Adoption Information

Adopting an animal is an important decision that will affect you, your household, and your pet for many years to come. When you come to the shelter to look for a pet, we provide you with all of the information that we know about each animal on a card that is posted on the animal’s kennel in our adoption rooms. Please plan on spending enough time with the animal to be sure that you are making the right selection.

If you do not find the right one on your first visit to our shelter, please return on another day when many new animals will be available for adoption. Our staff and volunteers are here to help you add a wonderful new member to your family, but we cannot always guarantee you will find the right pet. The process may take approximately 2 hours, so again, please plan accordingly.

The Adoption Process

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to helping you find the perfect pet. We have created this guide as a tool to help point you toward those animals that are most likely match your family’s level of activity and pet ownership experience. Animals available in our adoption kennels have been classified as follows:

  • Novice
    Usually ideal for a first-time pet owner
  • Intermediate
    Usually needs a family that has some knowledge or experience with cats or dogs (all puppies and kittens are in this category)
  • Special
    Usually has special behavioral or medical needs, or is just special to us in some way
  • Advanced (Dogs Only)
    Usually needs a family that has knowledge of dog behavior and experience with training

As always, staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and to guide you through the selection process.

Application and Counseling

Once you have decided on an animal, the adoption room staff will provide you with an Adoption Questionnaire. Our counselors will then review this information with you, and if the adoption is approved, we provide you with information on training, health, and basic humane care. Of course, we will also answer any additional questions you may have. Please note: adoption requests will be accepted up until 30 minutes before close.

Complete the Adoption Questionnaire

Download the appropriate Adoption Questionnaire below and complete it before coming in:


Adoption Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have valid ID with current address
  • Renters must provide their landlord’s name and phone number, or a copy of the lease
  • All adult members of the household should be present or in agreement with the selection

Adoption Fees:

Adoption fees are based on an individual animal’s age and location. Our cat adoption fees range from $60-$120 and dog adoptions fees from $150-$250. Seniors 60 years of age and over qualify for the Pets for Seniors Program.

Some animals have a higher adoption fee. These animals are in high demand and quickly find loving homes, so they leave a financial legacy for the other animals in our care that require more time or need medical or behavioral treatments before finding a home. An animal’s value cannot be measured in dollars, and every pet that comes to us deserves—and receives—the same tender care as every other.

Click on any animal in our adoption gallery to find its individual adoption fee.

Each Adoption Includes:

  • Complete veterinary exam
  • Inoculations against rabies and other diseases
  • Heartworm test for dogs
  • Feline leukemia test for cats
  • Spaying or neutering
  • Permanent microchip identification
  • 1 month of free pet insurance for this important transition period
  • 2 weeks of post adoption health support
    • Free exam and transitional health support at no cost at a VCA hospital near you
    • Exam and discounts at one of our community vet ambassadors
    • Or 15 days of care in our clinic at no charge
  • Each Adoption Includes:
  • Complete veterinary exam
  • Inoculations against rabies and other diseases
  • Heartworm test for dogs
  • Feline leukemia test for cats
  • Spaying or neutering
  • Permanent microchip identification
  • 1 month complimentary trial of pet insurance for this important transition period
  • Post adoption health support
    • Complimentary exam and follow-up care at a VCA hospital near you (up to $500) within 14 days of adoption. Learn more here.
    • $20 exam and service discounts at one of our Veterinary Ambassadors
    • Complimentary care in the Society’s clinic within 14 days of adoption. Please call 312- 645-8051 or 312-645-8052 to make an appointment.

At our LaSalle Street adoption facility we also include:

  • Collar
  • Engraved ID tag
  • Carrier or leash

Adoption Partnerships

The Anti-Cruelty Society is pleased to partner with several Chicago area PetSmart stores to offer additional adoption sites. The process and guidelines for adopting a pet at one of these locations are the same as adopting at our primary adoption center at 510 N. LaSalle though fees may vary.

All available animals are posted on our website and their current location is noted within their profile. If you are interested in adopting, you need to visit the animal at the location listed. To view a list of current adoption locations, click here.

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible