Adoption Policies & Procedures

The Central California SPCA is an open admission animal care center and we receive animals from individuals who are no longer able to care for their pets as well as animals that are found or abandoned. We are searching for individuals who are willing to offer a loving, permanent home for these animals. Before you decide to own a pet, please take time to consider carefully the time and money required to owning a pet for a lifetime.


* You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt an animal.
* A current photo ID (driver’s license or state ID card) is required to process an adoption.
* All dogs, puppies, cats, and kitten are spayed/neutered before they are sent home with the owner.
* All dogs and puppies over the age of 4 months are required to be vaccinated for rabies. If you live within our jurisdiction, you have paid for your license with the adoption of your dog.
* To provide permanent identification, all dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens receive a microchip implant.
* Sheltered, homeless animals are not always perfect in every way. They may need extra time to adjust or have unforeseen behavioral or medical issues. While we strive for successful placement by providing as healthy, well-socialized animals as possible, we can only provide history in which we have received, collected, or observed from staff or volunteers during their stay.
* If your new pet becomes ill within fourteen (14) days of adoption, your pet is entitled to a free examination at the George Whittell Hospital located at the Central California SPCA. If a medical concern is suspected, please contact the Hospital at (559) 237-1125 immediately for an appointment. Please note: The Central California SPCA is unable to reimburse adopters or veterinarians for post-adoption medical expenses. Adopters assume full responsibility for the pet’s care.
* If at any time you can no longer care for your pet and cannot find a suitable home, we ask that you return the pet to the Central California SPCA. Owner Relinquish Fee of $10  will apply.
* The Central California SPCA reserves the right to refuse any adoption.

You are welcome to visit the animal care center any time during our regular adoption hours to view the animals that are available for adoption. We have hundreds of animals available for adoption on any given day. New animals are put in the adoption areas daily. If you are looking for a particular type or breed of animal, please check this website often or call the adoption desk to see what’s available.