Our Adoption Process

Here are some frequently asked questions about the adoption process here at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

What should I bring?

  • Driver’s license or other current picture I.D.
  • If you rent, bring a copy of your lease or your landlord’s name and phone number.
  • We recommend any family or household members who will live with the pet be present.
  • We recommend any resident dog in the household meet the potential adoptive dog at the shelter.

How much time should I allow?
Allow at least one hour for meeting the pet and filling out paperwork. Adoption paperwork must be started one hour before closing.

What will it cost?
Adoption costs cover spay/neuter services, rabies vaccine (if over 4 months of age) vaccinations and worming, a feline leukemia test (cats), a microchip, a pet license (dogs only and Santa Cruz County residents only), collar and ID tag, cardboard cat carrier. Adoption costs vary. Click here for the complete list of adoption fees.

I saw this dog / cat / critter on your website and/or Petfinder. Is he still available?
Petfinder shows pets living at the shelter and in foster care. If she’s here, we’ll look her up when you arrive. If she’s listed as a foster animal, we’ll contact the foster volunteer.

How old do I need to be to adopt?
We ask that all adopters be 21 years old.