you begin the process of adopting a new
animal companion, take some time to think about the
commitment you are making and
ask yourself if this
is the right time for you to adopt.
Any animal - dog, cat, rabbit,
rat or parakeet - requires your time and
attention. They all need some level of
training, handling and socialization. Make
sure you know the needs of a particular type
of animal and decide if you will be able to
care for the animal for its entire life.
Remember, the average lifespan for many
animals can be 12-14 years or more. The
library is an excellent place to start
researching the different types of animals
and their care requirements.
Once you have done your research and
your search begins, try to look at
every animal as having potential.
When you find one that you like, try
to define what attracts you to this
particular animal (personality, the
breed, etc.). If you already
have animals at home, be sure to consider
them when looking for an additional
companion. For instance, your 15-year-old
dog may not appreciate a high-energy
And remember – don't be in a hurry.
Finding the right companion animal
can take a lot of time.
Please visit our Adopt page to see Pets of the Week and Adoption Specials this month.
Adopting an Animal from the Placer SPCA
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.
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
you have identified an animal you are
interested in adopting, you will need to
complete a Matchmaker Questionnaire, 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 questionnaire in with you when you visit
our shelter. Select the appropriate
Placer SPCA will keep your completed
Matchmaker Questionnaire on file for a
period of three months. After which time,
we will need for you to complete a new
questionnaire. We also ask that you make
amendments or complete a new questionnaire
as your situation changes (e.g. new family
member, change of address, etc.)
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.
6. 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. Please note: some animals
will require an additional socialization
with the current animals in your care.
If this is the case, you will be offered
the opportunity to place an animal
on hold for a period of no more than
24 hours. A $10 non-refundable
deposit is assessed at the time of
hold. Should you adopt the animal
you placed on hold, this $10 fee will
not be applied to your
adoption prices change periodically. Click
here to see a list of our
current adoption fees.
All adoption fees include a basic
veterinary examination, pet tag and collar,
vaccinations, microchip and spay or neuter
surgery, if necessary.
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.
Once your companion animal is home with you,
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 email or at (916) 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387 xt. 258 and a staff member will be
happy to assist you.
P.S. Once everyone is settled in, we would
love for you to send us a picture of your
new friend in your home!