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Are you looking for a dog for adoption in Alberta? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! We have an extensive list of dog shelters and rescues in Alberta Canada!
Speaking of rescue and adoption, when we were kids we adopted our first family dog, Maffy from the local animal shelter. Maffy was a wonderful Border Collie mix with energy to burn! Perfect for our our family of 5!
As time went by I volunteered as a foster for a local dog rescue and even adopted a dog of my own from the Carson Animal Shelter.
Adopting from your local animal rescue or shelter is a wonderful way to save a life.
Dogs For Adoption In Alberta
Below are all of the organizations in Alberta from which you can adopt a dog.
Please continue on to each individual organization’s website by clicking on their name to see dogs they have available for adoption or to learn more about the organization and their mission.
Adopting is a great way of bringing home a dog in need of a loving home.
Consider checking with the organizations in your area on a weekly basis if you’re looking for a specific breed before you decide to go out and buy a puppy from a breeder.
You know what they say – ‘Adopt Before You Shop!’
Dog Rescues And Shelters In Alberta
We were searching for months before we found our perfect puppy, Linus. Please take your time when choosing a dog. Do your research, be patient, and the right dog will become available.
Where Can I Adopt A Small Dog In Alberta?
Most of the rescues and shelters listed above may have small dogs from time to time. We came across two rescues in Alberta that specialize in smaller dogs.
Best of luck finding the perfect small dog!
Where Can I Adopt And Older Dog In Alberta?
Most dog rescues and shelters will have older senior dogs, adult dogs, younger dogs, and puppies. Here’s a list of a couple of rescue organizations that specialize in older dogs.
- ARTS Senior Animal Rescue – Service Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer Alberta
- Elderdog Canada – they’re actually located in Rose Bay, Nova Scotia but they are a national organization and may rehome an older dog in your area.
My parents have been looking for an older dog as a companion and they’ve been working with several rescues that specialize in senior dogs.
They recently found a little three-legged dog that looks much like their last dog Ralphie. Hopefully, they’ll make a good match.
If so, I’ll post an update here.
Good luck finding your senior canine pal!
How Much Is It To Adopt A Dog In Alberta?
Most dog rescues and shelters charge a fee when adopting a dog whether that be in Alberta or any other city across Canada and the United States.
After reviewing all of the rescues and shelters on our list of dogs for adoption the average cost to adopt a dog in Alberta is $300 – $500.
Most rescues have different prices for senior dogs, adult dogs, and puppies. The price for puppies usually being the highest
This cost covers the many fees in fostering/housing a dog including vaccinations, health checks, microchipping, dog food, toys, and other supplies.
Also, keep in mind after the initial cost of your dog there are many other expenses of owning a dog. For more information on how much a dog really costs check out this article on our estimated cost for our Labrador Retriever puppy.
We are big advocates of adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue.
There are so many wonderful dogs available. Please be patient and you’ll find the dog of your dreams.
In fact, I just spoke with my parents and they found a three-legged dog that they think will be perfect for them.
Did you adopt your last dog from your local animal shelter or rescue?
Or are you looking to adopt?
Tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.
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