Adoption Process

Our adoption process is designed to facilitate the best possible match between the adopter and the animal.  We make every possible effort to make the adoption process as simple as possible, while still ensuring that animals are placed responsibly. Adopting a pet is a life-long commitment and not one to be entered into lightly.  On the day you come to adopt, you can expect the following:

  • Complete a Meet Your Match form (to be obtained from the Front Desk).  This form helps our staff understand what type of animal you are looking for and would be the best fit for your household.
  • Participate in a Meet and Greet with all residents of the household and the pet you are interested in.  If you are looking to adopt a dog, all resident dogs must also be brought in to be introduced to the potential new pet.
  • If the Meet and Greet goes well, and all parties are happy with the interaction, the Meet and Greet will be approved by our Animal Caretaker.  If any part of the interaction does not meet the needs of all, our staff will try to help you find an animal that would be a suitable match for your household.
  • Once the Meet and Greet is approved, you will be asked to return to the queue in the Front Lobby.  Our Front Office staff will assist you in filling out the adoption contract, answer any questions you may have, and obtain payment for the adoption.
  • As required by law, all animals must be spayed or neutered before leaving the Center.  If the animal is spayed or neutered, it will go home with you the same day.  If it is not, our Office staff will schedule the animal for surgery and inform you of the date you can pick up your pet.  Should the animal have to stay at the Center after adoption, the adopters are more than welcome to come anytime during business hours to visit and interact with their new pet. 

***Please be advised that the last meet & greet with an animal starts promptly 1 hour prior to closing time (6 pm on weekdays and 5 pm on weekends). Make sure to turn in your Meet Your Match form before the cut off time.***

All Adopters:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess a valid Driver’s License or State Identification ID.
  • Either own your own home or if you rent, can provide a copy of your lease stating you can have pets (noting any size or breed restrictions).
Please Note:
  • Pets are adopted “as is” - we do NOT make any guarantees as to the health, age, and/or temperament of any pet we adopt out.
  • A pet cannot be adopted as a gift for another person.
  • ALL dogs, cats, and rabbits will be spayed or neutered at the RCACAC before they go home (exceptions can be made under certain medical conditions).
  • We retain the right to refuse an adoption to anyone.
  • Adoptions are completed in a “first come, first approved basis.” In certain cases, we do take multiple applications on an individual animal to best place that animal in an appropriately matched home.
  • We can’t place a hold on a pet or take your application by phone or online.
  • If you are a Rancho Cucamonga resident, please keep in mind that the number of pets allowed per household in residential areas is 3 dogs and 3 cats.  Limits may differ for properties with a lot size of 10,000 sq. ft. or greater.  Refer to page 27 of Ordinance 881 for details.