Victoria Pet Adoption Society (VPAS) is a volunteer run, registered charitable foundation in Victoria, BC, Canada. VPAS' goal is to rehabilitate homeless animals and place them into great homes. VPAS provides medical care for all of their adoptees, ensuring that their vaccinations are up to date, and that all adoptees are spayed/neutered and microchipped (when possible).
The Victoria Pet Adoption Society is funded solely by adoption fees, fundraising events, and donations from the public. The cost of keeping the animals is considerable, and we rely on these donations to continue to care for the animals while they are staying with us, waiting for their new homes.
Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment and a big responsibility. Dogs can live 15 years or more, and cats can live 20+ years. Like people, each individual pet comes with its own set of baggage, needs, and personality traits. Because your new pet will depend on you to provide its basic needs, we need to be sure that you are educated and up to the challenge. Our adoption process allows us to ask you some questions about your home environment, your lifestyle, and your needs, expectations, and limitations. We want to be sure that your new pet is going to be just as happy in its new home as you are to have it there.
A Successful Adoption Process Includes the Following Steps:
To start the adoption process, please complete the online adoption application found at https://victoriapets.ca/adoption-process/.
If our adoption team feels as though your home will be a great fit for one of our pets they will contact you to set up a visit supervised by the foster parent who can answer some of the questions you may have about the animal of interest. You will not be able to take the pet home the day of the visit.
One of our volunteers will contact you after the visit and will open a dialogue with you based on the information provided in your application. We will talk about your home and family, as well as your experience with pets. We will ask you to tell us about the kind of life and care you can offer to the adopted pet, and we will inform you about any health or behavioural issues that you should be aware of.
(For dogs only) Once an adoption is pending, we will come visit your home to ensure that the environment is suitable for the pet in question, based on its needs. We can advise you of modifications that could make the adoption more successful, such as fencing and other things you may not have thought about.
The adoption process generally takes several days, and this time line is intentional. It allows you time to think about your decision so that you can be sure that you are comfortable with the decision that you’ve made. Adoptions are never approved within 48 hours of the application being submitted.
Once we have successfully journeyed through the steps above, you can pick up your new friend to begin a wonderful life together! Signing an adoption contract is a requirement for every pet that is adopted.
Adoption Fees are as Follows:
Kittens (up to 12 months of age) $400
Adult Cats (1 yr - 8yrs) $300
Senior Cats (9 yrs and older) $250
Special Needs Cats (other than kittens) $250
Puppies (up to 12 months of age) $600
Adult Dogs (1 yr - 8yrs) $400
Senior Dogs (9 yrs and older) $300
Special Needs dogs (other than puppies) $300
Guinea Pigs $30
Adoption fees for other species may vary