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Operated by the city’s police department, Chico Animal Shelter is part of the animal service’s division responsible for enforcing all animal-related ordinances and state laws. One of the core functions of Chico Animal Shelter is to receive stray and surrendered dogs, sick and injured cats, and orphaned kittens as a first response center.
Working with local rescue groups has allowed Chico Animal Shelter to increase their adoption rates to make sure every animal in need receives the care they're meant to have. They also have a strategic alliance with Butte Humane Society to take care of cats looking for a new home.
If you find a dog hitchhiking to Hollywood, you’ll have adoption priority if no one else claims them. Looking to become a new pet owner? Here’s how you do it.
The adoption process at Chico Animal shelter is as follows:
Adoption applications for dogs are located here.
Adoption applications for cats are located here.
Adoption fees at Chico Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee and copay covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm testing, FeLV testing, deworming, microchipping, heartworm testing, flea control, and a temperament health screening.
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.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.