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Adopting your new best friend is exciting! You are off to a great start. The next few steps will help guide you through the adoption process.

Animals adopted by Chula Vista residents will receive a FREE one-year license. Please come to the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility to select from many wonderful animals awaiting new homes.

Step 1:

Adoption Requirements

familyShadeAdding a pet to your family is a big decision. All animals require training and commitment. Some pets can live well into their teens and just like people, many may have special medical needs as they get older (medication, frequent check-ups, etc.) This should be considered before you decide to take on this trusted responsibility.

Persons wishing to adopt a pet must:

  • Complete the following CVACF Animal Adoption application
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have current and verifiable identification
  • Live where pets are allowed
  • All members of household must be present for adoption 
  • If you are a current dog owner, you must bring your dog for on-site introduction

** The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility reserves the right to deny adoptions in certain circumstances for cause.






Adoption Fee


  • $85 for dogs 1 year - 7 years old (except LTRC)
  • $95 for puppies, younger than 1 year
  • $25 adoption fee for LTRC (long term residents: those that have been available for adoption for more than 60 days)
  • Senior adoption fee $35 (Dogs over 7 years of age)
Fee Includes:
  • Initial intake vaccines
  • Microchip
  • One-year license (CV residents only)
  • Spay/Neuter surgery (required by law)


  • $65 for cats (except LTRC)
  • $25 adoption fee for LTRC (long term residents)
  • Senior adoption fee $35 (Cats over 7 years of age)

Fee Includes:

  • Initial intake vaccines
  • Microchip
  • Spay/Neuter surgery (required by law)

Rodents: $5

Birds: $25

Poultry: $5

Reptiles: $10

Rabbits: $25

Livestock: Actual Cost

Other, except livestock: $20

Step 2:

View and visit your new friend!

You can view adoptable pets by visiting

Visit the Animal Care Facility in person


Step 3:

Adoption Application

You are almost there. All new pet owners must complete and submit an adoption application for approval.

Step 4:

Congratulations! You are now the new owner of a loving friend.

To get you started, the Animal Care facility provides dog and cat owners with a starter kit, including an adopter sample food bag from Science Diet.


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