What is SOS?
SOS is a registered charity (Bylaws here) located in Redcliff, Alberta, that is dedicated to helping "at risk" dogs find new homes. Our mission is to find new homes for dogs that would most likely not be adoptable without some attention to their special needs. Many of our dogs are over the age of 7, but we also take in dogs needing medical attention, or dogs that may have behavior or other problems that can affect their chances of being adopted.
Who is SOS?
SOS's volunteers are the backbone of the organization. We have a board of directors, foster homes, and those who help with the administration, fundraising, food distribution, and dog care. Our funding comes from grants and donations from the public.
Do you have a facility where you keep the dogs?
We have a network of foster homes that care for the dogs in their homes until new owners are found. Our philosophy is that every dog deserves a new beginning and so we keep the dog until it is adopted. Sometimes a dog in our care is not adopted because of age, health or behavior issues. In cases where it is no longer in the dog's best interest to be re-homed, the dog then becomes a "lifer" and stays in their foster home until the end of the dogs life. Sadly, we have to say no to a large number of dogs because we do not have a foster home available.
Do you only have senior dogs?
We specialize in older dogs and disabled dogs, but you'll find we often have healthy dogs in our care and middle aged dogs with many years of love left to give. Looking for a specific breed? Don't rule us out! We get many different breeds of all sizes that come into our care. Add us to your "favourites" and keep checking our website and Facebook for updates.
Where do the dogs come from?
Dogs come to us from many sources. Some are not doing well at the SPCA and they will ask us if we have room for one more. Others come from the community where the owner is moving and can't take their dog - such as a senior moving into a condo. Others are from people whose financial means or health has drastically changed and can no longer look after their pet. Other shelters and rescue organizations will also ask us to foster a dog. Despite the "old" in our name, we do not restrict our rescue work to just old dogs - we'll try to help any dog that isn't perfect in the traditional sense.
What happens once SOS takes a dog in?
Once a dog comes into our care, it has a visit to the vet where it gets it's vaccinations, is spayed/neutered if needed, and has any other health issues addressed. The dog is kept in his/her foster home for a month before becoming available for adoption. This allows us to observe any possible behavior problems, see how they interact with humans and other animals, and also gives the dog a chance to adjust to his new surroundings. Only when everything is in place does the dog become available for adoption and their picture is posted on our website, Facebook, Petfinder, posters and so on.
I'm interested in a certain dog, how can I meet him/her?
To visit a pet in person, please call us directly at 403-529-0697 to set up an appointment with their foster home.
How do I adopt?
Our adoption process ensures that the right dog goes to the right person or family. Once you have selected a dog from our website, and had a visit or two with him/her at the foster home - you decide if you want to adopt him/her. There is an application form you have to complete. We check your references, check with your vet if you already have a pet or verify with the landlord that a pet is allowed while renting. Then, we schedule a home visit with you to make sure the yard is fenced and discuss any needs the dog may have. Once everything is finalized, there is an adoption fee and the dog is yours! He/she will come with some toys, a blanket, and food. You'll need a collar, leash and valid dog license prior to picking up the dog.
What is the adoption fee?
Due to increased costs of vet care and supplies, adoption fees were increased effective March 2016. This was the only increase since our inception in 2000.
- 0-7 years - $250 + $50 if dental or surgery has been completed
- 8-11 years - $200 + $50 if dental or surgery has been completed
- 12 years and older - $150 + $50 if dental or surgery has been completed
I'm not ready to adopt, how else can I help out?
If your not ready to adopt but still want to help out, please consider donating, becoming a foster home, or if you could spare some of your time, we can tell you more about our volunteer needs!