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. Please check our Facebook page​ for updates on walk-in adoption events happening every month.

We are processing adoptions for dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits and other pets by appointment only, but you can check out Facebook page​ for upcoming walk-in adoption events happening every month.

Please follow the steps below: ​

  • Step 1: Visit BradshawShelter.net​ 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) to​ 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)​​

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


If your pet is at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter, please visit us at 3839 Bradshaw Road between 8AM and 4PM, 7 days a week. Owner redemptions are being processed at the Admission Door. Redemption fees and other fees may apply. For details, view our online fee schedule​. To view a list of strays currently at our shelter, please visit ​the Lost and Found Pets Page​

We are currently accepting stray pets from the unincorporated Sacramento County at the Admission Door between 8AM and 4PM, 7 days a week. We are located at 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA. Call 311 for help determining the correct shelter jurisdiction​. ​

If you find a stray pet in the community, the best option is to try and reunite the pet with its' owner. For more details on how to reunite pets with their owners and a list of resources, visit the Have you found my pet?​ section on the Lost and Found Pet Page

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

Our RTF program is open with the following requirements: 

  • Up to two cats per person, per week
  • Drop off days/times are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 10:30am and 4:00pm at the intake door (left of adoption doors)
  • Pick up dates are generally the day after surgery, please check with staff
  • Cats must be from the unincorporated Sacramento County

For more details about our RTF Program, please visit the RTF page​. Alternatively, Animal Outreach may have availability at 530-642-2287 for spay/neuter appointments at their facility in Diamond Springs, as well as our friends next door at the Community Spay and Neuter​ (CSN). To schedule a spay/neuter appointment with CSN, call 916-368-7314.

​For more information about Feral Cats and trapping, please visit sacferals.com​.

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 saccounty.net/covid-19​.

The shelter is always grateful for donations and a list of items can be found by visiting animalcare.saccounty.net/makeagift. 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 TEAM4Animals.org​ to donate today.

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

  • Online: Renew your license online at animalcare.saccounty.net/licensing
  • 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. 

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

We have reopened our Pet Food Pantry along with other services and resources to help Pet Owners in Need.​ 

Pet Food Pantry
  • Pet owners in need may pick up food once a month Tuesday through Sunday between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
  • Appointments are recommended by emailing countyanimalcare@saccounty.net​ or calling our appointment line at 916-875-2287 between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm Tuesday - Sunday.

You can also find helpful tips on how to keep your pet, rehoming information, low cost vaccination and spay/neuter information, as affordable veterinary services in your area. For more information, visit animalcare.saccounty.net/HelptheAnimals/Pages/PetOwnersinNeed.aspx​.

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 ​sacanimal.org. For spay and neuter services, visit communityspayneuter.comFor a list of other spay and neuter services in our region, visit sacanimal.org​.

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