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 recommended for most and 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

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