Steps to Adoption

Pet Adoption in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Visit the Animal Care Center or Adoptable Pets page and select one of our available pets.  Available pets have met the minimum required retention period allowed for owners to have their pet returned to them and have been made available for adoption. 
  2. Go to the Service Window and an Office Specialist will assist you with the adoption.
  3. Pay the applicable fees. The typical costs include applicable adoption fee, spaying/neutering, microchipping, immunization and licensing. For those animals requiring sterilization, surgery will be scheduled on the next available date.  Adopted pets receive a free veterinary exam at participating Southern California Veterinary Medical Association clinics within 72 hours of adoption.  To find a participating vet, please visit 
  4. If your newly adopted pet has to stay for surgery, you will be required to return to the Animal Care Center when notified that your animal is ready for pick-up.

            Please Note: OC Animal Care adoptions are processed on a first come, first served basis.

    • Our office opens daily at 8:00AM to distribute numbers for the animals available for adoption at 11:00AM that same day.
    • Our parking lot opens at 7:00AM, after which, members of the public may line up to wait for a number.
    • Customers must remain in line and be present when the doors open at 8:00AM in order to receive their number.
    • Numbers will be distributed in order based on an individual’s place in line.
    • During a special adoption event, these procedures are subject to change.  Please contact us at 714-935-6848 for details.

*** For the safety of our visitors and your pets, please do not bring your pets to the shelter ***

Exotic Pet Adoption

OC Animal Care frequently receives animals other than dogs, cats and rabbits that become available for adoption. These exotic animals, such as non-venomous reptiles and exotic birds, are held for a minimum of seven (7) days to allow owner redemptions.  Please be advised that not all exotic pets will be made available for public adoption as some of them require permits to own.

OC Animal Care holds a drawing every Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 PM for those exotic animals that have become available for adoption. If you would like to be included in the drawing, you must arrive at the Care Center by 5:00 PM to place your name in the drawing. You must be present at the drawing to be eligible for the adoption. Should your name be drawn for the animal that you are interested in, you will be required to pay all fees at the time of adoption. Please bring your own cage or kennel for larger exotic animals. 

To view all exotic animals, please visit the Search Adoptable Pets page and see “Other". Please contact 714-935-6848 for information as to which exotics will participate in the current drawing for adoption.

Adoption Fees