Bradshaw Animal Shelter

Frequently​ Asked Questions

No. The Bradshaw Animal Shelter is currently closed to walk in-traffic. However, license renewal walk-ins are available on a limited basis from 12PM to 4:30PM Tuesday thru Sunday (except holidays), and most our regular services are now available by appointment and online. Face covering and social distancing are required during your visit.

We are processing adoptions for dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits and other pets by appointment only. The public must follow all local Public Health mandates including the use of face coverings and social distancing during their appointment. For details, visit

Please follow the steps below: ​

  • Step 1: Visit​ to see all available pets and write down the 7- digit animal number of the pet(s) you are interested in (up to 3 pets allowed). 
  • Step 2: Call 916-875-2287 (between 9:30am and 3:30pm, except Mondays and ​Holidays) tto schedule an adoption appointment with a shelter representative.
  • Step 3: Visit the shelter during your scheduled appointment. 
    • Bring a valid I.D. 
    • $50 Adoption fee (cash/credit/debit accepted)​​
    • Wear a face covering and social distance ​

Sacramento Shelter Pets Alive (SSPA) is processing adoptions of all large breed dogs currently in foster care by appointment. Visit to apply. If you have questions regarding the status of a submitted applications, please email​.​

Please fill out and save a foster application. Send the saved application and any questions to our Foster Team at​. For more information about our Foster Program, visit our Foster Program webpage​.

Call 311. Owners wil​l then be transferred to a shelter representative to make redemption arrangements.​

Owners of lost pets should visit​ and follow the steps at the top of the page. Our list of lost pets currently at the shelter is updated every 30 minutes.

At this time, we are accepting all stray dogs and sick, injured or pregnant stray pets. Please call 311 for assistance. For a list of stray pet resources, visit the Have you found my pet?​ page before visiting the shelter.

Our RTF program is closed. However, sick, injured and pregnant cats will be accepted. Call 311 for assistance. If you want to schedule a spay/neuter appointment for RTF cats please call Animal Outreach at 530-642-2287 for an appointment at their facility in Diamond Springs while availability lasts.

You may also call Community Spay and Neuter​ (the clinic next to our shelter) at 916-368-7314 for spay/neuter appointments.

Yes. The Bark Park remains open and is considered an outdoor activity. Mandatory guidelines for outdoor activities including face covering and the practice of social distancing can be found at​.

The shelter is always grateful for donations and a list of items can be found by visiting Due to limited walk-in hours, donation drop-offs are permitted at the intake door to the left of the adoption doors. You may call 3-1-1 during your donation drop-off to let our staff know you have arrived. To help with special medical needs, monetary donations made payable to the shelter’s non-profit affiliate, T.E.A.M. are always appreciated. Visit​ to donate today.

Yes. Licenses are being processed online, by mail and via walk-ins. 

  • Online: Renew your license online at
  • By Mail: Send a completed application, check, proof of spay/neuter, and proof of rabies vaccination* to: Bradshaw Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA 95827 
  • Walk-In: License purchases will be processed on a limited basis from 12PM to 4:30PM Tuesday thru Sunday at the shelter, except holidays. Current rabies certificate is required.* Licenses are $15 for altered pets and $50 for unaltered pets. 
*If you are unable to provide proof of a current rabies vaccination at this time, please pay your licensing fee and a temporary license will be issued. You will be able to provide proof of rabies vaccination at a later date via email at​. ​

Citations can be cleared via walk-ins at the shelter from 12PM to 4:30PM Tuesday thru Sunday, except holidays.

Low-cost vaccines and affordable vet services are available at many locations in our region. For details, visit ​our Rabies, Vaccination & Microchipping webpage​ or visit ​ For spay and neuter services, visit communityspayneuter.comFor a list of other spay and neuter services in our region, visit​.