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SPCA Serving Erie County Adoption FAQs

What are the SPCA adoption locations? What are your hours?

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What does the SPCA's animal adoption fee include?

  • An adoring animal to bring home
  • Spay/neuter surgery for dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Initial deworming
  • Dose of Advantage, Parastar or Frontline Flea Control if the animal's weight is appropriate (seasonal)
  • Feline Leukemia Test
  • Microchip identification for dogs and cats
  • Pet's first physical examination at the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society (veterinarian of your choice)
  • 30 days free veterinary insurance (with e-mail address)
  • Adopters receive three weeks unlimited e-mail access to the SPCA's Behavior and Training Department! Adopters can ask questions regarding their new pets' quirks and behaviors and receive professional advice! It's free of charge and personalized!

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Wow! There's a lot included with the adoption fees! What are they?*

  • Most cats 3 years and older: adoption fee waived; as with all animals, adoption approval required*
  • Most cats/kittens 21 weeks - 3 years: $85* 
  • Most kittens 20 weeks and younger: $125 *
  • Particular purebreds of any age: special prices in effect ($150 and up)*
  • Dogs 10 years and older: adoption fee waived; as with all animals, adoption approval required*
  • Most dogs 7 years and older:  $100*
  • Most dogs/puppies 21 weeks - 6 years : $135*
  • Most pups 20 weeks and younger: $250 (price includes bordetella vaccination)*
  • Particular breeds and/or sizes: special prices in effect ($200 - $350)*
  • Ferrets:  $75
  • Rabbits: $40
  • Guinea Pigs: $15
  • Small animals, exotics, farm animals, and others: various prices depending on animal

* Note: A STANDARD $30 ADMINISTRATION FEE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL DOG AND CAT ADOPTIONS, EVEN WHEN ADOPTION FEES ARE WAIVED. To those people who purchase online coupons and gift certificates for discounts on adoptions, no deals are accepted at the McKinley Mall Tabby Town location! 

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How can I pay for an adoption?

Our Tonawanda shelter & cat adoption sites at the Walden Galleria, Eastern Hills Mall, and McKinley Mall accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, personal check or cash.
Other offsite SPCA adoption locations accept only cash or check!

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What should I bring with me to adopt an animal?

In addition to method of payment, photo ID is required, and proof of your current address, the address at which the animal will be living. You'll also want to have plenty of free time to spend with your potential pet! Any proper adoption process takes time and patience...a rushed adoption is rarely a good one.

BUSIEST ADOPTION DAYS/TIMES (you may be waiting longer to process adoptions):
Saturdays, Tuesday/Thursday evenings, school holidays (weekday afternoons usually boast shorter waiting times)

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Am I on my own, or are there people to help me?

Adoption counselors and volunteers are available to assist you in learning more about the animals awaiting adoption and which species/breed might fit best into your lifestyle. You'll want to do your homework first, though, before visiting. Take an honest look at your lifestyle, the ages and temperaments of people living in your home, the number of hours an animal would be alone, decide who would be the pet's primary caregiver...then take some time to research what species (and then within that species, what breed) would make the best pet in your home. The SPCA Serving Erie County also utilizes the MEET YOUR MATCH adoption program to help make masterful matches between people and pets! 

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I see a dog I think I like, but haven't decided on whether or not I'd like to adopt. Can I put that pet on hold?

There are two circumstances in which the SPCA will hold a dog: first, to meet other pets in the household and second, to meet other family members. If there is a dog you meet, adore, and would consider adopting, yet you have other people/pets in the home who need to meet the dog before an adoption decision is made, a $30.00 deposit will allow a hold up to 24 hours. A "Meet and Greet Session" will be scheduled within those 24 hours. At the session, members of our Training and Behavior Department will work with you, the dog, and your current pet and/or other family members to make a preliminary determination as efficiently as possible regarding how relationships may (or may not) flourish in your household. At the present time, animal holds for any other reason are not possible.

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Can I go on a waiting list for a specific breed/type/age animal?

If you're looking for a specific dog, then the answer is "Yes!" The SPCA has the PET CONNECT Waiting List for dogs!

  • PET CONNECT participants (PCPs) are assigned a specific case manager.
  • Case managers work with PCPs on particular breeds, sizes, and/or ages that are appealing.  They will also take note of gender, personality and physical traits desirable to PCPs.
  • After the initial meeting with an assigned case manager, the PCP's job is done! Now, all he or she needs to do is sit back and wait for the proper canine to be admitted to the SPCA. That animal is not placed on the adoption floor until the PCP decides it is not the right pet for him or her.  
  • PET CONNECT MEMBERSHIP FEES: $100 cash or credit, which includes placement on the request list for one year, an assigned case manager, and continual contact from your case manager regarding appropriate matches. All fees are nonrefundable, regardless of whether an adoption took place. If an adoption does take place, $20 of the initial $100 PET CONNECT membership fee is placed towards the adoption fee. Call the SPCA at 716-875-7360 and ask for ADOPTIONS for more information.

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Who can I call for more information on SPCA adoptions?

  • SPCA Adoptions Manager Stephanie Pepper:  716-629-3507
  • SPCA Shelter Adoption Floor Team Supervisor Krissi Miranda: 716-629-3531
  • SPCA Eastern Hills Mall Adoption Site Manager Matt Cicatello: 716-635-4738
  • SPCA Off-Site Adoptions Coordinator Mary Kuehlewind: 716-629-3512
  • SPCA New Leash On Life Program: Barbara Frazier, 716-629-3537

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