures that you are matched with the best possible fit for your lifestyle!

What if I want to help but can't commit to adopting at this time?
There are several ways to help. Fostering, volunteering, donating, and promoting FDC all helps us to help more dogs.
Can you guarantee the size or breed of your dogs?

No, our dogs are not guaranteed to be a certain breed or size as they are mostly strays we rescue with unknown backgrounds.

What support do you offer after adopting/fostering?

We offer guidance for our adopters/fosters throughout the process and in the years that follow adoption; we are always happy to answer any questions you have! We cover veterinary care costs for foster dogs. We also commit to accepting surrenders of former FDC dogs if circumstances change within your life. This is actually part of our adoption agreement requirements. Also, if the dog has a pre-exisiting condition which comes to light after adoption then we are committed to follow through with reimbursement of fees and/or assist further with veterinary needs as necessary. You will find us supportive because we care about the dogs. (A veterinarian’s letter stating something is a pre-adoptive condition is required in order for FDC to reimburse or assist with veterniary needs)

I already have a dog. How do I introduce them to the new dog?
For dogs it might be best to have the first meeting to be on neutral territory, like meeting up out on a walk in a stress free environment. Keep dogs on leashes and use caution.
I have other animals in the home. How should I introduce to my new dog?
Use caution and go slowly, but do not wait too long for an introduction or your new dog may feel they have a claim to your home as their territory alone. Keep leashed and use small supervised visits. Exchanging items with each other’s scent prior to meeting may help them to feel they know each other already.
I feel my new dog isn't bonding with me. What do I do?

Relationships take time, especially when a dog may have experienced abuse or neglect in the past. Be patient, your new dog may need some time to get used to your new home, and living in Canada.

I am having trouble training my dog. What do I do?
For your new dog, having rules and limitations might be new to them. Be patient, they just travelled thousands of miles and have had their world turned upside down, they will need some time to adjust. Training or behaviour classes are always recommended.
What training methods does FDC suggest?
We encourage positive reinforcement training (praise the good, ignore or redirect the bad). Redirection of unwanted behaviour (ie: if chewing is an issue offer something allowable to chew) is also suggested.
My dog isn't working out and I want to end my adoption. What do I do?

Contact FDC to surrender the dog. As per your adoption agreement, adoption fees are non-refundable, and the dog must be returned to FDC, not sold or given away.

I have more questions about the adoption process or Flying Dogs Canada.
Please contact us via the contact form for any additional questions you may have.

Links and Partners

We use several different veterinary clinics in Canada, the USA (Texas/Colorado) and Mexico to help look after our dogs 🙂