In order for Freedom Dog Rescue to continue to address the medical and daily needs of all our dogs in care, an adoption fee is required for all our dogs. This fee is considered NON-refundable as it all goes back to helping the existing dogs in our care. The adoption fee is used to cover any costs incurred by the dog while they are with us and to help provide supplies for the rescue in order to help us bring in other dogs in need. The cost schedule is as follows:

0-1 year old $600
1-2 year old $550
2-5 year old $450
5-8 year old $400
8+ year old $300

​The Freedom Dog Rescue Adoption Director and Coordinators work hard to find the proper match for each of our dogs, and to ensure that both the adopting family and the dog will be happy with their life-time decision.  

All applicants must go through the adoption process as we want to be sure that every adopter is fully aware of a dogs strengths and weaknesses to ensure the perfect match.

It is important to note that Freedom Dog Rescue does not adopt out our dogs on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because we want this to be a permanent adoption, we take great care in placing the dogs in the home that is best suited for him/her, as well as the adoptive family.  Every dog is an individual and as such may not fit into every household and the screening process must be completed before we can approve a placement. Freedom Dog Rescue will screen 3 applications at a time and will put a hold on accepting applications until these have been properly screened. 

As we are strictly a volunteer based rescue, we may not be able to contact you right away. 

Freedom Dog Rescue unfortunately cannot adopt a dog to a family further than 4 hours away from Ottawa, however exceptions do happen. A home visit is always required and we need to have a volunteer in the area to do that home visit.


  1. Applicant must fill out an adoption application, which can be emailed.

  2. A Freedom Dog Rescue Adoption Coordinator reviews the application and screens the person to see if they are a good fit.  You will receive an email or phone call asking for information such as where the dog will sleep, how long the dog will be left, what your training plans are, how they will be exercised etc. As well as to discuss the dogs behavior, temperament and personality.
  3. We then verify the personal and vet references that you have submitted on your application.
  4. Assuming everything looks good so far, a home visit is scheduled where a Freedom Dog Rescue volunteer comes to your home to assess the environment in which the dog will be living. The home visit is mandatory for any adoption to proceed as it allows us to visit with potential adopters to get a better feel for if the desired dog will fit their lifestyle and activity level. It is part of our commitment to verify and counsel with each potential adopter. When we do the visits we may see something that needs to be addressed that the applicant might not think to mention.
  5. Once the home has been approved, we can schedule a "Meet and Greet" between the dog and the adopters. All members of the household must be present to meet the dog, including children and others pets, as this allows us to watch the interaction between everyone and see any potential red flags that might arise.
  6. Following the meeting, we always ask that the family take time to discuss and make sure everyone is in agreement about adopting the dog. If the decision is a "yes", then the adopter signs an adoption agreement and pays the designated adoption amount. This fee allows us to cover medical bills and supplies in order to help other dogs in need. For adoption fee information please email us.
  7. All dogs are spayed or neutered, are up to date on all their shots, have had a general physical before being placed and puppy's de-wormed. If an animal is sick or recovering from injury, we will not place the dog until he/she has fully recovered. Freedom Dog Rescue is a firm believer in 100% spay/neuter before adoption.  A full medical history will always be disclosed to the potential adopter.
  8. ​If we have puppies available (which is not often), they will be available to go to an adoptive home with a contract stating their spay/neuter date, which must be kept. Failure to do so would result in immediate return of the adopted dog with no refund


  • Must be an adult with responsibility for maintaining a household.
  • Have current identification showing address and/or phone number.
  • Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in household.
  • Be able to spend the time and money necessary to provide for the training, medical treatment and proper care of the pet.
  • Must be able to cover the cost of the adoption donation.
  • Agree to provide the pet with an indoor home and be willing to consider him as a member of the family.
  • Understand that all Freedom Dog Rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, no exceptions.
  • Understand that all pets in an adopter's home must be spayed/neutered, no exceptions.
  • Place personal ID on the pet as soon as possible.
  • Provide an environment for the animal that will keep him safe and secure.
  • Understand that Freedom Dog Rescue has the right to either deny or approve your adoption application.
  • Be able to provide Freedom Dog Rescue with updates.
  • This process can get very emotional, with potential adopters getting very attached to the dogs they are looking at. Please know that we have both the best interest of the dog and the adopter at heart when making all placement decisions.

Adoption Process​



We work hard to make sure that we take care of all of our pets here at Freedom Dog Rescue. But, unfortunately we can't do it without people like you and your donations of time and money. So, if you ever feel like you want to be a part of our family and help some of the best animals around, check us out. 

0-1 year old $600
1-2 year old $550
2-5 year old $450
5-8 year old $400
8+ year old $300


It's hard knowing what to do when you're about to adopt. But, we make this process even easier when you adopt with us, because we have trained volunteers that will go over every possible question or concern you and your family might have on introducing your newest pal to the family. 


We know you've always wanted a dog. And now's the time friends! We are here to help you get ready for your new family member, and as soon as you're ready to take the big plunge we're here to help you find him/her. Owning an animal is, after all, one of the most gratifying things you can do.

Adoption Fee's