Adopting A Friend
Our dogs come in all shapes and sizes and range in age from a year to 13 years. Some were found as strays, some were rescued from neglectful or abusive situations, some were surrendered by their owners and many were rescued from death row at one of Quebec’s many overcrowded municipal pounds. Whatever their history, all of our dogs are now loved and safe and will remain in our care until they find a permanent home that is well suited to their particular needs and where we can be sure they will spend the rest of their lives loved, safe and happy. It is important for us to be sure that each potential adopter is the right match for a particular dog. We also need to know that you are in it for the long haul. Animals are for life and if you can’t commit to your adopted dog or cat beyond your next baby, next apartment, next boyfriend, or next job then please, DON’T get a dog or cat.
The fact that you are choosing to adopt rather than buy an animal at a pet store or from a breeder already scores you points but this is how we work.
Once you’ve chosen a dog that you feel is the right size, age and temperament for you and/or your family send us an email or better yet give us a call. You can reach our adoption coordinator at 819.876.7747 between 8 a.m and 8 p.m any day of the week.
We like to talk to each potential adopter before arranging a visit. We know our dogs well and through conversation we can often get a feel as to whether or not the dog you are interested in will be the right match. We won’t discourage you from a particular dog unless there is clearly an incompatability issue that we believe can’t be overcome. When this happens, we may suggest or recommend a different dog, one that we believe might better suit your current needs and lifestyle.
Following our initial conversation, we will arrange a visit to our shelter so you can meet and play with the dog(s) you are interested in adopting. We are situated on a lovely piece of land so weather permitting (deep snow is really the only reason walks are sometimes not possible) you will have an opportunity to take the dog(s) for a walk which is a great way to get to know them. If you already have a dog, we will ask that you bring him or her with you.
We rarely finalize an adoption immediately following the first visit*. An extremely important part of our adoption process is what we refer to as the “think it over” period which allows you the time to think your decision over as well as prepare your home for the new pet. Adopting a dog should not be done impulsively. We generally recommend that you take a few days to think about your decision. If you would like to come and visit the dog again that is fine with us. We assure you that if you leave our shelter with the intention of adopting a particular dog we will consider that dog adopted until the 2-3 day waiting period is over.
*Exceptions are made for adopters who are travelling a long distance (more than 3 or so hours) to visit a dog but in this situation we may require that other criteria be met.
Home checks are scheduled on a case by case basis.
Who We Are
The Frontier Animal Society is compassionate shelter that has been in operation for over 25 years. We are located in Ogden Quebec just a few minutes from the Vermont border. We are about 1.5 hours from Montreal, 45 minutes from Sherbrooke and 2 hours from Burlington. The shelter is currently home to about 30 dogs and 40 cats.
Our shelter provides a safe and caring environment for our adoptable dogs and cats while they await their forever home
All of our animals are neutered/spayed, up-to-date with routine shots. Cats are tested for feline leukemia and FIV. All dogs are microchipped prior to leaving with their adoptive family.