Adopt a Pet in Edmonton, Alberta

Adding a new pet to your family is an exciting and rewarding experience – and one of the best ways to welcome a new four-legged member to your family is through adoption. Right here in Edmonton, there are hundreds of pets in our local animal rescue shelters who would love the companionship, safety and security of a forever home. Shelter animals make wonderful companions, and our animal hospital strongly encourages you to consider adopting one rather than purchasing a pet through a breeder.

Why You Should Adopt a Cat or Dog

One of the most common misconceptions about shelter pets is that these animals are strays or are “too wild and dangerous” to be in a home. That’s simply not the case! Many of these dogs and cats are not strays, but are pets that once had a family home. In some cases, these pets became lost and were never reunited with their former owners. In other cases, these animals are the offspring of family pets that were never spayed or neutered – and their owners were unable to keep them. Finally, some owners are forced to surrender their pets due to personal reasons, such as a major relocation across the country due to family commitments or work. No matter the reasons that these gentle animals came to a shelter, they all deserve to be in a loving, forever home.

Adopting a pet is also a responsible choice, rather than going to a pet store or puppy mill. A puppy mill is a commercial dog breeding facility that focuses on profit over the health and welfare of its animals. Even though such practices are often outlawed, they often continue. Your decision to adopt a dog or adopt a cat sends a strong message that Edmonton residents will not support these inhumane practices.

Choosing a pet is always a decision that should be made with care and deliberation. While it’s easy to experience a “love at first sight” feeling when you first meet a potential dog or cat, it’s critically important to remember that a pet is not a toy or clothing accessory. The decision to adopt a pet should be given the same careful attention that you would give to other major live decisions, like deciding where to move or even what job to take. You should consider your current living situation (e.g., do you live in a large home with a spacious yard or a small apartment?), your work commitments (e.g., do you have a long commute?), and your family situation (e.g., do you have young children?). The answers to these questions will help you determine not only whether a dog or cat is right for you, but also the size of your pet (e.g., a large breed dog versus a smaller dog) and the age of the pet (e.g., a young puppy versus a senior cat).

To learn more about how to adopt a pet, talk to our animal care team today or click here!