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Adoption FAQS

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Published on November 15, 2016. Last modified on April 04, 2017

Thinking of Adopting a Pet?

Before you do, ask yourself the following questions to make sure you’re ready for the commitment.

General Questions

  • Are you able to have pets at your current residence?
  • Does anyone in the family have allergies?
  • Do your current pets, if any, get along with other animals
  • What happened to the last pet you had?
  • How long do you expect to keep this pet?
  • If you had to move, what would you do with this pet?
  • When you go on vacation, what will you do with this pet?

Girl with kittenInterested in Adopting a Cat?

  • Who will be responsible for caring for the cat, realistically
  • Where will the cat stay during the day?
  • When will the cat go outside?
  • Where will the cat be at night?
  • How will your keep the cat from scratching furniture?
  • How will your other cats adjust to a new addition to the family?

Interested in adopting a Dog?

  • Who will be responsible for caring for the dog, realistically?
  • Where will the dog stay during the day? Is someone home during the day?
  • Where will the dog sleep at night?
  • Where will the dog be in bad weather?
  • If the dog is not house broken how will you train it?
  • Do you know how to crate train?
  • Do you plan to obedience train this dog?
  • If this dog develops behavior problems (chewing, etc.), what measures would you take?
  • If this puppy gets larger than expected, what would you do?
  • How will your other dogs adjust to a new addition to the family?

We have many outstanding animals available for adoption. If you are looking for a new friend, please come visit us!

Search For Pets (Adoptable and Lost & Found)

Total Adoption Prices – these are regular fees; check to see if any specials apply this month at your local shelter.

Dogs  -   $ 145  


Admin. Adoption Fee    
Spay/Neuter Surgery
1st Vaccine Series
Free Microchip now included

1-Year License (if applicable)   

Cats-   $ 80  


Admin. Adoption Fee    
Spay/Neuter Surgery
1st Vaccine Series
Free Microchip now included

Cat Carrier

Application Forms

For more information on any of these topics, please contact Animal Services staff at 831-769-8850

When You Want To Adopt
Monterey County Animal Services offers many of the wonderful animals it receives up for adoption.  An animal can be available for adoption once it has gone through the stray period unclaimed and appears to be in sound medical health and good temperament.

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