Congratulations on deciding to adopt and save a Korean dog! Are you ready? Review the adoption process and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Adoption process

  1. Carefully review the profile of the dog(s) you are interested in adopting to determine if it’s the right fit. If you can’t find a specific dog, you can still apply and we will do our best to match you with a compatible dog based on your responses.
  2. Complete the adoption application form and one of our volunteers will review it.
  3. Once received, our team will review the application to determine suitability/eligibility. If selected, one of our volunteers will contact you to conduct a virtual interview and home check.
  4. Following a satisfactory interview and home check, a volunteer will complete all necessary reference checks.
  5. If approved, the adopter must sign the adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee as outlined below:
    • Adult dogs and neutralized puppies: $850
      • A $300 deposit* is due when you sign the agreement to reserve the flight spot and your dog
      • The remaining $550 are due by the arrival date
    • Unfixed puppies (3-6 months): $850
      • A $300 deposit* is due when you sign the agreement to reserve the flight spot and your dog
      • The remaining $550 are due by the arrival date
      • The fee includes a $150 neutralization fee**
      • It is a mandatory requirement that all of our dogs are spayed/neutered at the appropriate age. Adopt Korean Rescue (AKR) has a right to take possession of the dog should the adopter fail to provide proof of neutralization.
      • **The neutralization fee is only refundable with proof of neutralization
    • Senior dogs (7+ years): $650
      • A $300 deposit* is due when you sign the agreement to reserve the flight spot and your dog
      • The remaining $350 are due by the arrival date
    • *The deposit is refundable and is applied toward the adoption fee
    • All listed fees are the same in Canadian Dollars (CAD) or US Dollars (USD), based on your local currency, due to the higher costs associated with dogs entering US airports. This means that Canadian residents pay the adoption fee in CAD and US residents in USD.
    • The adoption fee includes a collar, a harness, 2 leashes, a crate or carrier, and a Tractive GPS tracker with a 1-year subscription to the service.
    • Our adoption fee is refundable after 3 months if the dog is not the right fit. In the initial 3 month-period, the dog will be adapting to their new environment and they deserve a patient home where they can relax and open up. If after 3 months you feel the dog is not the right fit and would prefer the dog to be rehomed, the adoption fee will be refunded and we will find another good home for the dog. There is no fee for rehoming a dog.
      • If after 1 year and/or the adopter’s circumstances change and the adopter is unable to take care of the dog, the adoption fee will be non-refundable and AKR will find another good home for the dog.
      • We will always accept our dogs back! If at any point the dog isn’t the right fit for your family, please contact us and AKR will find another good home for the dog. There is no fee for rehoming a dog.
    • Adoptions take time and resources to process and complete, and our extensive adoption process helps us ensure we find the best fit for each dog. Adoption fees go toward the shelter in Korea to use on dog food, medical costs, spaying/neutering, transport crates, microchipping, etc.
    • We cannot guarantee the temperament of our dogs as temperament is often affected by their environment and circumstances. Dogs and other pets are diverse, unpredictable living beings, just like people. We appreciate your patience and working with your dog to come out of their shell and enjoying their life at their fullest.
  6. Once all documentation is complete and the initial deposit is confirmed, one of our volunteers will arrange the travel plan for the dog and advise the confirmed time/date once it becomes available.
  7. All done! Now, it’s time to meet your dog at the airport.

Animal welfare is our top priority

The adoption processes & procedures are structured to ensure a minimal negative impact/experience for the rescued dogs. We appreciate your understanding & patience.

  • All of our dogs’ vaccinations are up to date: rabies, DHPPL (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis), Coronavirus, Canine influenza and Bordetella (kennel cough).
  • All dogs are spayed/neutered, unless otherwise indicated, and microchipped.
  • Additionally, all dogs are tested for 4DX (heartworm) and parvo/corona/distemper/giardia.
  • Monthly heartworm/flea/tick preventions are all done as well.
  • A Dog GPS tracker is included in the adoption fee to ensure the safety of the dog.

Please note: we cannot guarantee the temperament of our dogs as temperament is often affected by their environment and circumstances. We appreciate your patience and working with your dog to come out of their shell and enjoying their life at their fullest.

When your new best friend comes home

  • Dog GPS tracker. As part of dog safety, AKR recommends our adopters to consider having a GPS device to track their dogs in case of an accident. While you get to bond with your new dog, some situations could cause your dog to flee on just your regular morning walk and being able to find them quick will be easier with a GPS tracker. AKR has partnered with Tractive, a GPS tracker company. Our adopters and fosters are provided with a free GPS tracker with a 1-year subscription.
  • Microchip. Please update your dog’s microchip information to ensure it can be properly identified at 24PetWatch: www.24petwatch.com or 1.866.597.2424.
  • Pet Insurance. We recommend purchasing pet insurance — the choice is ultimately yours, of course. To help you along the way, AKR has partnered with Trupanion, a pet insurance provider, and they offer all of our adopters free coverage for 30 days following their initial veterinary exam. For more information, download the PDF with the full details of the promotion.