Our Adoption Process

Yolo County SPCA offers dog and cat adoptions through our successful adoption program. Each year we are able to place hundreds of dogs and cats into caring and safe homes. Check our Adoption Checklist to make sure you are ready for the commitment of owning an animal, then fill out and submit an Adoption Application.


Adoption Events: 

Adoptions are held at the PETCO in the Davis Marketplace shopping center at 1341 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616, located off of Hwy 113. Cat adoptions are typically held between noon - 4:00pm, and dog adoptions are typically held between 12:30 - 4:00pm on most Saturdays. We typically take holiday weekends off, but feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check whether or not we will be having a placement event. If you are interested in a specific animal, please check in with us ahead of time.

Dog adoption interviews may need to be scheduled at a later date depending on availability of adoption counselors and interviews that have been prescheduled. If you would like to schedule an adoption interview please complete our adoption application and send it in either by fax or email.



Adoption Fees:

Our adoption fee helps us cover the spay/neuter, microchip and registration, and rabies vaccination (if over 4 months of age) for all animals. Cats will also be tested for feline leukemia and given their FVRCP vaccinations. Dogs will be tested for heartworm and started on preventatives, as well as given DAPP vaccinations for dogs. An adult cat or dog will have been given all of its vaccinations. A kitten or puppy will be current on the vaccinations appropriate to its age, but the adopter will be responsible for additional vaccinations needed after the adoption.

  • Dogs/Puppies: $175
    • Chihuahua special:
      • $50 for Chihuahua mixes 1 year of age or older
      • $100 for Chihuahua mixes under 1 year of age
    • Senior (65+ years) discount:
      • $75 for dogs 5 years of age or older
      • $140 for dogs under 5 years of age
  • Cats: $60
    • $90 for kittens (under 1 year)
    • Ask about our second cat/kitten discount!
    • All cats/kittens are required to go home in a carrier.



Adoption Requirements:

-You must be at least 18 years old. Be prepared to provide identification.
-If you adopt a dog or cat, agree to have your pet spayed or neutered if it is not already. The adoption counselor will make arrangements for spay or neuter surgery as part of the adoption process. 
-You must guarantee adequate exercise, food, water, shelter, vaccinations, medical care, grooming, identification, lifelong care and love for your new pet.
You must adhere to state and local ordinances pertaining to animal care and control.
-In addition, in keeping with Yolo County SPCA's mission, animals will not be adopted to a research institute, to someone who sells animals to research institutions, or to a person with a history of animal abuse. Yolo County SPCA reserves the right to deny the adoption of any animal.


NOTE: There is a two week "trial period" after an animal is adopted. If, for any reason at all, the animal must be returned to us during the first two weeks after the adoption, we will either fully refund the adoption fee, or help to find a different animal who would be a match for your family.




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