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Adoption & Lost Pets

Placer County Animal Services cares for thousands of animals each year. Most are wonderful animals who are waiting to be adopted into a loving, caring and forever home.

Search for Adoptable Pets

How to Adopt a Pet

  • Complete an Adoption Application.
  • Be at least 18 years old with photo identification.
  • If adopting a dog into a multiple dog home, you must have a "meet and greet" with all dogs.
  • Provide proper food, water, exercise, shelter, vaccinations, medical care, grooming, identification, lifelong care, and affection for your new pet.
  • If you rent or lease, you must have permission for a pet from the owner or manager of your rental unit.
  • All animals must be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter.
  • Pay adoption fee: dogs are $115 and cats are $95.

Dog adoption fees include the cost of the heartworm test (for dogs over 6 months), first heartworm preventative pill, Frontline, first distemper/parvo and bordetella vaccination, rabies if over 4 months, deworming, and microchipping.

Cat adoption fees include the cost of feline aids/leukemia test, and first distemper vaccination, deworming, rabies if over 4 months, and microchipping.

More adoptable pets are available on www.petfinder.com.

Finding Lost Pets

  • Go to your local animal shelters at least every other day.
    1. Fill out a lost report at the shelter
    2. Post a lost flyer at the shelter
    3. Check the Found Book, Injured Report, and the DOA Report at the shelter
  • Contact the veterinarians in the area you lost your pet to see if your pet is there.
  • Check this website to view lost and adoptable pets, or check “Lost a Pet” on www.petharbor.com daily. We post all incoming stray animals at this site.
  • Post flyers with your pet’s picture where your pet was lost.
  • Ask neighbors or go door-to-door where your pet was lost.
  • Post your lost pet on Craigslist.org, Petfinder.org, and Petharbor.com.
  • Check with surrounding shelters to see if your pet was taken to a nearby shelter.
  • Place an ad in the LOST section of your local paper and note where you lost your pet.
    • Sacramento Bee: 916-321-1234
    • Gold Country Media: 530-885-5656

Animal Health Care and Holding Periods

Each animal receives a vaccination upon intake.  Dogs receive Bordetella (kennel cough), and DA2PP (distemper, parvo combo). Cats receive Rabies and FVRCP (feline upper respiratory) immunizations.

Animals are held 72 hours from the time of impoundment, not including Sundays or holidays, unless they appear to be owned (ie. they have a collar with tags, microchip). Animals that appear to be owned are held for 10 days, not including Sundays or holidays. The holding period for livestock is 14 days. After the holding period the animals are put through a behavior evaluation to learn what type of home the animal would do best in. At that time dogs receive a Heartworm test and cats receive a FELV/FIV test. If they pass these tests, they are put up for adoption.

Under state law and county ordinance, animals adopted from Placer County Animal Centers in Auburn and Tahoe Vista must be spayed or neutered before they are taken home. This has proven to be an effective way to reduce animal overpopulation. The cost of pet spaying and neutering is included in the adoption fee, along with the cost of the other animal health care measures.

Behavior Information

Check out Dumb Friends League's website for helpful behavior tips to help you better understand your pet!

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