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Adopting During COVID-19

Throughout these unusual times we are still operating the best we can while abiding by the protocols put out by the government.  Our furry friends still need to find their forever homes!  

Our adoption paper work process will be digital for the time being.  The application and contract will be done via email.

Meeting an animal will be done Monday to Friday between 12:30pm and 3:30pm to ensure there is no overlap with our Animal Care Attendees.  Dog meet and greets will be done outside in our yard.  If you are coming into our shelter to meet the cats we ask you to touch as little as possible.  The shelter is sanitized after each visit.

We ask that anyone who is coming for an adoption meet and greet follow the COVID Protocol:

  • You have not traveled in the last 14 days.
  • You have not come in contact with an individual who has traveled in the last 14 days.
  • You are asymptomatic.
  • You have not come into contact with some one who is showing symptoms of any kind.

Please be honest.  Our staff need to remain healthy, as our animals need them!

How to Adopt!

  1. Fill out the relevant adoption application and email it to info@bowvalleyspca.org
    https://www.bowvalleyspca.org/adopt/adopn-application/
  2. If there is a specific cat or dog you are interested in, please specify in your email.  You do not have to have a specific animal in mind to submit an application.
  3. If you do not own, ensure you have approval from your landlord.  During these times many rental companies and landlords are being overwhelmed with calls.  If you can provide an email in addition to their phone number that will be helpful for us.
  4. You will hear back from our Adoption Centre Manager within a few days of sending your application in!  If approved, we will plan a time for you to come and meet your cat or dog of interest!

Some important things to keep in mind when considering adoption during this time:

  1. Finances - this time may be a financially tight time for those who have been laid off due to Covid.  It is also important to remember that eventually, when businesses reopen, not everyone will have their pre-Covid job back.  Keep this in mind when looking into taking on a dog or cat, as they will continue to have vet and food bills throughout this period.
  2. Don't adopt solely to spice up your self-isolated life.   A pet is forever, so it is important to ensure you factor in what your work schedule is like when life returns back to normal.  Example: If you take on a dog that has separation anxiety right now, this might be ok for the next few months, as you will always be around!  However, when you return to work in a few months this could be new challenge you and your pooch face.  It is important to use this time to train your dog to prevent quirks that could arise down the road.
  3. If you are at home a lot more now, it may be a great time to bring your new cat or pup home!  Even though you may be returning to work one day, it gives you and your companion a good period of time to bond and adjust to their new home.