Think adoption first!

Surrendering an animal to the Niagara SPCA

All healthy animals accepted by the Niagara SPCA are accepted from our waiting list.  Our reception desk will take all pertinent information when you call or stop in. During the summer months, it can take several months for a spot to open up for your animal. We have implemented a wait list as a way to manage animal intake. Without intake management, we could not provide you with an adoption guarantee for your animal. This is part of our no-kill mission.

Once an animal is placed up for adoption he or she will remain up for adoption until he or she is adopted unless a behavior or medical condition prevents such.  The Niagara SPCA does NOT have a time limit for adoption. 

We ask that you be patient with us until space opens up. We depend on YOU to be part of our no-kill mission. Thank you for joining the Niagara SPCA to save as many lives as possible!


You will be asked to bring in a completed Feline Admission Questionnaire or Canine Admission Questionnaire the day of your appointment. All cats and dogs will undergo a medical examination upon intake. The Niagara SPCA will go to great lengths to provide medical care for sick or injured animals and we have a hospice program for those ailing, but still having quality of life. We will NOT allow an animal to suffer. If your animal is terminal and at the end of his or her life, we may opt for euthanasia. In addition to a medical examination, dogs will also undergo a behavioral assessment. We will not place aggressive dogs up for adoption- dogs that pose a danger to the public. If we cannot place your dog up for adoption due to aggression, you will have an opportunity to reclaim him or her. He or she will not however be released to a third party. 

Reclaiming a pet that was admitted as a stray? Click here. 

Please Note

Any animal that is admitted to the Niagara SPCA will be vaccinated upon intake.  When strays are brought into our building, the shelter has no way of knowing the animal is current on vaccinations.  Vaccination upon intake is the shelter's insurance policy.  It insures that our shelter population has immunity against contagious diseases such as feline panleukopenia and canine parvovirus. Allowing an unvaccinated animal into our building puts every animal in the building at risk.

If an animal comes in with a rabies vaccine tag, every attempt will be made to contact the administering veterinarian to prove that rabies vaccinations are current.  It is required by New York State that animals older than 16 weeks of age are vaccinated against rabies before they are released from an animal shelter.  The Niagara SPCA requires that animals receive a vaccination if they are not current unless the owner has a written note from a licensed veterinarian stating the animal should not be vaccinated for rabies.

The Niagara SPCA is not responsible for any medical care resulting from any shelter-borne illness that strayed animals are exposed to while in our care.  We adhere to strict cleaning procedures, but cannot control airborne contagions or illnesses picked up from other animals.