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It is the policy of the Bow Valley SPCA to care for orphaned cats and dogs in the Bow Valley until suitable permanent homes can be found. The Bow Valley SPCA believes that all life is valuable and that all animals are worthy of having their needs met. It is a privilege to own a pet and a lifelong responsibility. If a person can no longer properly honour their commitment to their pet and feels the need to surrender him/her to the Bow Valley SPCA it should be because all other options have been exhausted.

Surrender is by appointment only and we cannot accept walk-in or day-of surrenders. Surrendering an animal should be a last resort for pet owners.

Surrender Policy

People wishing to surrender their dog or cat must wait until space is available, and you will be placed on a waitlist. Wait times may be longer than usual as we are currently operating at/over capacity. We are unable to accommodate emergency surrenders at this time. Behavioural assessment prior to intake of surrendered dogs will be required. As we are a limited admission Centre, we cannot take dangerous dogs.

For information on our waitlist timeline and to arrange an appointment, contact Daisy Hilchey - Adoption Centre Manager 403-609-2022 during our office hours, or by email at

The staff of the Bow Valley SPCA will offer the public other options before the decision to surrender is final. These options include:

The Bow Valley SPCA will need time to make arrangements to accept the animal. Wait times may be longer than usual as we are currently operating at/over capacity. Please consider the options listed above during the interim wait period.

The animal’s veterinary records are required. The pet owner will be asked to bring the animal’s food, crate, collar, and any familiar toys or blankets that may help them feel more secure.

Ownership of the animal must be signed over to the Bow Valley SPCA. The Bow Valley SPCA will make every possible effort to find a suitable forever home for the animal. The Bow Valley SPCA will provide the animal with food, shelter, ongoing veterinary care (including spay/neuter surgery), vaccinations, regular exercise, obedience training, love and attention for the duration of their stay at the Carla Cumming Sojonky Adoption Centre.

Repeated and continual surrender of animals will not be tolerated or accepted by the Bow Valley SPCA. If recurring surrenders occur for puppy litters, the mother of the litters (weaned or unweaned) must be surrendered, along with the litter, to the Bow Valley SPCA, whereupon, she will be spayed at one of the veterinary clinics in Canmore. It is then only at the discretion of the Bow Valley SPCA staff whether or not she will be returned to the owner.

Surrender Fees

The Bow Valley SPCA asks that the former owner contribute to the ongoing care of the animal financially, by way of a one-time surrender fee as follows;