ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF) Inc. is an incorporated association of people in the Canberra (Australia) and surrounding region who rescue dogs from euthanasia and foster them temporarily in our own homes for as long as it takes to find them loving, permanent homes.
If you would like to adopt a dog from ARF, there are a few things that need to happen before you can take your new best friend home.
First, the foster carer will talk with you about your lifestyle and the sort of dog you are looking for. They’ll then visit your home to conduct a yard check and they may suggest a trial period. If both you and the foster carer are happy and wish to proceed, both parties will complete an adoption agreement.
It is important to realise that ARF is not a ‘shop’ where dogs are sold on a first come, first served basis. We consider ourselves more like a ‘matchmaking’ service where dogs are adopted into the most suitable ‘forever’ home available to meet the dog’s (and the person’s) characteristics and needs.
The final decision about which new home the dog goes to is made by the foster carer based on their knowledge and understanding of the potential home and the personality of the individual dog. Sometimes it may take several enquiries before you find the right ARFer for you.
All ARF dogs are microchipped, desexed, vaccinated, wormed, and health-checked.
To help cover our costs, ARF asks an adoption fee of:
Puppies aged under 16 weeks (C3 vaccination) – $400 – includes $100 contribution to puppy classes
Dogs aged 16 weeks to 8yrs (C5 vaccination) – $350
Dogs aged over 8yrs (C5 vaccination) – $150
Please contact the foster carer directly if you’d like to meet one of the dogs listed here.