What is the process for adopting a dog?

  1. Fill out the 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. Should you either have specified a dog you are interested in or you application matches the criteria for a dog we currently have in the shelter, the team will be in touch with you to schedule a meet and greet.
  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 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 Dept 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: 
9am – 12pm and 3.30pm – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 12pm 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.

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