If it was met with the goal of finding it, then yes, you most likely did.
However, some spirit animals are met because they will follow you through the astral as you travel. Like us, we met our Wolf, Dragon, and Elk because they would follow us. We finally had asked them why, and they simply gave us the answer.
But some are physical, as to our Robin. We met them as we walked through the forest. Two were following us. They had bands on their legs. The next week, they had made a nest in our pine tree. One of their daughters, a half-blind fledgling, still stays around our house today. She has never migrated. The night before we asked for a physical sign of our spirit animal!