Adopting

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Adoption is an exciting opportunity. Look at how to get started with the process.

All GVAC adoptables are posted on our facebook page when they are ready for adoption. We also will post them in the What’s New section of the website.  Please keep an eye on either should you want to add a new family member.  Please see the buttons at bottom of page for adoption applications.  

In 2008 we started having our vets do extra blood-work on cats and kittens that came into our care. Every animal that comes into our care is thoroughly checked by a veterinarian. If not already done, cats/dogs and rabbits are spayed/neutered before they are adopted. Kittens or puppies may be adopted out with a spay or neuter surgery booked and paid for by the rescue in the near future.

All our animals are vaccinated, de-wormed and de-flead prior to all adoptions. Kittens & Puppies under 4 months old will receive their first and second vaccines in care, but third vaccines are the responsibility of their new owner and need to be completed to keep your new family member safe and healthy.  Animals over 4 months are given their first set of vaccines, boosters are the new owners responsibility.

Thank you for wanting to adopt a rescued animal.

Why we charge fees?

Rescues charge fees for several reasons. On occasion we encounter people who feel the fees are too high, or ask why we charge a fee at all.  Here is why we ask for an adoption fee for our rescues.  First we rescue the cat/kitten or dog/puppy and we provide all vet care which always includes a spay/neuter, vaccinations, deflea/deworm and a thorough vet exam.  Some of our rescues require dental work, extra blood testing and other diagnostic testing, surgeries, medications, special foods and other vet procedures.  It is only THEN that we work on rehoming that animal to you. We never slow down because there is always another animal that needs our help. This is very expensive for the rescue and your adoption fee only covers a small portion of the vetting and costs for care and upkeep.

Keep this mind whenever you hear someone speak negatively about adoption fees. If you can’t foster, adopt or donate, then EDUCATE.

PST is British Columbia’s Provincial Sales Tax. GVAC Rescue is required to charge it on all adoption fees; PST is currently at a rate of 7% and it is included in our adoption fees.

View our rates below and let us know if you have questions through our email, info@gvacrescue.com. If you would like to adopt an animal, please fill out an application online – see links to the right hand side of the page.

Adoption Fees

Includes spay/neuter, deworm/deflea, vet examination and at least first vaccinations and may include tattoo or microchip as these procedures are done while under anesthetic for spay/neuter.   Please note, the adoption fee may not include the booster vaccine that has to be done 1 month after the first vaccination.

ANIMAL FEE
Kitten up to 6 months old $350
Older Kittens (6M to 2Y) $300
Adult Cats (2 Years and older) $250
Puppies (up to 6 months) $500
Dogs on Individual Basis NA
Rabbits $100
Guinea Pigs $50
Other Small Animals on individual basis NA

The adoption process steps help GVAC Rescue learn what is wonderful about your personality and lifestyle. It is also designed to help you learn more about which animal would be a perfect match for you.

STEP 1

Consider the ways in which you will meet the lifelong needs of a pet:

  • Have you planned for expenses?  
  • Is there time in your schedule for walks, training, attention and play?
  • Are your children of an appropriate age?
  • Will possible life changes such as moving, changing your work schedule, starting a family, going back to school etc. affect your ability to provide good care?

STEP 2

Fill out the appropriate application and submit to GVAC Rescue by paper at an adoption center, scan and email it to info@gvacrescue.com, or fill in our adoption form in the forms section in the header. Watch your email for a response to your application.  We typically do not communicate by phone as we are all volunteers and our phones are our personal numbers.  We will email you; if you are approved or not.  

STEP 3

A home visit is done for all adoptions, which allows us to meet you and your family and discuss any special needs and proper methods of introducing the new pet into your home. Home visits are on hold for the duration of the pandemic.

STEP 4

After a successful home visit, you can now go meet your possible new family member if they are in one of our foster homes. We will arrange for you and the foster family to communicate a good time to visit. Should you decide that you are a match, you could potentially take them home that same day.  

For animals at one of our adoption centers, you should have already met them.

Printable adoption application forms can be scanned and emailed to info@gvacrescue.com.  

We realize that to some our application process may seem very thorough, but we hope that you can appreciate that these animals have all had a rough start in life.  We are here to ensure that we find the best forever home for each animal and find the perfect match for you as well.

We appreciate your cooperation and we hope you find this process worthwhile and take pride in knowing you are helping rescue an animal in need and that we together are helping make a difference in these animals’ lives.

If for any reason you choose not to keep your pet please make sure you contact GVAC Rescue to surrender them back to us.

Refunds of adoption fees are given on a case to case basis, within 14 days. After 14 days we will accept the animal back into foster care, but no refund will be given.

Please know that we will work as quickly as we can to help you add a new family member to your household but we are all volunteers with family, animals of our own, and jobs, so it may take a few days for us to get back to you.

Your patience is appreciated.

Contact us for more information: info@gvacrescue.com