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Napa County Animal Shelter is an open-admissions municipal animal shelter with an average annual intake of 2,500 animals. It serves the City of Napa, American Canyon, Town of Yountville, and Napa County Unincorporated. They serve the community by providing a safe and healthy environment for both citizens and their animals while promoting animal welfare and education about responsible pet ownership. They have volunteer and foster programs, so if you're an enthusiastic animal lover, get in touch as they can certainly use your skills.
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!
The adoption process at Napa County Animal Shelter is simple:
Adoption application forms are linked below:
Adoption fees at Napa County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, flea treatment, heartworm testing for dogs, and FeLV/FIV testing for cats.
As with all shelter animals, Napa County Animal Shelter strongly encourages you to bring your new dog or cat to the vet for a routine checkup within 7 days of bringing them home.
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.