GPRACF Frequently Asked Questions

With the permanent closure of the Grande Prairie and District SPCA, what changes are occurring to ensure continued safe and humane animal care in the Grande Prairie area?

The County and City of Grande Prairie will continue to temporarily deliver an animal care plan for the region until a permanent solution is found. The animal care plan guarantees the continuation of safe, humane animal shelter, care, and adoptions throughout the region. Details on a permanent arrangement will be shared when more information becomes available.

How long will the City and County of Grande Prairie be administering the animal care plan?

The City and County will continue to provide these services until a permanent solution is found.  Currently, there are no known details about a permanent solution, and the County has no information about the timeline for the GPSPCA dissolution / divestment process. Information will be publicly shared when it becomes available.

Who is delivering the new animal care plan and where is the Facility?

The animal care plan is being delivered by staff from the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Pound from the existing building and garage at 12220-104 Avenue in the Brochu Industrial Park.

What services are being delivered as part of the animal care plan?

Three separate services are being delivered at the new Facility – Pound Services, Adoption Services and Animal Shelter Services.

What is the contact information for the Animal Care Facility?

In Person: 12220 – 104 Avenue (Brochu Industrial Park) 

Phone: 780-830-0199        

Email: regionalpound@countygp.ab.ca

Fax: 780-532-4745

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gpracf

Will there be any changes to Animal Pound Services in Grande Prairie?

There will be no changes to Animal Pound Services. The Grande Prairie Regional Animal Pound will continue to provide temporary holding of animals that belong to other people that are found as lost or strays, picked up by animal control, or are subject to an investigation because of a bite or a necessary quarantine. The main goal of the Pound remains to return animals to their owners. 

What happens to animals in the Regional Animal Pound?

Animals in the Pound remain for five days in most cases, but stays can be up to 10 days if the animal is subject to an investigation or bite hold. Animals that are in the Pound and not reclaimed after the legislated timeline of 5-10 days become the property of the municipality and are transferred to Adoption Services. 

What are the fees for surrendering and reclaiming my pet?

Animals surrendered by their owners are subject to an “owner surrender fee” of $100 throughout the region and $150 for the City. If applicable, there may also be an out-of-area fee.

Charges for animal reclaims from the Pound are $50 for the first visit, $100 for the second visit and $150 for each subsequent visit. There is also a daily kennel fee of $25.

City animals reclaimed may also be subject to the payment of a fine that is attached to municipal tags.  For more information on municipal tags and fines associated with animal control, please contact City Enforcement at 780-830-5790.

Are all surrendered animals subject to these fees?

In certain cases, surrender fees are not charged for animals taken in by Shelter Services. These situations include while owners are in hospital, arrested on warrant, or for women at the Odyssey House.

How soon after surrendering my animal will it be placed for adoption?

Pending a vet check, deworming, microchipping and any necessary vaccinations, surrendered animals are placed for adoption immediately after arriving at the Animal Care Facility.

What are the operating hours for Animal Shelter and Pound Services?

The Animal Shelter and Pound are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed between noon and 1 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  We are closed on all statutory holidays.

Who do I contact if my pet is in the pound and I want to reclaim him / her, or if I have questions about surrendering my animal?

Contact the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility at 780-830-0199, by email at regionalpound@countygp.ab.ca, or in person at 12220-104 Avenue (in the Brochu Industrial Park).

Where can I get more information about the Facility?

Further information is available at www.countygp.ab.ca/animalcare.

How do I know the animal I am interested in adopting is healthy?

All animals up for adoption are given a health assessment, and are dewormed, microchipped and given a first set of vaccinations.

Does the Regional Animal Care Facility euthanize animals that are not adopted?

No.  Any animal that is not adopted after a short period will be transferred to an outside agency.  No healthy animal will be at risk of euthanasia as a result of this transfer process.

How can I see the animals currently up for adoption?

The animals up for adoption are featured on the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gpracf. Prospective animal adopters are also welcome to visit the Facility at 12220-104 Avenue in the Brochu Industrial Park.

How much does it cost to adopt an animal?

Prices for adoption at the GPRACF are lower than they were at the former GPSPCA. This better aligns prices with those throughout the rest of Alberta.  The new rates are as follows:

New Adoption Rates

Puppies (0-1 year old)

$200

Adult Dogs (1-6 years old)

$175

Senior Dogs (7+ years old)

$100

Kittens (0-1 year old)

$90

Adult Cats (1-6 years old)

$80

Senior Cats (7+ years old)

$50

Rabbits

$30

                                                                 *Ages are in human years.

What hours are adoption services available?

Animal adoptions take place on Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  We are closed between noon and 1:00 p.m. and on all statutory holidays.

Where are animal adoptions currently taking place?

Animal adoptions are currently being conducted at the Grande Prairie Regional Pound at 12220-104 Avenue in the Brochu Industrial Park. 

Why are the animals not spayed or neutered prior to adoption?

The County and City do not have the resources, capacity, staff or room to run a spay / neuter service out of the Pound. 

When a permanent animal care agency steps in to deliver the animal care plan for the region, the County and City will form a working relationship with this organization and provide support for these services.

Until then, the County and City is helping ensure the animal population remains under control by providing each animal adopted from the GPRACF with a 50 per cent off voucher for spaying or neutering services. The voucher system also ensures owners are supported in whichever choice they may for their pet.

Additionally, since taking over the animal care plan in June 2016, the City and County have been working closely with organizations who spay and neuter each animal they take in, including Petland, Bear Creek Animal Clinic and Grande Prairie Regional College, as well as the Edmonton Humane Society.

What are the County and City of Grande Prairie doing to ensure the animal population remains under control?

All animals up for adoption at the GPRACF come with a 50 per cent off voucher for spaying or neutering services.  The voucher helps control the animal population while at the same time ensuring owners are supported in whichever choice they make for their pet.

The voucher system also ensures that adoption costs remain low, and it enables the continuation of safe, humane animal shelter, care, and adoptions throughout the region because it helps the Regional Animal Care Facility remain financially stable.

Additionally, since taking over the animal care plan in June 2016, the City and County have worked closely with organizations who spay and neuter each animal they take in, including Petland, Bear Creek Animal Clinic and Grande Prairie Regional College, as well as the Edmonton Humane Society.

Since the formation of the GPRACF, has there been an increase in the number of animal-related complaints or Pound intakes?

The County and City began tracking these statistics in 2009 when the Pound opened, and year over year, both have decreased. This includes since June 2016 when the GPRACF opened. 

The County and City believes that these decreases are reflective of the past work of the SPCA, other rescue societies, responsible pet owners and the County’s efforts to date.