Adoption

The Lodi Animal Shelter has many wonderful pets to adopt. All are in desperate need of a loving home. If you are thinking about adding a new pet to your family, please consider one of our animals. We have friendly and knowledgeable staff and PALS volunteers who can help you choose a pet to best fit in with your needs and lifestyle.

Requirements

All animals adopted from the Lodi Animal Shelter must be spay/neutered, be current on vaccinations and be licensed with the City. Persons wishing to adopt an animal must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have current and verifiable identification
  • Live where pets are allowed

Adoptable Pets

The City of Lodi Animal Services reserves the right to deny adoptions in certain circumstances. Please visit the Lodi Animal Shelter and the PALS adoption center during our adoption hours. To view animals available for adoption in Lodi, visit Petfinder.

Barn Cat Program

Lodi Animal Shelter receives numerous cats which are brought in who cannot live as house pets. These cats are mostly feral or semi-feral cats that cannot acclimate to an indoor environment but can live outdoors comfortably. They still need to be provided with shelter, dry food, and water.

 These cats help control various animals, including: 

  • Gophers
  • Lizards
  • Mice
  • Moles
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • Squirrels

Read more about the Barn Cat Program (PDF).

What to Expect When Adopting

The decision to own a pet is a big one, be sure to:

  • Think before buying or adopting and be ready to honor that commitment for the life of your pet.

  • Choose your pet wisely and avoid picking a pet on impulse. Take some time to find out about the needs and habits of different breeds and species.

  • Know your responsibilities including licensing, vaccination and leash laws. It is your responsibility to obey these laws. For more information, view Title 6 City of Lodi Animal Ordinances.

  • Prepare for your pet's arrival. Remove poisons, sharp objects, objects that can be swallowed and any valuable items from your pet's living area.

  • Expect a period of adjustment - even the most well-behaved pet can take time to adjust to their new surroundings and family. Pets respond to a loving environment and generally want to please their new family. It takes commitment, effort, and patience to correct bad habits.

  • Take good care of your pet. Choose food that is nutritionally complete for your pet and do not rely on "people food" or table scraps. Make sure your pet has plenty of clean, fresh water and clean bedding. Regular grooming, daily exercise, and annual medical attention are also critical to the well being of your pet.