Frequently Asked Questions

1. I want to get my animal spayed/neutered. Do you do that there?

No. Contact your veterinarian for spay and neutering.  For low cost spay and neuter options contact : Humboldt Spay and Neuter Network 707-442-7729 or email the Neuter Scooter at appointments@neuterscooter.com

2. I want to adopt a cat. What do I need to do? 

You are welcome to take a look at all the animals we have available for adoption online or Facebook. If you are interested in anyone in particular you can fill out an adoption application available online or schedule an appointment. Once you’ve made your decision we can process your adoption.

It generally takes about 20-30 minutes to fill out an adoption application and go through a consultation.

**Animals are not available for adoption until they have been spayed/neutered and are deemed healthy.

3. How much does it cost to adopt an animal? 

There is an adoption fee for every animal – which covers all tests, vaccinations and care that animals have received, plus each animal has been spayed or neutered.  Kittens under 6 months are $135, Kittens 6 mo – 1 year $125, and Adults over 1 year are $100.

4. I’m looking for a specific breed of animal. Do you have any? 

If we don’t have what you are looking for now you are welcome to let us know what kind of animal you are looking for and we will do our best to contact you if/when the breed is available. Send an email to spayhumboldt@aol.com.  We also recommend checking our webpage and Facebook page regularly for updates.

5. I saw a sign that says that an animal is “not available” for adoption yet. What does this mean?

Animals are only “available” for adoption after they have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and have received a clean bill of health. If an animal is not available yet, chances are it either has not been altered or is still undergoing a health evaluation. We encourage you to check back regularly to keep up-to-date on the animal’s status.

6. I’d like to visit with an animal. Can I do that?

We are located at 8 West 6 th Street , Eureka, CA. ***OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**** email spayhumboldt@aol.com

7. If it doesn’t work out, can I bring an animal back?

Our goal is to place animals in forever homes. To that end our adoption we make every effort to pair you with a pet that fits your lifestyle. It can be difficult for an animal to make the transition to a new home, only to be brought back to the shelter, so we encourage you to consider your choice of pet carefully before making a final decision.

We will accept animals back within reason and your adoption fee may or may not be returned to you. Please contact Wendy at 707-616-6440 as she is often able to brainstorm ways to ease the transition into your home.  You can also check out Tips for First 30 Days of Cat Adoption.

8. Can I take an animal home before it has been spayed/neutered?

By law, all animal shelters and rescues in California must spay/neuter cats and dogs prior to adoption. Animals can be altered as young as 8 weeks of age, and kittens must be at least 2 pounds at the time of surgery.

9. I want to get my animal micro-chipped – do you do that?

No. You will need to have your veterinarian micro-chip the animal.

10. I need to find another home for my cat/dog – will you take them?

We can only take in as many animals as we currently have space for. We would be happy to take some information about your pet and place them on our waiting list. As other animals are adopted and space becomes available we will call you to schedule an intake appointment for a temperament evaluation. There is a surrender fee.

We can also put a picture and description of your pet on our ‘courtesy posts’ webpage to help you re-home them directly. Other ways you might try to re-home your pet is by posting signs at local vet hospitals, pet stores, in the newspaper, and at your place of work.

We are a small rescue and cannot take in every animal that is in need of a home. As a last resort you can contact the Humboldt County Animal Shelter at 707-840-9132. They are not a no-kill facility, but have an excellent track record of placing adoptable pets.

11. I found kittens/puppies – will you take them?

Contact your local animal control, if you are within city limits it’s your local police department, if you are outside city limits contact the Sheriff’s Office.  Lost and stray animals can also be brought to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter in McKinleyville. We may take owner surrendered kittens and cats depending on space in our rescue.

12. I lost my pet – do you have it there?

No – all lost and stray animals go to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter in McKinleyville. You can call them at 840-9132 to file a lost report and see if your pet has been brought there. You may also want to check their website on www.Petharbor.com to see a list of lost animals. You will need to enter your zip code and select ‘Humboldt County Animal Care and Control’, then click on the button that says, “I Lost My Pet”.

13. I want to have my pet euthanized – do you perform this service?

No. Please contact a veterinarian directly.

14. My animal is in need of medical help and I cannot afford the bill, can you pay it for me?

No.  We sincerely wish we could provide free medical care the every animal (and person!) in the world and it pains us to know about suffering in our community. Unfortunately we are neither a veterinary hospital nor a wealthy for-profit organization. We work extremely hard to rescue the animals that we can in Humboldt County to avoid overpopulation.