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What is required to adopt a dog from the Calgary Humane Society?

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To adopt a dog from the Calgary Humane Society, prospective adopters need to submit a Landlord or Condo Board Permission Form, stating that they can own an animal on the premises, and if there are any restrictions; a pre-adoption questionnaire; a valid photo identification; and a proof of address. All forms are available on Calgary Humane Society's website. Adopters must also pay an adoption fee, which can range from $155 to $479 per dog, depending on age and breed.

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In addition to the standard paperwork requirements and fee, those adopting dogs from the Calgary Humane Society must also pay for and fulfill required dog classes. The classes are tailored to the needs of each adopted dog to assist in transitioning from the shelter to the new home. Class fees range from $162 to $400 and must be paid at the time of adoption.

Additionally, as a requirement for adopting a dog, all adult household members (related or unrelated) must consent to the adoption. Calgary may also request a vaccination history of all other animals owned by the adopter before the adopter is approved.

Adoption at the Calgary Humane Society is open on weekdays from noon until 7:00 p.m., and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., as of 2015. Adoptions close a half-hour prior to closing time. The adoption process can take a few hours, so it is important that adopters give themselves plenty of time when coming in to adopt.

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