To Adopt a Cat From our Shelter

Animal Adoption Criteria
Please Review our adoption criteria before submitting your application!

  • An application must be submitted prior to an interaction with one of our animals. 
    This offers us the opportunity to start you in the right direction in looking for a new pet.

  • We may take multiple applications on the animals, and do not disclose the number of applications currently on file.

  • Our adoption process is not first-come, first-served. 
    The supervisory staff reviews all applications and makes a decision that they feel is the best placement for both the animal's and the applicant's needs.

  • The timeline for the applications process on each animal can be different.  We do our best to accommodate each applicant's requirement for applications, however, an adoption approval may be made as soon as we have an applicant that meets the animal's adoption criteria and completes all required interactions.

  • All household members must interact with the animal.  We do this to ensure that all family members, and the animal you're interested in, are a match.

  • You need to be 18 years or older to complete an application.

  • We need to ensure that the cat you wish to adopt will be an indoor cat.

  • We reserve the right to deny the adoption of any pet for any reason.

  • Also any additional requirements for the specific pet you are interested in adopting needs to be met.

Download Application

How to Submit Your Application:  

1.   Download an adoption application and Save the document to your device, fill it out and attach it to an email; or
2.   Take a screenshot of the completed application and email us the pictures. 

Please email your application to animalservices@scdpanimalshelter.org.

We can also accept applications via fax to 949-366-4765, or you can leave it in the Shelter drop-box located at our front door at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672 

We look forward to receiving your application and will be in contact with you via email.

PLEASE NOTE: The shelter is currently closed to walk-in public, due to the COVID-19 virus. 

Staff are on site during our regular business hours (below), to address phone calls,  offer shelter services by appointment only, as well as handle any/all animal control concerns.

Our regular business hours are as follows: 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: 12 - 3pm

In person services are by appointment only, due to the COVID-19 virus, please contact the shelter at (949) 492-1617, for more information.