Trying to adopt a dog in Vancouver? This could be the event for you. On Saturday, November 7, 2015 a flight full of 100 dogs will be landing in Vancouver from California for a mass dog adoption event at Landmark Aviation (4360 Agar Drive, Richmond). These dogs have all been rescued from high-kill shelters in California to take part in the 6th annual “Thank Dog I’m Out” adoption event.

When the plane arrives on November 7th, the dogs will disembark to a viewing area where pre-approved adopters will be able to mingle with the dogs. The majority of the adoptable dogs are Chihuahuas, small terrier and terrier mixes, beagles, and straight-up mutts. Each dog has been handpicked and spent time in a foster home before making the trip. Most weigh less than 30 pounds.

Not only will this be an adoption event, it will also be a party. The event will feature a DJ, food trucks, pet supply vendors and other entertainment.

save 100 dogs vancouver

If you are interested in adopting a dog, you can fill out an online application by November 5th and undergo a quick home visit. Once approved, applicants can go to the airport event and meet the dogs. Anyone who comes without being pre-approved can still see the dogs but can’t take one home that day.

All the dogs are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on their shots, including rabies, and are micro-chipped. The adoption cost of $375, which covers the price of the flight, altering and vaccinations and paperwork.

More information is available at

Pictures of the available dogs will be posted on its website two weeks before the event. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the dogs that will be coming (more pictures on their Facebook page):

100 dog adoption vancouver100 dog adoption vancouver
100 dog adoption vancouver100 dog adoption vancouver

Leave a Reply

  1. Sarah

    Maybe if Vancouver had a lot more pet friendly homes for rent to people there would be more options for dog lovers to adopt dogs and give them homes.
    We need to change provincial laws before offering events like this in Vancouver as not many ares are pet friendly to owners.

    1. Jennifer

      I hear that the laws are changing so that landlords won’t be able to discriminate against renters who have dogs. These dogs still need to be saved and there are plenty of people with houses and homes especially in surrounding areas of Vancouver. I adopted one of the dogs from last year’s event and we live in a dog friendly rental in Steveston.

  2. Vivien

    Hi jennifer, do you have a source for that statement? I would be interested to read more on that.

    I agree with Sarah… it’s next to impossible to find dog friendly rentals in this city. Never mind buying property!

  3. Spmiller

    I have to say, we are involved in rescue as well but bigger breeds. Though we are small as we are a specialized rescue who helps dogs in high kill shelters who have neurological issues, swimmers syndrome, balance issues; well you get the idea. To be honest until we finally bought a home, we rented and we own two rescued does over 80 lbs. Both bulldog breeds. Every place we rented stated “No pets” in their ad but we called and went to look anyhow. We also brought out pups with us. Everything we were chosen to rent the property we looked at, the ones that all states “no pets.” We have rented from all ethnic backgrounds as well as ensures where our landlords lived upstairs. Not once did we hear a negative word about our pets, in fact we also had 3 rescued special needs cats to boot. The thing is people need to take responsibility and train train train train their pets. I cannot say this enough. If you are a renter and most people due to cost of housing may always rent, and you want a larger dog, you need to seek professional training. You need to be extra diligent about picking up dog poop in the yard, you need to be extra diligent making sure the area where you are renting has access to dog parks, places to run. Another way to calm a person who is renting a place is to assure them that while you are at work, your dog (s) are not left alone all day. Expect to add in the cost of a dog walker every day into your budget. We always had a dog walker who came in around mid day and took them for a quick 15 kin walk. This is very important for the all around health of the dog but many times was the tipping point where those people who say “no pets” rethought their reasoning. They met our dogs, the were impressed at how well trained and behaved they were, they were comforted that a dog walker came in to walk them and last but not least any time we moved they were all sad to see us go, because they truly enjoyed our dogs and so may have their children. So as we give notice many came to talk to me about helping them find a good dog for their family, a dog they never thought they would have. The key here is renters need to take responsibility and there will be more renters happy to have pets abound.
    Also, I am very saddened there are no larger dogs. I myself am retired military (USA) with severe PTSD and RSD. My service dog that came through “Dogs for soldiers program” was a rescue and she will need to retire soon, although we do rescue and can pull from the states, due to having a bully breed as a working dog, I have to be more diligent and it’s nice knowing all these dogs have been in foster care as that’s where most rescues go wrong. Also which rescue group is sponsoring this? Thank you.

