Adoptions

You’ve decided to adopt a pet. We’re happy to hear that!
Here’s what to do next:

Visit A Shelter

Walk around your local shelter to see the available animals – not every animal in our care is online. Even if you've already selected a few animals from our website, you may find other favorites.

  • Save time: print this application, fill it out and bring it with you.
  • Bring your current pet(s): see how the animals interact.
  • Bring the family: you may be able to play with your chosen pet for 15 to 30 minutes to see if it will make a good companion.
  • Plan your time: the adoption process at the shelter can take up to two hours
  • Adoptions close at 4:30 p.m.
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Another Option: Start Your Search Online

Have a look at the animals in our shelter by using the form below. Though best to visit a shelter, you may see your next pet here!

  • Make one, two or three choices: the pet you are interested in may no longer be available or have a “hold” on it. (See Hold Policy below)
  • Keep notes: be sure to write down the identifying information for animals you like.
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Our Hold Policy

We accept up to two holds for each animal in the shelter.

You must come to the shelter in person to put a first or second hold on an animal.

First hold: you will be given a specific date and time to pick up the animal.
If you do not arrive during that time, the person with the second hold may adopt the animal.

Second hold: you will also be given a specific date and time to pick up the animal.
If you do not arrive during that time, we will make the animal available for others to adopt.

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I found a pet I’m interested in, what do I do?

At the shelter:

  • All animals have an ID number on the front of their kennels. Bring that number to the Greeter Desk.
  • They will tell you if there are any holds on the pet you're interested in. See "Hold Policy."
  • If your choice is available, the greeter will give you an application (if needed) and instructions.

Searching online:

  • Copy the information on the individual animal's page.
  • Call us at 619-767-2675 to see if there are any holds on those animals.
  • If availble, come to the shelter and present the animal's information at the Greeter Desk. 
  • If your first choice is taken, try again or come down and look around. We have plenty of pets waiting for adoption!

More On Adoption »

Adoption Applications »

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 Help your loved ones choose their own pet!
Adoption gift certificates are available at County shelters.

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