The Adoption Process


Interested in Adopting a Pet?

The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue can help you find the perfect pet for your family. Each year we find new homes for hundreds of cats and dogs. We work hard to ensure good matches and will tell you everything we know about the animals.

The animals that come into our care deserve a second chance at a new beginning. By adopting from the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue you are helping to ensure these animals have the happy life they deserve.

How does the adoption process work?

  • To be considered you must first fill in our Pet Adoption Application, which you will find the link below.  For a Rabbit application please email
  • Visit the website for available animals and choose one or more you are interested in. List the name (s) on the application. We only keep a wait list for puppies and small dogs.
  • Applications must be approved (applying does not guarantee approval). Approval is based on the best interest of the animal (s). The SPCA Animal Rescue reserves the right to refuse any application we think is not in the animal’s best interest.
  • The process is the same for everyone.

What do we expect from people who wish to adopt?

  • Please ensure you are willing to commit to the animal for his/her natural life. Please think about the long-term responsibilities of owning a pet.
  • You must be 21 years of age and provide a valid identification with a current address.
  • Animals cannot be adopted as a gift for someone else, for breeding purposes or for the purpose of protection.
  • All animals in your home must be spayed or neutered (if age appropriate).
  • All other dogs or cats (if applicable) in your household must be licensed.

How long does it take to adopt?

  • Cat/kitten – if approved, you will be contacted and a Meet and Greet will be scheduled.
  • In most instances an adoption can take place the same day if the cat/kitten is ready.
  • It will take longer if you rent because you need to have your landlord sign our Landlord Consent Form.
  • Dog/puppy – this can vary because it is a longer process.
    • If approved, you will be contacted and a Meet and Greet will be scheduled.
    • Supervised visits will then be scheduled (the number of visits will depend on the dog).
    • The first visit is for the adult applicant (s), i.e. primary caregiver.
    • The other visits are for children, the family dog, or other dogs the adopted dog will interact with.
    • A pre-adoption home visit may be required.

What is the adoption fee and what does it include?

  • The adoption fee for an adult dog is $275; for puppies or small dogs, it is $350. The adoption fee for adult cats and kittens is $200.
  • The adoption fee includes first wellness exam (veterinary clinic in our Partner Program), vaccines, spay/neuter, de-worming, flea treatment, micro-chipping, and a Royal Canin Adoption Kit.

What happens when you take your pet home?

  • All animals adopted from the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue must be transported home in a safe manner.
  • Dogs/puppies must have a proper fitting collar (buckle recommended) and be on a leash.  A seat belt is also recommended.
  • Cats/kittens must be transported in a carrier.
  • It will take some time for your new companion to adjust to a new home. The adjustment period can be a few weeks for a cat or several months to a year for a dog. It is very important you give your adopted companion the time to adjust to your environment and to go through the training process.

Click here to fill out your Pet Adoption Application.