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$189 Kittens (under 1 year of age)

Price includes

  • Preliminary veterinary checkup
  • Spay / neuter at the age of 6 months
  • Identification tattoo (done at time of spay / neuter)
  • Deworming
  • Testing for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (Feleuk)
  • 1st distemper vaccination
  • 6 weeks of free Pet Plan insurance
  • City of Winnipeg Cat License (1 year)
  • Kitten care information package

If you come to D’Arcy’s A.R.C. to adopt a pet, you will be asked many questions to ensure that the animal you are interested in is a good match for your home and that you are prepared for the responsibilities and commitment of pet ownership.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF ANIMAL PROTECTION. If we do not proceed with an adoption, it is because we do not feel that it is in the best interest of the animal.

If you are interested in adopting a special needs cat that has a physical condition or behavioural issues that require extra care, we will ask that you fill out an application form. This application form will be reviewed by our shelter manager to ensure that you are aware of the needs of the cat and the potential costs involved, and that you are able to provide a suitable home.

A feral cat is a cat that has never been touched by humans or socialized to interact with people. These cats are effectively wild animals.

D’Arcy’s A.R.C. does not provide rescue, shelter or adoption services for feral cats. It is our experience – as well as the experience of other animal care professionals – that these cats do not adapt to an indoor lifestyle or make safe pets. Very rarely does a feral cat respond to even the most compassionate or patient caregiver.

If you have a feral cat or a colony of cats in your neighbourhood, please phone us at 888-2266. We may be able to give you support in trapping, neutering and returning the animal to the outdoors so that it may live the way it’s most comfortable – without contributing to further generations of feral cats or spreading disease.

If kittens are trapped at a very young age, they may be socialized in a foster care environment.

Cats have the reputation of being independent creatures who need little from their owners. While some people think of cats as "low maintenance" pets because they do not need regular walks like dogs, cats have a variety of needs that must be met. Each cat has a distinct personality and depending upon age, breed and temperament, a set of behaviours that may or may not suit your home.

Some cats are mellow from the day they’re born. Others are terrors who love to run, jump and climb. Some cats are aloof while others are “talkative” and highly interactive. When you’re ready to adopt a cat, it’s a good idea to have in mind what kind of companion you want. If your idea of quality time is napping or quietly watching TV with the cat snuggled on your lap, look for a cat that shares these values. If you want to play with your cat and be amused by its antics, then look for a feline with an energetic and curious nature.

And just as important, consider the other inhabitants of your house. Very small kittens are too fragile for many young children. Timid cats do best in a quiet household. Robust, confident cats or cats that have previously lived with dogs will do best sharing a home with your canine family. Quieter cats are more trustworthy companions for the elderly.

Most cats that enter the shelter are categorized loosely as Domestic Shorthairs. This means they are of no particular breed.  Therefore, the best way to learn about the personality of a shelter cat is to ask a shelter worker about their experience with the animal and to spend some time observing and interacting with the animal. When you’re ready to adopt, please come to the shelter and tell us about your interests and your household.  We know our resident animals very well and can help you choose a cat companion that you’ll treasure for life.

 

Cats one year or older $110

Price includes

  • Preliminary veterinary checkup
  • Spay / neuter
  • Identification tattoo
  • Deworming
  • Testing for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (Feleuk)
  • 1st distemper vaccination
  • 6 weeks of free Pet Plan insurance
  • City of Winnipeg Cat License (1 year)
  • Cat care information package

We take the business of animal rescue seriously.  We want the dogs and cats that we’ve cared for and protected to end up in happy, for life homes.

Becoming Acquainted

If one of our cats appeals to you, talk to one of the shelter staff.  We will tell you everything we know about the cat and can discuss how it will likely fit into your home.

If you have another pet or other people that should meet the cat prior to adoption, let us know.  We’ll help you make arrangements for that too.  And finally, we can give you some practical advice on how to introduce a new pet into a multi-pet household.

Putting a Cat on Hold

If you are interested but unsure of whether you should proceed with an adoption, we will let you put the cat on hold for up to 24 hours.  We’d rather you took the time to think things over, than have regrets later.  A $20 fee is required to put a cat on hold.  This fee is refundable if you complete the adoption.  If you choose not to adopt the cat, the $20 is applied towards the cat’s care.

If You Live in a Rented Space

If you live in a rented house or apartment, we will require a letter from your landlord granting you permission to maintain a cat at that residence.

Returning a Cat to the Shelter

If you are experiencing difficulties with a cat you adopted through us, we ask that you give us a call.  We will do our best to help you resolve problems and can direct you towards helpful resources.

If you are unable to keep the cat you have adopted through us, we ask that you phone us at 888-2266 to make arrangements.  

Within 21 days of the adoption, we will refund you 50% of the adoption fee and place your name on the waiting list for available kennel space.

