How to become a Forever Home for an animal:
Visiting our shelter for the first time can seem overwhelming. So many potential pets to choose from—where do you begin? By reading this information before you come to visit us, you’ll be better prepared to make the best choice in selecting your new family member.
Step 1: Visit the “Available Pets” section of our website
Here you can view current pets available for adoption.
Step 2: Walk Through the Animal Areas
Walk through our animal areas and look at the available animals. You may read the information for each animal, which includes the animal's age and breed. Please keep your children with you at all times and remind them not to put their fingers into an animal’s cage. Not only is it dangerous for you, it can also spread diseases similar to common colds among the animals.
Step 3: Complete the Adoption Application
Step 4: Meeting and Adopting Animals
Our Animal Services staff can help you meet pets that match your interests and lifestyle. You can take animals to the dog park area and get to know them a little better. All of our animals must be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. If they are not already altered, we will schedule a day for the surgery to be completed. We do not recommend that you leave your dog in your car while you look at other dogs; the interior car temperature even in the spring or fall can reach lethally hot levels in minutes.
Step 5: Paperwork and Fees
When you have selected your new pet, there will be some paperwork to fill out and payment of adoption fees at the front desk. On weekends especially, there can be many adoptions going on, so we ask for your patience if you have to wait during this step. All adoptions include lots of extras!
DOG & CAT ADOPTION FEE INCLUDES:
Spay or Neuter Surgery
DAPPv and Bordetella vaccinations (dogs)
FVRCP Vaccination (cats)
Rabies Vaccination (3 months of age or older)
Free Health Check-Up Voucher
Cardboard Carrier (cats)
1-year Dog License (if applicable; applies to Unincorporated Tulare County residents only)
|Animal||Adoption Fee||Dog License (County only)|
|Dog (came in already sterilized)||$30–$40||$8|
|Cat (came in already sterilized)||$30–$40||N/A|
Make sure to allow for plenty of time to meet your new friend and get the adoption process completed. The shelter is open until 4:00 p.m. for adoptions. We accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards.
If you would like more information about an animal, we highly recommend visiting the shelter in person.
While the listing of animals that are available for adoption is updated frequently, we cannot guarantee that any of the adoptable animals will still be available when you inquire in person or by email. Animals are adopted frequently and quickly.
Our goal is to find homes for the animals, so unfortunately we are not able to take requests to hold or reserve an animal.
A large majority of animals come to the shelter with unknown medical histories. Many veterinarians honor a free health check visit for a newly adopted shelter pet. We will give you a list of participating veterinarians when you adopt. Keeping pets healthy is very important; we do recommend regular check-ups with a veterinarian.
Although we take every precaution concerning the health and well-being of our shelter animals, no guarantee of any kind can be given regarding the condition of an adopted animal. Please understand that any medical bills incurred for your pet will be solely your financial responsibility. If a medical issue arises immediately after adoption, we would be happy to speak with you about it. Most of the animals come to us with unknown medical histories. Therefore, a complete check-up by a veterinarian is important. To ensure the happy and healthy life of your newly adopted family member, we urge you to have your pet examined routinely by a veterinarian. If an adoption does not work out for any reason, you may return the adopted animal within 30 days from the date of adoption.