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You’re finally a responsible adult. You have your own place, a good job, and you even work from home. So, you’ve decided to take the next step and adopt a dog.
But you want to find something close by so you’re looking for dogs for adoption in British Columbia.
Back when I was a kid we looked up the local shelters in the yellow pages and visited shelters after school and on weekends. That’s how we found our Border Collie mix, Maffy. Our wonderful mutt!
We found our first dog as a responsible adult way back in 2005 through PetFinder.com.
However, when we searched for rescues in British Columbia we couldn’t find a good list on Petfinder.com or other sites.
So, we decided to take action and create this ultimate list of dogs for adoption in British Columbia which includes all the shelters and rescues we could find in the province.
Dogs For Adoption In British Columbia
Below are all of the organizations in British Columbia from which you can adopt a dog.
Please continue on to each individual organization’s website by clicking on their name to see dogs they have available for adoption or to learn more about the organization and their mission.
Adopting is a great way of bringing home a dog in need of a loving home.
Consider checking with the organizations in your area on a weekly basis if you’re looking for a specific breed before you decide to go out and buy a puppy from a breeder.
You know what they say – ‘Adopt Before You Shop!’
Dog Shelters And Rescues In British Columbia
How Much Does It Cost To Adopt A Dog In British Columbia?
On average to adopt a dog in British Columbia will cost you around $300 – $600.
There are many factors involved with the adoption fee of dog. Most rescues will charge a different rate for puppies, young adults, adults, and senior dogs.
The adoption fee is a small amount compared to the cost rescues incur with vet bills, medication, vaccinations, microchipping, food, toys, other supplies, fostering, etc.
Are There Small Dog Rescues In British Columbia?
Yes, there are small dog rescues in BC. In fact there’s a pretty good chance that many of the shelters and rescues on our list will have small dogs from time to time.
Here’s a list of dog rescues that specialize in small breed dogs.
- BC Chihuahua Rescue – Chihuahua’s are definitely a small breed with the average adult weight around 4-6 pounds.
- Dachshund & Friends Rescue Team – Dachshund is another small breed dog although a bit larger than a Chi. Also know as a Doxie, they weigh in around 16-32 pounds for standard and miniatures come in at no more than 11 pounds in weight.
- Okanagan Central Small Dog Rescue Society – Small Dog Rescue.
- Small Dog Rescue BC Society – Dog rescue specializing in small dogs.
If you’ve checked these four shelters and haven’t found the perfect small canine friend then try the other shelters and rescues on this list and ask them if they have a small dog that fits your lifestyle.
Are There Older Dogs For Adoption In British Columbia?
Most dog rescues and shelters will have adoptable dogs of all ages including puppies, adults, and senior dogs.
Unfortunately, we did not come across any shelters in BC that specialize in senior dogs. Please take the time to visit all the rescues near you on our list.
That’s the list! Were you able to find an adoptable dog?
If you’re having trouble finding the perfect match then I suggest you be patient and check in with multiple rescues and shelters in the coming weeks.
Most rescues and shelters are getting new dogs constantly.
Your perfect match might be right around the corner.
A second option would be to expand your search radius and maybe check out shelters and rescues and nearby provinces or even across the border in the United States.
Have you ever adopted a dog?
Tell us about your experience in the comment section below.
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