Surrendering an animal must be carefully considered, and the option of leaving it in a shelter should be a last resort. Many surrenders can be avoided. There are solutions that can allow you to keep your pet.

We suggest that you take the time to examine the most common reasons for surrendering an animal, as well as some possible solutions.


The SPCA Laurentides-Labelle understands, however, that there may be special circumstances which can make it impossible to keep or care for your pet. In these cases, we invite you to try and proactively find a new home for your pet. Taking into consideration that surrendering an animal to a shelter should be a last resort.

Here are a few recommendations for rehoming your pet:

  1. Ask your entourage: Check with your family, friends or colleagues. Don't hesitate to share your pet's rehoming situation on your social media networks. There are a number of adoption pages, so all you have to do is search out and join some of these groups by using key words such as "adoptions" "animals" "cats" "dogs" "pets to give away in Quebec" or even try using your pet's breed.

  2. Tips for a successful classified ad: Take several photos and choose the ones that showcase your pet at his/her best. Write a full description, including name, age, breed and weight, health status (spayed/neutered, vaccinated, etc.), temperament (active, excited, fearful, etc.), the type of environment your pet is used to, his/her habits, any behavioural and health problems, if any, and the reason why you need to rehome your pet.

  3. Don't hesitate to ask questions: You know your pet better than anyone. Ask questions to the people who are interested in your pet, in order to see if their family, lifestyle and environment match your pet's needs and particularities.

  4. To sell or to give away: It's up to you whether you ask for money or not.  Keep in mind, however, that an amount to be paid in exchange for your pet does not necessarily guarantee a better family for your pet.


Here are the steps you must follow when surrendering an animal to the SPCA Laurentides-Labelle:

  • You must first contact us by telephone in order to verify whether your animal is eligible to be put up for adoption and live temporarily in a shelter. We must also have the necessary space to welcome a new animal, as our space is very limited.
  • You will be asked a series of questions about your pet's behaviour and health. You may also be asked to provide medical records. After this, your request will be dealt with in order of priority, depending on the situation.
  • Our team will contact you only if the animal's acceptance is confirmed and/or if we have any further questions.
  • Once confirmed, an appointment will be scheduled for the animal's admission.
  • Entry fees apply

  • We reserve the right to refuse to admit an animal, even if all preconditions have been accepted. This could be the situation, if the animal reacts very badly upon its arrival at the shelter and represents a danger to the staff.


Our spaces are limited, so requests are treated in order of priority, according to the situation.

Despite the fact that your request is being processed, it’s important that you continue your efforts in a search to find a place for your pet. We cannot guarantee that your pet will be taken into care unless you receive confirmation from us.

Placing your pet at the SPCA Laurentides-Labelle is a last resort.