Please consider filling out an application before setting up an appointment or coming by the shelter.  We are open to the public, but it makes the process much quicker if you fill out an application first. 

Get "pre-approved" by submitting a general application and increase your chances of adopting the animal you want when it appears on our website.

Adoption Process

Adoption Fees


  • Kittens (younger than 6 months) $90
  • Cats (older than 6 months) $70


  • Puppies (younger than 6 months) $175
  • Dogs (older than 6 months) $175

Small Mammals

  • Ferret $20
  • Rabbit $20
  • Guinea Pig $20
  • Bird $20
  • Mouse/Rat $20

What's Included:

Distemper/panleukopenia/rhinotracheitis-calici/chlamydia psittaci vaccines along with age-appropriate boosters
Rabies vaccine (if old enough)
Flea/mite and internal parasite treatments
FIV/feline leukemia test
Sterilization surgery
A microchip

Adoption Process:

The first step to adopting any pet from SVASC is to submit an application. You can do this prior to coming to the shelter, or you can fill out an application in person at the shelter. Online applications can be found on the relevant adoptable animal’s page or fill out a general adoption application and be preapproved! The application module will not work on a cellular device. If you are unable to complete an application online, we have paper copies available at the shelter that can be picked up during normal business hours or we can email/snail mail you a copy. At this time we are unable to guarantee that an adoption can be done same-day unless you already have an approved application on file with the shelter.

At times we do have animals available for adoption at our local PetSmart store in Waynesboro, VA. If you are interested in adopting any of these animals, you must first submit your adoption application online or in person at the shelter. Once a staff member has reviewed and approved your application we will be in touch with the next steps.

Important things to note:

  • We typically receive multiple applications per animal and staff take pride in ensuring the adoption is in the best interest of both the animal and the applicant. Submitting an application indicates interest, and does not place the animal on hold. We are unable to offer a waiting list for animals in our care.
  • One application is valid for any animal(s) in our facility. Please do not submit more than one application.
  • You can apply for a specific animal by name or simply get “pre-approved” to make the adoption process quicker in the near future.
  • Once approved, applications are valid for six months.
  • We do adopt to out-of-area homes. We will not ship a pet.
  • If you already have a dog(s) and are interested in adopting another dog, we strongly encourage dog introductions at the shelter prior to adoption.

Year-Round Adoption Specials

Tabby Tuesdays

All cats with tabby markings have a reduced adoption fee on Tuesdays!
The adoption fee for these cats includes:
  • spay or neuter
  • FVRCP and rabies vaccinations
  • flea preventative
  • deworming
  • and microchip!

- all for ONLY $50!

Barn Cats

Need all-natural pest control?!  We have the purr-fect solution!
Barn cats include:
  • spay or neuter
  • FVRCP and rabies vaccinations
  • flea preventative
  • deworming
  • and microchip!

- all for FOR FREE!


Seniors for Seniors

We love connecting Seniors (anyone 65 yrs+) in our community with our amazing senior animals, so we offer discounted adoption fees for all seniors adopting a senior pet!

Senior Cats (ages 8+): $50

Senior Dogs (ages 8+): $70

Come by the shelter and adopt your new furry friend today!
Pets for Vets

Pets for Vets

Active, or retired, military personnel are eligible for 50% reduced adoption fees.
This is our way of saying, “Thank you so much for your service.”
**Military ID required at the time of adoption**


Frequently Asked Questions

We do this to ensure that animals will be welcome at the property and that we're not placing an animal in a home where it will ultimately not be able to stay. SVASC does not discriminate against renters and would be very happy to work with you!

Additionally, knowing your housing type and the noise/activity level of the home helps us match you with a pet that will be a good fit for your lifestyle. Some of our dogs are very noisy and rambunctious and would not do well in housing types such as apartments or condos.

A fenced-in yard is not a requirement to adopt a dog from us, however, some of our dogs are more likely to thrive in a home with a fenced-in yard.

As part of our adoption process, we look for a history of veterinary care for your current animals. At a minimum, we do require that all pets in the household be up to date on their rabies vaccination (as required by law), and we prefer that animals currently in the home be spayed or neutered unless there is a medical exception. We ask for your veterinarian’s name and phone number so that we can confirm your pet’s medical history.

It is important to disclose all pets living in your home. Some of our dogs and cats do not get along with other animals. We would not want to place them in a home where they may harm other pets in the household.

As a municipal animal shelter, we often do not know the background or history of the animals in our care. The shelter environment can be very stressful and often times an animal may be shut down while at the shelter, making it more difficult to predict their behavior/personality in a home environment. Many of our animals will need basic obedience training, house training, etc. when they get to your home. SVASC is more than happy to help with trainer recommendations!

Animals are a lifelong commitment and this question allows us to match you with the best pet possible. For example: If you would return a pet for resource guarding, we would not want to set you up with a pet that displays that type of behavior.

SVASC strives to place our animals into the best homes possible. While it may be disappointing to not be chosen for the pet you applied for, please know that we ultimately want the adoption to be a good match for both the animal and the adopter.