Discover the world of small companions at the Montreal SPCA

Though the Montreal SPCA opposes the sale or breeding of exotic animals in captivity, more than ever guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds, and all other small companion are gaining more popularity among the public. But what do we truly know about these fascinating little furry or feathery creatures? And did you know that the Montreal SPCA has its very own small companion adoption department – making it completely unnecessary for those interested in adding a small companion animal to their family to purchase an animal from a breeder or pet store?

This Sunday, the Montreal SPCA invites you to discover the world of small companions, to a free workshop to demystify these misunderstood little companions.

Come discover all the 101’s! This is a great opportunity for anyone who is thinking of adopting a small companion, but is still undecided. This is also fantastic for people who already have one, but would like to learn more about their unique behavior, and how to further develop a bond with their furry or feathery friend.


Sunday, April 9th :

  • 1:00pm (in French)
  • 3:00pm (in English)

Montreal SPCA, 5215 Jean-Talon West, H4P 1X4, near metro Namur.

*Each workshop lasts one hour, no appointment needed. At the end of the workshop, of course, families will have the option to visit our small animals in the company of an adoption counselor, with the intention to adopt one for life.

Did you know?
  • Hamsters run more than 7 kilometers every night on their wheel.
  • Carrots can be dangerous for rabbits if not given in tiny quantities.
  • Degus’ life expectancy is from 10 to 15 years.
  • Rabbits can be litter trained.
  • Birds require a lot of mental stimulation.
  • Being very social, guinea pigs do best in pairs.
Fun Fact!

Most of the contents of your recycling box can become fascinating and stimulating toys for your little companion! Who knew that an empty toilet paper roll could provide hours of fun for a rodent or bird?


Not a gift!

Since planned pet adoptions are great, we don’t recommend giving pets as “surprise” gifts to friends or family members. Adopting a pet is a big decision and represents a long-term commitment. A small companion, like any animal, is not a toy; an animal is a living being who has physiological and psychological needs that must be catered to. The decision to adopt an animal affects all family members, so we recommend families to take the time to discuss together beforehand.

The Montreal SPCA would also like to promote the importance of adopting a pet from a shelter rather than buying one from a pet store or online. Adopting gives a second chance and a home to a healthy animal, while helping stop pet overpopulation.



bio_anita_kAnita Kapuscinska

Anita Kapuscinska got involved with the Montreal SPCA as a volunteer dog walker during her studies at Concordia University. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Anita began working for the organization in 2008. Today, she represents the Montreal SPCA as a spokesperson, managing its social media platforms and website. Being a true animal lover and advocate, Anita’s compassion extends to all species of animals. She also adopted a dog at the Montreal SPCA and she has fostered countless of cats and many dogs over the years.

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