Our policy is to facilitate adoptions within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. For adoptions outside of the province, we will not be responsible for shipping or transporting the animal.
As part of our adoption process, we allow a 7 day trial period with all of our animals. This trial period is intended to allow the new adopters to do the following:
- Ensure the animal can adjust to the new home.
- Ensure all other animals in the household will reasonably get along.
- Ensure all family members do not have unknown allergies/physical reactions.
- Ensure there are no abnormal behavioral issues that develop once in the home that were unknown to the shelter staff.
It is expected that adopters are fully aware of the long term commitment and responsibility of owning an animal before they start the adoption process. If however, an unknown medical condition or unknown behavioural issue develops or is displayed within the 7 day trial period, the shelter will take the animal back as it’s understood that the adopter may not have agreed to, or has the ability to, deal with this situation. Normal animal behaviours such as housetraining, barking, scratching, jumping, etc. are not considered “unknown”.
At the Fort McMurray SPCA we believe that each animal is special and considered to be a part of the FMSPCA family. We accept returns as per the 7 day trial period policy and barring any unusual circumstances. Returns cannot be dropped off at the shelter unannounced and need to be coordinated through our Kennel Manager. Adoption fees are non-refundable once the 7 day trial period has expired. We encourage adopters to reach out for help if they are having any issues with their new adopted pet as we can often assist by providing resources for training and advice
Renters/Condo Owners need to confirm with their landlord/condo board that they are allowed a pet and check if there are any restrictions including size, specific dog breeds and pet-related damage deposits. Approval will be required by your landlord before adoption approval.