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Adopting a dog

Adopting a dog from Animal & Bylaw Services helps reduce the number of homeless dogs in Calgary and provides a loving pet with a forever home. If you are interested in adopting a dog please view the pictures of the adoptable dogs at our facility, or download our free mobile application called City of Calgary Pets to view available pets on your mobile phone.

Adoption procedures for cats and dogs:

  • Appointments are no longer required - animals will be viewed on a "first come first meet basis.
  • Meetings can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
  • We strongly recommend that "at home" dogs be brought in to meet with any dogs you are considering adopting. 

    • We do not recommed bringing in cats or bringing in a dog to meet cats you are considering adopting - it is too stressful for the cats.

  • Some animals with adoption conditions may require a second visit.
  • We do not put "holds" on animals unless a second visit is required.

How much does it cost to adopt a dog?

Adopting a dog from Animal & Bylaw Services costs $200 + GST. You get a lot of value for your money, as this adoption fee includes:​​​
  • Effective January 1, 2012, when you adopt a pet from ABS you will receive a complimentary 6 week trial of Petsecure pet health insurance.
  • Spay or neuter surgery (if required)
  • A microchip implant for identification
  • A six-month City of Calgary animal licence
  • The first set of vaccinations (excluding rabies)
  • De-worming
  • A bag of pet food
  • An adoption kit

What does a one-year pet licence cost?

Updated january 2 2015
Dogs Cats
2015 Rates $37.00 for a puppy
(3 to 6 months old)
$17.00 for a kitten
(3 to 6 months old)
$37.00 spayed/neutered dog over 6 months old $17.00 spayed/neutered cat over 6 months old
$60.00 for an unaltered dog
$35.00 for an unaltered cat
​Nuisance Animal licence:  $103.00 ​
​Vicious Animal licence:  $260.00

Why should I adopt from Animal & Bylaw Services?

There are many reasons to adopt a dog from Animal & Bylaw Services including:

  • Adoption provides a healthy, loving dog with a forever home.
  • You are reducing the number of homeless dogs in Calgary.
  • You get a lot of value for your money (see above).
  • All animals are checked by a veterinarian for health and behavioural problems.
  • Qualified Animal Health Technologists advise you throughout the adoption process.
  • Volunteers work with the animals to keep them happy and socialized during their stay at the Animal Services Centre.

How do I adopt a dog?

  1. View the adoptable dogs currently available at the Animal Services Center. Or download our free mobile application called the City of Calgary Pets to view available pets on your mobile phone. Adoptable animals are updated hourly so check back frequently to see what new dogs are available.
  2. Come down to the Animal Services Centre at 2201 Portland Street S.E. to request a meeting with the dog you are interested in. Dogs are now adopted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. During the visit, an Animal Health Technologist will guide you through the adoption process. They will discuss any adoption conditions based on the outcome of the dog’s behaviour assessment. They will also review proper pet care to keep the dog healthy, responsible dog ownership and any comments regarding the dog’s health or behaviour from the clinic staff or volunteers.
  4. You may be required to return for a second visit the next day. 
  5. If you decide to go through with the adoption, the dog will be spayed or neutered, and microchipped at the Animal Services Centre.
  6. Animal & Bylaw Services will notify you when your dog is ready to be brought home.

Contact Animal Services

For contact information and hours please see our Contact Us information.