Adoptions

Adopting from the Houston SPCA is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Adoptions are by appointment only from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, seven days a week.

Step 1 - Watch this video to help expedite your personal adoption process.

Step 2 – Click here to schedule an appointment. Adoptions are being booked one week out, new appointments for the week are opened on Wednesday evening. Please check back frequently for appointment openings. If you know which animal you would like to adopt or would like to take advantage of an adoption promotion and there are no available appointments, please fill out an inquiry form HERE, and someone will get back with you as soon as possible. Tele adoptions are by phone; please do not come to campus for your appointment.

Step 3 – See our available animals and while you wait for your appointment, read these documents.

The Houston SPCA is now offering tele-adoptions or virtual adoptions!

Click here to schedule an appointment. Adoptions are being booked one week out, new appointments for the week are opened on Wednesday evening. Please check back frequently for appointment openings. If you know which animal you would like to adopt or would like to take advantage of an adoption promotion and there are no available appointments, please fill out an inquiry form HERE, and someone will get back with you as soon as possible. Tele adoptions are by phone; please do not come to campus for your appointment.

What are tele- or virtual adoptions? An adoptions counselor will contact you by phone on the designated date and time, discuss your questionnaire, learn more about what you’re looking for, and review the adoption process. Please do not come to the campus for your appointment. If you are interested in welcoming one of our pets into your home, the adoptions counselor will take your adoption fee over the phone and coordinate an appointment to pick-up of your new family member. Animals will not be placed on hold before your appointment.

If I’m speaking to an adoptions counselor, why do I have to fill out the questionnaire? The questionnaire helps guide our adoptions counselors when looking at the animals in our care and your preferences. They want to be ready to talk about what pet may work for you on your call!

I can’t get an appointment for several days, will you hold a specific pet for me until then? We believe (and we’re sure you do, too!) that every animal deserves to be in a home as quickly as possible, and holding one on our campus is not in the pet’s best interest. Please know that we see a large number of animals coming through our doors every day, and our animal population is continually changing. If an individual pet piques your interest, but your appointment is not for a few days, make a note of what you liked about that animal and be sure to review your list with your adoptions counselor.

Why are the available appointments several days away? Tele-adoptions is a new process for us, and it takes time, so we ask for your patience. Please be assured that during your consultation, you will have one on one time with an adoptions counselor who is committed to pairing you with your ideal companion for your family.

Where are the pictures of adoptable pets? See pictures and video of our adoptable pets.

Do I get to meet the pet before I decide to adopt? Because of social distancing, meet and greets before adoption are not possible. You can see pictures and look at videos that capture their personalities.

Since I can’t meet the pet, what happens if it is not the right fit for my family and me? Sometimes things don’t work out, and we understand. We will gladly rehome the pet if he/she is not a fit for you and your family. We only ask that you share what you’ve learned about the pet, so we can better match them with a new family in the future. You won’t receive a refund, but you will have six months to adopt another pet, who is a better match, at no additional fee.

Our expert adoptions counselors are here to help!

If you are interested in adopting a horse or a farm animal, please fill out the Equine Adoption Application or Farm Animal Adoption Application and a team member will reach out to set up an appointment to visit our campus. Please note, an appointment is required to visit our adoptable horses and farm animals.
What Do I Need To Know?
To Adopt An Animal In our Care:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Bring current photo identification
  • Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in your household—we encourage you to bring the entire family!
  • Bring a credit card or cash to pay for the adoption fee. This fee helps support our lifesaving mission, as the Houston SPCA operates on 100% donations.
  • Please watch this video and review these adoption documents before your appointment.
Your New Pet Comes With A Special Package.
Animals come into our care in a variety of ways including cruelty investigations and our 24-hour rescue ambulance, so there can be a significant cost to prepare an animal for adoption. Pets adopted from the Houston SPCA receive the following inclusive Adoption Package valued at over $400:
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Microchip with Lifetime Registration
  • Age-appropriate Vaccinations
  • Free Wellness Exam at VCA Animal Hospital
  • Hill’s Science Diet Pet Food for Cats or Dogs
  • Treatment for Heartworm-Positive Dogs

Adoption fees vary according to the animals’ type, size and age.

  • FELINES
    Cats $25
    Kittens $75
    Seniors (6 years and older) $15
  • SMALL BREED DOGS
    Dogs $95
    Puppies and Purebreds $195
    Seniors (8 years and older) $45
  • SMALL PETS
    Rabbits $20
    Guinea Pigs $15
    Small Rodents $5
    Ferrets $75
    Chinchillas $95
    Parakeets $10
    Pigeons and Doves $5
  • Horses and Other Farm Animals
    Equine and farm animal adoption fees vary by species based on age, overall health and level of training. Please fill out either an Equine Adoption Application or Farm Animal Adoption Application and our team will contact you!
  • LARGE BREED DOGS
    Dogs $55
    Puppies and Purebreds $95
    Seniors (6 years and older) $25

What do you get with every adoption?

  • A new family member who can provide a lifetime of unconditional love
  • A health evaluation, age-appropriate vaccinations and rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs three months and older
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Deworming
  • Heartworm testing for dogs six months of age and older
  • One adoption gift courtesy of Hill’s Science Diet
  • A complimentary overall wellness examination from a VCA Animal Hospital
  • A HomeAgain microchip with free lifetime registration
SENIOR DISCOUNT

Seniors age 65 and older will receive a 20% discount on all services, not to be combined with other promotions.

Golden Paws

The Houston SPCA has animals of all sizes, breeds, colors and ages who need permanent, loving homes, including senior animals who are six years of age and older. We affectionately call them Golden Paws, and often find them to be quite loyal, affectionate, require moderate exercise and are usually settled in their behavior. Remember, age is just a number!
  • A health evaluation, age-appropriate vaccinations and rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs three months and older
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Deworming
  • Heartworm testing for dogs six months of age and older
  • One adoption gift courtesy of Hill’s Science Diet
  • A complimentary overall wellness examination from a VCA Animal Hospital
  • A HomeAgain microchip with free lifetime registration