​Risks of buying animals from rescue, breeders and pet stores
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Things to know before buying a pet

Buying or adopting a pet into your family can come with risks

  • The pet could have unknown diseases or worm and parasite infestations
  • An unsocialized animal could be more likely to bite or scratch
  • Genetic health problems  might cost you time, money and heartache

Animals from the BC SPCA come with a free health check from a local veterinary clinic (where applicable), so you have all the crucial information you need before making a decision to adopt. Our cats and dogs are vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped and receive flea/tick protection, as well as six weeks of free insurance.

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Can’t find the animal you want from your local shelter?

Learn what questions to ask and what things to consider when buying an animal from the places below:

How you can help animals

  1. Adopt from the BC SPCA.
  2. Read our position statement on buying animals.
  3. Ask your municipality to adopt a bylaw that regulates the sale of animals from pet stores using BC SPCA’s Model Animal Responsibility Bylaw.

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