How do I
adopt a pet?
Adopting a pet is easy at Pets In Need! Our adoption specialists will help you find the perfect furry friend so that you can both start off on the right paw. Want to talk to one of our specialists? Call (650) 367-1405 for more information about our process.
Find out how to adopt a pet from Pets In Need!
|<60 days at the shelter||60+ days at the shelter||120+ days at the shelter|
|Dogs||$150||$75||Adoption fee is waived|
|Cats||$125||$75||Adoption fee is waived|
*Dogs and puppies require a $75 training deposit that is refunded to you once you’ve completed training with your dog. Learn more about training here.
How do I adopt a pet?
Fill out our matchmaking profile, scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the shelter and fill out the form. Our adoption specialists will work with you to determine the best animal for your family and living situation. When adopting a dog, all family members and dogs living in the household must meet and spend time with the animal being considered for adoption. When adopting a cat, all children in the house must meet the cat/kitten being considered for adoption. After you make your decision, paperwork takes about 20-30 minutes and your new pet can go home with you that day!
Note: We recommend coming to the shelter at least an hour before closing if you intend to adopt a pet.
Are there any adoption requirements?
All information on your matchmaking profile must be up-to-date and accurate. If you rent, we require that you give us your landlord’s contact information so that we can verify their pet policy. A home-visit may be required before an adoption is approved. This decision will be at the discretion of the adoption specialist.
When adopting a dog, everyone living in the household and any other dogs must come to meet the animal. We will not complete an adoption until everyone has met and spent time with the dog to ensure best success.
When adopting a cat, everyone living in the household must agree to having a new cat. Not all adults need to meet the cat before adopting, but any children living in the household must visit with the animal before the adoption.
There may be extra requirements or restrictions with certain animals. For example, some animals must be indoor only, require a backyard, or may not be suitable to live with young children or other animals. Talk with our adoption specialists to see if they apply to the animal you’re interested in.
Where do your animals come from?
All animals at Pets In Need are rescued from public facilities where overcrowding and lack of resources create serious space issues. The animals we rescue are those that are at risk of being euthanized in these facilities. We often do not have a backstory on where the animals came from before being picked up or brought to the public facility.
Are your adoptable animals healthy?
All animals are given a full medical exam, are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed, and started on flea treatment before going up for adoption. Some animals have special medical needs, which our adoption specialists and medical team will fully inform you of.
Are your dogs housetrained?
Since we typically don’t know an animal’s previous history before coming to our shelter, we can never be 100% sure that an animal has been house trained. While our volunteers do take our dogs out for walks multiple times a day, it’s difficult to be certain that the dogs are completely house trained. You should be prepared to house train a dog you adopt from us, and we’ll provide you with some information and resources on how to approach that process if it’s your first time.