Curbside Adoption

Social distancing and in need of a forever friend? â€‹Make an appointment for a Curbside Adoption!

In an effort to reduce the number of animals still in the shelters, while also maintaining necessary social distancing, pre-approved adopters will be able to adopt a pet via curbside pickup appointments. There will be a limited number of appointments each day. The animal you are interested in may be adopted before we get to your application. We will work on applications on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. Please watch our website. 


We will still be closed to general public visitation, and will not be able to allow the browsing of the animals. See details on how curbside adoptions will work below.  This process will provide the community with a new, safe way to adopt.  

Curbside Adoption Details

Cats & Small Animals
  • View our adoptable cats and small animals on our website and thoroughly read their bios and what their home environment should be like. 
  • Once you have found an animal you are ready to bring home,  download your application (see below) and curbside release form..
    You must do this, even if you have an application on file already. 
    You will also need a copy of your photo ID and Proof of Address (i.e.utility bill).
    Your application will not be approved if you do not have all the pieces completed and submitted.
  • Email your completed forms, ID and POA to frontoffice@sfhumanesociety.com.   If you do not have a scanner, just take a clear photo
    with your cell phone of each item and send it. Our counselors will be in contact with you.  If you have a complete application,
    and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. 
  • Please do not bring more than 2 people with you to your appointment, and do not bring other animals.
  • When you arrive for your pre-scheduled appointment, our staff will greet you. Please do not exit your vehicle. 
  • Staff will complete the adoption over the phone and collect payment with a card over the phone.
  • We will greet you at your car to obtain signatures. We will mail you a copy of your signed contract.
  • Staff will then bring the small animal or cat to your car in our typical cardboard carriers. We will not be able to place the animal in your own carrier. 
  • Please do not attempt to open the box while in the car or switch to a different carrier.
    Wait until you are home to make any switches, for the safety of the animal and yourself. 
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here.
  • You will not be able to come into the shelter to browse or spend time with these animals prior to adoption.
    If you are unsure about your choice or want to browse, please wait until we are able to open the shelter to the public again to adopt. 
  • If you miss your appointment and we do not hear from you with 1 hour of your appointment,
    the adoption will be canceled and the animal will be available to the next in line.










Puppies
  • View our adoptable dogs on our website and thoroughly read the puppy bios and what their home environment should be like.
  • Once you have found an animal you are ready to bring home,  download your application (see below) and curbside release form..
    You must do this, even if you have an application on file already. 
    You will also need a copy of your photo ID and Proof of Address (i.e.utility bill).
    Your application will not be approved if you do not have all the pieces completed and submitted.
  • Email your completed forms, ID and POA to frontoffice@sfhumanesociety.com.   If you do not have a scanner, just take a clear photo
    with your cell phone of each item and send it. Our counselors will be in contact with you.  If you have a complete application,
    and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. 
  • When you arrive for your pre-scheduled appointment, our staff will greet you. Please do not exit your vehicle. 
  • We will not be doing dog introductions with dogs under 6 months at this time. 
  • Staff will complete the adoption over the phone and collect payment with a card over the phone.
  • We will greet you at your car to obtain signatures. We will mail you a copy of your signed contract.
  • Staff will then bring the puppy to your car. We will not be able to place the animal in your own carrier. 
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here
  • You will not be able to come into the shelter to browse or spend time with these animals prior to adoption.
  • If you are unsure about your choice or want to browse, please wait until we are able to open the shelter to the public again to adopt. 
  • If you miss your appointment and we do not hear from you with 1 hour of your appointment,
    the adoption will be canceled and the animal will be available to the next in line.

Dogs
  • View our adoptable dogs on our website and thoroughly read the puppy bios and what their home environment should be like.
  • Once you have found an animal you are ready to bring home,  download your application (see below) and curbside release form.
    You must do this, even if you have an application on file already.
    You will also need a copy of your photo ID and Proof of Address (i.e.utility bill).
    Your application will not be approved if you do not have all the pieces completed and submitted.
  • Email your completed forms, ID and POA to frontoffice@sfhumanesociety.com.   If you do not have a scanner, just take a clear photo
    with your cell phone of each item and send it. Our counselors will be in contact with you.  If you have a complete application,
    and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. 
  • When you arrive for your pre-scheduled appointment, our staff will greet you. 
  • Staff will bring the dog out to one of our play yards for you to spend time with. You will not be able to spend time with multiple dogs.
    During this process, please remember social distancing, and keep at least 6 feet away from staff members, so we can continue to do our work.
  • If you have a dog, we will still be requiring dog introductions led by our staff. After you spend time with the dog alone in the play yard
    our staff will give you further instructions and complete the adoption if this introduction passes. 
  • You will not be able to come into the shelter to browse prior to adoption.
  • If you are unsure about your choice or want to browse, please wait until we are able to open the shelter to the public again to adopt. 
  • If you miss your appointment and we do not hear from you with 1 hour of your appointment, the adoption will be canceled
    and the animal will be available to the next applicant in line.




Thank you for your understanding as we work through this brand new process.
Please do not make an appointment unless you are committed to making it to that appointment so that our staff can better serve those who are wanting to adopt.
The animal you are interested in may be adopted before we get to your application. We will work on applications on a first-come, first-served basis. 
If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. 



ADOPTER PROFILE - CATS & DOGS ADOPTER PROFILE - SMALL ANIMALS CURBSIDE ADOPTION POLICY FORM

Email all items to frontoffice@sfhumanesociety.com
You must submit an application, curbside adoption policy form, copy of your photo ID, and proof of address (i.e.) utility bill for our counselors to process your paperwork and call you to make an appointment. 
If you do not submit all the necessary materials, your application will not be considered or reviewed. 
Adoptions are first-come, first-served pertaining to the order that a complete application is processed (all 4 required items are submitted at once).
The animal you are interested in may be adopted before we get to your application. We will work on applications on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. Please watch our website. 

How to Help
Donate now! Because SFAHS is a private non-profit organization, the responsibility to support our staff and supplies to provide for these animals rests solely on the organization. Now more than ever, we are relying on our amazingly generous community of supporters to help us. 
To make a donation to help support essential staff, their families and the animals we serve, click here to Donate