Adopt

What You Get When You Adopt

WHAT YOUR ADOPTION FEE INCLUDES

Though it costs over $35 a day to care for each animal, our adoption fees remain modest and affordable. We welcome additional donations as the Sacramento SPCA depends solely on private contributions and receives no government funds.

ADOPTION FEES FOR CATS:  $85

Fee for Cats Includes:

  • Spay or neuter surgery, if not already done
  • First round of shots, including Rabies and FVRCP
  • Feline Leukemia Virus test
  • Certificate for free veterinary office visit with VCA Animal Hospitals  within five days (days – not business days) of adoption (see below)
  • Access to the SSPCA behavior helpline
  • Free educational booklet on cat care and behavior
  • Cardboard cat carrier
  • Adoption counseling
  • Microchip
  • First year license

These services would normally cost between $175 – $350

ADOPTION FEES FOR DOGS:  $100

Fee for Dogs Includes:

  • Spay or neuter surgery, if not already done
  • First round of shots, including Rabies, DHLPP and Bordetella
  • Heartworm test
  • Certificate for free veterinary office visit with VCA Animal Hospitals within five days (days – not business days) of adoption (see below)
  • Behavior evaluation that provides guidelines for adoption and care
  • Access to the SSPCA behavior helpline
  • Free educational booklet on dog care and training
  • Adoption counseling
  • Microchip
  • First year license

These services would normally cost between $200 – $350. 

ADOPTION FEES FOR SMALL ANIMALS:  varies by species

VCA 14-DAY HEALTH CERTIFICATE COVERAGE 

In order to receive your 14-day coverage, you must see a VCA veterinarian within the first five days (not business days) after adoption. It is your responsibility to set up an appointment with one of the designated VCA hospitals offering the free coverage on a list provided to you when you adopt. Call as soon as possible so that your scheduled appointment falls within five days after the adoption of your pet.

Upon adoption, you will be given a list of diseases and conditions covered by our VCA partners. Any disease or condition not covered or not mentioned in this list will be treated within the 14-day guarantee period at 25% off VCA’s regular prices to be paid by you as the new adopter. After our 14-day guarantee period, all fees for medical care will be at regular cost. Please note that Wellness and Preventive Care will NOT BE COVERED which includes (but is not limited to) heartworm prevention, flea medication and wellness fecals.

The 14-day Health Certificate Coverage you receive through our partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals are another value-added service we provide with each of our adoptions. We believe that adopting a pet should be a lifetime commitment and proper healthcare, along with good nutrition and positive reinforcement training, will ensure that you and your pet will enjoy many happy years together.