All dogs and cats, eight weeks of age or older, adopted from the City will be surgically sterilized prior to their release to their new owner/guardian. A private, California-licensed veterinarian will perform the surgery. The sterilization deposit included in the adoption fee will be applied towards the cost of the surgery. The veterinarian will give your dog or cat a physical examination prior to surgery to determine if the animal is fit for surgery and will contact you with instructions if it is determined that your dog or cat should not have surgery at this time.
Please be aware that no surgical procedure is without risks. The veterinarian or a member of his/her staff will discuss any additional fees to be paid by the adopter for estrus (heat), pregnancy, obesity, retained testicles, geriatric patients or other medical concerns with you prior to surgery.
If your adopted animal becomes unsuited for sterilization surgery due to illness or injury prior to its removal from the shelter, you will be notified. You have the option of taking your dog or cat to a private veterinarian for treatment or selecting another animal or requesting a refund of the adoption fees, excluding pound, microchip, and optional medical fees. If you choose to continue with the adoption of your selected “at risk” dog or cat, you must immediately transport your dog or cat to a private veterinary facility and assume all financial responsibility for the animal’s treatment, diagnostics, and/or hospitalization.
Rabbits are automatically spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
All cat and dogs adopted from an L.A. Animal Services Shelter that do not already have a microchip, will be implanted with one and it is included in the adoption fee. The cost of microchipping is a non-refundable fee of $15.00 paid by the new adopter. Microchipping for rabbits is an optional service at a fee of $15.00.
Microchipping is the safe and professional way to identify an animal. While collars may fall off and identification tags may get lost, a microchip stays with your pet for life. The microchip is less than the size of a grain of rice and is completely harmless. Just like a vaccination, the microchip is injected under the skin of an animal (typically in the scruff of the neck) where it remains safely for life.
All animals admitted to an L.A. Animal Services Shelter are scanned for a microchip upon arrival. If a microchip is detected, a nine digit number will appear and we will contact the 24-hour hotline of the microchip’s manufacturer (AVID). After a quick search of the PETract database, the animal’s guardian can be contacted.
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Generally, puppies and kittens require booster vaccination in three-week intervals. Please follow your veterinarian’s recommended vaccination schedule.
- Puppies/dogs receive DHLP-Parvo and Bordetella vaccines.
- Kittens/cats receive the first FVRCP vaccination.
- Dogs four months +/Cats three months + receive a rabies vaccine. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required to license your dog. California State law requires that all dogs be inoculated against rabies. Rabies vaccinations for cats are recommended by the Department of Public Health. A rabies license for your cat is voluntary.
- Rabbits do not receive vaccinations prior to adoption.
Internal and External Parasites
Puppies and kittens are automatically de-wormed at the shelter for roundworms and hookworms. Older animals are de-wormed on an as needed basis. Once you have adopted your dog or cat, we advise that you take a sample of your animal’s stool to your veterinarian for a fecal examination and internal parasite control program. Many dogs and cats that come into our shelters bring fleas and ticks into the kennels. Animals that are infested with external parasites are treated with topical medications. We recommend that you consult your veterinarian regarding an external parasite control program.
Please note: certain animal diseases (parasites, fungal infections, bacteria, viruses, etc.) are transmissible to humans. It is imperative that your dog or cat follow a health program prescribed by your veterinarian.
If the dog or cat you adopted is currently ill or injured and under treatment, you will receive an Animal Health Awareness Report (Form D-300). This information will provide you with a summary of the treatment your dog or cat has received during its kenneled stay in our animal shelter.
Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) Offers a free medical exam within three (3) working days from the date of adoption
Our dogs and cats usually have no available medical history prior to their admittance to our shelters. Your adoption packet includes a certificate for a free health examination at any participating SCVMA veterinary office. This service is not available for rabbits at this time. The Adoption Receipt must be presented to the veterinarian at the time of examination.
For the name and address of participating veterinarians, please refer to the yellow pages of your telephone directory. Following the selection of a veterinarian, please call that veterinarian for an appointment and confirmation of his/her participation in this program. If your adopted dog or cat is found physically unfit or otherwise unsuitable, you may return the animal for a reselection within 10 days from the date of purchase. You are then provided an opportunity to select another dog or cat within 31 days from the adoption of the first animal. The $28.00 sterilization fee and $15.00 microchip fee must be again paid at the time of reselection.
The sterilization, microchip, and optional parvovirus testing fees are not refundable.
If the adoption fees of your reselected dog or cat are greater than the amount paid for the original, the adopter shall pay the difference. No refund shall be made if the price of the newly adopted animal is less than the amount paid for the original dog or cat.
* PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ONLY THE EXAMINATION IS FREE OF CHARGE.
If you choose any further treatment for your newly adopted animal, please remember that any diagnostics, hospitalizations, injections or additional vaccinations must be at your expense.
Your adopted dog or cat may have behavioral problems that may or may not have been evident during its stay with us. These problems may make it unsuitable for human companionship. If you elect to keep the animal, any treatment or training to correct the animal’s behavioral problems is the responsibility of its new owner/guardian.
Additionally, due to the incubation period of certain diseases, it is strongly advised that you keep any newly adopted dog or cat away from and all other animals for a period up to two weeks. Do not take your new dog or cat to any public place for at least a two-week period.
With your agreement to an adoption and signed adoption receipt, you thereby release the City of Los Angeles, its employees and agents from any liability and claim that you have, whether known or unknown, now or in the future, in connection with your adoption, ownership and disposal of any animal adopted from the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.
Just fill out the adoption form at the Animal Shelter, provide a valid form of government-issued identification with photo (i.e., driver’s license), and pay the adoption fee. The maximum cost for a Los Angeles City resident to adopt a dog is $122, the maximum cost to adopt a cat is $76 and the maximum cost to adopt a rabbit is $71.
Adoption fees include vaccinations, spaying/neutering and microchipping for dogs, cats and rabbits; and the first year City of LA license fee for dogs.
The Animal Shelters accept payment by cash, check, or credit card (name on credit card must match the name on the photo identification).
If several people are interested in adopting the same animal, under the Los Angeles Municipal Code, we must use a fair, competitive process for people to bid on the pet. We use a Silent Auction for that process. You can find the rules here in English or Spanish.
LA Animal Services has a great selection of pets in all sizes, ages, and breeds, just waiting for a new home with you.
Regular Adoption Fees:
|Dogs||$102.00/$122.00 (with license for City residents)|
|Best Buddies (bonded pairs or groups)||$63.50 or $83.50 with license for the second dog and $50.50 for the second cat (animals are in a bonded pair or group.)|
|Senior for Seniors||$63.50 or $83.50 with license for dogs and $50.50 for cats (Discount is valid on pets 7 years and older for adopters 62 years and older)|
|10 days or more pets||$63.50 or $83.50 with license for dogs at shelter 10 days or more and $53.50 for cats at shelter 10 days or more|
The next step is to visit the Animal Shelter to find out if the dog/cat/rabbit you have chosen is available for adoption. There is a waiting period of four days before a stray animal is available for adoption (a pet that was relinquished by an owner is available for adoption without a waiting period). You can still identify and express interest in an animal you are interested in adopting during the waiting period.