SPCA’s Adoption Policy
We know that you’re excited about adopting your new furry friend. Here’s our policy for getting him or her home to you.
SPCA adoption fees include:
- Spay/neuter surgery (if animal has not been previously spayed or neutered)
- Rabies vaccination
- Age-appropriate vaccinations
- Testing for heartworm and feline leukemia (if animal is six months of age or older)
- Flea and tick treatment for 30 days post-adoption (when available)
- Microchipping with 24PetWatch microchips, which include free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service
SPCA will provide a medical examination by a licensed veterinarian, as well as counseling on the care of your new pet. We will make sure that you understand the responsibilities of being a fit pet owner and ensure that you are prepared to meet those responsibilities.
Looking for a new best friend?
If you’re thinking of adopting a new pet, we’ve got some great news! Both our Auckland and Wellington branches have many animals to choose from. Cats, dogs, rabbits, budgies, ferrets—you name it! We host adoption drives every weekend to help get them out of the shelter and into loving homes like yours. The process is simple: just go to our website’s adoption page and fill out an application. Once your application has been approved by our screening committee, you can pick up your new pet at the SPCA branch any time before closing on Sunday. It really is that easy!
For more information about adopting a pet or to see the photos of the pets available for adoption, visit our Adoption Program page today!
What you will get from SPCA
When you adopt a pet from SPCA, the animal will be healthy, dewormed, and up to date with their vaccinations. They’ve also done their mandatory sterilization procedure and are microchipped as well.
If it’s your first time adopting an animal, they’ll give you a welcome pack complete with pet food and other necessities to help you get started. You’ll also receive a certificate of adoption that proves your ownership of the pet.
The Adoption Process
The adoption process is simple. All you have to do is be over 18 years old and have a government-issued ID. You will need to complete an adoption application form, provide proof of address, and pay the small adoption fee. If you are renting your home, you may also need to provide proof that you can have a pet, such as written permission from your landlord.
We would love it if you could pick up your new companion on the same day as completing this form, but in some cases an SPCA staff member may need to contact your references before sending a new animal home with you. If this happens, we’ll keep in touch with you about when your pet will be ready for pick up!
Pet Licensing Service
The Pet Licensing Service is available at the SPCA office. You can also license your pet from an authorized agent. Authorized agents are usually your veterinarian, local animal hospital, or pet supply store. The cost of a dog license varies depending on the age of the animal and whether it’s been spayed or neutered.
- $35 per year for un-neutered males and un-spayed females
- $25 per year for neutered males and spayed females
- $10 per year for senior citizens (65 years old or older) who own sterilized dogs
It is important to note that cats are not required to wear a cat license tag since they are generally not taken outdoors unless on leashes. However, you still need to register your cat with the SPCA if you live in Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt and View Royal because these municipalities have mandatory licensing bylaws. There is no charge to register your cat but we do encourage you to make a donation to SPCA in exchange for their service.
Start searching for your perfect pet today.
There are so many options to choose from. You can find a wide variety of small, medium and large dogs to suit your lifestyle, as well as cats, rabbits, birds and more. Maybe you have always dreamed of owning a dog but haven’t been able to commit or perhaps the time is right for you to settle down with a new pet and share your life with them.
The benefits of adopting an animal mean that by choosing a pet, you are providing it with a loving home and in return they will provide you with years of companionship and love. A furry friend who loves and accepts you unconditionally can be the perfect stress-reliever at the end of each day!
Before deciding which type of animal is right for you, make sure you do some research on which kind would fit best into your family dynamic. Finding out how big they can get when fully grown (especially if it’s an animal such as a bird or rabbit), how much high-quality food costs per week/month (such as kibble for cats) and whether or not there are any known health issues associated with their breed are all important things to consider before committing yourself.Are you looking for a new friend? Someone who will snuggle up to you at the end of a long day, and miss you when you leave for work in the morning? Adopt a Pet Today: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your own pet? SPCA will help you get one with their adoption program.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your own pet? SPCA will help you get one with their adoption program.
Are you interested in adopting a pet?
If so, the SPCA is here to help! Just check out their website and fill out an application with your information. Then, you’ll be able to browse available pets and choose one that you want to adopt. Once you’ve chosen a pet, you’ll be contacted by an SPCA representative who will schedule a time for you to meet with the pet and hopefully take it home.
Love animals? Then adopt one!
Whether you’re looking for a companion to keep you company or just want another being to take care of, adopting a pet is a great way to show some love. The SPCA can help you find the perfect pet, and they’ll even match you up with a furry friend who will be perfect for your lifestyle.
It’s easy to get started—just fill out their online form and one of their adoption specialists will call you back. They’ll ask you questions about your home and what kind of pets you already have (if any). They’ll even take into account your schedule and budget to make sure it’s a good fit before suggesting which kind of pet would be best for your family.
Don’t delay—adopt today!
Misty, a two-year-old American shorthair cat, has been waiting for you at the SPCA. She’s incredibly friendly and would love nothing more than to purr in your lap while you curl up with her on the couch. Misty has been spayed and is up to date on her vaccinations. The only thing that Misty needs now is a loving home.
If you’re interested in adopting Misty, visit the SPCA’s website at [website].