Adoption Process

RANCHO COASTAL HUMANE SOCIETY (RCHS) IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR ADOPTIONS

EVERY FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY, FROM 11:00 AM TO 2:00 PM. 

FACE MASKS NO LONGER ARE REQUIRED IF YOU HAVE BEEN VACCINATED.

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR CUSTOMERS, VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF, WE ASK THAT ALL UNVACCINATED PERSONS

ENTERING OUR SHELTER CONTINUE TO WEAR THEIR MASKS.

YOUR COOPERATION HELPS US TO STAY OPEN FOR ADOPTIONS.

First, take a look at our available animals. When one catches your eye, check the color category assigned. Animals are assigned color categories using any previous owner notes, general handling as well as staff and volunteer observations. 

If you feel like one could be a good fit, please download and fill out a Dog Adoption Survey, Cat Adoption Survey, or Rabbit Adoption Survey.

Please send your completed adoption survey to Adoptions@sdpets.org.

Some animals that appear on the website have been in foster care. Although it doesn’t happen often, foster families sometimes fall in love with their foster animals and want to adopt. RCHS fosters have priority when it comes to adopting animals they have hosted in their homes. On occasion, you may see an animal on our website which is adopted shortly after being available.

WALKING THROUGH THE SHELTER

CATS

  • There could be some delay in entering the Cattery. You’ll be able to watch our cats through the windows and read their profiles in the binders provided.
  • Our color-coding system that corresponds to each animal will give you an idea of that animal’s needs and temperament.
  • If you are interested in meeting with an adoption counselor to discuss a cat or kitten adoption, you’ll be directed to our Front Office to sign up.
  • We will continue to provide potential cat adopters with the option of completing the counseling and adoption process over the telephone. We understand many adopters like to meet a cat prior to adoption, which we welcome; however, given the possibility of an extended wait time at the shelter, RCHS is providing this alternative. Curbside pickup of a new cat whom you have not met will be scheduled by the Front Office.

DOGS

  • You’ll be able to walk through our outdoor kennel areas to view our dogs and puppies.
  • Our color-coding system that corresponds to each animal will give you an idea of that animal’s needs and temperament.
  • If you are interested in meeting with an adoption counselor to discuss a dog adoption and learn more about a particular dog, you’ll be directed to the Front Office to sign

RABBITS

  • Visitors will go directly to the Front Office to be signed up to meet with an adoption counselor.

 

WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE SHELTER

  • You’ll be asked to fill out a Dog, Cat or Rabbit Survey.
    • If you have interest in more than one animal type, you’ll fill out an appropriate survey for each animal type (cat, dog or rabbit).
  • A handwashing station is available for your convenience.
  • Visitors will be admitted based upon family units. Please do your best to stay together and separate from other visitors.

 

FINDING YOUR “FUREVER” FRIEND

A customized adoption takes time. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Your counselor will invite you to participate in an interaction with an appropriate animal, and you may be asked to return with additional household members or a resident dog to test compatibility. Written landlord approval may be required.  Follow-up appointments may be necessary, and some dog adoptions may require a behavioral consultation before going home.

We continue to respond to our shelter partners and the community, bringing new animals onsite on a weekly basis, so don’t give up!  Please check the website daily of updates on adoptable animals and recent adoptions.  Adoption surveys will be kept on file for six (6) months.  Please come back to the shelter as soon as a new animal interests you.

PLEASE NOTE:  MODIFICATIONS TO HOURS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MAY OCCUR FREQUENTLY IN RESPONSE TO PANDEMIC UPDATES. PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATES DURING YOUR  SEARCH FOR A NEW FAMILY MEMBER.

Adoption Fees

Dogs $145
Puppies $195 +$50 (training deposit)
Cats $100
Kittens $125
Rabbits $40
Senior Pets (7+) $75
RCHS Favorites $75

The adoption fee includes:

  • Up to date on vaccinations
  • Spay or Neuter
  • Deworming medication
  • Flea control medication
  • Microchip and registration

These items purchased through a veterinarian would cost more than $250!

Special Fee Programs

Ask your adoption counselor about these special fee programs.

  • Better with a Buddy – Adopt one cat, kitten, or dog and get the second one (within a year) for just $25. Does not apply to puppies.
  • Two Purr One – Adopt two kittens together (within two weeks) and pay for just one.
  • Senior-to-Senior – Any senior (60+) adopting a senior animal (7+) will have the adoption fee waived.
  • Pets for Patriots – Fees waived for San Diego veterans. To qualify, please apply before visiting the shelter. CLICK HERE