Ready for a new furever friend? The entire dog adoption process only takes a few days and often cats can go home with you on the same day you fall in love!
1. BROWSE THE ANIMAL PROFILES HERE
Look at profile pictures and read descriptions of the adoptables. Every effort is made to ensure the website is accurate and up to date, however applications are being submitted each day and new animals arrive often so there may be a bit of a delay in posting to the site. Kittens are adopted quickly so they may not be posted, Puppies are not always posted either, contact your branch to inquire if they keep a notification list for puppy adoptions.
2. VISIT THE ANIMALS IN PERSON
Come and view the animals available for adoption at our shelters. You’re welcome to just stop in to our shelter based branches, meet the adoptables and chat with our team. No appointment neccessary! If adopting a cat, all below steps can be completed in just one visit.
For our foster based branches you will need to contact them first to arrange a meeting with the dog or cat you are interested in.
3. TALK TO AN EXPERT AT THE SPCA
Have any questions? Contact us at any point in the process. Our friendly staff and volunteer adoption counsellors will help you decide on the best fit for your lifestyle, experience level and preferences.
4. FILL IN THE PAPERWORK
Fallen in love with one of our adoptables after your visit? Fill out the application below or in person at the shelter. For adopting a dog the staff will then contact your references so they can tell us what a great dog owner you will be! If you are not quite decided on a specific dog, get the processed started by selecting pre-approval on your application. The branch will then reply informing you of the next steps .
5. INTRODUCE YOUR FAMILY
Found your new best friend? With dog adoptions the next step is introducing them to your existing family – everyone in the household will need to meet the new dog prior to adoption. First the human members will meet the dog, and then an appointment will be scheduled to bring in your current canine companion to ensure they are a good match with the new adoptable you are interested in. If you have cats at home, you can request that the dog be introduced to a shelter cat to get an idea of their reaction to cats.
6. SEAL THE DEAL AT YOUR LOCAL SPCA
It’s time to make it official! The branch will contact you to let you know all is approved and make arrangements to pick up your pup. You may be required to register in obedience classes for your new puppy.
7. ENJOY YOUR NEW ADDITION!
Have any questions after adoption? Need any advice. We are there to make sure your adoption experience in an enjoyable one. Check out our website here for some common questions and contact information.