GPRACF Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Grande Prairie and District SPCA closed?

On May 31, 2016 the Grande Prairie and District SPCA closed due to financial instability. 

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

As of June 27, the County and City of Grande Prairie are delivering an animal care plan for the area until further notice. The services delivered as part of this initiative are being operated out of the newly created Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility. The steps taken guarantee the continuation of safe, humane animal shelter, care, and adoptions throughout the region.

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 future of the SPCA in Grande Prairie?

The future plans for the Grande Prairie and District SPCA are unknown. While the County and City oversee animal care operations, the SPCA has the opportunity to revisit its budgets, financial plans, business and strategic plans, and to explore sustainability options.  Representatives from the County and City continue to work with SPCA personnel, and research is being conducted in collaboration to find a sustainable solution to the District SPCA’s financial difficulties.

What will happen with existing SPCA infrastructure?

The City and County will be meeting with SPCA Board to discuss the possibility of purchasing the SPCA’s portion of the breezeway garage and the SPCA building.  This would help to significantly improve the finances of the SPCA and provide the County and City with another tangible capital asset.

What is happening with the fenced-in grassy area used by the SPCA for animal exercise?

The SPCA Board has graciously allowed us to use the fenced grassy area for animal exercise.

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 current 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 regional pound is 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?

The surrender fee is $150.

Charges for animal reclaims are based upon first, second and third visits to the pound. The first visit is a $50 reclaim, the second is $150 and the third and thereafter is $150. 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 to 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 the vet check, deworming, microchipping and vaccination, 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 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed between noon and 1:00 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 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, dewormed, micro-chipped and given a first set of vaccinations. 

Will the pet that I adopt be spayed or neutered?

No.  However, all animals up for adoption come with a 50 per cent off voucher for spaying or neutering services. 

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

We believe the voucher system, where all adopted animals come with a 50 per cent off coupon for spaying or neutering services, 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.

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 outside agencies.  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 will be featured on the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care 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?

At the Grande Prairie Regional Care Facility, prices for adoption have been reduced. This better aligns prices with those throughout the rest of Alberta.  The new rates are as follows:

New Adoption Rates

Puppies

$200

Adult Dogs

$175

Senior Dogs

$100

Kittens

$90

Adult Cats

$80

Senior Cats

$50

 

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.

Why have the hours for Adoption Services been decreased from those offered at the District SPCA?

The hours for adoptions have recently been reduced because of a staff shortage and because of the short time period the City and County had to take over animal care operations from the SPCA.  We appreciate your patience and understanding while animal care for the region is in transition and please know that there is the possibility of expanded adoption service hours in the future.

Where are animal adoptions currently taking place?

Animal adoptions are currently being conducted at the Grande Prairie Pound at 12220-104 Avenue in the Brochu Industrial Park.  However, the City and County will meet with the SPCA Board to discuss the possibility of renting or leasing part of the SPCA Building for future adoptions.

Will employees from the Grande Prairie and District SPCA be eligible to work at the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility?

There are no plans in place to hire any new staff for this facility. If the County and City determine there is a need for additional staffing, employees that worked for the Grande Prairie District SPCA are welcome to apply for positions that become available and to go through the interviewing and hiring process.

Will training be available for new employees?

Yes, all employees hired at the Facility will be given extensive training.

When will the Facility begin accepting volunteers?

We will be seeking volunteers once we are more established.

When volunteer opportunities become what types of positions will be available for volunteers?

Volunteer positions will be focused on walking the animals and on working with the animals to keep them socialized and exercised.

Will volunteers from the Grande Prairie and District SPCA be eligible to continue working at the new Facility?

Those who volunteered for the District SPCA are welcome to apply once opportunities become available and will be considered for all available positions.