Thank you for your interest in adopting! It’s important to remember that adopting an animal may be more involved than you realize. Everything we do is aimed at getting the best possible permanent home for the animals. To ensure this, everyone who comes to PHS to adopt an animal goes through the same adoption process. Our adopters must apply in person, be at least 18 years old and have a current photo ID.

In addition to our main location at 361 S. Raymond Ave., adopt a cat from one our satellite adoption centers: My Pet Garden (2245 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 106, Pasadena, CA 91107), Pet Food Express (320 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101), and PetSmart in Northridge (19320 Nordhoff Way, Northridge, CA 91324).

What can I expect from the adoption process?

The process usually takes a minimum of 30-45 minutes. Here’s how it works:

  • Take a walk through the animal areas and write down the ID number or “A” number on the kennel card of any animal that interests you. Bring this list to the adoption office.
  • You will then fill out an application for adoption (You do this before visiting with any of the animals in order to minimize stress for the animals.)
  • Next, a member of the adoptions staff will meet with you and ask questions about your experience, and discuss the information we have about your potential pet. You can ask questions about spay/neuter, training classes, or anything else you can think of.
  • You may be asked to obtain your landlord’s approval for the adoption. This policy helps us reduce the number of animals that are returned to us.
  • After you have spoken with an adoptions staff member, you will meet with your potential pet. Eventually, we ask that all members of your family meet the animal, too. If you are adopting a dog and have another dog, we want them to get along well, so we arrange a time for you to bring in your pet to visit and socialize.
  • When your new pet is ready to go home with you, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. The fee helps to cover the cost of surgery, vaccines and daily care that your pet received.


Pet Parent 101

Are you considering adopting a pet or have you recently adopted one? Our Pet Parent 101 workshop is the perfect place for you to learn more about basic dog and cat care. Questions such as “How do I choose the right pet?” and “Should I adopt a puppy/kitten or an adult?” will be answered by our training and behavior staff. This workshop is free. No RSVP required. Families are welcome, but please leave your pets at home.

Pet Parent 101 is held the second Saturday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30pm. Check our events calendar for more information.

Adoption hours:

Monday Closed
Tue., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adoption fees:

Dogs are $130; Cats are 1 for $75 or 2 for $90; and Rabbits are $35. Other fees vary by animal.

The adoption fees include:


  • Spay/neuter surgery and vaccines
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Free health exam within 5 days from a participating veterinarian
  • Microchip/PHS pet ID tag
  • General information packet
  • 10% discount in PHS Pet Store
  • Discounted training classes


  • Spay/neuter surgery and age-appropriate vaccines
  • Free health exam within 5 working days
  • Microchip
  • General information packet
  • 10% discount in PHS Pet Store
  • Cat carrier


  • Spay/neuter
  • Free health exam within 5 days from a participating veterinarian
  • Microchip
  • General information packet
  • 10% discount in PHS Pet Store

Seniors for Seniors Program

Our Seniors for Seniors program enables people age 60 and up to adopt pets age 5 and up free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the Pets for the Elderly Foundation.

Of course, most pets at age 5 (like most humans at age 60!) are hardly over the hill; on the contrary, they’re just hitting their stride, and the Seniors for Seniors program—besides offering financial assistance to our more experienced adopters—gives an extra boost to the terrific middle-aged cats and dogs, who are sometimes overlooked by shelter visitors.

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