Adoption FAQs

Do I need a fence to adopt a dog?

Do I need to own a home to adopt?

Can I take my new pet home the same day?

Are your animals spayed and neutered?

What if I'm unsure an animal will be a good fit in my home?

Can I return the pet if it doesn’t work out?

Do my pets at home have to be up-to-date on their vaccines?

Can I place an animal on hold?

Why are some adoption fees higher than others?

Do I need a fence to adopt a dog?

Not always; in some cases SICSA requires an adopter have a fenced yard due to the dog’s character traits to make sure he or she is safe in the new home.

Do I need to own a home to adopt?

No, you do not need to own a home to adopt a pet from SICSA. If you live in an apartment or rented accommodation, we will require landlord approval either by telephone or to see a copy of your lease that clearly states you are allowed to have pets and, if appropriate, how many.

Can I take my new pet home the same day?

In most cases, yes. However, because we require landlord approval this can sometimes delay the process for some renters. 

Are your animals spayed and neutered?

Yes, all animals adopted from SICSA are spayed or neutered. They are also current on vaccines and microchipped.  

What if I'm unsure an animal will be a good fit in my home?

During our adoption process, we strive to make good matches between people and pets; however, we recognize that there can be some unknowns in terms of how an animal will fit into your home. Slumer parties can help alleviate some of those concerns! Slumber parties allow you to take an animal home for a specified amount of time to see how they do in your home environment before committing to an adoption. Not every animal will be eligible for a slumber party, so talk with the adoption staff during your visit to find out more information. 

Can I return the pet if it doesn’t work out?

If you are having an issue with your adopted pet, SICSA offers behavior and training support through our Dog and Cat Enrichment Programs. However, we recognize that sometimes a pet just isn't the right fit for a home, and we do our best to accommodate all adoption returns. If it has been longer than 3 months, the pet will need an appointment for a behavior and veterinarian evaluation. Please call for an appointment. Adoption return fees may apply. 

Do my pets at home have to be up-to-date on their vaccines for me to adopt another pet?

Yes, all pets in the home must be up-to-date on vaccines and spayed/neutered (unless you have a breeder's license, the animal is used for show, or there is a medical reason). SICSA adoption counselors may verify your pet's medical history with your veterinarian before you adopt another pet.

Can I place an animal on hold?

We do not place holds on animals who are not yet available for adoption. When they become available, they are generally adopted on a frist come, first served basis. However, we will place an animal on hold for an approved adopter for 24 hours if we need to get approval from a landlord or arrange a meet and greet with other pets in the home. 

Why are some adoption fees higher than others?

To SICSA, each and every animal - regardless of breed, age, size, appearance, temperament, or health - has inherent value. As a nonprofit, no-kill Pet Adoption Center that receives the heartfelt support of a community of animal lovers and advocates, we are deeply moved by any animal who faces obstacles along her or his path to finding a loving Forever Family. This is why we take responsibility to ensure that even those animals who may require months to find homes of their own have a fair chance at capturing the heart of a family. Regardless of breed, age, size, appearance, temperament, or health, all adoptable dogs and cats receive food, housing, veterinary treatment, vaccines, socialization, grooming, and, of course, love. Some dogs and cats, however, have unique needs that require from SICSA much costlier and more extensive care.

Because animals whose needs are more specialized often require more resources than other more easily adoptable animals, SICSA must strike a balance between an affordable adoption fee, and one that will cover not only the costs associated with the newly-adopted animal's care, but also enhance SICSA's ability to extend its vision - Saving Lives, Sharing Love - to animals who are chronically ill, behaviorally challenged, undernourished, elderly, or likely to be passed over by potential adopters. SICSA's variable pricing ensures that the adoption fees received by adopters will perpetuate SICSA's vision in a way that effectively and compassionately guides all animals in need toward Forever Homes of their own.