If you are thinking about getting a pet, this weekend could be a good time to do it.

The Hamilton-Burlington SPCA has lots of them.

So many, in fact, that they are not accepting new pets because they are full.

"Unfortunately, with limited space in the shelter, there comes a point when we can no longer accept surrenders of animals from the public or bring adoptable animals over from Hamilton Animal Services," says Keith Scott, CEO.

"Once some space is made available in the shelter through adoptions, we will be able to resume saving additional lives. We hope the community will open their hearts to a new pet this weekend."

The SPCA has a no-kill policy — unlike Hamilton animal services which holds a stray pet for 72 hours, and in some cases a few more days.

So it's a buyers' market for pets in Hamilton right now.

"We have a great selection," says Meredith Marino, SPCA spokeswoman.

"We have no place to put more." Marino says they have about 120 cats and 30 dogs.

Hamilton animal services has about 50 cats and 20 dogs on hand, says Jim Gillis, a manager at animal control.

Gillis says that while the municipal animal control service does euthanize animals, the rate of euthanasia has dropped about 40 per cent in the past year.

SPCA Prices:

  • Puppies (under 7 months) $375
  • Adult dogs (7 months – 7 years) $325
  • Senior dogs (7 years +) $195
  • Kittens (under 7 months) $195
  • Adult cats (7 months – 7 years) $175
  • Senior dogs (7 years +) $95
  • Rabbits (Altered) $80
  • Rabbits (Unaltered) $35
  • Guinea pigs $21
  • Rodents $11
  • Birds starting at $21

Hours this weekend:

Saturday: 10 – 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 4 p.m.

Thanksgiving Monday: Closed