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 | If you are interested in adopting one of our pets, please review the criteria on the policies page.


Please note that landlord approval is required for all renters and home checks will be conducted for select dogs.


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.


As the cold weather is upon us, here are some great cold weather tips courtesy of the Pets for Life program.


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