Adoption Program FAQs

picture of catsWe hope you find the perfect pet at Antioch Animal Services. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about the Adoption process:

May I see the pet out of its cage?
Yes! We encourage you to get acquainted before deciding to adopt. Please ask an Animal Services volunteer or staff member to assist you. If you are considering a dog and have one at home, it may be a good idea to bring your pet down to meet the new pet before making a final decision.

Can I take my new pet home today?
In accordance with California State Law, all pets must be spayed (females) or neutered (males) before going to a new home. If you choose a mature pet that has already been spayed or neutered, it can go home with you today! If surgery is needed, it will be done on the next business day, and your pet will generally be ready to go home that afternoon. Example: Most pets adopted on Saturday will have surgery on Monday and be ready to go home on Monday afternoon.

I would like to adopt, but can you hold my new pet for a few days before I pick it up?
Unfortunately, no. This is not possible due to the limited space for the number of animals ready for adoption.

Do the animals need vaccinations?
All cats will receive the FVRCP vaccination before they leave (the cost is $18). All dogs will receive a DHPP and Bordetella, at $18.00 each. Cats and dogs over the age of four (4) months may have also been vaccinated against rabies (the cost is $18.00.)

Are other vaccinations needed?
Please consult with your own Veterinarian for more information.

How much does it cost to adopt:
There is a $18.00 adoption fee for cats and dogs. In addition to this fee, you will also be required to pay all vaccinations and microchip fees. California State Law requires that all cats and dogs be spayed or neutered before adoption. If the animal you are interested in has not been spayed or neutered, the animal will be transferred to a local Antioch Veterinarian for surgery prior to going home with you.

You will be required to pay any additional charges to have the dog spayed or neutered at the Veterinarian.

Cats: $18.00 adoption fee, $18.00 FVRCP vaccination fee, $18.00 Rabies vaccination fee (if the cat is over 4 months old), $23.00 microchip fee/City of Antioch residents, $28.00 non residents. There will be an additional charge at the Veterinarian for the cost of the spay or neutering if it is necessary. (Office staff will go over these fees with you.)

Dogs: $18.00 adoption fee, $18.00 DHPP vaccination fee, $18.00 Bordetella vaccination fee, $18.00 Rabies vaccination fee (if the dog is over 4 months old), $24.00 microchip fee/City of Antioch residents, $29.00 non-residents. If the adopter is a City of Antioch resident, they will also be required to purchase a 1 year dog license for $19.00. There will be an additional charge at the Veterinarian for the cost of the spay or neutering if it is necessary. (Office staff will go over these fees with you.)

Rabbits: $13.00 adoption fee.

Hamsters, other small animals: $7.00 adoption fee.

For more information contact Antioch Animal Services at 925-779-6989.