Animal Health Care

Each animal receives a vaccination upon intake.

  • Dogs receive Bordetella (kennel cough) and DA2PPL4 (distemper, parvo, and leptospirosis combo).
  • Cats receive feline upper respiratory (FVRCP) immunizations.

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 shelters 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.