Adoption Procedure
Walk through the City of Oakdale animal areas, or one of our adoption events, and look at the available pets. Information for each animal is provided which includes the animals’ age (to the best our knowledge or judgment), breed and gender.

If you find an animal that you are interested in, a staff member or volunteer can assist you in taking the animal out of its kennel/cage so you can get to know them better. This can occur in the form of a walk outside on a leash, some quality time in the outdoor play yard or puppy yard, or just holding them in the case of smaller dogs and most cats.

If you have a dog or dogs at home, it is recommended that you bring them to the shelter to meet your prospective new pet to make sure that they all get along.
Do not leave your dog in your car while you look at other dogs as the interior car temperature even in the spring or fall can reach lethal levels in minutes.

When you have selected your new pet, there will be some paperwork to fill out and payment of adoption fees in the shelter office. On Saturdays especially, there can be several adoptions going on so we ask for your patience if you have to wait during this step.

All of our animals must be spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter. If you select an animal that is already spayed or neutered, you can take your new friend home that day. If they are not already altered, you can complete the adoption paperwork and pay the fees that day and you will be able to pick up your new pet from the shelter once the spay/neuter surgery is done (typically once or twice a week depending on space available with the veterinarian).

Adoptions fees are currently are as follows: