Frequently asked Questions

Can you send us more information about your dogs and more pictures? We rescue in cooperation with the Sunchild and O'Chiese Reserves. All the information that we know about these dogs, pups and cats is in their profiles. We update these profiles regularly.  All their pictures are posted; unfortunately we are unable to take additional pictures to send to you.

What phone number can I call for more information? We do not have a "Paws and Claws" phone number. We are all volunteers who take animals into our homes and care for them. We took our private phone numbers off the website since we were being awakened at all hours of the night. We also do not provide service to the general public, as the SPCA exists for urban animals. We serve the animals on the Sunchild and O'Chiese Reserves since they cannot access the SPCA. We can be emailed at adoptions@pawsandclawsanimalrescue.ca.

What Breed(s) are in this animal? We rarely know for sure the exact breed of the animal. We make a visual assessment when we rescue the animal, and based on that try and determine the breed(s). We can not make a guarantee however. There can be a dozen breeds in one of our dogs. 

Do you ever get any small dogs/puppies or purebreds? We do not get small dogs nor purebreds in our rescue.  We rescue in cooperation with the Sunchild and O'Chiese Reserves, where larger breeds are prevalent.  Please visit "Courtesy Adoptions" frequently to check for smaller breeds.

Are these animals spayed/ neutered? We spay/neuter all dogs and puppies over 6 months old prior to adoption. Puppies under six months of age have a $200 adoption fee, plus $100.00 spay/neuter incentive. This incentive fee is kept in a trust account, and refunded upon proof from your veterinarian that the pup has been spayed/neutered by seven months of age. Please note the deposit will not be refunded after the above stated date.

I need to re-home my dog or I found a stray animal, can you take it? No, we do not do urban rescue, as there is the SPCA and other urban rescues filling this role.  We rescue in cooperation with the Sunchild and O'Chiese Reserves.  If you have animals you need to re-home, please go to "Courtesy Adoptions" and scroll to the bottom.  Several other rescues are listed there who may be able to help you.

Where is your shelter? The Paws and Claws family is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers. We all foster out of our private homes along with maintaining our full-time employment. Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation does not have a shelter facility.The majority of our foster homes are in the Red Deer area, though we have some in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Sylvan Lake, Olds, Eckville, and Penhold. We can only be contacted by email (adoptions@pawsandclawsanimalrescue.ca).

What are your hours? How can I meet the pets? Dog/Puppy viewings are by appointment only and every attempt is made to fit the times into everyone’s individual schedules. The first step in the adoptions procedure is to fill out the adoption application, located at the bottom of "Fees and Procedures" Page.  You will be contacted by a Paws and Claws volunteer once your application has been read.  We do not give out the phone numbers and addresses of our private homes until the application is fully approved by our board.  You can speed this process by filling our our application thoroughly.  Please avoid answering "not applicable". Please allow five days before writing again; all of Paws and Claws are volunteers with full time work and families.  We will respond as soon as possible. Please, be patient with us. If you are unable to make your appointment with the volunteer foster parent please call her as soon as possible.  We will not re-book appointments for those who do not contact us.

If I am interested in a particular animal, am I guaranteed to adopt the animal? Not necessarily, our volunteers want to ensure the health and happiness of the foster puppies we love. This means we need to know if you are the right person for our furry one(s)! Many animals generate a number of inquiries and a home is chosen based on what the board believes to be best for that particular animal. Please understand that this does not mean that you would not provide a proper home but that the animal is placed based on what we believe to be most suitable. Please do not tell your kids that they may pick out one of our puppies. We recommend you simply tell them you are going to visit some puppies. There is an adoption procedure to follow. We do not want to have your children’s hearts set on getting a puppy, until your application has been given final approval. Each puppy has a unique personality and needs; a few have certain breeds in their mix that require the new home to be experienced with dogs. On rare occasions one of our dogs cannot go to a home with children. The Paws and Claws volunteer will help guide this process. You will be asked to give the foster parent 24 hours to respond after your visit.  Our focus at Paws and Claws is finding a stable, responsible home for the puppy, dog, or cat in our care.

Once my application has been approved, can I take the puppy home with me the same day the initial viewing has been aranged? No, you won't always be able to take the the puppy with you once you've been approved for adoption (same day).  It is the hope of the Paws and Claws family that the potential forever family will take a night to “sleep on it” just to ensure that the “right fit” has been found for both the family as well as the furry addition. We recommend that you review "Things to consider before you adopt a pet", it is hard to think of the realities when faced with a cute puppy or kitty, but the following is extremely important. Adopting a new pet is a significant decision that will change your life for many years to come. In addition, the pups, dogs and cats must remain in care a minimum of two weeks to ensure that they are healthy.  They go to the vet's for a check up, and receive their first set of shots while in care.  They stay in care a minimum of one week after they get their shots.  The boosters are the responsibility of the adopters.  Puppies may only go if they are a minimum of eight weeks old, and through their quarantine time. You will be asked to give the foster parent 24 hours to respond after your visit.  Our focus at Paws and Claws is finding a stable, responsible home for the puppy, dog, or cat in our care.

