Choosing To Adopt
The choice to adopt an animal and provide it with a Happy Home is one that can bring joy into the lives of both you and your new pet, but it is not one that should be rushed into. You should ensure you have done an analysis of your home, your lifestyle, and what you are looking for in a companion animal.
• How many hours will I be leaving the animal alone for each day, and where will I keep it?
• What energy level am I looking for? Am I looking for an animal to go running with, or one that I just want to cuddle on the couch with?
• Are allergies to specific types of animals a concern?
• What traits are most important to me in a pet? Am I looking for something with the big personality of a Pug, or the playfulness of a Himalayan cat?
• How much time, money, and energy am I able to devote to this new pet?
Finding The Right Animal For You
Once you have determined what type of companion animal is the best fit for you, the best thing then is to start looking through the Saskatoon SPCA's adoptable animals. You can do so by clicking on the appropriate category listing to the left, or byin person.
While at the shelter, the Adoption Representatives will assist you with spending time socializing with any potential adoptees to find the right one for you. It is a good idea to bring along anyone, such as significant others, spouses, or children, who will also be living with this potential new addition.
The Adoption Counsellors will be happy to go over any questions you may have about the animal. Understandably, some animals will have a much more detailed history than others, depending on how they entered the shelter.
Ready To Adopt
If you think you've found that perfect animal for you, the next step is to fill out an Adoption Application. These forms can vary somewhat depending on the type of animal you are looking to adopt, but in general they will go over your background with animals, the environment into which you would be taking the animal, and your expectations of what adopting him or her will entail.
Landlord approval is required for anyone renting their home, so you should bring their contact info with you to the shelter.
A "meet and greet" is an opportunity for any animals you may already have in your home to meet the animal you are interested in adopting in a neutral setting, to ensure they will be able to cohabitate with one another. This is important, as meeting on neutral ground is a much better way of introducing new animals, and identifying any issues is much easier on both animals at this point than it would be in your home.
If everything to this point has gone positively, and there are no issues to discuss, you might be able to take home your new addition that very day! The Adoption Counsellors will process the adoption, help you pick out some new items from , and you can take your new pet to it's new Happy Home!
Some animals may require additional time at the shelter before they are ready to be adopted. Most often this is because it is a dog awaiting their spay or neuter surgery. In this case, the Saskatoon SPCA will accept multiple applications on the animal, and the adopter will be whichever home is deemed to be the most suitable for the specific animal and its needs.
For helpful info on choosing if, when, and whom to adopt, please check out the Finding Fido website, courtesy of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, of which the Saskatoon SPCA is a member.