About Us


Palo Alto Animal Services has provided quality shelter for stray and unwanted animals at our facility since 1973. We also run a highly-regarded, low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic. Our adoption program aims to ensure that our adoptable animals are placed in permanent, responsible, loving homes. Your cooperation during the adoption process helps result in a good match for both you and the pet.

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Adopting A Friend

If you are interested in adopting an animal from our shelter, the first step is to come to the shelter and find an animal you are interested in. Then ask a staff member to bring them to the play area for you. (We require all family members meet the animal prior to completing the adoption process. And if are adopting a dog, and currently own a dog, we'll require that they meet prior to the adoption process is completed too.) 24 hour holds are also an option, for more info, please ask a staff member.


Adoption Fees 

Dog: $125.00 

Cat: $125.00 

Rabbit: $43.00  

Cockatiels: $27.00 

Parakeets, Chickens, pigeons and doves: $5.00 

Rats, hamsters, rats and mice: $5.00 

Adoption Hold Fee: $25.00

(Prices effective 8/01/2012)

Who We Are

Palo Alto Animal Services protects and cares for animals within our jurisdiction that are at risk of injury, neglect or homelessness. Our Animal Control services help protect the public and public property from injury, harm, and disease from animals. Our pleasant, user-friendly shelter offers animals for adoption, a low-cost neuter and vaccination clinic, volunteer opportunities and a selection of pet supplies.

Palo Alto Animal Services promotes responsible pet ownership through adoption counseling, education and support services. We provide animal rescue and medical treatment. Animal-control services for Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are also provided. We minimize animal-related risks to public health and safety by providing population and disease-prevention services within our jurisdiction.

Palo Alto Animal Services is run by the City of Palo Alto and is a division of the city's Police Department


Come Visit Us

We are located at 3281 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

You can contact us between the hours of 11am-5:30pm at (650) 496-5971

We are open Monday - Saturday, and closed alternate Fridays, Sundays, and Holidays.

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