Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility

Background

In June 2016, the Grande Prairie & District SPCA (GPSPCA) revealed it was shutting its doors due to financial instability. As a result of this closure, the County and City of Grande Prairie created the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility (GPRACF) to temporarily deliver an animal care plan that guaranteed the continuation of humane animal shelter, care, and adoptions for the region.

In June 2017, the permanent closure, divestment and legal dissolution of the GPSPCA was announced. Consequently, the County and City of Grande Prairie will continue to deliver temporary animal care services for the region until a permanent solution can be put into place. 

For more details, please see our GPRACF Frequently Asked Questions page.

Services at the Animal Care Facility

Staff from the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Pound are temporarily delivering a range of animal care services, including the following:

Pound Services

Since the creation of the GPRACF, there have been no changes how Pound Services operates. The Pound still provides 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 10 days if the animal is subject to an investigation or bite hold. Animals that are in the 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

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 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.

Adoption Services

If an animal is unclaimed after the legislated time-period for holding animals in the Pound has passed, it becomes the property of the municipality and eligible for adoption.

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

Any animal that is not adopted will be transferred to an outside agency. 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.

Spaying and Neutering

The County and City supports the spaying and neutering of animals.  Through the GPRACF we help decrease the number of unwanted animals by providing everyone adopting a pet with a 50 per cent off voucher for spaying or neutering services. 

Adoption Rates

At the GPRACF, adoption rates are significantly lower than previous rates at the GPSPCA. This better aligns prices with those throughout the rest of Alberta. 

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 listed in human years. Please contact the GPRACF for prices of animals not listed.

Animal Shelter Services

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.

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.

Following a health assessment, deworming, microchipping and necessary vaccinations, surrendered animals are placed for adoption immediately after arriving at the Animal Care Facility.

Hours of Operation

 Animal Shelter and Pound Services:

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

Animal Adoption Services:

  • Tuesday to Friday
    • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Closed between noon and 1 p.m.
  • Closed on all statutory holidays

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