Burbank Animal Shelter

Burbank, California

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About Burbank Animal Shelter

Burbank Animal Shelter in Burbank, California has been providing quality Animal Control services since the 1950s. Their mission is has four parts:

  • Return lost animals to their owners
  • Find loving homes for strays
  • Control overpopulation through consistent spay/neuter efforts
  • Eliminate animal suffering by educating the public and enforcing the humane treatment of animals

Both staff and volunteers at Burbank Animal Shelter work hard every day to provide care, food and veterinary service for animals arriving at the shelter. Their medical program is responsible for spaying and neutering animals adopted from the shelter and treating ailments that would normally hinder an animal from being adopted.

Special adoption events and discounted adoption rates are offered throughout the year to help harder-to-place animals find loving homes.

Considering adoption from Burbank Animal Shelter? Keep reading below for more information on their process and fees.

Contact Info

1150 N Victory Pl
(818) 238-3340
Website: burbankpd.org/programs/animal-shelter

Hours of Operation

Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun - Mon: Closed

Adoption Process

Burbank Animal Shelter’s adoption process involves just a few easy steps:

  1. View available pets on the shelter’s website or Pet Harbor. Select one or two you’re interested in meeting.
  2. Complete an adoption application.
  3. An adoption counselor will be in touch to review your application and provide you with more information about the pets you’ve selected.
  4. Visit the shelter with the other members of your household to meet the animals.
  5. Spend some time getting to know each animal you’re hoping to adopt.
  6. If you’re interested in adopting a dog and currently have a dog at home, you'll need to arrange an introduction at the shelter to make sure the dogs get along.
  7. If the meet-and-greets are successful and you decide to adopt, you can finalize your adoption by completing the paperwork and paying the adoption fee.
  8. If your pet has been spayed/neutered, you can take them home that same day! If not, you’ll be able to take them home as soon as their surgery has been completed.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Burbank Animal Shelter are as follows:


  • Adults/Puppies (unsterilized): $125*
  • Adults/Puppies (sterilized): $90


  • Adults/Kittens (unsterilized): $85*
  • Adults/Kittens (sterilized): $50


  • Unsterilized: $30*
  • Sterilized: $15


  • Pets for Patriots: No fee on eligible pets. Veterans need to show proof of veteran status either by presenting a Certificate of Release/Discharge from active duty or their retired United States military identification card. Adopters receive a one-time $150 gift card to a major pet retailer for pet food and supplies, and a minimum ongoing 10% discount for medical care with any of the Pets for Patriots veterinary partners.

*All dogs, cats, and rabbits must be spayed or neutered before going home with their new family.

Your adoption fee for dogs and cats covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, and, of course, a new best friend.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Burbank Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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