After the 21 day period, you will not be refunded any part of the adoption costs.  A relinquish fee will apply.

$299 Puppies (under 1 year of age)*

Price includes

  • Preliminary veterinary checkup
  • Spay / neuter at the age of 6 months
  • Identification tattoo (done at time of spay / neuter)
  • Deworming
  • 1st set of vaccinations (parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza)
  • 6 weeks of free Pet Plan insurance
  • City of Winnipeg Dog License
  • Puppy care information package

*Small breed or pure bred puppy adoption fee $399.

$219 Adolescents

Price includes

  • Preliminary veterinary checkup
  • Spay / neuter
  • Identification tattoo
  • Deworming
  • 1st set of vaccinations and any vaccines to date(parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza)
  • 6 weeks of free Pet Plan insurance
  • City of Winnipeg Dog License
  • Dog care information package

 

Owning a pet is a lifelong commitment.  If you choose the right pet, living together can be a lifetime of joyous companionship.  If you choose poorly, neither you nor your pet will be happy.

At the ARC, we strongly encourage people to do their research prior to adopting a dog.  It’s important to identify the kind of home and lifestyle you can offer a canine companion, and to look for a dog that will thrive in these conditions.

If you are currently looking for a dog to adopt, here are some factors that you will want to take into consideration while making your decision

Enegry Level

Some dogs have a naturally high energy level and this translates into a need for a lot of activity.  Other dogs are happy with a short walk and lots of naps.  A good human / canine match is one where you can meet your dog’s need for exercise.

One good indicator of a dog’s energy level is its breed - or primary breeds if you are looking at a dog of “mixed ancestry”. For example, a border collie or border collie cross will need A LOT of exercise, as well as mental stimulation. 

When choosing a new canine friend, be honest about how active you are and how much time you have to exercise your dog.  If your idea of a good time includes swimming and hiking, then go ahead and get that young Labrador Retriever.  However, if you are a busy person who likes to unwind after work with a good book, then look for a dog who moves at your speed.  A dog that is bored, restless and frustrated can be “in your face”, annoying, noisy and downright destructive.

The Matter of Size

Often, when people are looking for a new pet, they have a size in mind.  “I want a small dog because I have children” or “I want a big dog so I will be safer in my home.”  Size is only part of the equation.  Some small dogs are very nippy or aggressive and are a poor match for homes with small children.  Some large dogs are very docile and accepting of strangers.  Temperament and energy levels are better indicators of the experience you’ll have with your dog than size alone.  A Jack Russell Terrier that is bouncing off the walls will seem to take up more space in your house than a sleeping greyhound.

Age

There’s nothing cuter - or more exhausting - than a puppy.  Puppies need to be taught all of the rules, from appropriate elimination to correct identification of food and toys (this of course excludes shoes, furniture and towels).  Puppies are a fun experience if you have the time, patience and dedication.  Otherwise, you may want to consider an adult dog that has already learned these essential lessons.

Breed

Personality traits, exercise needs, trainability, compatibility with other animals, grooming requirements, life expectancy... you name it, you can learn about it prior to adoption!  A dog’s breed – or dominant breed – is an excellent indicator of what you can expect.  If you’re not a dog breed expert, then check out one of the many books or online resources on the subject.  Some websites offer questionnaires that match your answers with breeds suitable to your lifestyle.  Here are two of our favorites:

Dog breed info

Discovery dog breed selector

And please – ask our ARC staff for help.  That’s what we’re here for!

If you come to D’Arcy’s A.R.C. to adopt a dog, you will be asked many questions to ensure that the dog you are interested in is a good match for you and your home and that you are prepared for the responsibilities and commitment of dog ownership.

This discussion can go several ways. We may agree that the dog you are considering is an excellent match for your lifestyle and lucky to have met you. We may suggest that you consider a dog more suited to the home environment you will provide.  Or we may determine that you are unable to take on the responsibilities and commitment of dog ownership at this time.  

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF ANIMAL PROTECTION.  If we do not proceed with an adoption, it is because we do not feel that it is in the best interest of the animal.

If you are interested in adopting a special needs dog that has a physical condition or behavioural issues that require extra care, we will ask that you fill out an application form. This application form will be reviewed by our shelter manager to ensure that you are aware of the needs of the dogs and the potential costs involved, and that you are able to provide a suitable home.

D’Arcy’s A.R.C. provides shelter and care to dogs of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes.  We receive our dogs from several main sources:

  1. Dogs who are unclaimed and have run out of time at Winnipeg Animal Services
  2. Free roaming dogs who are turned into the shelter and remain unclaimed
  3. Animal control services throughout ManitobaVeterinary clinics and kennels that receive abandoned dogs

If space allows, we will accept some dogs from people who need to surrender their pets.  However, our organization’s focus is on rescuing stray and abandoned animals as well as animals at risk of euthanasia.