Adoption Process

Click on the links below to download and print pre-adoption & landlord permission forms here:

Dog & Cat Pre Adoption Form  
Barn Buddy Pre-adoption form

Landlord Permission form

Ready to adopt a new family member? Follow these three steps.

Step 1

Choosing a pet

Please feel free to enter the adoption areas during adoption hours. Take your time choosing your new pet. The pet's gender, age and type can be found on the sheets attached to the clipboard outside the kennel. Please always pay close attention to instructions on signage and use the provided hand sanitizer to reduce the potential for spreading disease from pet to pet. Speak softly to the pets and avoid sudden movements. Our pets are already under a lot of stress and you want to see them at their best.

Step 2

Meet with our adoption counsellors

Once you have seen some of the pets available for adoption, our animal care attendants will be able to give you some background information on the pets you are interested in and can assist you in finding the pet that best suits your lifestyle.

Step 3

Making the application

Once you have decided on a pet, our adoption counsellors will assist you with the adoption process. You will be asked to first complete a query form (we have provided the forms for you to complete at home and bring along with you if you wish). Take your time, answering each question completely and honestly. If you do not understand a question, please ask one of our staff for assistance.  This form allows us to better understand your experience and knowledge,  it is not a test, there are no wrong answers.

As soon as you have completed the form, our adoption counsellors will review and discuss your responses to the questions with you.  This gives us all a chance to ensure we are on the same page for both the animal and your family.

After the application form questions have been assessed and approved, you will be required to put a mandatory 24 hour hold on the animal, for a cost of $75.00 which will go toward the adoption fee, before completing the adoption process. If after the 24 hour hold you decide that you do not want to adopt, the $75.00 will be considered as a general donation.

After the 24 hours you may come and complete the rest of the adoption process with an adoption counsellor. Your pet will then be microchipped, where a microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is implanted under the pet's skin to provide permanent pet identification. The implant is safe and painless.

Please Note: Applicants should allow for some time to complete the entire process.  In some cases we may request more than one meeting or visit with your chosen animal before approving the adoption.  All dog adoptions require a minimum of one meeting with all family members/other home occupants and any other dogs residing in the adoptive home to ensure compatibility.  Please Remember: WE WANT THIS TO BE A SUCCESS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHOSEN PET.

Basic requirements

All individuals who will reside with, or will be in frequent contact with the adopted pet will need to come down to our facility to meet the pet before the adoption process can commence.

If you currently have dogs in your home, we require you to bring them to the adoption interview so we can conduct a "meet and greet." This process ensures your new pet will adapt successfully in your home. Please note that this is for dogs only. Cats are not required to be brought into our facility for a "meet and greet."

Adoption Hours

Monday:          CLOSED  
Tuesday :        10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Wednesday:   10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Thursday:       10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday:            10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:       10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Sunday:          CLOSED 



Are you ready? Things you should ask yourself before you adopt

The Cost to Adopt... Our Fees

We are frequently asked the following questions:

“Why do you charge a fee for adopting a dog or cat?”

“Isn’t an adoptive family doing a great thing by making one of these animals part of their family?”

“If you really cared about finding them a good home, you would charge less or give them away.”

“Why not free to a good home?”

Taking care of animals the right way in our shelter is a very expensive undertaking. We depend primarily on public donations to fund our shelter, and despite operating as lean as possible with minimal staff, our budgeted expenditures exceed 1 million each year. 

Preparing your adoptable pet for its new home costs a great deal more than the adoption fee. Grants and additional donations help us to operate without having to pass on those costs to the adopter. In this case, “money can buy happiness.”


Altered Adult $225

Altered Kitten $275


Altered Adult $475

Altered Puppy $575

Note:  From time to time we run adoption specials for senior pets or pets that have had a longer term stay in shelter.  If you have any questions regarding adoption fees, please do not hesitate to check with us.


Altered $75

Most rabbits are unaltered when surrendered to CA Humane, we will spay/neuter before adoption. This is a significant cost saving to you.

Guinea pig, gerbils, mice

$10 - $25 + alter cost

Adoptions may include some supplies if available.  Please speak to our Animal Care Department for more details.


Cat & Dog Adoption prices include:

  • Initial Vaccinations & De-Worming
  • Complete Health Examination
  • Any procedures required for the health and wellness of the animal. (Dental, treatments etc.)
  • Microchip Implant (pet identification device)
  • Spay/neuter
  • Complimentary Vet Exam within 3 weeks of adoption
  • Initial de-worming
  • Some medications (if necessary)
  • Up to five (5) weeks of Royal Canin food

We feed our pets Royal Canin!


Royal Canin now has ship to home service at no extra change.  If you choose to continue to feed your pet Royal Canin, you will receive discounts through CA Humane’s adoption program AND 10% of each purchase will come back to CA Humane to support our animals in care!