What You Get When You Adopt

General information

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:  $45 – $85

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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 provided by  within fourteen days of adoption (see below)
  • Access to the Sacramento SPCA behavior helpline
  • Free educational booklet on cat care and behavior
  • Cardboard cat carrier
  • Adoption counseling
  • Microchip

These services would normally cost between $175 – $350

ADOPTION FEES FOR DOGS:  $110 to $160 (age)
ADOPTION FEES FOR PUPPIES:  $160

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Fee for Dogs/Puppies 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 provided by within fourteen days of adoption (see below)
  • Behavior evaluation that provides guidelines for adoption and care
  • Access to the Sacramento SPCA behavior helpline
  • Free educational booklet on dog care and training
  • Adoption counseling
  • Microchip

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

Adoption Fees For Small Animals 

varies by species

 

VCA Animal Hospitals 14-DAY HEALTH CERTIFICATE COVERAGE

 

In order to receive your 14-day coverage, you must visit a VCA Animal Hospital within the first fourteen days after adoption. It is your responsibility to set up an appointment with a designated VCA Animal Hospital 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 14 days after the adoption of your pet.

As a part of our partnership, VCA provides complementary treatment for some common diseases and conditions to get your pet started on the right foot. A list of these diseases and conditions is provided upon adoption.  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.