Our virtual adoption application process aims to better help you find a new furry friend from the safety and comfort of your home! 

Here is how it works: ⁣

1. Visit our homepage and choose dogs or cats. ⁣
2. Once you see a pet you love, click on their photo.⁣
3. Click on the “Apply to Adopt” button on their profile. ⁣
4. Click “Sign Up” to create an account.⁣
5. Fill out the questionnaire. This will take about 5-10 minutes. ⁣

Once you apply, you should receive an automated confirmation email from AdoPets letting you know that we have received your application. All applications are reviewed in a first-come, first-considered basis. First-considered does not guarantee an adoption because the applicant must go through our full adoption process as described below. 

Please understand that if you don’t hear from an adoption counselor, then that pet has been adopted. We are currently receiving 20-80 applications per pet and do not have the staffing needed to call every applicant. We understand not being able to get the pet you want is frustrating, but the good news is that homeless animals are spending less time in shelters!

We ask that you PLEASE read the animal description thoroughly before applying so that you are aware of all restrictions and requirements for that pet.

If a pet you applied for is adopted by someone else, then you’ll receive an automated email from AdoPets letting you know that pet is no longer available.

If your adoption is approved, there will be a processing fee of 5% of the adoption price. After the first 7 days post-adoption, all adoption fees are non-refundable. ⁣Adopters must be prepared to pick up their new pet the same day their adoption is approved–no holds.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Three Basic Steps To

Pet Adoption

1) Meet our adoptable pets!
Loving matches take time (just ask a divorce lawyer)! Please plan on 1-2 hours for the whole adoption process.

2) Meet our dedicated matchmakers!
They 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 into your home and family, and provide additional resources. You’re now part of our SPCA family too, so call our Pet Help Line with any questions!

Adopt a Pet

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 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 on average $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

  • $200 Puppy
  • $75 Kitten

Over 7 years

  • $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