  4. Gina

    Thank you, Vancouver!! What a fabulous event!!

  5. Kukkee

    Could you add more about the organization offering this event?

  6. Haley

    So, what happens to the dogs who are not adopted?

    1. admin Listing Owner

      With the amount of shares & attention this event is now getting, there’s likely a chance there will be more potential adopters than dogs. However, the dogs may go to foster homes if they are not immediately adopted. (We’re not part of the organization though, so don’t know the official answer to that).

  7. Melanie

    Haley raises a good question. It’s quite possible all the dogs will get adopted. But I have heard stories about potential cross border rescues being sent back or even abandoned when they are not successfully adopted out. The problem with cross border rescuing is that it’s a business. A cash business.

    We have kill shelters in Canada, and plenty of small breed dogs in them. Cross border rescues don’t solve our problem or the US’s problem.

    Consider adopting from local shelters (suburbs will have more selection) or other great local rescues!

  8. Nancy

    There are many animals who are living here in the lower mainland who need a home, I think this practice is disgusting and should be illegal. Let’s start in our own backyard first.

  9. Sharon Alstrup

    I may be wrong but I don’t think we are high- kill here in British Columbia! Adopt or foster from the Spca too then!!K

  10. Merle

    Whoever thinks this is wrong is disturbed … Saving a life wether it be here , there or anywhere is what’s important !!!!!

  11. Karen

    Yes, thank you Merle!
    Rescue is Rescue, period!!
    It’s like the people who think we shouldn’t be focusing so much on the Syrians b/c of the African crisis. Huh?!
    Until you are actually doing something in your own community to rescue animals of any kind, make no comment. If you are, well done. But I still don’t agree. The U.S. does seem to have a higher density of Kill shelters. Why would we not want to help?!
    Support LAPS for being an awesome No-Kill shelter. Maybe we can turn the SPCA around too..

  12. steph woods

    I feel like it’s rude of people to use the argument “there are dogs in our hood that need to be rescued”. Fair enough. Did you know that 6,000 dogs a WEEK in California get euthanized unnecessarily? That’s a massive number. We don’t see those kinds of numbers here. There are people out there trying to help and make a difference any way they can. And you’re getting angry at them? I hope you’re out there doing something rather than simply criticizing behind the safety of your keyboard. Maybe there are people here in Vancouver that can’t find the dog they want at local shelters. Small dogs are popular here! Why not bring some more small ones in? There is an actual need here for them. If it upsets you, put on a big event for local dogs! Get something going!

  13. Christine

    Maybe if PEOPLE were more responsible and spayed/neutered their pets this epidemic of euthanizing ‘MANS BEST FRIEND’ would start to decrease. 24,000 dogs euthanized per month makes me ill – It is US that are responsible for the over population of these poor innocent beautiful creatures – We need to start taking action and spay or neuter our pets. Any dog’s life that can be saved is Important regardless of where they originate from, regardless of the organization that is offering the event – RESCUE IS RESCUE!! Lets all start to take our own actions and quit breeding – spay or neuter – TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS!!!

  14. Leosrme

    This is a VERY, VERY, VERY bad and extremely STUPID idea. It should also be illegal. There are thousands upon thousands of dogs in rescue organisations already in Canada and hundreds waiting for homes in BC alone. We do not need dogs brought in from another country. This is madness. When some of these dogs fail in their adoptive homes (as some inevitably will) they will end up burdening the shelter system here.

    Please do NOT adopt a dog from an organisation like this. Go to one of the numerous rescues who only rehome dogs who originate in Canada. We should be saving our own dogs first!!!!

