Adoption FAQ

Here are a number of the questions commonly asked when people choose to adopt from the Saskatoon SPCA.  If there is a question you don't see listed here, please email us, and we would be happy to answer it for you!

  • If you are a charity, why do you charge a fee to adopt?  Shouldn't it be free?
  • The fee to adopt from the Saskatoon SPCA helps to defer the costs associated with that animal.  It is important to note that despite charging a fee to adopt, the SPCA does not make a profit through adoption.  On average, it costs the shelter approximately $180 per animal.  That cost is actually only reflective of it being in the shelter for one day, and the costs climb by about $10 per day from that point on.  As noted, the fees simply help to lessen the financial impact associated with feeding, housing, and caring for that dog, cat, or exotic and allows the shelter to continue to assist animals in need.

 

  • What does the adoption fee include?
  • Please see our page on Adoption Fees for a full explanation.

 

  • How long will an animal have to be adopted before its time is up?
  • This is a common misconception, that adoptable animals have a finite amount of time to find a new home, and then their luck is up.  The reality is that there is no time limit for any adoptable animal, as long as it remains medically and behaviourally healthy.  While some animals manage to find their new homes very quickly, there have also been cases where it has taken a period of months to find that perfect "forever home" for other animals.

 

  • How old do you have to be to adopt?
  • You must be 18 years of age, and be able to provide photo identification verifying your identity and age.

 

  • Can I adopt this animal as a gift for someone?
  • No.  With any adoption, it is important to ensure that it is the right fit for home it will be living in, and this is something that is hard to gauge unless the person/people who will be living with and caring for the animal get to interact with it first.  Also, while you may think that the person you are adopting the animal for wants that particular animal and is ready to bring it into their home, that may not be the case.  The best option is to purchase a gift certificate from the shelter for your friend/family member, which they can then use to adopt the animal of their choice.

 

  • Can I take the animal home on a trial basis, to see if it will work out, before I adopt?
  • Trial periods/adoptions are not offered by the Saskatoon SPCA for a variety of reasons.  Although the intentions are surely only positive, there can be negative effects on the animal.  The process of going to and from a home, whether that "home" be their original home, the SPCA shelter, or a potential adopters home, can be a stressful time for an animal, and we want to ensure we are not exposing them to extra stressors by possibly having them come to and from the shelter because of trial adoptions.  The other downside to trial adoptions is that while the animal is away from the shelter in a home where it may or may not end up staying, it is no longer viewable by other potential adopters, and could be missing out on the family that would be the perfect fit for him or her.

 

  • Why do I need to fill out an application to adopt?  Can't I just buy the animal from you?
  • It is important to remember that the Saskatoon SPCA adopts animals to new homes, rather than selling them.  This is an important distinction, as it means we are looking to find the best possible home for the animal rather than just giving the animal to the first person who will pay for it.

 

  • If I fill out an application to adopt an animal, am I guaranteed to get it?
  • The short answer is no, there is no guarantee that you will be able to adopt a specific animal.  The reason for this is that for every animal, we will take multiple applications up to the point when that animal is ready to leave the shelter.  If there are multiple applicants on a certain animal then the adopter will be whichever of the applications is deemed to be the best home for the animal.  If the applications are equally good homes, then preference will be given to whichever was placed first.

 

  • I live in an apartment.  I have to get a small dog, right?
  • Unless your building has a restriction in place on the size of dogs allowed, there is no reason that you shouldn't look at some of the larger dogs as well as the small.  Many large dog breeds, such as Great Danes and Greyhounds, make wonderful apartment dogs.  These breeds tend to spend most of their time curled up on the couch or bed, cuddling with you.  Additionally, many small breeds can have much higher energy levels and exercise requirements, so they may not be suitable to apartment living.

 

 

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