Although the availability of adoptable animals varies between Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals locations, most locations offer dogs and cats. The SPCA for Monterey County in Salinas, California, offers adoptable horses, turtles, pigeons, finches and ducks, in addition to adoptable cats and dogs. The organization also offers adoptable cockatoos, rats, hamsters and rabbits.
Most SPCA locations require adoptive owners to pay an adoption fee to take home a pet. This adoption fee varies by location. The fee for adopting a dog at the Monterey SPCA is $290, as of 2015. The fee covers a variety of services that the dog receives prior to adoption, including microchipping, spaying or neutering, and vaccines, such as vaccines for rabies, distemper and Bordetella. Adoption fees for dogs at the Houston SPCA range from $95 for large dogs to $195 for purebred dogs, while the fee for cats is $65, and the fee for adoptable parakeets is $10.
Large SPCA locations take in thousands of animals each year. Most locations have websites that potential adoptive owners can search to find animals for adoption. The Houston SPCA website allows visitors to search for cats, dogs, birds and farm animals. It also allows visitors to find certain small mammals, such as guinea pigs.