Interested in adopting an animal not yet “available”? Here's how you can add a new member to your family. When animals are brought to the SEAACA Animal Care Center, they are held for a specific number of days to allow owners to reunite with their lost pets. Throughout the holding period time, interested residents or SEAACA Adoption Partners (refer to Adoption partner page for information and application) may put place an "adoption hold" on the animal as a potential adopter. If the owner does not claim their pet, there is an opportunity for the public to adopt that animal into their family. All adoption holds must be placed by the potential adopter in person. 

Adoption Hold Process:

SEAACA uses a numerical holding system. A list is created for each pet. Interested adopters can add their name to the list from the first day the animal is in our care center. The first name on the list has the first opportunity to adopt once the owner claiming holding time ends and the animal is available. If the first name of the list is not here at 12:00 p.m. (noon) then we move to the second name and on down the list. 

Most of SEAACA’s animals are featured on PetFinder (tab on home page) and other social media sites. Often the term “availability date” is noted. The date shown is the date an animal is available to go to a new home even though it has been available for adoption holds since arrival.

When You Come To The Care Center:

Please come to the SEAACA Care Center to view our wonderful animals.  Some can go home immediately because their owner claiming time has passed.  Others are being held to determine if they will be claimed by their owners, but are available for adoption holds.  When you find a potential pet, obtain an identification information slip, record the kennel number and take the slip to our front counter. One of our Customer Service Representatives will add your name to the list for the animal or start the process for your immediate adoption. A maximum of 10 hold names can be placed per animal.

The representative will give you the next available hold number sheet. This sheet will include available date, time, cage number, Identification number, adoption fees and general information about adoptions.

Placing a hold on an animal does not give any person an exclusive right to adopt the animal. We cannot call to remind you of the animal's availability. If the animal you were interested is no longer available consider another furry friend that is also looking for a new home.