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El Dorado County Animal Shelter operates as part of El Dorado County's Animal Services department. The shelter has two main locations and takes in cats, dogs, horses, and other livestock animals:
In addition to operating the animal shelter, El Dorado County Animal Services performs the following community services:
Ready to adopt a pet from El Dorado County Animal Shelter? You can view all adoptable animals on the shelter website before visiting. Check it out to see if any lucky dogs or cats capture your heart. It’s a good idea to call the shelter to check if the animal you might be interested in adopting is still available before you come down to visit.
El Dorado County Animal Shelter's adoption application is designed to help you think about what pet might suit your home and lifestyle best. Staff at the shelter will be only too happy to help out and answer any questions you might have. Provided you can fulfill the above following, you can adopt a new furry best friend on the same day!
To be eligible to adopt, you must meet the following criteria:
Adoption fees at El Dorado County Animal Shelter are as follows:
*Dogs will also require a 1-year license, which costs $23 (South Lake Tahoe's license is $34.50)
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, flea and tick prevention, distemper and rabies vaccinations, microchipping, FIV/FeLV testing (cats), and heartworm testing and parvo vaccination (dogs).
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.