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Adoption Procedure/Application

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Adoption Procedure

Visiting any shelter for the first time can seem overwhelming. So many potential pets to choose from — where do you begin? By reading this information before you come to visit us, and by filling out our Matchmaker Form ahead of time, you’ll be ready to make the best choice.

Adoption process for animals being placed out of foster homes may differ. Please contact the email address listed on their bio with questions.



Dogs & Puppies

Come down to the Sacramento SPCA to meet your new best friend!


*ON MOBILE* – if you see this message appearing next to an adoptable animal’s name, it means they are attending an event in the community and are currently not at the shelter.  


Cats & Kittens

Come down to the Sacramento SPCA to meet your new best friend!

All cats over 9 years of age are currently sponsored thanks to the friends of Jack Healy!


Meaningful ways you can donate

The Sacramento SPCA is an independent, local non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any other local or national animal organization. We are dependent on donations of all kinds to continue our work on behalf of the animals.

Your support is greatly appreciated. 


Adoption Welcome Home Kits

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These kits are available for adopters to purchase before they leave to go home with their new pet and include a multitude of tools to aid in the transition of home life. For dogs, each kit includes a crate to assist with potty training and learning about life inside a house!  A Kong, which is a tool for keeping dogs mentally stimulated when their owners are away is included, along with a Sensible Harness which helps when walking with big strong dogs that might still learning leash manners.

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What You Get When You Adopt

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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.


Animals available for adoption

There is someone here waiting for you. Find out who by visiting our adoption center. All adoptions must be done in-person to ensure you’re sent home with the best friend that is right for you and your lifestyle.


The Joe Willie Initiatives

Senior cats and those requiring extra medical attention will be given even more second chances, thanks to a generous supporter and friend of the Sacramento SPCA, and a special kitty named Joe Willie. 

Mark M. Glickman, a resident of Carmichael, was inspired by his cat, Joe Willie, who had significant medical needs when Mr. Glickman adopted him 29 years ago. 

“In November 1990, I was on a noon-time walk in the San Francisco Financial District when I came upon a mobile adoption site, “ shared Mr. Glickman. “One of the kitties was a small Tuxedo cat. He had neurological damage in his back-side, and did not walk well. I expected that he would require ongoing attention for his condition, but adopted him anyway and named him Joe Willie.” 

“Stiff legs were just the first of Joe Willie’s challenges. He had serious gastro-intestinal issues and eventually lost his ability to walk. Later, he suffered a heart attack and stroke, all of which were treated by an extraordinary team of veterinarians. Throughout all of this, Joe Willie remained the sweetest, most loving cat I have ever known.”

In February 2019, Mr. Glickman established The Joe Willie Initiatives to help provide medical and placement help to promote the adoption of senior cats and cats with special needs. 

How will this help local kitties? 

“One out of every five animals that arrives at the Sacramento SPCA is in need of specialized veterinary care before they can be ready for placement in a new home. The percentage is even higher for senior cats,” stated Kenn Altine, Chief Executive Officer of Sacramento SPCA. “Mark’s incredible support over the past year has helped us to spotlight and promote our senior cats, who many times are overlooked by potential adopters. Now, with this incredible gift designated for medical care for cats, we will be able to save even more lives.” 

Mr. Glickman’s donation is the largest donation the organization has ever received for senior kitties and those with special needs. In addition to the Sacramento SPCA, Mr. Glickman honors the memory of Joe Willie through his support of other animal welfare organizations, including Marin Humane and Field Haven Feline Center. 

“All of my cats have inspired me,” said Mr. Glickman. “While I learned about cats from them, I learned about myself from Joe Willie. I want other people to adopt a cat and have that opportunity for an extraordinary connection.”