What is the process for adopting a dog?

  1. Fill out the Dog Adoption Application HERE
  2. If renting, written permission from your landlord must be attached.
  3. If you live at home with family, written permission is also required and should be attached with your application.
  4. A member of our team will be in touch with you to schedule a meet and greet if: you have specified a dog you are interested in or your application matches the criteria for a dog we currently have in the shelter. You must fill out an application before any meet and greet will be arranged.
  5. If your application does not match any of the dogs we have currently have for adoption, we will keep your application on file. Please do check in with us should you see a dog on our website you would like to know more about.
  6. Ideally, all persons living in the home should attend the initial meet and greet as it is important that everyone meet the dog you are planning on making your family member (as to ensure everyone likes the same animal); however, the team will advise.
  7. If you currently own a dog, another meet and greet appointment will be scheduled by the team for your current dog and your proposed adopted dog.
  8. If all goes well, a home check will be scheduled. Restricted dogs require physical fencing and sign off from the Animal Wardens. A person interested in a restricted dog will need to visit the Department of Environmental Services and complete an application form prior to their inspection.
  9. Upon sign off on the property, the adoption process can be completed:
    • The adoption fee and paperwork will be completed at the shelter. You will be given a license transfer form which needs to be processed at the Dept. of Environmental Services.
    • Proof of transfer will need to be shown to the SPCA, at which time you can collect your new family member.
Often asked questions:

Our current opening hours are: 
9:00am-12:00pm & 3:30pm-6:00pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9:00am-12:00pm Sundays

Will the animal have been seen by a vet before adoption?
Yes, they will have had a health check by a vet.  All animals are also de-flead, wormed, chipped, neutered, and have received at least their first vaccination.

Great Expectations: Bringing your shelter dog home

Having realistic expectations about your shelter dog is important. Adopting an adult shelter dog is very similar to bringing home a puppy. Being prepared will lower the stress for both you and your new dog. Click here to download our: ‘Tips for Bringing Home Your New Family Member.

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