Pet Adoption

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Thank you for choosing to adopt an animal!

Due to social distancing we will be doing the initial steps of our adoption process via email/phone and then arrange an appointment to come meet our pets.

Please read the bios carefully to see if we have a pet that is a match for what you are looking for. You can then visit Pet Adoption page to download an adoption application. Once complete and submitted we will be in touch!

You can adopt a pet at the Coquitlam Animal Shelter – stop buy during shelter hours to find out more about the pets looking for homes.

Adoption Requirements

Any individual (s) interested in adopting an animal from the Shelter must:

  1. Fill out an application form
  2. Provide some general answers to questions regarding their ability to care for the animal
  3. Acquire a license (for dogs only)
  4. Pay an adoption fee​

The City reserves the right to refuse adoption to any family where staff do not believe that there is an appropriate fit between the family and the animal.

​Best Pet For Me?

  1. Research an animal before you adopt.  There are books at the Coquitlam Animal Shelter that provide information on different breeds.
  2. 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.
  3. Talk to shelter staff who are happy to provide information about different breeds and the animals up for adoption.
  4. 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.

Happy Healthy Pet

It is a big responsibility to own a pet:

  • You must provide basic care which includes food, water, shelter, veterinary care and exercise for your pet.
  • You must abide by the City's bylaws around pets and animals.  This means your dog/s must be leashed at all times unless you're in a park that has dog off leash areas and times.
  • You must clean up after your dog.
  • Your pets must not cause a nuisance to the community.
  • If your dog has been designated as a vicious dog, due to a vicious attack, you must keep your dog kenneled on your property and keep it muzzled at all times in public places. Refer to the Animal Care and Control Bylaw No. 4240, 2011
  • You must licence your dog.
  • 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 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.

Visiting the Park with your Dog

The City’s goal is to create parks that are user-friendly for all people and animals. As a dog owner, there are three main things you can do that will  help ensure everyone has an enjoyable park experience:

  • Leash Up – Even if your dog is friendly and well-behaved, other dogs and people may find it scary to be approached by an off-leash dog. If you really want an off-leash experience, visit one of Coquitlam’s wonderful off-leash dog parks.
  • Clean Up – Even if the bag says “biodegradable” or “compostable”, it won’t break down in the bushes. Please throw all dog waste into the garbage, or take it home with you to flush.
  • Licence Up – Not only is the licence the best way to reunite you and your dog if separated, but the funds we receive from this help the furry friends at the Coquitlam Animal Shelter.


Coquitlam Animal Shelter

Phone: 604-927-7387 (604-927-PETS)
Fax: 604-927-7388
Email: animalshelter@coquitlam.ca
500 Mariner Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3K 7B6
(Turn West off Mariner Way on Service Centre Driveway, just North of Austin Avenue)

Coquitlam Bylaw & Animal Services

Phone: 604-927-7387
Fax: 604-927-7388
Email: bylaw_enforcement@coquitlam.ca