Know where to start and what to expect when adopting a pet from the BC SPCA in these five steps.
Not sure if you’re ready to adopt or need more information? Understand the impact and commitment of adopting and learn how to choose a pet with our pre-adoption tips.
1.) View and meet adoptable pets
Remember to check the location’s adoption hours before arriving to meet them. By meeting an animal one on one, it’s easier to tell what their personality is like.
2.) Finding the right pet: complete an adoption application
Help us match you with the right pet by filling out a pet adoption application form. This information gives us an idea of your animal experiences, lifestyle and expectations. It helps guide our conversations with you about what you’re looking for and what the animal may need.
3.) Talk with staff or volunteers
Adoption counselors are there to help answer questions and assist with meeting animals. We disclose all information we can about the animal so you can make an informed decision.
If you’re interested in a certain animal, an adoption counselor will go over their behaviour and medical file with you. When a match is successful, many animals are ready to go home the same day.
4.) Complete the adoption
Adoptions are processed with the applicant unless other arrangements have been confirmed with staff. You’ll need to bring government issued photo identification. Check your local BC SPCA for current fees and learn what the adoption fee includes.
5.) Bring your pet home
Change can be scary for any new pet. Set up your new pet’s supplies and make your home safe for them before their arrival so they can have an easier transition.
There are many things to consider for your new pet’s happiness and safety. Find out how to prepare for their arrival using our pet care section.
Follow up & support
If you have any questions or need support after your adoption, please don’t hesitate to contact the branch you adopted from for advice.