Pet Adoption in St. John’s, NL, Canada
It is an unfortunate fact that many animals, such as cats and dogs, do not have a home. They may be lost, abandoned, or given up by their owners. Animal shelters and adoption organizations in the St. John’s region strive to find new homes for these animals.
Those looking to adopt a pet may want to consider one of the following organizations:
St. John’s SPCA
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) operates seven animal shelters in Newfoundland and Labrador. The St. John’s branch of the SPCA is located on RCAF Road. With its two dog areas and four cat units, the facility can accommodate 12 dogs and 20 cats. There is an adoption fee of $50 for cats and $80 for dogs.
The shelter is run by volunteers who ensure that the animals receive the proper care and attention they need.
The shelter’s hours of operation are 12 pm to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on weekends. Visit St. John’s SPCA to view the animals currently available for adoption.
The city of St. John’s Humane Services Division
The city’s Humane Services Division is responsible for rescuing injured animals and providing them with medical care. Humane Services also issues pet I.D. tags, works to promote responsible pet care, and finds homes for lost or abandoned cats and dogs.
Humane Services runs animal care and adoption center on Higgins Line in St. John’s. The shelter is open Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 4 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm on weekends. The adoption fee is $30 for cats and $50 for dogs.
Beagle Paws is an animal rescue organization whose goal is to find homes for lost, abandoned, or unwanted beagles. It was formed in St. John was in 2002 and now operates branches in Newfoundland, Alberta, and British Columbia. Through its group of devoted volunteers, Beagles Paws operates a foster program that facilitates the rescue and adoption of beagles. Adoption fees vary. New owners will be required to pay transportation costs if adopting a beagle from another province.
A no-kill animal rescue organization, St. John’s based Heavenly Creatures is dedicated to saving animals in Newfoundland and Labrador. Although the charity does not have a physical shelter yet, its goal is to construct a building that can accommodate 50 animals.
There are many cats, dogs, and other animals available for adoption through Heavenly Creatures’ foster care program. Heavenly Creatures accepts donations through its Guardian Angel Program. These contributions help cover the cost of food and supplies for animals while they are staying with a foster parent.
Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada
Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada (GPCA) is a non-profit organization that provides shelter for retired racing greyhounds as they await new homes. Greyhounds are housed in GPAC’s kennel in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. The Newfoundland and Labrador branch of GPAC coordinates the transportation of greyhounds from the Nova Scotia shelter to adopted homes in Newfoundland.
There is a staggering amount of animals in need of a loving home. Learn more about adopting a pet by contacting or visiting a local animal shelter or rescue organization.