How to Adopt
HOW TO ADOPT A PET
Thank you for opening your heart to a pet rescued by your local, independent SPCA Monterey County!
Cats, Kittens, Dogs, Puppies, and Small Pets
Our Adoption Center is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. To adopt a dog, cat, puppy, kitten or a small pet like a rabbit, hamster, or guinea pig, we strongly encourage you to visit our pets online first and make an appointment to meet them. Our Adoption Holds ensure the pet will be waiting to meet you when you arrive. Our shelter is open to meet a pet without an Adoption Hold, however you may need to wait for an adoption time to become available.
To continue to keep our community safe, we may limit the number of people in our Adoption Center at one time. Masks are required. Due to this limited capacity, at this time we are asking that you visit only if you are interested in adopting. Thank you for your understanding.
Don’t see that special pet online? Sign up for our Pet Alert Program receive a text or email when the pet you’re looking for is available for adoption!
To adopt an exotic pet like a parrot, reptile, or other exotic animal, please fill out our Exotic Pet Application Our team will contact you to set an appointment to meet the animal you are interested in. Thank you for adopting an exotic pet!
To adopt a horse, please fill out our Horse Adoption Application. Our team will be in touch with you about the horse you are interested in. Thank you for adopting a horse!
SPCA Monterey County strongly encourages scheduling an appointment to meet a dog, cat, puppy, or kitten you are interested in. Our Adoption Holds ensure that pet will be waiting to meet you at the time of your appointment. Our team will be available to introduce you and answer any questions you may have.
Adoption Holds for Dogs, Cats, Puppies, and Kittens
Adoption Holds cost $35 and are non-refundable and not a part of the adoption fee. To schedule your Adoption Hold, please call us at 831-373-2631. Adoption Holds are generally available the day you call, or the following day. We are unable to hold pets for more than a 24 hour time period.
Adoption Holds for Small Pets (Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc)
Adoption Holds cost $10 and are non-refundable and not a part of the adoption fee. To schedule your Adoption Hold, please call us at 831-373-2631. Adoption Holds are generally available the day you call, or the following day. We are unable to hold pets for more than a 24 hour time period.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
DOGS AND PUPPIES:
From $65.00 to $290.00 or more. Includes; spay/neuter surgery, microchip identification, rabies vaccination and other vaccinations appropriate to age, SPCA identification, health evaluation and more. Learn how this is an amazing value on a lifetime of love.
CATS AND KITTENS:
From $25.00 to $125.00. Includes; spay/neuter surgery, microchip identification, rabies vaccination and other vaccinations appropriate to age, SPCA identification tag, cardboard pet carrier, health evaluation and more. Learn how this is an amazing value on a lifetime of love.
SPCA WHISKERS & WISDOM:
Adults ages 60 years and over can adopt wonderful pets over the age of three for $50 off the adoption fee. Includes spay/neuter surgery, microchip identification, rabies vaccinations and others as appropriate to age and species, SPCA identification and health evaluation. Click here to learn more!
$35.00 includes; spay/neuter surgery and microchip identification.
RATS, MICE, AND HAMSTERS:
OTHER ADOPTABLE ANIMALS:
Horses, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, sheep, donkeys, exotic birds, reptiles, and other species are often available for adoption. Call or visit for more information. Click here to fill out our online Horse adoption form (horse adoptions only).
HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT PET
Click here for helpful tips from our SPCA Customer Service Staff to help you pick the best pet for your lifestyle.
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