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As a leader in preventing pet overpopulation, the SPCA St. John’s is the first shelter in Newfoundland and Labrador to spay and neuter all animals prior to adoption. They offer low-cost spay and neuter programs to fight overpopulation across the Avalon Peninsula.

Since 1888, the Regional SPCA St. John’s has been an adoption focused non-profit organization helping cats and dogs find their Way Home – working to end animal homelessness.

“The mission of the SPCA St. John’s is to provide leadership, education and a consistent voice on matters that promote and improve the welfare of animals. We care for and shelter companion animals in need, prevent cruelty and encourage responsible pet ownership.”


Every animal’s journey to a new home is a complex one. Upon intake, they are isolated and examined for contagious disease and other health conditions. Every animal is given medical treatment as required, including vaccinations, tests for hereditary conditions, microchips, and spay or neutering. There is no timeframe for when an animal “must” be adopted. Proper medical treatment, patience, and a strong commitment to socialization ensures that each and every animal can be matched to its “forever home”. This underscores the SPCA’s transitional role, and belief that every animal deserves the stability, safety, and companionship of a permanent home.


“A great SPCA is never about the bricks and mortar. Its character is always shaped by the good that takes place inside!”

SNAP Program
Cats can have up to three litters a year. Dogs can have up to two. That is why the Regional SPCA St. John’s offers its Spay and Neuter Assistance Program to pet guardians in financial need, saving thousands of potentially unwanted, homeless young animals from suffering each year.

Foster Program
Fostering is a wonderful way to help animals before they are ready for adoption. Foster parents give our animals the beautiful gift of a temporary home to rest, relax, and adjust before they find their forever home. Our foster program provides the foster family with all necessary supplies and support.

PUP Program
If a cat or dog has an unwanted litter of kittens or puppies, the Regional SPCA St. John’s has an open offer to take in these animals, vaccinate them, spay or neuter them, and find them loving forever homes. The SPCA will also spay the mother cat/dog to prevent more unwanted litters. This Prevent Unwanted Pets program comes with a no-cost and no-judgment guarantee. 

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