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What is pet adoption?

Pet adoption usually refers to the process of taking guardianship of and responsibility for a pet that a previous owner has abandoned or released to a shelter or rescue organization.

There are various places where you can find an animal for adoption:

Alternatively another popular place to adopt a pet is through animal shelters.


Dog in shelter

Why are pets placed for adoption?

There are many reasons why an animal may be put up for adoption. Some of the most common include:

  • Over breeding
    Backyard breeders think they can make money by breeding and selling animals. However they end up with more animals than buyers which result in the animals not being cared for.
  • Health deterioration or death of owners
    The pet owner dies, and the pet is left with no one to care for them or the health of the owner makes it impossible to care for the animal.
  • Second thoughts and changed living arrangements
    Sometimes a pet is bought spur of the moment (say in the case of a birthday gift for a small child). The owners then discover caring for the pet is too much work and hassle for them. Alternatively living arrangements can change and the pet is not allowed to be brought into a new household, or if the owners move to another country they are unable to bring the pet with them.
  • Allergies
    Some per owners claim to have developed an allergy to their pet.
  • Practice babies
    Commonly seen among young couples. They decide to get a pet to care for as their own. Unfortunately after the couple has a human child or if the couple breaks up, the pet is neglected and no longer cared for and becomes neglected.
  • Lost pets
    Sometimes a pet escapes and cannot find its way back home. Either a shelter, or another person may find the pet roaming around. If you have found a pet, please visit our Lost and Found Pet Listings page to make a free listing to try to reunite these pets with their pet owners.


How do I list my pet for adoption?

If you are looking to give up your pet for adoption for whatever reason. The best option is to post it on PetAdopt.ca. Just follow these easy steps:

  • Register and/or Login to your account.
  • Create A New Listing
  • Choose the category “Pets For Adoption” and select a sub-category “Cats, Dogs, Fish and Aquatic, Small Animals, or Other”
  • Fill out the details accordingly
  • You can list free (and re-list as long as you need). We however urge everyone looking to have their pet adopted to choose a slightly longer time frame as well as to feature your listing on our site to gain more exposure.
  • That’s it! You will receive a confirmation email to let you know your listing is up on our site. And all interested parties will be in contact with you.


Whether you’re looking for a new addition to the family, or trying to find a new home for a pet. PetAdopt.ca can help you. Browse our categories to find everything you need.




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