Adopt a pet

You have decided to add a new member to your family and provide a loving home to an orphaned animal in one of the L A Animal Shelters.The first step is to click on the link below and see some of our fabulous companions who are available for adoption. You can search for available pets by type, gender, age, size, and color. Click here for a new petNeed help finding the perfect pet to fit your lifestyle and family? It couldn’t be easier. Fill out the information requested by the matchmaker service. A list of animals that match your description will be emailed to you! Click here for matchmaker

Found the perfect pet?

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. Animal Shelters are closed for adoptions on Mondays and Holidays.

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Los Angeles City Animal Shelters are closed for adoptions on Mondays and Holidays.

Ready to adopt?

Fill out the adoption form at the Animal Shelters, 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. The cost to adopt a rabbit is $56. Adoption fees include vaccinations and spaying/neutering for dogs, cats, and rabbits; microchipping for dogs and cats; and the first year license fee for dogs. Microchipping for rabbits is available for an additional $15. The Animal Shelters accept payment by cash, check, or credit card (name on credit card must match the name on the photo identification).Animal Services has a great selection of pets in all sizes, ages, and breeds, just waiting for a new home with you. 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.

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