Don’t hibernate alone this winter: Adopt a furry companion at our adopt-a-thon!

We shih tzu not – Animal Services is lowering our adoption fees for a limited time.

The Animal Services Centre is hosting an adopt-a-thon to assist animals in finding their forever homes. This event is an excellent opportunity for those looking to add a pet to their family and provide a loving home to animals in need.

In addition, all proceeds from this event will be dedicated to supporting the United Way, allowing you to contribute to a cause that directly benefits our community.

Join us at the Animal Service Centre for an adopt-a-thon from November 2-4 for a chance to adopt a cat for $50 or a dog for $75 – a generous discount from the usual fees, which is $169 for cats and $225 for dogs.

The price of adoption includes:

  • spay or neutering surgery
  • microchip implant for identification
  • a twelve-month City of Calgary licence
  • first set of vaccinations
  • de-worming

In recent months, the shelter has faced an unprecedented situation with a surge in the number of animals under our care. To put this in perspective, in 2022, The City cared for 2,240 cats and 1,211 dogs in total. As of October 30, 2023, the team has already looked after 2,255 cats and 1,228 dogs, surpassing the previous year's figures before the year's end.

Currently, there are 80 cats and 20 dogs available for adoption.

“The high number of animals in the shelter's care is likely a result of various factors, including economic challenges, housing issues, and the city's continuous growth,” said Tara Decker, Coordinator for Admin & Pet Licensing at the Animal Services Centre.

"We believe that every pet deserves a loving home, and we're excited to make it easier than ever for Calgarians to find their 'furever' friends," said Tara. "The Adopt-a-thon is the perfect occasion to welcome a new family member and spread some much-needed warmth during the winter season."

Event details:

  • Dates: November 2-4, 2023
  • Location: Animal Services Centre, 2201 Portland Street S.E.
  • Hours: November 2 & 3 – 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., November 4 – 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Available animals: Dogs - $75, Cats - $50
  • No Appointment Required: The event is first-come-first-served – people interested in adopting can attend during the event hours.

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