Great Pyrenees dog

Learn about how to adopt an animal from the Surrey Animal Resource Centre.

Adoptable animals at the shelter

How to adopt

Matching pets to owners is a crucial process that goes beyond finding a pet their loving home. The staff at the shelter take the personality of the pet and the lifestyle of the adopter into account when trying to find their ideal family.

1. Check out adoptable animals

Check out our adoptable animals either online or in person during adoption viewing hours. Read through their profile to see if there is one who could be a good fit for your family.

Dog meets are arranged after an application is received.

2. Submit an application

If there is an animal you are really interested in, submit an application online or in person. Applications are processed in the order received.

Application requirements

  • All individuals who will reside with—or be in frequent contact with—the adopted animal should be present.
  • A landlord check may be required.
  • At least one piece of ID provided at the time of adoption must be a non-expired government-issued ID containing proof of address (e.g. driver license, government-issued mail within 4 to 6 months, or BC Services Card).
  • Must be at least 19 years old to complete the adoption process.
  • If you are adopting a dog and currently have a dog in your home, we will coordinate a meet for the dogs at the shelter. This process ensures your new pet will adapt successfully in your home.

Applications are to be completed for a specific animal and must include their name/id number.

3. Meet & greet

You will get the opportunity to spend some time getting to know the animal as we want you to find a good fit for your lifestyle and family.

4. Make a match

If it looks like a good match, then you will move forward with the adoption and taking your new pet home!

Multiple applications

If multiple applications are received at the same time, staff will conduct a conversation to try and determine the most suitable home for the animal. If your application is not successful, we’ll try our best to match you with another adoptable animal.

Adoption fees

The adoption fee for dogs, cats, and rabbits includes:

  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • The first set of vaccinations


Puppies (up to 1 yr of age)


Adult Dogs (1 – 7 years)


Senior Dogs (8+ years)



Kitten (up to 5 months)


Adult Cats (6 months – 7 years)


Senior Cats (8+ years)


Small animals

Rabbits / Ferrets / Chinchillas


Guinea Pigs / Mouse / Rat / Hamster / Gerbil



Large Birds – Lovebirds / Cockatiels


Small Birds – Finches/Budgies


Other animals





Visiting the animals

Surrey Animal Resource Centre has many wonderful animals available for adoption! View our adoptable pets online or stop by to meet our animals in person.

  • Our adoption viewing hours are:
    • Monday to Friday from 2pm to 5pm 
    • Saturday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm
  • Closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day
  • Dogs can be viewed by appointment only

Animals in foster homes

Some of our animals will be at the shelter, while some will be staying in the homes of our dedicated foster parents—this will be indicated on the animal’s profile. If you would like to meet an animal currently residing in a foster home, please fill out an application. Once we have received the completed application, staff will call you to review it and set up a time for you to meet the animal.

Animals with application pending

If you see that an animal is “Application Pending”, this means someone has shown interest in the animal and they are going through the adoption process. If for some reason the adoption doesn’t go through, the adoption team will remove the “Application Pending” sign. Animals without application are all still looking for their forever home.

Dog visitation process

If you are looking to adopt a dog:

  • Before visiting SARC, check out our adoptable dogs profiles online.
  • Once you have identified a dog you would like to meet, fill out and submit an application.
  • Staff will call you to review the application, and if it looks like it could be a match, they will set up a time for you to meet the dog at the shelter.

Apply to adopt

Once you have found an animal you are interested in adopting, apply in person or follow the link below to apply.

Applications are processed in the order they are received. All interested adopters will be contacted about the status of their application.

We cannot retain adoption applications to be used for interest in other animals.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to ask! Staff will do their best to accommodate all of your questions.

Phone: 604-574-6623