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Upon visiting the Adoption Center, you will immediately be greeted by one of our volunteer receptionists or an Adoption Counselor.  If it is your first visit, you will be instructed as to where you can see all of our animals available for adoption.  Once you find a pet that you think you would like to adopt, you would locate an Adoption Counselor to help you:

1. Staff will make arrangements for you to visit with the animal.  Depending on the size and species of the pet, you may be outside in a play yard or inside in one of our “meet and greet” rooms.

2. Once you have been matched with the perfect pet, one of our Adoption Counselors will make sure you are fully informed about the pet and answer any questions that you may have. 

3. The adoption process takes approximately one hour.  Adoptions will stop one hour before closing time at 6pm.

4. All of our pets are spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations (including rabies), and microchipped.

Puppies 1 year & under  $275
Dogs 1 year+  $135
Kittens 1 year & under  $150
Cats 1 year+ Name Your Price!

Senate Bill No. 245 allows Veterans in California to adopt a pet for free.

Beginning January 1, 2020, veterans may show their driver's license or ID card with the “VETERAN” designation on it to Pet Adoption Center personnel and have adoption fees waived. The law limits the free dog and cat adoptions to one every six months. 

Although the bill waives adoption fees, a microchip fee of $28 still applies.

Senior for Senior Adoption Program:  Persons aged 65+ can receive waived adoption fees for pets aged 7+ years.  While the adoption fee is waived a microchip fee of $28 will apply.  

5.  We complete all adoptions digitally, so we can either text a checkout link to your mobile phone or you can complete the process using one of our devices. Checks are not accepted for adoption fees. 

6. All cats must leave in a carrier.  Carriers can be purchased in our Pet Store.  Cats over the age of 1 year must leave with a collar and ID tag.  

7. All dogs must leave wearing a collar and leash and ID tag.  Adopters may bring their own or they can be purchased in our pet store.  All sales from our Pet Store benefit the Adoption Center.

Please note we do not perform dog to dog introductions. If you already have a dog at home, we will provide you with a Transition Toolkit and go over how to introduce your dog to your new pet. 

Foster to Adopt Program

Are you unsure of committing to adoption?  Try our Foster to Adopt program (FTA).

All dogs and cats over one-year-old and spayed/neutered are available for Foster-To-Adopt. We also consider exceptions for pets under one year but over five months on a case-by-case basis. Try our trial adoption program to see if the pet is the right fit for you! Pets in the FTA program are eligible for a 3-day trial or a 2-week trial, depending on their length of stay



Things to Consider During the Adoption Process:

If you are adopting a puppy/dog: Dogs in our care have been exposed to Kennel Cough, which is contagious and could be described as a “dog cold.” Symptoms can include watery eyes, watery nose and/or coughing. Similar to a child that is exposed to extra germs in a school environment, your dog may or may not contract kennel cough. If your dog does come down with kennel cough, it will be your responsibility to take them to a vet to get them the proper treatment.

If you are adopting a kitten/cat: Cats in our care have been exposed to Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) which is contagious and could be described as a “cat cold.” Symptoms can include watery eyes, watery nose and/or sneezing. Like a child that is exposed to extra germs in a school environment, your cat may or may not contract URI. If your cat does come down with URI, it will be your responsibility to take them to a vet to get them the proper treatment.

Your dog/cat/has been microchipped: The majority of our pets are microchipped with a Home Again MIcrochip, you will receive directions on how to register in your adoption packet.  If you need to change your address or phone number, you will do that with the microchip company directly. If your animal ever gets lost, the animal’s microchip number will be linked to you, so the animal can be returned to you.

Your kitten /cat or puppy/dog has been spayed or neutered: Your animal may have been recently spayed or neutered. If the animal was recently spayed or neutered, we ask that you wait 10 days from the time of the surgery to bathe your animal. You can find the date of spay/neuter in the animal’s Medical History Record. Surgical glue was used to seal the surgery site and we don’t want to prematurely dissolve that glue by bathing the animal before 10 days. If you notice your animal bothering the surgery site, you may need to purchase an e-collar and contact your own vet for additional information.

Your adopted animal is currently up to date on all of their vaccines: Each animal is current on all the necessary vaccines when they are adopted. You can find the vaccine history in the animal’s Medical History Record. We suggest continuing a flea treatment and necessary vaccines after adoption. After adoption, future vaccination needs may change. Please speak to your vet regarding your pet’s health and lifestyle to determine what future vaccinations are needed and when.

Vaccines are available at our low-cost vaccine clinic each Saturday.

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What to Do After Adoption

Schedule Your Free Vet Exam

  • Using the “Free Vet Exam Certificate” given at the time of adoption.
    • This certificate is valid within the first ten days after adoption.

 Register with Petco Love Lost

  • This is a free website to assist in finding animals faster if they go missing.

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Utlize the Shetlers United Rescouce Center

  • Get pet expert advice, utilize the suppot library and have access to exclusive discounts.

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Schedule Behavior and Training Classes

Coming from a shelter environment your pet will need some time to decompress into their new home: Decompression periods will vary for each pet. It is important to note that pet decompression times are usually based on how long they have been in the shelter environment. If their stay in the shelter was longer, they will need more time to decompress. Providing structure and setting boundaries upon arrival will help you and your new pet adjust to your new life together.