Adoption By Appointment
Due to COVID-19, the SPCA Cincinnati is adjusting the process for doing adoptions. As of Monday, May 11, 2020 our facilities are open for adoptions by appointment only. We will not allow the public to enter the shelter for general viewing. If you are interested in adopting, check out the available animals on this website by using the tabs to the left or by clicking here for up-to-date information on pets currently available for adoption. To submit an application on the animal you are interested in adopting, click on the “Adoption Application” button on the animal's profile. A member of our team will contact you within 24-48 hours with more information and to set up an introduction for approved applicants within 3-5 days. Our intent is to perform these adoptions in the shortest amount of time. If the “stage” of the animal (found when you click on the animal's name) is listed as “Adoption Pending”, then we already have an adoption appointment scheduled for this animal. We will keep any further applications received, and call the next potential adopter ONLY IF the animal isn’t adopted by the first applicant. So please be aware that you may not receive a call if you fill out an application when the “stage” of the animal is listed as “Adoption Pending”.
Adopters must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license or government issue ID, provide payment and required to sign the adoption contract.
Applications are considered in the order they are received for animals who are currently available and which best matches your family. Our adoption team will attempt to contact you to set up an appointment up to three times in a 24-hour period. If they are unable to reach you, they will move on to the next applicant.
We cannot finalize adoptions over the phone or online. This is a family decision; everyone in the adopter’s household is encouraged to meet the animal at the shelter. While visiting the shelter, adopters are required to provide their own masks that must be worn at all times. The actual adoption visit takes place in designated areas and typically lasts 10-15 minutes. During this time, you will be able to spend some quality time getting to know the animal and deciding if they are a match for your home. At the end of the visit, if it’s a match, GREAT! Animals are ready to go home the same day of your appointment. In keeping with the desire to limit visits, our expectations are that you are prepared to take the animal home the same day. If you are interested in adopting a dog, and you have a dog (or dogs) at home, they must successfully meet each other before completing the adoption. Please plan on bringing your dog to your adoption appointment.
Once an appointment has been scheduled, you will be asked to place a $20 application fee for dogs and $5 for cats that is non-refundable and non-transferable. If the adoption isn’t completed, the fee will be considered a donation and will be used for the direct care of our pets.