Dogs For Adoption In British Columbia

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You’re finally a responsible adult. You have your own place, a good job, and you even work from home. So, you’ve decided to take the next step and adopt a dog.

But you want to find something close by so you’re looking for dogs for adoption in British Columbia.

Back when I was a kid we looked up the local shelters in the yellow pages and visited shelters after school and on weekends. That’s how we found our Border Collie mix, Maffy. Our wonderful mutt!

We found our first dog as a responsible adult way back in 2005 through

However, when we searched for rescues in British Columbia we couldn’t find a good list on or other sites.

So, we decided to take action and create this ultimate list of dogs for adoption in British Columbia which includes all the shelters and rescues we could find in the province.

Dog For Adoption BC

Dogs For Adoption In British Columbia

Below are all of the organizations in British Columbia from which you can adopt a dog.

Please continue on to each individual organization’s website by clicking on their name to see dogs they have available for adoption or to learn more about the organization and their mission.

Adopting is a great way of bringing home a dog in need of a loving home.

Consider checking with the organizations in your area on a weekly basis if you’re looking for a specific breed before you decide to go out and buy a puppy from a breeder.

You know what they say – ‘Adopt Before You Shop!’

Dog Shelters And Rescues In British Columbia


How Much Does It Cost To Adopt A Dog In British Columbia?

On average to adopt a dog in British Columbia will cost you around $300 – $600.

There are many factors involved with the adoption fee of dog. Most rescues will charge a different rate for puppies, young adults, adults, and senior dogs.

The adoption fee is a small amount compared to the cost rescues incur with vet bills, medication, vaccinations, microchipping, food, toys, other supplies, fostering, etc.

Are There Small Dog Rescues In British Columbia?

Yes, there are small dog rescues in BC. In fact there’s a pretty good chance that many of the shelters and rescues on our list will have small dogs from time to time.

Here’s a list of dog rescues that specialize in small breed dogs.

If you’ve checked these four shelters and haven’t found the perfect small canine friend then try the other shelters and rescues on this list and ask them if they have a small dog that fits your lifestyle.

Are There Older Dogs For Adoption In British Columbia?

Most dog rescues and shelters will have adoptable dogs of all ages including puppies, adults, and senior dogs.

Unfortunately, we did not come across any shelters in BC that specialize in senior dogs. Please take the time to visit all the rescues near you on our list.

Final Thoughts

That’s the list! Were you able to find an adoptable dog?

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect match then I suggest you be patient and check in with multiple rescues and shelters in the coming weeks.

Most rescues and shelters are getting new dogs constantly.

Your perfect match might be right around the corner.

A second option would be to expand your search radius and maybe check out shelters and rescues and nearby provinces or even across the border in the United States.

Have you ever adopted a dog?

Tell us about your experience in the comment section below.

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