Steps to Adoption

We at OC Animal Care love all breeds of dog.  We understand that visitors may search for a lost dog or forever pet based on appearance or a "looks like" breed.  Any description of dogs with respect to breed is solely based on visual appearance. The actual breed of any dog may be different than its “looks like” designation.  OC Animal Care makes neither a guarantee nor representation as to the true breed of the Dog nor any connection between the described breed and the Dog’s temperament.

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

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.

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


Adoption Fees (City of Fullerton Only)