How to adopt a dog, cat or other animal from the BC SPCA
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How to adopt

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 commitment of adoption and learn how to choose a pet with our pre-adoption tips.

1.) View and meet adoptable pets

Start looking at available animals online and meet them in person at our adoption centres. Take note of the animal ID number and call ahead if you’re interested in a certain animal.

Remember to check the location’s adoption hours in advance. 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.

Download a pet adoption application form

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 branch 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.

Curious and playful grey cat lying down on carpet wearing collar and id being pet by woman

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.