Adopting Your New Best Friend
Each year over 5,000 animals come to SJRAS. Our goal is to match people with pets that will be the best fit with their home. We encourage you to visit our adoptable animals everyday during business hours. At any given time we can have up to 80 dogs and 150 cats available for adoption, in addition to various other animals such as rabbits, pocket pets, barnyard pets and reptiles. If you don’t happen to see the pet you are looking for today we hope that you will return regularly to see the newest additions to our adoption rooms. With the number of animals that enter our doors we’re sure to be able to find you just the pet you are looking for – it’s only a matter of time.
Because we are an open admission shelter, and take in ANY animal that needs a safe haven, the specific animals that are available at any given time will vary. Our adoptable animals listed on this website are updated as often as possible, but we cannot guarantee that a pet will be available for adoption when you visit. With kennel space always at issue, we are unable to hold an animal for you. If a qualified home is available, we need to move the animal along into that home so that we have the space available to help the next one walking in the door. Our adoptable animals are photographed by volunteers, and so not every animal in the facility is listed here on the website as soon as it is available. We encourage you to keep an eye on our pet list, but visiting us in person can also be an advantage when you are seeking a specific animal.
How Does the Adoption Process Work?
We believe in an open, friendly adoption process. While adoption can seem daunting, our goal is the find you the pet you want with the least amount of hurdles to jump through. We also strive to match pets needs with adopters wishes so that fewer pets are returned. Under normal conditions the process is:
Visit us online or in person to see the animals available for adoption.
If you see a pet that you like:
Online, complete the adoption questionnaire & submit. Then make plans to visit the shelter in person.
In person, complete the adoption questionnaire & ask staff to meet the pet.
If the animal was surrendered to us, we will generally have a personality profile completed by the former owner that will detail the pets past experience – you will be able to review this information to assist you in your adoption decision. If the pet came to us as a stray, staff can tell you what they’ve learned about the animal during its time with us. At times, this is a very small amount of information.
We recommend that you have the entire household meet the pet – sometimes animals react differently to certain members of the family, and this is important information to have when considering a pet that will best fit into your home.
Usually, if a dog is going into a home with another dog, they will need to meet each other prior to adoption to ensure that they will be able to learn to co-exist in your home.
Finish the process by having a conversation with our adoption staff. They can outline the timeframe to complete your adoption. Sometimes pets are ready to leave the building once the paperwork is complete. Other pets, if strays, may still be on mandatory hold time, giving their owner the time legally required to locate & claim the animal.
If the pet is not yet spayed or neutered, he or she will have to be fixed prior to adoption.
Animals in our care do not have a set amount of time to find a home. We will strive to find new homes for the animal as long as the shelter has room, and as long as they stay healthy & friendly. We make a tremendous effort to place animals in responsible, loving homes.
- We will not adopt a pet to anyone under the age of 18.
- We will not adopt to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- We reserve the right not to place a pet in a home based on the information we have or if we feel the pet is not a match for the person's lifestyle.
What are the Adoption Fees?