We hope you find the perfect pet at Antioch Animal Services. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about the Adoption process:
Yes! We encourage you to get acquainted before deciding to adopt. You may visit the Animal Shelter during regular business hours, or you can call to schedule an appointment to visit with a pet in the shelter. If you have another dog at home, it is recommended to bring your pet down to meet the new pet before making a final decision.
In accordance with California State Law, all pets must be spayed (females) or neutered (males) before going to a new home. We now have a staff Veterinarian who performs spay/neuter surgeries at the shelter, and many pets will be already altered before we offer them for adoption. If you choose a pet that has already been spayed or neutered, it can go home with you today! If surgery is needed, it will be scheduled for the next available surgery date, and your pet will generally be ready to go home the afternoon of surgery.
Example: A adopted on Saturday will have surgery on Monday or Wednesday, and will be ready to go home in the afternoon on that day.
Some pets with special needs may need to be surgically altered at an off-site veterinarian. Scheduling of off-site spay/neuter will occur as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, no. This is not possible due to the limited space for the number of animals ready for adoption.
All cats will receive an FVRCP vaccination before they leave. All dogs will receive DHPP and Bordetella vaccinations. Cats and dogs over the age of four (4) months may have also been vaccinated against rabies. The adoption fee will cover all fees for vaccinations performed at the shelter.
Puppies and Kittens need continued booster vaccinations of their core vaccines until they are approximately 4 months of age. There are also other, non-core vaccines that may be needed depending on your pet’s lifestyle. Please consult with your own Veterinarian for more information.
Cats: $90.00 adoption fee – This fee includes having the cat surgically altered at the animal shelter, the FVRCP vaccination fee, Rabies vaccination fee (if the cat is over 4 months old), and the microchip fee. There will be an additional charge at the Veterinarian for the cost of the spay/neuter if it is necessary to send the animal outside the shelter for the surgery.
Dogs: $125.00 adoption fee – This fee includes having the dog surgically altered at the animal shelter, the DHPP vaccination fee, the Bordetella vaccination fee, the Rabies vaccination fee (if the dog is over 4 months old), and the microchip fee. There will be an additional charge at the Veterinarian for the cost of the spay/neuter if it is necessary to send the animal outside the shelter for the surgery. Additionally, if the adopter is a City of Antioch resident, they will also be required to purchase a 1-year dog license for $20.00.
Rabbits: $16.00 adoption fee.
Hamsters, other small animals: $7.00 adoption fee.
For more information about pet adoption, contact Antioch Animal Services at 925-779-6989.