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Adoption Process

Simple steps to a second chance and a forever home.

When you adopt a pet, you welcome a new family member into your home and save a life. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.

FIND YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

See all the animals available for adoption in our Find A Pet portal. Search by criteria like breed, age and size, plus see animals that fit different families and their lifestyles. The best part is looking through the adorable photos, videos and bios.

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FALL IN LOVE

Once you’ve picked an animal (or a few), come in for a meet and greet at our shelter or schedule an appointment facilitated by our skilled adoption team. Every family is unique and so is each animal. Our aim is to help you find the best match for both.

Find Your Match

TAKE YOUR NEW PET HOME

Our team will walk you through each step of your adoption, including a trial adoption if needed. You’ll need I.D., contact information and payment to take your new pal home. And, be prepared to make room in your heart and home.

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TYPES OF ANIMALS

What kind of furry friend would be great for you?

Select the type of animal you’re interested in below, and we’ll take you to all the details on the adoption process that will connect you with your new pet.

Adoption Process

Dogs & Cats

A wide variety of dogs and cats are waiting for their new homes at our shelters and in foster homes. We prepare all dogs and cats for adoption by providing the following: spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, all age-appropriate vaccinations and medical and behavioral evaluations.

Our animals are fully assessed and medically readied for their new home.

FULLY CARED FOR AND SUPPORTED.

We prepare all dogs and cats for adoption by providing the following: spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, all age-appropriate vaccinations and medical/behavioral evaluations.

Our process is transparent and aims for a perfect match.

SPCA OF TEXAS ANIMALS ARE SPECIAL. 

Many of the dogs and cats in our care come from places where they suffered from cruelty and neglect, and we spare no effort in giving them a second chance at a happy life. Our staff is transparent about each pet, where they came from, what we know about them, and what we don’t know so that you can feel confident when making your decision to adopt.

We make behavioral recommendations for animals, and in some cases, require specific home characteristics due to our commitment to ensure the happiness and safety of our adoptive families and our adoptable pets. Some of our pets may require additional medical support throughout their lives, and we aim to ensure families know everything they need to know before they adopt. 

Adoption fees and what’s included to ensure healthy, happy pets.

DOGS

Adoption Fees

  • Puppies (under six months): $150
  • Adult dogs (six months+): $75

We offer adoption specials throughout the year.
Subscribe to our email newsletter or follow us on social media to receive updates.

Included In Dog & Puppy Adoptions

  • Physical exam and health evaluation
  • Behavior assessment
  • Microchip
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • De-worming treatment
  • Rabies vaccination and tag (three months old+)
  • Distemper vaccination
  • Kennel cough (Bordetella) vaccination
  • Heartworm test (adults)
  • Heartworm preventative
  • Free heartworm treatment if needed thanks to VCA Animal Hospitals
  • Free health exam within 14 days of the adoption thanks to VCA Animal Hospitals
  • Follow-up support from SPCA of Texas
  • Starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dog Food
  • A temporary leash

CATS

Adoption Fees

  • Kittens (under six months): $150
  • Adult cats (six months+): $75

We offer adoption specials throughout the year.
Subscribe to our email newsletter or follow us on social media to receive updates.

Included In Cat & Kitten Adoptions

  • Physical exam and health evaluation
  • Behavior assessment
  • Microchip
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • De-worming treatment
  • Rabies vaccination and tag (three months old+)
  • FVRCP
  • FeLV & FIV combo test (six months old+)
  • Free health exam within 14 days of the adoption thanks to VCA Animal Hospitals
  • Follow-up support from SPCA of Texas
  • Starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet Cat Food
  • A temporary carrier

Discount for Veterans

Pets for Patriots – Member Patriot Special

If you are a Pets for Patriots member, you will receive a 15% discount on spay and neuter surgeries, wellness and preventive care and microchip services for your pets at our clinics.

Pets for Patriots members, will also receive a 50% discount on pets eligible for adoption within the Pets for Patriots program. Pets eligible for adoption in the program must meet only one of the following criteria:

  • Dog or cat, at least 2 years of age
  • Dog or cat with special needs*
  • Dog or cat homeless 6 months+
  • Dog 40+ pounds at adoption

Veterans, must be approved by Pets for Patriots prior to pet adoption.

Learn more about becoming a Pets for Patriots member today.

Adoption Process

Equine & Livestock

SPCA of Texas creates a second chance at life for horses and livestock that have been neglected, abused or surrendered. Our adoption specialists will help pair you with an animal to create a bond that will last a lifetime.

Our animals are fully assessed and medically readied for their new home.

FULLY CARED FOR AND SUPPORTED

Every animal in our care is assessed medically as well as behaviorally. For our equine companions, this also includes a training assessment that assesses each horse’s experience level so they can be paired with an owner whose skill levels match theirs.

Adoption fees and what’s included.

Our process is transparent and aims for a perfect match.

SPCA OF TEXAS ANIMALS ARE SPECIAL

Many of the horses and other livestock in our care come from places where they suffered from cruelty and neglect, and we spare no effort in giving them a second chance at a happy life. Our staff is transparent about each animal, where they came from, what we know about them, and what we don’t know so that you can feel confident when making your decision to adopt. 

After completing an application in our Find A Pet portal, our team will email to schedule an appointment to meet the animal(s) you want to meet in person. We offer adopters the chance to ride any horse they are interested in as well. Animals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once paired with their animal, we schedule pick-up or drop-off. Drop-offs are $50 per hour.

Adoption fees and what’s included.

ADOPTION FEES

Fees range from $300 up to $1,000 depending on the animal’s age, training level and overall health. A delivery of your adopted animal at your location can be scheduled for $50/hour.

INCLUDED 

  • Physical exam by a veterinarian
  • Training and behavior assessment
  • Microchip implantation and registration
  • Dewormer
  • Vaccines
  • Dental float
  • Hoof trim
  • Up-to-date negative Coggins
  • Castration (if applicable)

Have questions?

CONTACT US

SPCA of Texas Equine & Livestock Department
972-310-3744
livestock@spca.org

Adoption Process

Small Mammals

From time to time, our Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit will rescue small mammals like rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and more. Adoption fees and included services and items vary based on the type of animal type. But every small animal is a big opportunity to open your heart to a special friend.

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Adoption Process

Working Cats

Some cats are not interested in being pets but make great workers, keeping pests away from your business, barn or residence. Through our Working Cats program, you can provide a home to a cat who will in turn literally keep the mice away. There’s no adoption fee, and all you have to do is provide food, water and shelter.

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THE FINE PRINT

The SPCA of Texas completes rigorous medical and behavioral testing on every animal in our care. The organization fully discloses all known medical and/or behavioral conditions, including any incidents of biting or violent behavior toward a human, to all adopters and fosters.

Despite the rigorous testing our veterinary and behavioral professionals conduct throughout every animal’s stay in our facilities, other new and/or unknown medical and/or behavioral conditions may manifest in any animal at any time.

By adopting or fostering an animal from the SPCA of Texas, adopters and fosters acknowledge at the time of adoption or fostering that they may receive an animal with an undetected medical and/or behavioral condition and/or that a new medical and/or behavioral condition may appear at any time in the future. Any pet adopted from the SPCA of Texas can be returned to us at any time for any reason at no cost.