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At Yucaipa Animal Placement Society we have many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens available for adoption. We rescue pets from local shelters and take in pets from owners can no longer care for them and we house them at the YAPS rescue facility until they are adopted. 

The adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccines and a microchip for dogs and cats. We do a thorough assessment of the animal’s temperament and needs so that we can find both them and you the companion of a lifetime.

Our goal is to adopt out pets into permanent, loving homes. The YAPS Team is here to help you choose a pet that will fit in with your lifestyle and bring harmony to your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fee to adopt?
Adult Dogs (1 year and over) $240.00
Puppies (6 months to 1 year) $300.00 
Puppies (6 months and under) $350.00 (additional refundable deposit of $100/$200 required)
Purebred Adult Dogs (1 year and over) $350.00
Purebred Puppies (under 1 year) $450.00
Senior Dogs (8 years and over) $135.00
Senior-to-Senior (people 65+, dog 8+) $80.00
Adult Cats  ( 1 year and over) $40.00
Felines (3 months to 1 year) $75.00 (additional refundable deposit of $100/$200 required) 
Purebred Felines $100.00

**All pet adoption fees include vaccines, spay/neuter, and microchip**

**Puppies and kittens under 6 months receive deworming treatments and vaccine boosters**

Does YAPS accept stray animals?

Unfortunately we cannot accept stray animals. Our goal as a private, nonprofit, rescue group is to give the lost animal every opportunity to be returned home before we re-home. Stray and abandoned animals are handled by your local animal control agency (link to Resources tab: Lost and found pets) allowing owners the opportunity to reunite with their lost pets.

What do I do if I find an injured or orphaned wild animal?

Throughout the year YAPS is frequently contacted about injured or orphaned wildlife. We do not have the resources to deal with wildlife, our resources are limited to domestic animals. For wild animals in the Yucaipa, Calimesa, and Redlands areas we ask that you contact the people below who are certified wildlife rehabilitators. They are trained to handle wildlife and their specific needs, so that they can get the medical attention and care needed then be returned to the wild. Please see the list below for folks in the area who can assist orphaned or injured wildlife:

Kandie Cansler (909) 790-1010
Linda Chalk (909) 887-8267
Penny (909) 794-1871

Can I request a specific breed of animal?

It is best that you check in with us as we do not keep a list of requested pets. It is recommended that you periodically check our website under the adopt a pet tab or call to check in.

Are kittens and puppies always available for adoption?

Puppies and kittens are available periodically through the year. Please call us or check the available animals on the website for a current selection.

I wanted to get a pet as a gift for a friend or family member, what do you recommend?

Choosing a pet is a very personal decision, and we feel it is best that the person who will be caring for the pet be involved in the process. Since adopting a pet is a commitment for life, we feel it is very important that the person acquiring the pet be present to bond with him or her to insure the highest quality relationship for both of them. Gift certificates are available as an alternative, so that the person can come pick the pet for their life and home.

Do you take donations of items to be used for the facility and animals?

Yes we do. We can always use donations of blankets, towels, dry dog, puppy, cat and kitten food, moist dog and cat food, cat litter, dog and cat toys, treats, laundry detergent, dish soap, copy paper, postage stamps, envelopes, office supplies and much more. Please see our wish list for more items of need.

Are all of the people at YAPS volunteers?

No, but our paid staff is dependent upon the assistance of our volunteers to help with a variety of tasks around the shelter that benefit the animals we serve. Our volunteers play a critical role in socializing and helping the animals to adjust to life in our kennels and cattery as they await their forever homes. We also have volunteers that help in the office, assisting with the phone calls, filing, and paperwork. Others like to assist with generating funds to insure the longevity of the shelter through events and fundraising efforts. If you are interested in lending a hand to an animal in need please click here for more information.

How does the adoption process work?

 Our animals can be viewed either on our website under the adoptions tab, in person at our facility located at 11937 13th Street in Yucaipa. You can call us for more information at 909-790-1440. 

Once you are at the YAPS facility, we ask that you fill out an adoption inquiry form which will be reviewed by our staff. When the form is approved, you will have the opportunity to interact with the pet and learn more about its history and background. If after the meet and greet you decide that you would like to adopt the animal and our experience leads us to believe that it is a good fit, you can pay the adoption fee and begin life with your new best friend.

What types of animals does YAPS adopt?

We adopt out a variety of breeds of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

How does YAPS get its animals for adoption?

Our animals come from two different sources. First, we take animals whose current owners can no longer care for them for a variety of reasons including finances, time constraints, health issues, or relocation. Finally, we transfer animals from municipal shelters throughout the region to relieve overcrowding and save the animals from the possibility of euthanasia.

How long does YAPS keep its animals at the facility?

We are a no kill facility, we keep the dogs and cats admitted into our program until they are adopted as long as they are physically and mentally well.

I can no longer keep my pet, how can I give my pet to YAPS to place it up for adoption?

Since we are a small, rescue facility in which space is limited, we ask that you call us for an appointment. Each animal must pass a health and temperament screening before he or she can be accepted into our program; our program is limited due to space and resources. Unfortunately, due to insurance restrictions we cannot accept the following pure bred pets: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, St. Bernards, Akitas, Cane Corsos, Pressa Canarios, Dobermans, Sharpei, Chow Chows or Savannah felines. However, it may be possible for us to take in a mixed breed from the above list. Please call for details. We can only accept pets when we have space available and the only way we get space is when people adopt.

Do you take animals on a temporary basis?

No we do not, however there are several local boarding facilities that will. We do assist local residents pets on the event of a natural disaster or emergency by temporarily housing pets during mandatory evacuation situations.

Adoption Info

At Yucaipa Animal Placement Society we have many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens available for adoption. We rescue pets from local shelters and take in pets from owners can no longer care for them and we house them at the YAPS rescue facility until they are adopted


At YAPS our goal is to help pets and their people. Funded by grant monies and private contributions, YAPS is able to offer several different programs to assist in pet ownership, from financial to educational, the goal is to be a pet owners first resource and not their last resort.