The Process

  1. Visit our shelters and meet the animal or animals you’re interested in.

  2. Talk to an adoption specialist about your home, family, schedule, lifestyle, and previous pet experience.

  3. After you decide which animal fits you best, complete 20-30 minutes of paperwork.

  4. Take your new pet home the same day!

Note: We recommend arriving at the shelter at least an hour before we close if you intend to adopt a pet. View our hours →

 

Adoption Requirements

  • All information provided on your application must be up-to-date and accurate.

  • Those who rent must provide the property owner's contact information so that the pet policy can be verified.

  • When adopting a dog, everyone living in the household — including other dogs — must meet the animal. We will not move forward until everyone has met the dog.

  • When adopting a cat, rabbit, or other animal, everyone living in the household must agree to have a new pet. It is not required that all adults meet the pet, but all children living in the household must visit the animal before 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 this applies to the animal you are interested in.

 

Adoption Fees

Palo Alto Animal Shelter

Dogs and puppies: $150
(includes 1 year license for Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills residents)

Cats and kittens: $125

Rabbits and other small animals: $10


Redwood City Animal Shelter

Dogs and puppies*: $150

Cats and kittens: $125

*Dogs and puppies adopted from our Redwood City animal shelter require a $75 training deposit that is refunded to you once you’ve completed training with your dog. Learn more about training here.