Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
The Humane Society of Stanislaus County is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. We are a small but growing group of people who want to see the lives of pets and the families who love them improve our community. We respect the humane/animal bond and help provide low cost spay/neuter services, pet food pantry, and education & support to pet owners in need.
Animals can be a costly venture (just as having a child is). Therefore it is vital that you consider the financial impact of becoming a pet parent. HSSC recommends that you consider purchasing a pet health insurance package, usually available through your local veterinarian.
Animals available for adoption have been evaluated on their known behavior history, as well as health and temperament. HSSC keeps all animals in its custody until they are adopted. Exceptions to this rule are as follows:
An animal who becomes unusually aggressive towards humans or other animals.
A medical condition exists, as diagnosed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, that would cause great suffering or loss of quality of life to the animal.
An animal is transferred to another agency for better opportunity for adoption.
All animals that are adopted from HSSC are micro-chipped.
All animals that are adopted from HSSC have been spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
All animals that are adopted from HSSC are current (up-to-date) with their vaccinations. The adopter may be required to continue with vaccinations, at their own expense, after adoption.
Basic Information for adoption
You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt.
You must be able to provide a valid (non-expired) photo ID.
Acceptable forms are:
State ID or Driver License
HSSC does not make immediate adoptions. All persons wishing to adopt an animal must first complete an adoption applicationThis application is then reviewed and approved by staff prior to an adoption being completed. We usually require a home visit to verify the safety and to ensure a home meets the needs of the animal being adopted.
HSSC reserves the right to refuse any adoption without explanation.
For animals that are not yet ready for adoption, you may put a $50 non-refundable hold on them.
HSSC does not refund adoption fees.
HSSC recommends DOG Training for every dog that is adopted from us. We will be happy to suggest reputable dog trainers in your locality should you request it. Additionally, we will work with you to find a CGC certified trainer should you request it.
Persons who adopt an animal are encouraged to become a member of HSSC to ensure the continued sustainability of the organization, however this is not required.
Payment for adoptions are due at the time of receipt of the animal. HSSC does not make payment arrangements for adoptions.
Adoption fees vary so please speak to a member of the staff for more information.
Ways To Pay for Adoption Fees
We are unable to accept credit card payments at this time except through Paypal.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.