We are getting several requests each week from people wanting us to fly our puppies out to distant locations across North America.
Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation regrets that we cannot accomodate these requests. We require a face-to-face meeting with potential adopters, and we like to do homevisits. Additionally, it is too stressful for a young puppy to go through the rigors of flying. We will consider potential adopters from across Alberta, Eastern British Columbia, and Western Saskatchewan. (Additionally, it is possible for families from Northern Montana, Northern Idaho, and North-Eastern Washington to drive to where our puppies are located, though keep in mind that in addition to up to a dozen hours of driving (one way), you might be held up for many many hours at the border. It may take several trips before you are alowed to take the dog/cat home. ) All of our puppies must remain in care for a minimum of two weeks to ensure they are healthy; the one you are interested in may not be able to leave with you on the day you visit. We recommend that you visit a local animal shelter in your area.

Can I adopt a pet as a gift? We do not adopt of puppies as surprise gifts.  The recipient must fill out the adoption form and visit the dog in person.  The only exception to this rule is parents adopting a puppy for their own child. We recommend that if you know of a person wanting to adopt an animal, instead of purchasing an animal for them, you get them a gift cerfiticate from Petsmart. This way can choose an animal that bonds with them and they can purchase things, like bowls, leashes, collars, treats and other necessities for the newest addition to their family.

Are the animals good with children small animals? Every animal is different. If Paws and Claws knows if an animal is good or bad with children, we will include that in the write-up on the website. If you have cats, we recommend that you choose a puppy, or seek an adult from another rescue.  Our adults have likely had to hunt to survive, an we cannot guarantee that they will be good with cats, chickens, rabbits, etc.. However, please talk to the foster home about the animal, as they are best able to provide information on the animal.

What are your adoption fees? Puppies under six months of age have a $200 adoption fee, plus $100.00 spay/neuter incentive. This incentive fee is kept in a trust account, and refunded upon proof from your veterinarian that the pup has been spayed/neutered by seven months of age. Please note the deposit will not be refunded after the above stated date. All puppies are health checked and have their first set of shots; if they are still in our system by the time their second set of shots are due, then we ensure that their shots are up-to-date. Note: Please make a spay/ neuter appointment for your puppy as soon as it arrives in your care! These are often hard to schedule with your veterinarian; in some cities it takes months of waiting before your appointment. Discount spay centers are even more heavily booked.

Neutered Male - $200.00 comes with initial vaccination and tattoo. You are responsible for any boosters that might remain in their vaccination schedule.

Spayed Female - $250.00 comes with initial vaccination and tattoo. You are responsible for any boosters that might remain in their vaccination schedule.

Cats - $125.00 - All cats are spayed/neutered, initials-vaccinated and micro chipped/ tattooed prior to adoption. You are responsible for any boosters that might remain in their vaccination schedule.

What forms of payment will be accepted? Payments are accepted as cash only, no cheques. This is given to the foster home at the time of adoption.

Why do you charge for your rescue animals? Along with donations, Paws and Claws uses the adoption fees to provide medical attention, food, medications and spay/neuter procedures to homeless, abused or unwanted animals on the Sunchild and O'Chiese Reserves. Click here to find out how we are making a difference in the lives of so many animals in this area.

Can I return the dog or cat if it doesn't work out? Will my fees be refunded? Adoption of a Paws and Claws animal is final and no fee's will be refunded.. Once you adopt the responsibility for the dog or cat is yours. We recommend that you enroll your puppy in obedience training as early as possible. From the moment you bring a dog home you can work on and enforce good manners. Because puppies are so cute and small we often will tolerate behaviors that we wouldn’t with an older dog. Although unwanted behavior can be brought under control most of the time, it is easier on everyone to get started early and prevent it. Most behaviors can be modified, we recommend that you consult a professional trainer and take the time to work with the dog, don’t wait until you are frustrated to the point of not wanting to keep your pet. A well behaved dog can make the difference between a keeping your dog or him/her winding up as one of the many unwanted animals in shelters across Canada that are euthanized each year.

Please call us if circumstances dictate that you must find a new home for a Paws and Claws dog or cat. No fees are refunded if you have to re-home your dog, but we will make every effort to work with you to find another suitable home. Paws and Claws volunteers foster out of our private homes and we have our own dogs and cats, as well as foster puppies to take care of, so we are usually not able to take the dog or cat back into our care. We will, however, place your pet's picture on our Courtesy Adoptions page, and screen potential owners for you. Please note that the older an animal is, the harder it is to re-home it, so we will need plenty of time to find the right home. This difficulty is why we have a stringent screening procedure and try to make the appropriate choice from the start.

In very rare circumstances we will consider taking an animal back into the foster care system to re-home. No fees are refunded in this circumstance either. As we are a small non-profit animal rescue charity, we would also appreciate a donation to go towards the cost of your animal's care as we endeavour to re-home it.

We hope this answers most of your questions! For any other questions please email adoptions@pawsandclawsanimalrescue.ca

Thank you for considering Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Foundation!