Frequently Asked Questions

QWhere are you located?

Barrie, Ontario

QWhat breed is the dog?

There are three main breeds of dog up north; husky, lab and shepherd. Northern Designer Dogs are some mix of these three. Occasionally there are other breeds. Normally we do not know the father and sometimes not even the mother.

QHow big will he/she get?

Since we often don’t know their mix of breeds it is hard to determine their size.  The majority of dogs end up between 50-80lbs.

QDo you have any small breed dogs?

Because of the common dogs in northern Ontario we rarely get smaller breed dogs. However, they do come up occasionally.  Keep an eye out for the dogs for adoption. 

QWhat is the cost of adoption?

When Finding Them Homes started on its mission of rescuing dogs from remote northern communities and finding forever homes for them, the board’s philosophy was that no ‘profit’ was to be made from the adoption of these (un)fortunate animals. In other words, the rescue would operate solely on the donations of like-minded individuals who wanted to help these dogs rather than ‘selling’ rescued dogs. Many people have asked us what our adoption ‘fees’ are and they are surprised when we tell them we don’t have a fee amounting to hundreds of dollars. We only ask adopters to cover some of the initial costs that we incur (which includes vaccination, deworming and microchipping) and is set at $150. Where vet costs incurred by FTH significantly exceed this amount (e.g. for spaying/neutering), costs will be fully made known to the potential adopter early in the adoption process.

In many cases we incur additional costs when dogs require medications, tests, dental work, major surgery, etc. We also incur significant costs to transport dogs from remote communities, some of which are only accessible by air. We do not ask adopters to assume these costs because that would act as a deterrent to finding forever homes for many dogs. Instead we rely on the generosity of dog lovers to provide the means for us to pay for the extra expenses that allow dogs to be rescued and looked after.

If it’s in your heart to also make a donation when you adopt a dog from us, we will gladly accept it and provide a tax receipt early the next year for your donation. These donations in addition to our fundraising efforts and the generosity of our supporters are what allow us to help more dogs in need.

QWhat do I need to bring with me to the adoption?

Please come to your adoption appointment with the proper size martingale collar and 6′ leash.  In your adoption email we will provide you with the size that is needed. FTH will carry a supply should you wish to purchase collar and/or leash at the adoption. Unfortunately we can not proceed with the adoption otherwise.

QWhat if I’m running late to an adoption?

Please be aware that adoptions are completed on a tight schedule – often there are adoptions scheduled before and after yours, and there are a number of people involved in the adoption itself. While we understand that sometimes there are circumstances beyond your control, you MUST contact FTH at least one hour before the scheduled adoption time by sending an email to [email protected] if you will be late; failure to do so will result in cancellation of the adoption appointment, the dog will be placed on the available list again, and the next adoption application for the dog will be processed.

QCan I meet the dog?

If a dog is in foster care in the Barrie area, you can meet the dog at any of our Meet and Greets OR upon approval of application and home visit we may be able to arrange for you to meet the dog. Please check the event page for information about upcoming meet ‘n greets.

QAre they good with cats?

There are very few cats up north and therefore it can be hard to determine this factor. We rarely know until they come south.

If you have a cat and the dog you’re applying for has not been exposed to cats, we will be asking you to take a 1:1 session with a trainer of our choice to ensure the transition goes smoothly

QIf am interested in one of the dogs posted on your site, what do I do?

Please complete an adoption application form (link also below). There is a screening process so we will be in touch with you to ensure that these dogs are the right match for you. Please keep an eye on your junk mail and check for an automatic reply that is sent upon receiving your application. If you do not get this automatic response right away then your email address submitted may not be correct.

QHow long does the process take?

There are many factors that affect how long the process takes. It depends on the potential adopter’s availability, the volunteer’s availability, the potential adopter’s readiness to respond to emails, and a few other factors. It can range from a few days to a week or so.

Q*Can we use the Finding Them Homes – James Bay Pawsitive Rescue name and/or logo for fundraising events?

Yes, our name and logo can be used with prior written approval by visiting our Contact Us page and requesting approval.

Q*Do I need a license to do fund raising for Finding Them Homes – James Bay Pawsitive Rescue?

Events that include raffles, 50/50 draws or other lotteries need to obtain a license from the municipality where the event is to take place.

Q*Do I need insurance to do fund raising for Finding Them Homes – James Bay Pawsitive Rescue?

Finding Them Homes – James Bay Pawsitive Rescue cannot be responsible for the conduct or liabilities that may arise from any third party fundraising initiative. Thus, the organizers of such events shall ensure that they have adequate liability insurance to protect themselves in case of accident or circumstances arising that may lead to a claim being made against them.

Q*If our event receives a donation of art, can the artist get a tax receipt?

Please refer to the Finding Them Homes tax receipts policy for all the details.

*For further information about fund raising for us, please contact us.

 FTH Adoption Form  (PDF)         FTH Adoption Form (.doc)

Lissa RenaudIt always amazes me how adaptable these dogs are, I am a stranger, they are passed off to me and from me to other strangers and yet these dogs just adapt to the situation. You get kisses and snuggles and you form attachments no matter how little your time spent with them are. I like to think they are grateful and excited for their new adventure to a better life. I am so happy to have been a part, no matter how little, in helping get these guys to their new beginnings and to their forever families.

– Lissa Renaud