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How we work at Arctic Rescue Victoria
Whether you are looking to add to your pack or just wanting a mellow buddy to cuddle up to on the couch, you’ve come to the right place.

There’s no ‘one dog fits all’ here, which is why our team are experts at tailoring a selection of the right dogs for you.

Once we receive your application we will get back to you within a week or two.  Please understand that we are a team of volunteers working in our own time, and we get many many applications for each dog, so you may need to be patient.

If your application is progressed, you will be asked for some further information and a volunteer will visit your home to make sure your fences and gates are secure enough to contain the particular dog you are applying for.  As a lot of the dogs we take have been serial escape artists or have indeed somehow found themselves stray, we have to be particularly careful. If there is an issue allowing access to your property just let us know.

Now the fun bit, meet the dogs!'

You, along with the other members of your household, including the furry ones, will meet with the potential newest member of your family. We will organise a "meet and greet" at a mutually agreeable location on ‘neutral territory’ to assess how everyone gets along with each other. One of our adoption coordinators will be there to help and guide you through the introduction.

If all goes well, the dog will go home with you for a two-week adoption trial.  But don't expect instant success, particular if your family includes another dog - they will pick and choose which dogs they like and which dogs they are not so keen on, so there are no guarantees that the dog you chose is going to choose you. 

For these reasons we are generally not able to accept interstate adoptions, however there may be exceptions which will be considered on a case by case basis.

We will supply and adoption pack which details what to expect over the coming few days and weeks, and of course you will have the adoption coordinators contact details should you need any assistance during this time (or at anytime really!)

After two weeks we will touch base to see if all is going well, or if there are any concerns. If your new dog is settling in well and you feel he or she is a great fit for your family, we will finalise the adoption.  On the other hand, if you feel things haven't worked out quite as well as you had hoped, of course we are happy to take the dog back and continue the search for the right home and for your forever furry friend.

Please understand that we have a duty of care to the dogs we take on board and our guidelines are quite strict, so not everyone is going to get approved for adoption or fostering.  After all, we have to do what we feel is best for the dogs, that is what we are here for!