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Adoption Information

Adoption Process


Walk-ins are welcome! We no longer require an appointment for adoptions! Please know that there may be a wait for walk-ins depending on the volume of clients and staff availability. 

We are a first-come first-serve facility. If you are interested in a specific animal, we cannot guarantee it will still be available when you arrive. We are unable to hold animals.

We hope you meet your four-legged love at SPCA Florida! Our goal is to help you find the companion that best suits your household. We have wonderful cats and dogs available, longing to go home with you. 

Adoption Center Hours:

Monday through Friday 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm​

What to Consider Before Adoption

  • Pets require a significant time commitment.

  • A pet’s life span can be from 5-20 years. Some are better with children than others. Please consider your future plans before bringing a furry companion home.

  • Animals require a financial commitment. Food, treats, toys, veterinary check-ups, and preventative medications can add up.

  • Post-adopt, clients are guided to keep their pets quarantined for 14 days

Viewing Pets Online

Browse our available cats and dogs on the website, and when you find someone that seems right for you, come to our Adoption Center to meet them. We are a first-come first-serve facility. If you are interested in a specific animal, we cannot guarantee that it will still be available at the time of your arrival.

Adoptable Cat & Dogs

Adoption Process

When you arrive at the Adoption Center, we encourage you and your family to spend time with each pet you are interested in to see which is the best fit. Our trained staff and volunteers are happy to answer questions about the animals and provide you with whatever background information we have regarding that pet.


Please keep in mind we do not always know all of the adoptable animals’ history or backgrounds depending on how they arrived at SPCA Florida.

Some dogs are picky about getting new canine friends, and if you already have a dog we may ask you to bring them in for a meet-and-greet to make sure they'll get along. In those cases the dog needs to be up-to-date on their rabies and DHPP vaccines.

When you find a pet you would like to adopt, the next step is to fill out an Adoption Application, which will be reviewed by one of our trained counselors. The counselors will answer any questions you may have. If the pet is already sterilized he or she can go home the same day, otherwise the surgery is normally scheduled the next day and the pet can go home the day after surgery. 


Please note adopters must be 18 years or older and present a valid photo ID, and no adoptions are processed 30 minutes prior to closing. 

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees vary depending on species, breed, and age.

The fee includes:

  • Spay/Neuter surgery for unsterilized pets

  • Dogs are dewormed, tested for heartworms

    • If negative they receive a 30-day heartworm preventative

    • If positive, treatment is paid for by the Guardian Angel Fund at SPCA Florida’s Medical Center), and receive vaccinations for canine distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and rabies (if age-appropriate)

  • Cats are dewormed, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, and receive vaccinations for feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, calici virus, and rabies (if age-appropriate)

  • Microchip

  • Educational material

Adoption Pricing for Cats

  • Kittens (2 - 6 months) - $100

  • Young Adult ( 6 months - 2 years) - $75

  • Adults (2+ years) - $50

  • Seniors (7+ years) - 50% off the adoption price! 

Adoption Pricing for Dogs

Small Breed (Up to 30 lbs)*

  • Puppies (2 - 6 months) - $450

  • Young Adults ( 6 months - 2 years) - $350

  • Adults (2+ years) - $250

  • Seniors (7+ years) - 50% off the adoption price! 

Medium/Large Breed (Over 30 lbs)*

  • Puppies (2 - 6 months) - $350

  • Young Adults ( 6 months - 2 years) - $250

  • Adults (2+ years) - $150

  • Seniors (7+ years) - 50% off the adoption price! (Starting August 1st, 2023) 

*Specific breed dogs can be priced up to $600 (For example: Golden Retrievers, Hypoallergenic breeds, or purebred dogs.)

Rusty dog available for adoption
Adoption Fees

Off-Site Adoptions


We have off-site partners that work with us to help save more pets. Our appointment form is only for SPCA Florida's campus.


If a cat is located at Orlando Cat Café, please visit their website to make a reservation to spend time with those cats. There is a charge to enter the cafe. 

Petco4139 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809
On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month

Pet Supermarket - 4220 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33813
On the 2nd Saturday of every month

Petsmart - 919 Lakeland Park Center Dr #380, Lakeland, FL 33809
On the 4th Saturday of every month

Off-Site Adoptions
  • Behavior Assistance
    If your pet is experiencing a challenging behavior, we may be able to help you resolve the issue and keep your beloved pet. Check out our Behavior Resources Library. Keep in mind many behavioral problems can be improved by having your pet spayed or neutered. Visit our Spay/Neuter page to learn about our Low Cost Voucher Program.
  • Can’t Afford Veterinary Care
    Contact SPCA Florida's Medical Center.
  • Can't afford pet food
    SPCA Florida has a pet food assistance program.
  • Moving?
    This page can help you find a pet-friendly rental.
Adoption FAQ
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