How to Adopt

Our goal and mission at the SPCA of Texas is to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

We hope you’ll visit our adoptable pets online and then visit them in person at one of our locations. Our staff is ready to help you make a love match. We’re ready to help you find the pet of your dreams!

Our adoption fees

Dogs

How much does it cost to adopt a dog?

  • Puppies 0-6 months: $250
  • Adult dogs 6 months or older: $125
  • VIP dogs: $50
  • Senior dogs 7 years and older: $50

What is included in the adoption?

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • 30 Days Pet Health Insurance provided by PetHealth
  • Physical exam
  • Health evaluation
  • Behavior assessment
  • Distemper vaccination
  • Kennel cough (Bordetella) vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination (if at least 4 months old)
  • A rabies tag
  • Starter bag of Hill's Science Diet Dog Food
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • Heartworm test (adults)
  • Heartworm preventative (puppies & adults)
  • Free heartworm treatment for all heartworm positive dogs thanks to our partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals
  • De-worming treatment
  • Microchip
  • Follow-up support
  • Free health examination within fourteen days of the adoption thanks to our partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals
  • A temporary leash
  • A microchip

Cats

How much does it cost to adopt a cat?

  • Kittens: $125
  • Cats: Name your own price and also two for one

What is included in the adoption?

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • 30 Days Pet Health Insurance provided by PetHealth
  • Physical exam
  • Health evaluation
  • Behavior assessment
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis, Caleci and Pan-Leukopenia vaccination as appropriate
  • Kennel cough (Bordetella) vaccination
  • Rabies Vaccinaiton (if at least 4 months old)
  • A rabies tag
  • Starter bag of Hill's Science Diet Cat Food
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • De-worming treatment
  • Microchip
  • Follow-up support
  • Free health examination within fourteen days of the adoption thanks to our partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals
  • A temporary carrier
  • A microchip

Variable Pricing

Our shelters are managed intake shelters, and as such, do not euthanize for lack of space and there are no time limits on how long happy, healthy pets stay in our shelters. The average stay for adoptable pets at the SPCA of Texas is about two weeks. However, some pets have special needs or simply do not find homes as quickly as others and require much more extensive care, which can be costly.

It costs the SPCA of Texas about $500 to take in, care for, medically treat as needed and find homes for each animal that comes through our doors from the day they come to us until the day they’re adopted.

Because animals whose needs are more specialized or who stay at our shelters for longer before being adopted often require more resources than other more easily adoptable animals, the SPCA of Texas offers variable adoption pricing for pets based on their species, age and length of stay.

This variable pricing helps us cover a small portion of the costs associated with taking in thousands of animals each year helping pets that need more care as well as those that require very little additional treatment, rehabilitation and support before they’re ready for adoption.

 

What happens after you've chosen the pet you're ready to make a part of your family?

Once you’ve found the pet you’re ready to adopt, please leave the pet in their enclosure or kennel and bring the paperwork matching their name and animal number to an adoption specialist in a purple shirt. The adoption specialist will take you to an adoption consultant to complete the adoption.

The adoption process will take approximately 30-45 minutes and you will need a government-issued ID to complete the adoption. The adoption consultant will then take you through the adoption process by gathering all necessary information and counseling you on all information you’ll need to make a great start with your new pet.

Once you’ve signed the adoption papers, the cashier will finalize the adoption and you and your new pet will be ready to go home!

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