  15. Melanie

    Saying “Rescue is Rescue” is like saying “Foreign Aid is Foreign Aid”. I have worked in Foreign Aid in the past and am currently an active volunteer with a rescue organization which does not do cross-border rescues. Not all foreign aid is sustainable, and likewise, not all rescue is sustainable. Throwing money at a dire situation in the US is only a short-term solution (and yes, “throwing money” is not far from the truth, as Canadian cross-border rescue organizations receive money from both ends of the adoption process). A long-term solution would be donating to US rescue organizations who are working hard to change the situation there. Another great way to help is to adopt from local rescue organizations, who are trying relieve the overpopulation of more rural shelters, such as those in northern BC where I adopted my dog. Those rescues are out there, they just may not have the same resources, as they aren’t flipping dogs for cash.

  16. Monica Miller

    The crucible of foreign pet rescue

    “Most Canadians are also truly oblivious to the reality of animal homelessness here, where there seems to be a mistaken belief that our pets are ‘safe’ from such horrors. It is hidden behind widespread ignorance and its impact is obscured by inadequate representation in the media.”

    “Elsewhere in our country, cats and dogs in ‘kill-for-space’ shelters are being euthanized by the hundreds of thousands, some still using gas chambers to expedite the task. Even among people who are aware of gassing at shelters, there is a mistaken understanding that the animals just fall asleep peacefully. The realities, however, can be far more gruesome.”

    “What is unforgivable are the organizations that are aware of the realities yet continue to obfuscate them and play to our compassionate nature as an opportunity for profit and exploitation.”

    “More often than not, however, the dogs will easily enter our country fully sponsored, leaving the adoption fees and donations to be collected by the importing groups, many of whom are registered with Revenue Canada as ‘charitable organizations’, with little or no monetary help in sight for the rescues in those faraway places. Many of these mass shipments are puppies and small dogs, both of which are cheaper to transport, some with serious health and behavioural problems.“

    “Often ending in a quick turnaround to adoptive homes with little or no follow-up, it bears the hallmarks of an offshore puppy mill, with all the associated animal welfare issues and profit motivations. Although there are a few rescues that deal ethically with foreign pets, there are the unscrupulous groups that collect up litters of puppies and leave the mother dogs behind, without spaying or providing her with basic veterinary care, at risk of becoming pregnant again and feeding the already vicious cycle of pet overpopulation. All of this happens while thousands of puppies right here are seized from puppy mills, abandoned in fields, thrown out in dumpsters or cardboard boxes and rescued from northern dog culls only to languish in rescues and shelters, while they await adoptive homes.”

    “International flights from exotic destinations can have complex routing, connections and layovers. This means that a dog could potentially be crated, without respite, for periods of time that amount to nothing short of animal abuse.”

    “Cargo areas without climate control, no consistency in regulations and protocols from one airline to another and a lack of oversight means some dogs may sit, overheated and exhausted, in their own urine and feces for hours with no access to water (which may have been displaced from their bowl during handling or turbulence) and unable to relieve themselves.”

    “An ethical rescue will have ‘boots on the ground’ and contribute money and service to sustainable outreach programs and spay/neuter clinics in the communities from which they are importing to help stem the pet overpopulation crisis. They will also help to address the human welfare challenges that ultimately underlie those of animal welfare such as marginalization, poverty and lack of infrastructure and education. If they aren’t doing that, they’re just brokers, merely engaging in wholesale importation of foreign animals and wrapping it up in a tidy ‘rescue’ package.”

    “Canine Parvovirus and Canine Distemper are two other diseases that wreak havoc when introduced to a healthy population. Both are acute, highly contagious and carry a grim prognosis, especially for puppies between 6-20 weeks of age. In cases where rescuers are circumventing importation laws, the dogs may look healthy enough to be put on a transport but any of them harbouring the contagious disease could infect every other dog on that transport and subsequently at adoption events, foster homes or even in an unsuspecting adopter’s household. Ultimately, the practice of importing stray animals into a country without the enforcement of effective standards and guidelines is reckless and shows no regard for the health and safety of its citizens or their animals. Yet, despite this, every year tens of thousands of rescue animals cross the border, often without proper veterinary details and, sometimes, under false pretenses.”

    “Rescued pets from exotic locations became fashionable and were often accompanied by tales of human welfare as tenuous as that of other animals. Add to that the improved ability of websites and social media to virtually connect a global community, and one quick search can provide an adopter with a full bio on a dog waiting for transport from exotic locations such as Israel, Bahamas or Taiwan.”