Frequently Asked Questions

Note: For questions about our investigations, please refer to the Neglect & Abuse section of our website.

Where can I adopt a pet?

How can I find my lost pet?

Where can I get information about pet care and animal health?

Who looks after stray animals and barking dogs?

I've found an injured wild animal. What should I do?

I've found an orphaned wild animal. What should I do?

Is the Alberta SPCA affiliated with any organizations?


Where can I adopt a pet?

You can find a great pet through a rescue organization or animal shelter. Some rescue groups like the Humane Animal Rescue Team (HART), the Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection (NASAP) and the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) temporarily house dogs and cats in foster homes. In addition, most municipally based humane societies and SPCAs operate an animal shelter. Check our SPCAs & Shelters page to find the one nearest you.

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How can I find my lost pet?

If you discover your pet missing, immediately search the neighbourhood. You should also contact your municipal or county Animal Service or Bylaw department, and visit the Pound in person at least every two days. You should also contact the veterinarians in your area, and if possible leave a poster with the animal's photo and your phone number.

In Edmonton, call Edmonton Animal Services at 780-496-8860 or check the City of Edmonton's website for a list of things you should do and pictures of recovered pets.

In Calgary, call Calgary Animal Services at 403-268-1160 or check their Impounded Animals page for pictures.

In Red Deer, call Alberta Animal Services at 403-347-2388 or visit their website.

Anywhere else, call your town or county hall and ask for the Animal Services or Bylaw department. You may want to post a notice on the internet. Two services that include Canada are PetLynx and Petfinder.

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Where can I get information about pet care and animal health?

Visit our Pet Care section under Welfare & Care for helpful tips, information and additional resources on how to provide the best care for your pet.

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Who looks after stray animals and barking dogs?

Establishing and enforcing regulations for licensing, leashing, and controlling noise of pets is the responsibility of the municipality or county.

In Edmonton, call Edmonton Animal Services at 780-496-8860 or check the City of Edmonton's website for a list of things you should do.

In Calgary, call Calgary Animal Services at 403-268-2489 or visit their website for tips.

In Red Deer, call Alberta Animal Services at 403-347-2388 or visit their website for more information.

Anywhere else, call your town or county hall and ask for the Animal Services or bylaw department.

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I've found an injured wild animal. What should I do?

Unless a wild animal is in immediate danger, it is usually best to leave it alone. To get specific information, call the Wildlife Help Line at 1-888-924-2444 or check with the wildlife rehabilitation centre nearest you.

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I've found an orphaned wild animal. What should I do?

It may not be orphaned, so it's usually best to leave a young jack rabbit or fawn where it is. Mother deer and hares often leave their young on their own, so their scent doesn't attract predators. If the young animal appears sick or injured, or is in an unsafe location, check here for more information, call the Wildlife Help Line at 1-888-924-2444 or check with the wildlife rehabilitation centre nearest you.

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Is the Alberta SPCA affiliated with any organizations?

The Alberta SPCA is not affiliated with any SPCAs or humane societies within or outside of Alberta. Organizations that are designated as "Canadian" sometimes conduct fundraising campaigns in Alberta, but donations given to them do not support the Alberta SPCA. For example, the Canadian SPCA is a Quebec organization and donations made to them are used for their programs in Quebec.

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