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How to Adopt from Canada or USA

How to Adopt:

  • Browse through our Adoptable Dogs gallery and choose the dog you are interested in.


PLEASE NOTE: For their own safety, dogs won´t be able to travel if they belong to a brachycephalic breed, animals with an excessively shortened or flattened snout and with a proportionally wide head. These breeds usually encounter hereditary respiratory problems and run a great risk of suffering heat stroke and respiratory disorders when exposed to stress or extreme heat.

Dogs that are not permitted: Affenpinscher, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier Boxer, Bulldog, Cane Corso, Cavalier King Charles, Chow Chow, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Mastiff, Pekinese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (all breeds), Sharpei, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, and Staffordshire Bullterrier.

  • If you have any questions about the dog you’re interested in, you may contact our North of the Border Adoption Coordinators at

  • Click the ‘Canada and USA Application to Adopt' link at the end of the dog's bio, and complete the adoption application. If the dog's bio does not have this link, it means that the dog is not available for adoption in Canada or USA.

  • Our Dogs Going North team will review the application and contact you with any questions.

  • Once approved, your dog will be placed on hold for 24 hours and you’ll receive a link to pay the Adoption Fee via PayPal or by Credit Card. This fee must be received within 24 hours to place an adoption hold on your dog. If the Adoption fee isn’t received within 24 hours, the dog will be taken off of hold and will be eligible for local adoption until such time as we receive the fee. Our Adoption Fee is $100 US and $125 CAD. The cost to transport the dog is separate and handled with our partner Bon Voyage.


Refund PolicyThe Adoption Fee is non-refundable if you cancel the adoption. In the rare event that SOS Chapala Dog Rescue may have to cancel the adoption after the Adoption Fee has been received, the Adoption Fee will be fully refunded. This might happen if, the dog becomes ill, can’t travel, or if travel arrangements fall through.  Please contact Bone Voyage if you need information regarding their transportation costs and refund policy.

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