How do I adopt an animal?
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Beginning August 1st, animals will be available for viewing by appointment at each of the seven animal care centers through our Love at First Sight program. You will be able to self-schedule an appointment on our website and select from available slots. During your appointment visit, a staff member of volunteer will assist you and you will be able to view all animals that are “Ready to Go Home” that day. This means they are spayed or neutered, off stray hold and have gone to dog playgroups at least once (for dogs over 35 lbs.). Animals will be available first-come, first-served. We are confident this enhanced experience will allow potential adopters to view and adopt animals in a way that is accessible and maintains animal health and wellbeing. Our call center is available 24/7 if you do not have access to the internet. Walk up appointments will be accommodated as available.
Check out this video about the Love at First Sight pilot program
Animal Care Center Locations
If the animal needs to be spayed or neutered, you will have to wait until after the spay/neuter surgery is complete. In the meantime, however, the adoption paperwork can be processed.
Available animals that are already spayed or neutered may be adopted that day. If an available animal has not yet been spayed or neutered, the animal care center is required to perform the surgery before the animal goes home. In these cases, you will be required to complete your adoption paperwork and pay all fees, and then return after the surgery is completed. In most cases the surgery is performed the next day but sometimes it may take a day or two longer, particularly if there are weekends or holidays involved.
All animals adopted from one of our animal care centers are eligible for a free veterinary exam (within seven days of adoption) by any participating member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.
A list of participating veterinary locations can be found here:
Our adoption fees vary, depending on how long an animal has been in our care.
If an animal has been in our care ten days or less, the adoption fee is $50. If the animal has been in our care more than ten days, the adoption fee is $30. In addition to the adoption fee, the sterilization fee for a dog is $50 and $40 for a cat and the microchip fee is $15 (includes national registration). Additional charges may include fees for licensing (for those living within our service areas) or pain medication (dependent on whether the animal needed to be spayed/neutered). Please see our home page for promotions and discounts on adoption fees.