ADOPT A PET
Begin Your Adoption From Anywhere
The SPCA Pet Adoption Center is now open for public visits! Visitors are welcome to browse our pets during open hours (daily from 11am-6pm!)
Please note that our adoption process has been updated to a new & improved paperless, appointment-based process for your convenience. Whether you’re at home browsing our website or sitting in one of our cat rooms, you can start the adoption process from anywhere using our online survey.
Step 1: Submit an adoption survey to speak to an Adoption Specialist
Use the Specific Pet survey to put a particular pet on hold for you, or use the General Process survey to get a head start as you look for your match.
Step 2: Schedule your appointment
Learn more about the pet you’re interested in and continue with the adoption process, or sit down and discuss what you’re looking for so we can find you a great match.
Step 3: Finalize your adoption!
Once you’ve met the pet at your appointment and signed the papers, it's official! Your new best friend will be ready to go home with you right away.
Browse our adoptable pets online through the links below, or come meet them in person at our Pet Adoption Center! Once you find the right pet, the next step is to submit an adoption survey.
As soon as you click the finish button on your adoption survey, the pet will be automatically flagged for you. You can then choose from one of the available appointment times for your conversation with an Adoption Specialist to continue the process.
When you visit our Pet Adoption Center, you will notice there are now QR codes throughout the building that will take you right to the adoption survey. When you find the right pet, you can scan the QR code and flag them on hold in real time.
Of course, you are welcome to simply come in and visit our pets! But please note that if there is any chance you may want to adopt a pet that day, we recommend that you fill out the General Process adoption survey as soon as you arrive — just in case. That way, if you do fall in love with a pet, it will be much easier to quickly place the pet on hold.
To keep the process as convenient as possible for our adopters, appointment options are offered within a certain time period, and you’ll have the ability to choose whether to meet in person or use our new VIP remote option. When considering your appointment time, please be prepared to take the pet home the same day. (Note: some holds may be carried over to the next day depending on when the adoption process was started.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Our adoption process is a simple conversation with an Adoption Specialist; it should take around 20 minutes. During the process, your Specialist will answer any questions you have, give you information about the pet, and make sure that your chosen pet is the right fit for you. You can begin this process by filling out the survey linked on this page, which will allow you to self-schedule a time to speak to an Adoption Specialist.
- Adult Dog Adoption Fees (7 months and older): $95.00
- Puppy Adoption Fees (6 months and younger): $250.00
- Adult Cat Adoption Fees (7 months and older): $45.00
- Kitten Adoption Fees (6 months and younger): $150.00
- Bunny Adoption Fee: $35.00
- Guinea Pig Adoption Fee: $15.00
Our Pet Adoption Center is located at 200 Petfinder Lane in Raleigh, North Carolina. Click here to get directions and find our open hours.
Yes! With our new online adoption survey, you can complete the adoption process remotely wherever you are. However, we do need you (or someone on your behalf) to come in person to our Pet Adoption Center in Raleigh, NC to pick up your pet. Generally, pets must be picked up the same day that you submit your adoption survey. Or, if you submit your survey at the very end of the day, their hold may be extended to the following day.
For adult pets, we highly recommend that you personally come to meet the pet yourself prior to finalizing adoption to be sure they are the right fit.
We recommend that you still submit an adoption survey for that pet in order to be a backup adopter. If the first adopter falls through (which does happen), then the next adopter will be notified that the pet is on hold for them.
We can only process a limited number of back-ups per pet; if you’re unable to select a pet, this means that the number of back-ups has already been met.
In order to be fair to the pet and other potential adopters, we are only able to keep the pet on hold for you for the remainder of the day. If you place the pet on hold toward the end of the day, we may be able to extend their hold to the following day. Once you have submitted your survey and come in for your scheduled adoption appointment, please be prepared to bring the pet home with you right afterward.
Your appointment is to complete the adoption process with an Adoption Specialist. Your Specialist will not call the pet over from another location until this conversation is complete. To save you from potentially having to make multiple trips, we would recommend doing the adoption process by phone; then we can arrange for a time for you to meet the pet. Pet visits typically happen at the Adoption Center on Petfinder Lane, unless you’re told otherwise to meet at another location.
In order to be fair to all adopters, we are only able to place one pet on hold for you at a time (or two, in the case of a bonded pair). If you need help deciding which pet is the best fit for you, we recommend submitting a General Purpose adoption survey and scheduling a conversation with an Adoption Specialist to discuss pets that would be a good match.
If you’re interested in adopting but don’t have a particular pet in mind, we recommend submitting a General Purpose adoption survey. This will allow you to schedule a conversation with an Adoption Specialist to discuss different pets and find a great fit. Plus, having this survey already on file makes it much easier to put a pet on hold when you do find the right one! This information will stay on file for 6 months after you complete your survey.
If you are visiting our Pet Adoption Center and think there is any chance you will want to adopt a pet that day, we recommend submitting the General Purpose survey as soon as you arrive so that if you do fall in love with a pet, you can quickly and easily put them on hold.
We are glad to accommodate dog-to-dog introductions (and even guinea pig-to-guinea pig, or bunny-to-bunny)! But first, you will need to submit a Specific Pet survey to put the pet on hold. Then, let an Adoption Specialist know you would like to do a pet introduction, and we will arrange this at the time of your scheduled adoption appointment.
Please note: we are not able to do cat-to-cat meetings or intros for pets of different species (such as a dog and a cat). Instead, consider trying a Pet Sleepover.
Adult dogs and cats (1 year and older) are eligible for a program called Pet Sleepovers where you can bring the pet home as a temporary foster to try them out in your home prior to finalizing adoption. Read more about Pet Sleepovers here.
Thank you for your interest in fostering! The pets at the Pet Adoption Center are ready for adoption, so they do not need the help of foster homes. But we always need fosters for sick, injured, nursing, or neonatal pets to help them get healthy and ready for adoption. Read more about our Foster program here.
If you already have a pet in mind, you can use the Specific Pet survey to put that particular pet on hold. If you haven’t decided on a pet, you can use the General Process survey to get your information on file and schedule an appointment with an Adoption Specialist to discuss several different pets and decide which would be a good fit for you.
You will need to bring your government issued photo ID. All dogs must leave on a leash and martingale collar/harness, and all cats and small pets must leave in species-appropriate carriers (no cardboard boxes, please). If you do not have these items, you can conveniently purchase them through the SPCA Retail Store at competitive prices, where all proceeds go directly to help the SPCA’s life-saving mission. The Retail Store accepts cash or cards for payment of adoption fees and other purchases (no checks).
You are under no obligations by submitting a survey. If you meet the pet and change your mind or decide that now is not the best time to adopt, please inform an Adoption Specialist as soon as possible so they can cancel the hold on that pet and make them available to other adopters. If you’ve already completed the verbal process with the adoption specialist, your information will stay on file for 6 months, so if you do see another pet you’d like to adopt, you can quickly and easily pick up where you left off. If you haven’t completed the verbal process, you will need to re-submit a survey whenever you are ready to adopt or get on file to adopt.
We can never be certain of the breed mixes of our adoptable dogs, and we would rather help you adopt based on the individual dog’s personality. Read more about the elimination of breed labels here.
No; we are unable to provide vet care for owned pets.