SPCA of Northern Nevada believes in an open, conversation-based adoption process that carefully matches the lifestyle and expectations of adopters with the personalities and needs of our homeless pets. This approach gives adopted pets and their adopters the greatest chance for a successful, loving life together!

This Adopters Welcome approach embraces all community members, encourages them to adopt, and helps them and their pets succeed. It also acknowledges the connection among all local adoption agencies and the impact adoptions, or lack thereof, can have on all of the animals in a community. For more information on the benefits of an open adoption process, click here.

Three Basic Steps To

Pet Adoption

1) Meet our adoptable pets!
Loving matches take time! Please plan on 1-2 hours for the whole adoption process.

2) Meet our dedicated matchmakers!
Our matchmakers will share what we know about the pet and are trained to make the best matches for our pets and for you. We learn about your household, lifestyle, and expectations to help ensure a successful match. If necessary, our medical heroes will provide a medical consultation too.

3) Complete the adoption and bring your new love home!
You’ll review the adoption contract, medical record, etc. We can also answer any questions you may have about bringing your pet home, introducing it lovingly to your family, and provide additional resources. You’re now part of our SPCA family, so call our Pet Help Line with any questions!

Adopt a Pet

We are currently conducting adoptions by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment to meet our pets by clicking below.

Make an Appointment

Successful matches take time


Please plan on allowing adequate time to be matched with a pet, have relevant conversations with our adoption counselors, and complete all necessary paperwork. This can take 1-2 hours.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must complete an adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.
  • You must show a picture ID with a current address. (If this isn’t available, then we’ll accept a picture ID with a current utility bill).
  • A conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs and children is required for some dogs.

Adoption Support

We are here to help you enjoy life with your adopted pet!

Pet Help Line: 775.324.7773, 200

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Post-Adoption Retention Program

ALL dogs adopted from the SPCA of Northern Nevada receive 15% off all training classes and services at Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary! Additionally, some pre-selected dogs qualify for specialty training at CRCS paid for by SPCA-NN.

We encourage all adopters to take advantage of these services. Training builds a strong human-dog bond, and sets you both up for success!

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Adoption Prices

Thank you for considering adoption. Each animal we rescue and bring to the SPCA of Northern Nevada costs more than $430 to save. Below are our adoption fees, which are used to help rescue more animals.

Please note that the adoption fees are suggested minimums, but if you would like to donate more during the adoption process, you can help save more lives.

Less than 6 months

Young
  • $200 Puppy
  • $75 Kitten

Over 7 years

Senior
  • $40 Dog
  • $20 Cat

Military service discount* – 25% off for active and non/active duty.
Military ID must be presented. 

Senior discount* – 25% off for ages 60+.

*Discounts are not applicable to kittens/puppies.

Potential Adoptions (PA)

People who are interested in adopting a pet that is not yet available may fill out the PA hold form.

  • A PA can only be placed in person after you’ve met the pet. We cannot place a PA on a pet via a phone call, email, or other means of electronic communication.
  • Only one PA name will be placed per animal, and a family may only place their name on one dog at a time (multiple cats or kittens is okay).
  • We are not able to put a PA on a pet under 2 pounds or 2 months of age.
  • Please note that dogs and puppies are not eligible for PA until they have had a behavioral assessment. (Pets returned for aggression of any kind are not eligible for this process.)
  • If you are called about adopting the animal, you will need to return to the adoption center to complete the adoption paperwork that same day.
  • Standard adoption criteria and fees apply.
  • PA’s will not be placed for people who are not a good match for the pet based on the behavioral assessment.
  • If the animal is too young to be altered it will need to go out to foster. If this is the case, please understand that the foster will have first choice of adopting.
  • PA’s will not be placed for people who are indecisive because we need to give each pet their best chance at finding a loving home quickly.
  • No adoption guarantee is expressed or implied.
Potential Adoption Form