You’ve found your new friend. Now what?

If you have found a cat or dog at the shelter that you know you can’t live without, you will need to fill out our application form (PDF version below, cut and paste for email at the end ) application form asks questions about you and your family which will help us decide if you and your potential new friend are compatible. This is an important step to ensure the adoption is successful.

Once you have submitted your application, our Shelter Manager will review it and check your references. This also includes talking to your landlord if you rent your home to ensure they will allow an animal in their unit. This step usually takes 24-48 hours. If you are from outside of the Corner Brook area (ie – you will be making a special trip to visit us), we highly recommend that you submit your application in advance so that your references may be checked before you arrive. This will help enable you to bring your new friend home quicker. Applications can be emailed to

Once your application is approved, you will receive a phone call from our Shelter Manager letting you know that you can pick up your new friend!  Don’t forget to bring a cat carrier or dog leash with you to ensure your pet is transported safely.

When you come to pick up your pet, you will be required to sign the final release forms (for cats this includes a contract indicating you will keep your cat indoors), a spay/neuter contract if applicable, and pay the adoption fee. The fee can be paid by cash or cheque.

You will be provided with a copy of the adoption release form and contract, the animal’s health record, and a receipt of payment.

What do I do if it doesn’t work out?

If you and your new pet are having trouble adjusting, give us a call. We can help you identify the issue and make suggestions to help make the transition easier. It often takes a week or two for the animal to feel comfortable in their new surroundings.

If you’ve tried everything you can and it isn’t going to work, you can return the pet for a full refund within two weeks. After the two-week period, returning the pet will be considered surrendering it to our care, in which we request a suitable donation to help with the care of the pet. This donation may be waived at the discretion of the Shelter Manager.

Application/Adoption Form 

Adoption fees

Things you will need for your cat or dog

8 reasons to keep your cat indoors

6 steps to having a happy indoor cat

Requirements for outdoor dogs

If you have any additional questions or trouble finding what you’re looking for, we recommend you try one of the following:

  • call us at 709-785-2747 between the hours of 10-1 Tuesday – Sunday
  • visit us on 10 Connors Road in Curling between the hours of 10-1 Tuesday – Sunday
  • send us an email to








Postal Code:


Home Phone #:

Cell #:

PET OWNERSHIP HISTORY: Have you ever owned a pet before? Y/N
(If yes, please proceed to answer the following questions). Is this pet still with you? If no, why not?

What type of pet/pets have you owned? Please give us as much background as possible, such as the age was the sex of the animal, it’s age when you received it, how old it currently is if it’s still with you, etc.

What veterinarian do you use?

Do you agree to release your vet records to the SPCA?

Do you rent/own your own home?
* If renting, you MUST provide a letter from your landlord giving you permission to have a pet on his/her property.

Landlords name:

Landlords Phone #:

Do you have a fenced yard?

How many people are currently in your household?

Do you have children? If so, what are their ages?

Does every member of your household agree to welcome a pet into your home and understand the responsibility associated with owning a pet?

Does anyone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma?

Are you prepared for the arrival of your new pet? (Have you looked into the proper food you’ll be feeding them, have you purchased a carrier/leash/toys, etc.) If no, please let us know below if you’d like any advice on what’s needed to prepare for the arrival of your new pet!

Where will your new pet live during the day, for example: while you’re away at work? If outside, will they have adequate shelter from the elements? If yes, please describe the shelter you’ll provide.

Where will your pet sleep during the night?

Will your new pet be left alone for long periods of time? If yes – for approximately how long?

Do you have a backup plan and/or support from family/friends for caring for the animal if you are to go out of town if it will not be coming with you?
Are you prepared for this new long term commitment? The average lifespan of a dog is approximately 8-12 years, and for cats it’s approximately 12-17 years.
Do you agree to the financial commitment required to maintain your pet’s health including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, licensing, and vet care?

Do you agree to an SPCA representative possibly doing a home visit?

1. You MUST be of legal age (19 years or older) in order to sign this adoption contact.

2. You must provide at least one reference that can attest to your character and your ability to provide a loving home for this pet. Please include this references information, such as their name, telephone number, as well as your relationship to them.

3. The NL West SPCA does not allow animals to be adopted as gifts to other people. Only the intended owner is to sign this form and adopt the animal.

4. Ownership of adopted animals cannot be transferred to another person without the written permission of the NL West SPCA.

5. If for ANY reason you are no longer able to care for your pet, you are requested to contact the NL West SPCA to discuss the various options available to you.

6. You MUST provide a piece of personal identification such as a driver’s license, SIN, or MCP card. Please provide the type of card as well as the card # please.

7. The NL West SPCA reserves the right to refuse adoption to any person(s) who does not meet the requirements or qualifications.

I hereby certify that the answers given on this form are full, complete, and true. Once signed, this document will serve as a binding contract between

_______________________________ (adopter) and the NL West SPCA.
Sign here:

_________________________________________ (adopters name)

_________________________________________ (NL West SPCA representative)


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