How do I adopt a pet?
We suggest that you first stop at the shelter adoption center. Trained adoption staff and volunteers will help you in making the perfect match.
What do I need to bring in order to adopt?
In order to be considered as an adopter:
How much does it cost to adopt?
Puppies/Small Dogs in the Spot Peabody Room - $195
Purebred Dogs - $195
Large Dogs - $95
Kittens - $95
Rabbits - $30.00
Guinea Pigs- $15.00
Small Rodents- $3.00
Finches (common)- $5.00
For dogs and cats, your adoption fee includes:
What if I don't see an animal I like?
Don't give up. We get new pets in all the time, and you're bound to find that perfect match.
What about spaying and neutering?
The Houston SPCA is working hard to prevent pet overpopulation. Last year we received more than 16,000 cats, dogs and other animals. Cats and dogs must be spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter.
Why do I want a pet?
Make sure that you and your family are prepared to make a serious, lifetime commitment to the animal you choose. Remember, this commitment may last 15 years or more.
What kind of lifestyle do I lead?
Do you travel frequently, or work late hours? Companion animals require constant care and cannot be ignored. Many animals require exercise and outdoor activity. Can you make the time to provide for the health of your new pet? Do you have the patience to deal with raising a kitten or puppy?
Can I afford a pet?
Owning a pet requires a financial investment as well as an emotional one. Your pet will need food, annual vaccinations, toys, grooming supplies, regular veterinary treatment, flea & tick prevention, and much more. You also need to consider the expenses if your pet gets sick. The total annual cost for your pet may be more than $500 per year!
Does everyone in my household agree with adopting a pet?
Bringing a companion animal into your home requires the commitment and cooperation of the entire family. The Houston SPCA discourages the practice of "surprising" someone with the gift of a living creature. Remember, too, that children should not be considered the primary care-giver for the pet. Ultimately, it is the parent or adult guardian who must be responsible for the well-being of the animal.
Am I prepared to deal with potential behavior problems?
Housetraining, barking, digging, scratching on furniture, litterbox "accidents", spraying, and general misbehaving are just a few of the problems you might encounter. Are you patient enough, and willing to take the time to train your new companion to be a good pet citizen? The Houston SPCA strongly recommends professional training to prevent and correct behavioral problems. Are you able to afford this type of financial, emotional, and time commitment?