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Due to the number of adoption queries we receive at our shelters, we are unable to keep wait lists for certain breeds of animals, puppies or kittens.

However, on our adoptable animals page, you can create an account and then set up an email notification when a certain breed of animal or certain type of animal becomes available for adoption. For best results, we recommend selecting as few criteria as possible when creating the email alert.

Category: Adoption

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.

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Adoption fees vary by animal and by  branch. For specific fees in your region, check with your local branch or learn more about what’s included in your adoption fee.

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Category: Adoption

The BC SPCA charges adoption fees to help us offset the cost of caring for the animals, but it doesn’t cover the whole cost. Learn more about our average cost of care for cats and dogs and find out what’s included when you adopt a pet from the BC SPCA.

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Category: Adoption

The BC SPCA Drive for Lives program transfers more than 4,000 animals each year between our 44 locations in B.C. Depending on your location, and the location and status of the animal you’re interested in, we may be able to bring the animal to a shelter closer to you. Please contact your local shelter to learn more.

Category: Adoption

To give adopters more adoption locations and to help more animals find their forever homes, the BC SPCA partners with local pet retailers and veterinary clinics that host offsite adoption centres.

Offsite adoption centres are a great option for people that are not comfortable with visiting a shelter. View a list of our adoption partner locations.

Veterinary clinics or other retailers interested in becoming an BC SPCA satellite adoption site are invited to call the BC SPCA at 604-681-7271.

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