How To Adopt A Pet


Our adoption policies are designed to ensure permanent, loving and safe homes for the animals entrusted to our care. The lifelong well-being of each and every animal is our primary concern.


Read our Adoption Policies here. | If you are interested in adopting one of our pets, first and foremost come visit us! We’re open daily for adoptions at both our Reno and Carson City locations. Remember to come in with an open mind, because even though you may want a specific age or breed, someone else may capture your heart! You’ll want to allow plenty of time to visit with the pets, then, if you find someone who will be a wonderful fit for your family, you’ll speak with an adoption counselor to begin the interview and application process. As long as everything is a good fit all the way around, you’ll take your new pet home that same day! We work hard to pair people and pets together for a long-lasting bond, but please know that we also understand if the first pet you take home isn’t the right fit. We know that sometimes it takes time, and sometimes it may be that another animal is more suited for your lifestyle. We’re OK with that! If you have any questions or concerns during the adoption, before or after, please reach out to our adoption team while you are visiting or by phone to 775-856-2000 ext. 302.


Please note that landlord approval may be required for renters.


For dog licensing information, which would need to happen after you adopt, click here. For other information available through Washoe County Regional Animal Services, including field services and other pet-related questions, click here.


To make the adoption process more efficient, please complete the appropriate adoption application, prior to coming into the shelter.


Dog Application | PDF


Cat Application | PDF


Other Animals Application | PDF


Looking to adopt a cat or kitten? Click here. Looking to adopt a dog or puppy? Click here. For standard adoption fees, click here. Looking for a Working Cat or a Barn Cat? Click here for more information.


Just adopted a new pet? Introducing a pet to a new household? Or want to learn about general behavior? Read our Guide to Your New Cat or Guide to Your New Dog.


Protect pets from the cold weather! Here are some great cold weather tips courtesy of the Pets for Life program.


Protect pets from the hot weather! Here are some great hot weather tips courtesy of PetFinder. Live locally in Washoe County? Use their Hot Dog Poster or contact Washoe County Regional Animal Services at 775-322-DOGS!


Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs