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


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

WVAL'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, 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 positive reinforcement 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 do you have a facility where I can visit the animals?

We do not have a facility where we house our animals. All of our animals live in loving foster homes until they are adopted. Our adoptable animals page is updated regularly and if you see someone you'd like to meet, fill out an application and we will arrange a meet & greet.

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 hard as it is to say no to calls for help, we are only able to help animals located in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties. We also try to reserve our resources to help animals that are in imminent risk of being euthanized. We are sometimes able to help family pets in order to avoid them being taken to a public shelter. Our decisions are based on need, the individual animal and whether we have a foster family available.

When we are able to take a family pet into our adoption program, we need some time to arrange for a foster family to help care for the animal. Please recognize that this requires scheduling a future date to take the animal in, and rarely can we help when the animal needs to be relinquished immediately. Also, we can only work with a family pet's legal owner and not third parties.

We are always happy to help by doing a courtesy post on our website or Facebook page which has over 6,000 followers. 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.


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

We are often able to help with some 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.