Animals Available for Adoption
Walk-In Adoption Hours
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Wednesdays through Fridays
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Saturdays through Sundays
Please use the Animal Admissions entrance.
Please do not bring your pet to the shelter.
When you are ready to meet a pet, please scan the Adoption waiting list QR code, which can be found on-site at the Adoption table.
Enter your full name and mobile phone number, choose the type of pet you would like to meet, and enter an Animal ID number if you have it. Submit the information to claim your place in line.
You will receive a text with a link to the virtual Waiting Room. In the Waiting Room, you can see your place in line and a link to see available animals and apply for them online while you are waiting.
You will receive a text directing you to the Adoption Information tent when it is your turn. You will meet with an Adoption Counselor to discuss your application and review information on the pet(s) you would like to meet, including any known medical history and behavior information.
It’s time for the Meet & Greet! You will be directed to a play yard where you and your party will be introduced to your dog or puppy or to the Cat Cottage to meet your selected cat or kitten.
If the Meet & Greet goes well, you will be directed back to the Adoption Information tent to continue the Adoption counseling and finalize the paperwork.
All pets at the shelter beyond their stray holding period can go home with you the same day. If the pet is still in the stray hold, we may process a Pre-Adoption, and they will be able to go home with you at the end of the stray holding period, provided an owner does not come forward. A full adoption will be processed if your new furry friend is already spayed or neutered. We can process a Home First Adoption if they are not yet altered. This means that you adopt the pet, you are responsible for all supplies and care for the pet, except for the spay or neuter surgery which is the shelter’s responsibility. Once the surgery is done, the adoption is completed.
If you do not have access to a smartphone, please speak with a staff member or volunteer at the Adoption Information tent. We can manually add you to the Waiting List and will page you overhead when it is your turn.
- Adopters must be 18 years of age or older with a government-issued photo ID. Please do not bring your owned pet to the shelter. Adoptions are processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and adoption fees vary up to $91. Animals are not placed on hold. Please fill out the online application by clicking on the pet you are interested in and/or visiting us during open adoption hours.
Animal descriptions are an approximation. While every effort is made to keep website information current, we cannot guarantee that the animals listed on these pages will be available when you visit.
Note: California law requires that all adopted dogs and cats be spayed or neutered before finalizing any adoption.
Fostering saves lives. Whether you volunteer to care for a litter of unweaned orphaned kittens or give an adult dog a break from the kennel, you are making a difference in the life of an animal in need. Fostering fills a critical gap. Unweaned orphaned kittens need more care than can be provided in the shelter environment. We currently need fosters for bottle-feeding, ring-wormed kittens, and large dogs. We provide all the training, supplies, off-site veterinary care, and support. You provide a temporary safe and loving home. For more information, visit the Foster webpage.
If you can't foster but still want to support our program, consider donating an item off our wish list.
To apply to foster, please email Tabare.Depaep@longbeach.gov.
- No, appointments are not required for adoptions.