SPCA Serving Erie County Adoption FAQs
- What are your adoption policies during the COVID pandemic?
- How do I make an appointment to visit or adopt a dog?
- What are the SPCA adoption locations? What are your hours?
- What does the SPCA’s animal adoption fee include?
- What are your adoption fees?
- How can I pay for an adoption?
- What does your adoption contract involve?
- What should I bring with me to adopt an animal?
- Am I on my own, or are there people to help me?
- Can I put a dog on hold while I decide if I’d like to adopt?
- I have a dog at home; can I bring him/her to meet a dog I may adopt?
- How can I learn more about/adopt that puppy transported to the SPCA that I just saw in a Facebook video?
- Who can I call for more information on SPCA adoptions?
What are the SPCA adoption locations? What are your hours?
What does the SPCA's animal adoption fee include?
Thank you for choosing to adopt your new family member from the SPCA!
Adoption fees include the following:
- A general physical exam for all animals given by a member of the SPCA’s veterinary services staff
- Spay/neuter surgery for dogs, cats, rabbits, and domestic male rats (read why domestic rats have been added to the neuter list here >>)
- Dogs receive a behavior evaluation
- Age-appropriate vaccinations
- Initial worming
- Seasonally, dose of flea control medicine
- Feline leukemia test (cats)
- Microchip for dogs and cats
- Temporary identification tag for dogs and cats
- Certificate for your new pet’s first physical examination at the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society’s veterinarian of your choice
- The option of a 30-day pet health insurance provided by 24PetWatch
- Adopters receive three weeks unlimited e-mail access to the SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department
- Free bag of Purina dog or cat food (while supplies last)
Your adoptions counselor will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have!
Wow! There's a lot included with the adoption fees! What are they?*
- Most cats 5 years and older: $50
- Most cats/kittens 21 weeks – 5 years: $120
- Most kittens 20 weeks and younger: $175
- Particular cat purebreds of any age: special prices in effect ($125 and up)
- Dogs 10 years and older: $100
- Most dogs 7 years up to 10 years: $200
- Most dogs 1 year up to 7 years: $250
- Most dogs/puppies 21 weeks up to 1 year: $300
- Most pups 20 weeks and younger: $400 (price includes bordetella vaccination)
- Particular dog breeds and/or sizes: special prices in effect ($200 – $500)
- Ferrets: $100
- Rabbits: $60
- Guinea Pigs: $25
- Domestic rats (fee includes neutering): $15
- Gerbils/hamsters/domestic mice: $5
- Small animals, exotics, farm animals, and others: various prices depending on animal
To those people who purchase online coupons and gift certificates for discounts on adoptions, no deals are accepted at the McKinley Mall Tabby Town location!
How can I pay for an adoption?
Our West Seneca shelter accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, personal check or cash.
Other offsite SPCA adoption locations accept only cash or check!
What should I bring with me to adopt an animal?
In addition to method of payment, photo ID is required, and proof of your current address, the address at which the animal will be living. You’ll also want to have plenty of free time to spend with your potential pet! Any proper adoption process takes time and patience…a rushed adoption is rarely a good one.
BUSIEST ADOPTION DAYS/TIMES (you may be waiting longer to process adoptions):
Saturdays, Tuesday/Thursday evenings, school holidays (weekday afternoons usually boast shorter waiting times)
Am I on my own, or are there people to help me?
Adoption counselors and volunteers are available to assist you in learning more about the animals awaiting adoption and which species/breed might fit best into your lifestyle. You’ll want to do your homework first, though, before visiting. Take an honest look at your lifestyle, the ages and temperaments of people living in your home, the number of hours an animal would be alone, decide who would be the pet’s primary caregiver…then take some time to research what species (and then within that species, what breed) would make the best pet in your home. The SPCA Serving Erie County also utilizes the MEET YOUR MATCH adoption program to help make masterful matches between people and pets!
I see a dog I think I like, but haven't decided on whether or not I'd like to adopt. Can I put that pet on hold?
There are two circumstances in which the SPCA will hold a dog: first, to meet other pets in the household and second, to meet other family members. If there is a dog you meet, adore, and would consider adopting, yet you have other people/pets in the home who need to meet the dog before an adoption decision is made, a $30.00 deposit will allow a hold up to 24 hours. A “Meet and Greet Session” will be scheduled within those 24 hours. At the session, members of our Training and Behavior Department will work with you, the dog, and your current pet and/or other family members to make a preliminary determination as efficiently as possible regarding how relationships may (or may not) flourish in your household. At the present time, animal holds for any other reason are not possible.
Who can I call for more information on SPCA adoptions?