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Dogs For Adoption In British Columbia

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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.

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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

AAIDD Adopt An Indian Desi DogAbbotsford604-852-3375
Angel’s Animal RescueMerritt250-378-5223
Animal Advocates SocietyBC AreaContact
BC Chihuahua RescueNanaimo 
BC SPCA 100 Mile House & District Branch100 Mile House250-395-5303
BC SPCA Abbotsford BranchAbbotsford604-850-1584
BC SPCA Burnaby BranchBurnaby604-291-7201
BC SPCA Campbell River Community Animal CentreCampbell River250-287-7766
BC SPCA Chilliwack BranchChilliwack604-823-6612
BC SPCA Cowichan & District BranchDuncan250-746-4646
BC SPCA East Kootenay BranchCranbrook250-426-6751
BC SPCA Education & Adoption CentrePort Coquitlam604-468-4044
BC SPCA Haida Gwaii BranchQueen Charlotte City250-559-8807
BC SPCA Kamloops BranchKamloops250-376-7722
BC SPCA Maple Ridge BranchMaple Ridge604-463-9511
BC SPCA Nanaimo & District BranchNanaimo250-741-0778
BC SPCA North Cariboo Branch, Prince GeorgePrince George250-562-5511
BC SPCA North Peace Branch, Fort St. JohnFort St. John250-785-7722
BC SPCA Parksville-Qualicum Beach & District BranchParksville250-248-3811
BC SPCA Powell River BranchPowell River604-485-9252
BC SPCA Prince Rupert BranchPrince Rupert250-624-2859
BC SPCA Quesnel and District BranchQuesnel250-992-7722
BC SPCA Salt Spring Island BranchSalt Spring Island250-537-2123
BC SPCA Shuswap BranchSalmon Arm250-832-7376
BC SPCA South Okanagan/SimilkameenPenticton250-493-0136
BC SPCA South Peace BranchDawson Creek250-782-2444
BC SPCA Squamish Valley BranchSquamish604-898-9890
BC SPCA Sunshine Coast BranchSechelt604-740-0301
BC SPCA Trail Regional BranchTrail250-368-5910
BC SPCA Vancouver BranchVancouver604-879-7721
BC SPCA Vernon & District BranchVernon250-549-7297
BC SPCA West Vancouver BranchWest Vancouver604-922-4622
Big And Small Animal RescueGreater Vancouver AreaContact
Black Dog Society of BCFraser ValleyContact
Bone Voyage Dog RescueBC AreaContact
Broken Promises RescueVictoriaContact
Bully BuddiesVancouver Contact
CAWES (Coast Animal Welfare & Education Society)Bowen Island604-947-2333
Coquitlam Animal ShelterCoquitlam604-927-7387
Countryside KennelsPort Coquitlam604-945-0125
Creston Pet Adoption And Welfare SocietyCreston250-428-7297
Cross Our Paws RescueNorth Vancouver Contact
Crowsnest Pet RescueHeffley Creek 
Dachshund & Friends Rescue TeamAbbotsford778-982-1299
Delta Community Animal ShelterDelta604-940-7111
Dhana Metta Rescue SocietyVancouver 
District of North Vancouver Animal Welfare ShelterNorth Vancouver604-990-3711
Dog ControlPenticton250-492-3801
Faunadael Pet RescueDuncan 
Fraser Valley Humane SocietyMission604-820-2977
Furever Freed Dog RescueBC AreaContact
German Shepherd Rescue of BCChilliwack 
Global Animal LoversInvermereContact
Hands on Fur /Formerly Turtle GardensTopley250-696-3461
Heart Dog RescueKootenayContact
Home At Last RescueLower Mainland BCContact
HugABull Advocacy and Rescue SocietyVancouver 
Langley Animal Protection SocietyLangley604-857-5055
Loved At Last Dog RescueVancouverContact
Mex-Can Pet PartnersVictoriaContact
New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption SocietyAbbotsford778-985-5673
New Westminster Animal ShelterNew Westminster604-519-2008
NewbarkBlack Creek250-218-0201
Northern Animal Rescue AllianceTerraceContact
Northern Hope Dog RescueVancouverContact
Northwest Animal ShelterSmithersContact
Okanagan Central Small Dog Rescue SocietyKelowna250-808-1107
Our Last Hope Animal Rescue SocietyPrinceton604-749-7150
Paws It Forward Dog RescueKelownaContact
Pawsitive Animal RescueVancouver604-849-0056
PB & Chi Dog Rescue SocietyBC AreaContact
Pennies For DogsVancouver 
Prince George Animal RescuePrince GeorgeContact
Rain Coast Dog Rescue SocietyVancouver Island250-507-6685
Regional Animal Protection SocietyRichmond604-285-7724
Rescue A BoxerDelta 
Richmond Animal Protection Society / Animal ShelterRichmond604-275-2036
Richmond BC SPCA Education & Adoption CentreRichmond604-277-3100
Rosier Days Dog RescueVictoriaContact
SARA SocietySurrey604-580-8254
See Spot Smile Dalmatian RescueBlack Creek250-650-4477
Small Dog Rescue BC SocietyVancouverContact
Society-Save Animals through Rescue & AdoptionSurrey604-580-8254
Surrey BC SPCA Education and Adoption CentreSurrey604-574-1711
TnT Sharpei RescueFraser Valley604-357-3294
Tsawwassen Animal HospitalDelta604-943-9385
Vancouver Island Dogs Rescue SocietyVictoria Contact
Victoria Animal Control Services Ltd.Victoria250-414-0233
Victoria Humane SocietyVictoria
Victoria Pet Adoption SocietySaanichton 
Whistler Animals Galore SocietyWhistler604-935-8364


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.

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.

Final Thoughts

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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