Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility

On May 31, 2016 the Grande Prairie and District SPCA closed its doors due to financial instability.  As a result, the County and City of Grande Prairie are stepping in to deliver an animal care plan until further notice. The services delivered as part of this plan are being run out of the newly created Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility and guarantee the continuation of safe, humane animal shelter, care, and adoptions throughout the region.

The animal care plan is being delivered by staff from the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Pound out of the existing building and garage and include three separate services – Pound Services, Adoption Services and Animal Shelter Services.

This temporary plan allows the SPCA 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 by all parties to find a sustainable solution to the District SPCA’s financial difficulties.

For frequently asked questions, please see our GPRACF Frequently Asked Questions page.

Services at the Facility

Until further notice, the following three services are being delivered at the Regional Animal Care Facility – Pound Services, Adoption Services and Animal Shelter Services.

Pound Services

There will be no change 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. 

Animals in the pound stay for five days in most cases, but stays can be up to ten days if the animal is subject to an investigation or bite hold. Animals that are in the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Pound beyond the legislated timeline of up to 10 days are transferred to Adoption Services. 

If you are looking for your lost pet or want to reclaim your animal, please see the contact information below.

Animal Reclaim Fees – Pound Services

The animal surrender fee for the City, County and rest of the region is $150.

Charges for animal reclaims are based upon first, second and third visit to the pound. First visit is a $50 reclaim, second is $150 and 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.

Adoption Services

After the legislated time-period for holding animals in the pound has passed, and an animal is still unclaimed it becomes the property of the municipality and are eligible for adoption.

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

All animals up for adoption come with a 50 per cent off voucher for spaying or neutering services. 

Any animal that is not adopted will be transferred to other outside agencies.  No healthy animal will be at risk of euthanasia as a result of this transfer process.

Please see our Facebook Page to view some of the animals currently up for adoption, or contact us at the information below.

Adoption Rates

At the Grande Prairie Regional Care Facility, prices for adoption are significantly decreased from those at the SPCA. This better aligns prices with those throughout the rest of Alberta.

New Adoption Rates

Puppies (0-1 yr old*)

$200

Adult Dogs (1-6 yrs old*)

$175

Senior Dogs (7+ yrs old*)

$100

Kittens (0-1 yr old*)

$90

Adult Cats (1-6 yrs old*)

$80

Senior Cats (7+ yrs old*)

$50

Rabbits

$30

* The years stated are in human years.

Please contact the facility for prices of animals not listed.

Animal Shelter Services

Animals that are surrendered by owners are subject to an “owner surrender fee” as well as an out of area fee, if applicable. The fee for surrendering an animal to Shelter Services is $100 throughout the region and $150 for the City.

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.

Pending the health assessment, deworming, microchip and vaccination, surrendered animals are placed for adoption immediately after arriving at the Animal Care Facility.

Hours of Operation

The Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility hours of operation:

 Animal Shelter and Pound Services are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed between noon and 1:00 pm
  • Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed on all statutory holidays

Animal Adoptions Services are as follows:

  • Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Closed between noon and 1:00 pm
  • Closed on all statutory holidays

Please note that the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility will be closed on December 24-26, 2016 and January 1, 2017. For emergencies, contact the after hours line at 780-532-9727.

Contact Information

In Person:    12220 – 104 Avenue (Brochu Industrial Park), Grande Prairie AB

Phone:          780-830-0199

Email:            regionalpound@countygp.ab.ca

Fax:                780-532-4745

Facebook:    www.facebook.com/gpracf