Adoption Process

Sweet girl looking for a furever home

Dog For Life are a very small non-profit rescue group made up of people who love and have a passion for helping dogs and who work and live in Puerto Vallarta and Victoria as well as fellow dog lovers in other parts of Canada and the USA. Dog For Life differs from other, larger rescue groups in that we personally work with each dog in Mexico and are part of their entire journey from the shelter to a foster home in Puerto Vallarta to their “furever” homes in Canada and USA. We take great care in ensuring they are healthy and well and placed in the best possible homes.

Our usual process is to have you fill out an application form, we review and then if warranted we would meet you and do a home check to ensure the inside and outside environments are safe and suitable for the dog. Then if all checks out and the dog is the right fit for you and you are right for the dog, we have the applicant do a one week foster to adopt. 
Please note applications are taken and reviewed in the order received. Please be patient. Thank you.
To adopt one of our dogs is $725 CAD (subject to change). This fee helps to cover some of the costs to get the dogs vetted , spay/neutered, all vaccinations and tests for Parvo, distemper, erlichia and heartworm, vet care and travel costs and customs arrival cost, etc. Due to the pandemic and the logistics of getting the dogs to Canada with virtually no flights accept with Alaska Airlines to Seattle and then pet transport company Seattle to Surrey BC we may request an additional $200 CAD to cover some of costs.  Please consult with us on adoption costs prior to submitting your adoption application.
We are strictly a non profit and are already supplementing our rescue with our own personal funds for flights and extra vet care in PV when needed.  We also can only get the dogs to Surrey BC for the next while and would ask you to kindly pick your dog up there from the pet transport company which will be arranging. We know this is an added expense if you are coming from the Island but this is our only way at this time to transport dogs. Thanks for your understanding during this difficult time. Any questions email me at
If you would like to make a donation to help all the dogs in the shelter we are always grateful. Every cent of your donation goes to the dogs – for food, ongoing medical care for ticks and fleas, medication and upkeep of the shelter.

If you are interested in adopting one of our wonderful dogs please complete this application form. If you have any questions, please email Deb at

For more information, please review our Dog For Life Adoption Agreement

Also check out our Facebook page link on the right for the most up to date information.

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