Adopt a pet

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Our views on adoption

Vancouver Animal Services runs a pro-adoption facility, so we make every effort to keep the animals in our care until we can find them new homes. 

If an animal shows stress from being in the shelter, we'll look for a temporary home. An animal would only be put down if it isn't adoptable or treatable.

Before you adopt

Owning a pet is a happy experience, but it's a lot of responsibility too. Be aware of everything that you will have to do if you choose to adopt a pet:

  • Choose the right pet for your personality and circumstances
  • Treat your pet well. All animals need attention, interaction, and enough room to roam
  • Be prepared to pay for any veterinary care that your pet needs

If you adopt a dog, you will also need to:

  • License your dog
  • Make sure it wears its collar and tag
  • Teach your dog basic obedience
  • Use a leash
  • Pick up after your pet

Pets we offer for adoption


We have dogs of all ages, from newborn litters to quite senior dogs. The puppies are very popular, but older dogs can be great pets too. They are smart and grateful companions and won't leave you with puppy puddles or chewed-up slippers. Why not enrich your life, as well as the life of an older dog?

Other pets

Most of the animals we have are dogs. But we also have rabbits, hamsters, budgies, and sometimes a guinea pig or even chickens! If you are looking for a smaller pet, contact us to see what we have available. (If you want to adopt a cat, contact your local SPCA branch.)

What makes a pet adoptable?

Adoptable pets are animals that don't have health issues that could seriously affect their health now or in the future. Adoptable pets also don't have behavioural issues that could pose a risk to people or other animals. Pets that could become adoptable with medical care, training, socialization, or other help are called treatable pets.

View pets available for adoption

The PetFinder website lists some of the pets that we have available right now. To view all the pets, visit Animal Control in person.

Adoption fees for dogs

Category Fee 
Regular $275.00
Senior (7 years old or older) $84.00
Medical (ongoing medical conditions) $84.00

Taxes are extra.

The adoption fee for dogs includes:

  • Neutering or spaying
  • Micro-chipping
  • Six weeks of pet insurance
  • The first set of vaccinations
  • The first vet check-up
  • A free bag of dog food

If you are a Vancouver resident, you must also buy a licence for the dog you adopt.

Adoption fees for other animals

Category Fee
Budgies and finches $10.00
Chinchillas, hedgehogs, and rabbits $30.00
Ferrets $57.00
Gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rats $5.00
Guinea pigs $16.00
Lovebirds and parakeets $16.00

Taxes are extra.

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Contact Animal Control

1280 Raymur Ave
Vancouver, BC V6A 3L8

Fax: 604-871-6862

Hours of operation


Monday to Sunday
9:00am to 7:00pm

Adoption and viewing

Tuesday to Sunday
10:00am to 6:00pm


Monday to Friday
10:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday
8:30am to 12:00 noon

All areas are closed on holidays.

Last modified: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:50:22