Thinking of Adopting a Pet?

There are several factors to consider before choosing a pet as it is a long-term commitment.

Given that dogs often live twelve years and indoors cats fifteen, you need to be prepared for several years of costs and effort.

Check out the sections below to give you a realistic idea of the responsibilities and costs of adopting a dog, cat or other pet.

Adopt a DOG

Take the time to think about what type of dog is best for your situation and what you can offer it. This discussion should take place with everyone whom will be involved in the dog’s life (children, roommates, extended family members, your boyfriend / girlfriend, etc.).

We also invite you to consult our blog articles Questions to ask yourself before adopting a dog and the costs and equipment to plan in order to make a thoughtful choice.

Avoid Impulsive Decisions – Ask yourself the right questions!

Once your list of criteria has been established and well thought out, visit Our Animals page to see if one of them meets what you are looking for!

Come meet them on site. If you live with your family or with roommates, try to attend together to make sure the animal is comfortable with everyone and vice versa!

Ask questions to our adoption agents. They know our animals very well and can guide you and help define your selection criteria.

A meeting room is also available to get to know your future companion.

Plan a stop at our store to equip yourself. We have food, bowls, leashes & collars, toys, treats, etc. You will have all items that you need once you leave with your new companion.

Bringing home your dog for the first time is an exciting moment! Let your dog freely explore his new living space. It is normal that at the beginning it will be very fearful, so do not rush things. You have to understand that he may have been a boarder at the shelter for some time, where there was noise, other animals, comings and goings, etc. He will need rest and a lot of love from you!

Consult our blog post on how to welcome a new dog at home to get some tips.

Remember that your pet’s ID tag de must be placed around his neck at all times.

Take the time to introduce your pet to other pets in the house as well as your neighbors. They will be able to recognize it and help you find it if it runs away. Consult the articles on introducing a dog and a cat or two dogs together to make sure you are well prepared.

Don’t forget: we’re there for you!
Do not hesitate to refer to the adoption guide that we gave you when you adopted. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our team. We can help you and answer your questions!

View the Adoption Guide

Adopt a CAT

Take the time to think about which type of cat is best for your situation; would you like to adopt a kitten or an adult cat? This discussion should take place with everyone whom will be involved in the cat’s life (kids, roommates, extended family members, your boyfriend / girlfriend, etc.).

Find out if you or a family member has allergies by taking the time to have a test, such as bringing a friend’s pet into your home for a few days. If you discover allergies and still decide to adopt an animal, then you will need to be aware of your responsibility to ensure the well-being of this companion throughout his life, even if your allergies will not abandon you…

We also invite you to consult our blog articles Questions to ask yourself before adopting a cat  and the costs and materials to plan for when adopting a cat” in order to make a thoughtful choice

Once your list of criteria has been established and well thought out in hand, go to our Our Animals page to see if one of our boarders meets everything you are looking for!

Come meet the cat on site. If you live with your family or with roommates, try to attend together to make sure the animal is comfortable with everyone and vice versa!Ask questions to our adoption agents. They know our animals very well and can guide you and help define your selection criteria.

A meeting room is also available to get to know your future companion.

Plan a stop at our store to equip yourself. We have food, bowls, leashes & collars, toys, treats, etc. You will have all items that you need once you leave with your new companion.

Bringing home your cat for the first time is an exciting moment! Let your cat freely explore his new living space. It is normal that at the beginning it will be very fearful, so do not rush things. You have to understand that he may have been a boarder at the shelter for some time, where there was noise, other animals, comings and goings, etc. He will need rest and a lot of love from you!

Take the time to properly introduce your new cat to the housecat or housedog.

Remember that your pet’s tag should be placed around their neck at all times, even if they only live indoors.

Don’t forget, we are here for you! Do not hesitate to refer to the adoption guide that we gave you when you adopted at the SPA de l’Estrie. Contact our team if you have any additional questions or concerns, we can help you and answer your questions!

Consult the Adoption Guide here.

SPA de l’Estrie is a proud member of Humane Canada, the federation of humane societies and SPCAs. 

What to know before adopting a dog

« As the global pandemic continues, the demand for dogs, especially puppies, keeps increasing. Shelters, rescues and ethical breeders can’t keep up with the high demand. Thus, creating a perfect opportunity for unscrupulous breeders to profit from the situation.

Before making a puppy purchase, take the time to learn about your options and weigh the pros and cons. »

Read Humane Canada’s full article here

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