Adopt an ARF Dog

If you are interested in adopting an ARF dog, there are a few things that need to happen.

ARF dogs are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for the following adoption fees once their vet work, quarantine and rehabilitation are complete:

  • Dogs up to 4 months old – $400 (incl GST) (with reimbursement to the new owner of $100 on production of a receipt for puppy classes)
  • Dogs not expected to go to puppy classes up to and including 7 years old – $350 (incl GST)
  • Dogs 8 years old and older – $150 (incl GST)
  • Special needs dogs – cost assessed on the individual dog

Please contact the foster carer by filling in the enquiry form at the bottom of the dog’s profile if you’d like to be considered for one of the dogs from our Available dogs gallery.  Please bear in mind that many dogs get a lot of enquiries.

First, the foster carer will talk with you about your lifestyle and the sort of dog you are looking for. They then visit your home to conduct a yard check. If both you and the foster carer are happy and wish to proceed, both parties will complete an adoption agreement.

It is important to realise that ARF is not a ‘shop’ where dogs are sold on a first come, first served basis. We consider ourselves more like a ‘matchmaking’ service where dogs are adopted into the most suitable ‘forever’ home available to meet the dog’s (and the person’s) characteristics and needs. Please read our “Perfect Match” guidelines  here.

The final decision about which new home the dog goes to is made by the foster carer based on their knowledge and understanding of both the potential home and the personality of the individual dog. Sometimes it may take several enquiries before you meet an ARF dog that is right for you.

For more information on adopting and caring for your new dog in the ACT area please see:

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