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​What does my cat/dog/pet adoption fee include?

While being an animal guardian is an invaluable experience, there are certain costs associated with adopting your pet. The adoption fee that we charge helps to cover our cost of caring for animals, while we find them loving homes. Below is a list of what is included in each adoption fee, by type of animal.

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Dog adoption fees include:

  • An in-shelter physical performed by staff
  • Temperament assessment
  • Behaviour profile
  • First round of standard shelter “core” vaccinations (does not include rabies)**
  • Flea and other external parasite treatments as required
  • Routine deworming and other internal parasite treatments as required
  • Spay or neuter surgery (a voucher may be provided for pediatric surgeries at select locations)
  • Microchip identification implant and lifetime registration with the BC Pet Registry*
  • Certificate for a free veterinarian examination (at participating veterinary clinics & select locations)
  • Sample bag of food and coupon provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition as fed in shelter
  • Six week free trial of pet insurance provided by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
  • Medical treatment if required while in our care
  • Daily in-shelter care and monitoring

*All BC SPCA dog adoptions include a microchip and lifetime registration with the BC Pet Registry. Registration is $45 for lifetime protection which will be added on top of the adoption fee.

**Standard “core” shelter vaccinations for dogs include: distemper, adenovirus 2, parvovirus, parainfluenza and bordetella (kennel cough)

happy golden retriever lying on a cushion couch indoors getting pets from a man

Cat adoption fees include:

  • An in-shelter physical performed by staff
  • First round of standard shelter “core” vaccinations (does not include rabies or feline leukemia)**
  • Flea and other external parasite treatments as required
  • Routine deworming and other internal parasite treatments as required
  • Spay or neuter surgery (a voucher may be provided for pediatric surgeries at select locations)
  • Microchip identification implant and lifetime registration with the BC Pet Registry*
  • Certificate for a free veterinarian examination (at participating veterinary clinics & select locations)
  • Sample bag of food and coupon provided by Hill’s Pet Nutrition as fed in shelter
  • Six week free trial of pet insurance provided by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance
  • Their Hide, Perch & Go™ box (a cat’s personal temporary pet carrier)
  • Medical treatment if required while in our care
  • Daily in-shelter care and monitoring

*All BC SPCA cat adoptions include a microchip and lifetime registration with the BC Pet Registry. Registration is $45 for lifetime protection which will be added on top of the adoption fee.

**Standard “core” shelter vaccinations for cats include: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

Pretty cat with spotted fur looking up lying down on the floor

Rabbit adoption fees include:

  • An in-shelter physical performed by staff
  • Spay or neuter surgery (a voucher may be provided for surgeries at select locations)
  • Microchip identification implant and lifetime registration with the BC Pet Registry*
  • Certificate for a free veterinarian examination (at participating veterinary clinics & select locations)
  • Medical treatment if required while in our care
  • Daily in-shelter care and monitoring

*All BC SPCA rabbit adoptions include a microchip and lifetime registration with the BC Pet Registry. Registration is $11.25 for lifetime protection which will be added on top of the adoption fee.

White rabbit being cuddled by girl

Small pet & bird adoption fees include:

  • An in-shelter physical performed by staff
  • Certificate for a free veterinarian examination (at participating veterinary clinics & select locations)
  • Medical treatment if required while in our care
  • Daily in-shelter care and monitoring

Two guinea pigs with fluffy hair

Horse adoption fees include:

  • An intake exam performed by a veterinarian
  • A nutritional assessment and individualized feed plan
  • Certificate for complimentary nutritional consult, bag of feed and treats from Otter Co-op (at participating stores & select locations)
  • Castration of intact male horses
  • Hoof assessment and regular trimming while in our care
  • Lice and other external parasite treatments as required
  • Routine deworming and other internal parasite treatments as required
  • Medical treatment if required while in our care
  • Daily in-shelter care and monitoring

Farm animal adoption fees include:

  • An intake exam performed by a veterinarian
  • A nutritional assessment and individualized feed plan
  • Castration of intact male farm animals
  • Hoof assessment and regular trimming while in our care
  • Lice and other external parasite treatments as required
  • Routine deworming and other internal parasite treatments as required
  • Medical treatment if required while in our care
  • Daily in-shelter care and monitoring

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