Adoption Process

Placer SPCA Adoption Process

Step 1:
Please visit us during our normal center hours. You will have the opportunity to walk through our adoption rooms to view animals available for adoption. We recommend bringing all family members who reside in the home where the new companion animal may be adopted. This will help ensure that all family members agree and are comfortable with the animal.

Step 2:
Everything we know about the animals in our care will be written down on cards hanging on their kennel. Our staff and volunteers interact with the animals daily and are able to provide additional information regarding their disposition, energy level, training status, etc. Be sure to look on both sides of all paperwork. Each animal that is available has been health and temperament evaluated, which should assist you in your decision making.

Step 3:
Once you have identified an animal you are interested in adopting, you will need to complete a Companion Request Form, which will help us and yourself understand your wants and needs with regard to adopting and caring for a new companion animal. You may also download and bring a completed copy of the form with you when you visit our shelter.

Step 4:
An adoption counselor will review your completed questionnaire with you at the front desk and help you determine whether or not the animal is appropriate for your situation. If the animal seems to be a perfect fit for your lifestyle, the adoption counselor will arrange for you to socialize with the animal in a private room or in one of the play yards.

Step 5:
If after socializing with the animal you are interested in proceeding with the adoption, you will be asked to complete the adoption at the front counter. If you would like to place a hold on an animal to allow more time to consider the adoption or, for example, have family members meet the pet, a $25 non-refundable fee will be assessed. Please allow for plenty of time to finalize the adoption process – adoptions end 30 minutes before closing time. You will be asked to return the next day if you arrive or decide to adopt an animal within 30 minutes of closing time, and you will be able to place a hold on the animal at no additional cost.

Please note: Some dogs will require an additional introduction with the current dog(s) in your care. If this is the case, you will be offered the opportunity to place a dog on a complimentary hold for a period of no more than 24 hours so that this can be scheduled with the staff.

Step 6:
Click here to see a list of our current adoption fees. All adoption fees include a basic veterinary examination, vaccinations, microchip and spay or neuter surgery, if necessary. Fees are subject to change.

Step 7:
If you have chosen a pet that is already spayed or neutered, you may take him or her home at the time of adoption. Otherwise, a surgery appointment will be scheduled. We will call to tell you when and at which veterinary office you can pick up your new companion. State law requires that no animal be released from our care until they are spayed or neutered first.

Please know that it will take some time for your new friend to adjust to their new lifestyle. And don’t worry – you’re not alone. The Placer SPCA is here to help and has a lot of valuable information on a variety of behavior issues, as well as information on transitioning a new pet into your home. Please contact the Behavior Department by emailing or at (916) 782-7722, ext. 3002 and a staff member will be happy to assist you.

Once everyone is settled in, we would love for you to send us a picture of your new friend in your home! Send a picture and short update to or mail to 150 Corporation Yard Rd., Roseville, CA 95678