FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What is the adoption process?

It's easy! 

1) Fill out our online application form

2) One of our volunteers will contact you to discuss the right pet for your family, and set up a meet and greet appointment

3) If it's a great match, you will pay the adoption fee and bring your new family member home immediately after the meet and greet.

4) Keep in touch with us to let us know how your pet is settling in or if you have any questions. We love to see photos of our pets in their new homes! You can join our private group for adopters and also watch the siblings of your pet growing up in their forever homes:

www.facebook.com/groups/wcal.adopters


How much does it cost to adopt an animal from WCAL?

WCAL's adoption fees are modest relative to how much we spend to ensure every animal is well cared for in their foster home, behaviorally and medically healthy, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, FIV/FeLV tested (cats), heartworm tested (dogs) and microchipped.  

Puppies under 1yr:  $300* 

*$150 refundable upon certificate showing completion of a puppy companion/manners class from any WCAL approved training center that employs reward based training methods.

Adult Dogs: $150

Senior* Dogs: No charge

*8yrs and older

Kittens & Adult Cats: $75

Senior* Cats: No Charge

*8yrs and older


Where is WCAL located and how can I can visit all the animals?

We do not have a brick and mortar facility. All of our animals live in loving foster homes until they are adopted. If you see an animal you'd like to meet on our website or social media, please fill out an application and then you will be contacted by one of our volunteer adoption coordinators to arrange a meet & greet in their foster home. Our counselors are wonderful at helping you to determine which pet might be the best match for your family because we know our adoptable animals very well!

Wine Country Animal Lovers is based out of Calistoga, CA. We are lucky to have a wide network of foster families who live throughout Napa and Sonoma Counties. 


Can I relinquish my pet to WCAL?

As a foster-based rescue group, we are not in a position to accept pets being surrendered by their families, however there may be other ways we can help. If you are looking to rehome an animal and have a reasonable amount of time, we can offer a courtesy post on our social media to connect you with interested families. This is often the least stressful outcome for your dog or cat who would be able to go straight from one loving home to another. We can only work with a family pet's legal owner and not third parties.

Note: Courtesy posts are only available for spayed or neutered animals.  If an animal isn't altered, we may be able to assist with that.


Our limited resources are committed to helping animals located in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties and specifically those who are in imminent risk of being euthanized.

It is important to file a found animal report with the appropriate shelter because this is where most families will first look for their lost pet. Animals who are underage often do best in foster homes because of their special needs and underdeveloped immune systems - please contact us for more information. We are easily reached via messenger on our social media platforms. Our volunteers also try to return calls and emails promptly.

  • The Napa County Animal Shelter is a safe place for animals. Contact Napa County Sheriff Dispatch 707-253-4451 or Animal Control 707-253-4517 for after hours assistance. They have a very high live release rate: www.countyofnapa.org/1023/Animal-Shelter

  • The city of Calistoga has an agreement with Petaluma Animal Services to provide safe shelter for lost/found animals. The local police department has a kennel and microchip scanner and can accept animals found within city limits 24 hours a day, 707-942-2810

  • The city of St Helena does not provide animal sheltering or control, but they do have a kennel and microchip scanner available and are able to hold dogs found within city limits for short periods of time, 707-967-2850.

  • Lake County Animal Care & Control has been working hard to increase their live release rate for dogs and cats each year: www.lakecountyca.gov/Government/Directory/Animal_Care_And_Control.htm

  • Clearlake Animal Control faces many challenges and we try to support their efforts as much as possible: www.clearlake.ca.us/211/Animal-Control

    *Given that this shelter is often too full to accept owner surrenders, we are sometimes able to help family pets who have no where else to go. Our decisions are based on need, the individual animal and whether we have a foster family available.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services is a large facility that helps a great number of animals from all over Sonoma county each year: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Animal-Services/

I found a stray animal. Can you help?


Does WCAL have a fund to assist with the medical needs of an animal?

We are sometimes able to help with limited medical funding when an animal is suffering and the owner isn't able to cover the costs. In return, depending on the owner's situation, we ask for monthly payments, in kind contributions, volunteering or fostering. We want our donors' contributions to stretch as far as possible so that we can help more animals. Please call us to discuss the situation, 707-800-5058