Adoption FAQ

Do I need a fence to adopt a dog?

Not in every case; 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.

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?

SICSA adoption counselors go to great lengths so that this does not happen. However, you can return your pet to SICSA within 3 months of adoption without a SAFER behavior evaluation. After 3 months, the pet will have to pass the SAFER before we can accept him or her back into our adoption program.

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.

Why are some adoption fees higher than others for animals at SICSA?

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.