We receive a lot of inquiries from pond owners interested in adopting some of our rescued koi. We care deeply about the beautiful living jewels entrusted to our care and we are committed to finding them properly vetted new forever homes. If you would like to attend one of our special hosted onsite koi adoption events within Southern California please submit a completed Koi Adoption Request below. We do NOT ship koi, so please do not submit a Koi Adoption Request unless you are actually able and willing to attend event in Southern California. Upon approval, we will contact you via SMS text to alert you when an adoption event has been scheduled allow you to schedule an appointment to attend.

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Koi Adoption Request

Note: If you do not submit a complete Koi Adoption Request below then you will NOT be allowed to adopt koi from us. Our goal is to ensure our rescued koi are provided only to suitable forever homes so this form is required.

Frequently asked questions about koi adoption:

Below are some commonly asked questions about koi adoption from Southern California Koi Rescue.

Where do our rescued koi come from?

We offer our onsite koi fish rescue services completely free of charge, often driving hundreds of miles in order to save these precious living jewels from private ponds and corporate water features located throughout Southern California. These koi are made available to us by their previous owners for a wide variety of reasons. Occasionally we are also called upon to rescue koi fish located well beyond our typical service area.

How can I view photos of currently available adoptable koi?

Please visit our Adoptable Koi page for a sample of some of the rescued koi we currently have available for adoption. This page is updated as frequently as possible. We also commonly share photos and videos of adoptable koi via our social media accounts.

What is the koi quarantine procedure followed by Southern California Koi Rescue?

We quarantine all rescued Koi for a minimum period of 4-6 weeks before they are made available through adoption to properly vetted new forever homes. Our rescued koi are commonly scoped using a microscope to identify any parasites. All rescued koi are treated with 3% salt along with appropriate medications to treat any parasites identified during scoping. As a precautionary measure, prazi treatment is also commonly applied during quarantine to help guard against typical parasites found in koi.

What is the typical quality of koi available from Southern California Koi Rescue?

The vast majority of Koi we rescue are not show quality fish.  In fact, most of our rescued Koi are standard pond grade fish only. But these Koi were extremely valuable to the pond owners who entrusted them to our care, and therefore they are also extremely valuable to us. When we do rescue koi of significantly higher quality these premium grade koi are also made available for adoption to properly vetted forever homes once they have completed quarantine. You can view a sample of currently available koi on our Adoptable Koi page.

How can I adopt koi from Southern California Koi Rescue?

If you wish to adopt any rescued koi from us then you must submit a completed Koi Adoption Request form. Once your request has been approved you will be notified when we have new koi available for adoption.

How much does it cost to adopt koi from Southern California Koi Rescue?

If you are looking for free koi then please look elsewhere. A nominal rehoming fee is required for all koi adoptions. This rehoming fee helps to offset our operating costs for the various free services we provide. We generally only make large koi available for adoption and typical rehoming fees range from $50 and up per koi. Quantity discounts are also commonly made available. Our rehoming fee is only a small fraction of the actual retail value for many of the beautiful large koi we typically make available for adoption to properly vetted new forever homes.

I have an Aquascape design pond. Can I still adopt koi?

Our sole mission is to find suitable new forever homes for the beautiful living jewels entrusted to our care. For this reason, we strongly prefer to make our rescued koi available for rehoming to proper koi ponds only. Read our assessment of Aquascape design ponds here.