Here are a few things you can do to ensure that adopt the best pet for you:
Research an animal before you adopt. There are books at the Coquitlam Animal Shelter that provide information on different breeds.
It is best to adopt an animal that fits your family, home and lifestyle by considering breed factors such as:
Some are good with kids
Some will require a lot of exercise
The space you have available
Level of activity
Talk to shelter staff who are happy to provide information about different breeds and the animals up for adoption.
It is a good idea to tattoo or have microchip implants as identifiers for your pets as they are a great means of tracking lost pets. However, tattoos and microchips are only effective if owners keep their contact information accurate. If you move, please ensure you update your contact information with the organization that provided the tattoo or microchip.
You must ensure your cat is identified either with a collar and tag, tattoo or microchip and is spayed or neutered if it goes outside.
Owning or keeping of an exotic animal in the City of Coquitlam, such as a snake or reptile is prohibited. The City of Coquitlam Wild or Exotic Animals Prohibition Bylaw 3838, 2009 (PDF) prohibits the keeping, selling, exhibiting or the display of any wild or exotic animal, including snakes and venomous reptiles, exotic cats, and other classes of animals as listed in the bylaw.