Adoption Process

Our goal is to enrich lives by creating lasting adoption matches, ready to get started?

Adoption Steps

Check out our adoptable dogs and adoptable cats. If you see an animal that you’re interested in, complete an Adopter’s Profile and we will reach out to help you learn more about them.

If you’re not sure which animal is right for you, we will contact you to help you find a good match.

Or simply come on over to our shelter during our browsing hours (2601 Chanticleer Ave, Wed – Sun: 11am – 5pm) to view our animals and chat with our friendly adoption staff. 

We will find a time for you to meet the animal and spend some time together at the shelter. If you decide “YES, this is the animal for me!” we can finalize your adoption right then and there!


Adoption Fees

Adoption fees include: spay/neuter, microchip, recent treatment for fleas and worms, age-appropriate vaccinations, testing for FELV/FIV (cats), certificate for free vet exam, and an adoption packet with additional pet care information and coupons.

Kittens (under 6 months): $150
Adult Cats (6 months – 7 year): $110
Senior Cats (8 years or older): $65
Puppies (under 6 months): $300
Adult Dogs (6 months – 7 years): $200
Senior Dogs (8 years or older): $150

Please also note: You must be 21 years or over to adopt.

If you are a senior person you may be eligible for an adoption fee waiver through our Dr Jean’s Senior Friends program.

More Questions?

Read our adoption FAQs or contact our adoption team directly.

Shelter Location

2601 Chanticleer Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

(P) 831-465-5000 (F) 831-479-8530


Hours of Operation

Mon & Tues - CLOSED

Animal Browsing Wed to Sun 11am - 5pm

*PET FOOD PANTRY - Sundays 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. We receive no government funding, and depend solely on financial support from our friends. Our organization is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society.

Tax ID: 94-6171565

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