Adoption FAQ

No, you do not need an appointment to adopt from any of our adoption locations. All adoption locations are facilitating drop-in adoptions.

Adoption Fees:

Each adoption fee covers just a portion of the care, training, and medical services provided for each adoptable pet. We keep our fees affordable to encourage people from all walks of life to adopt! Learn about discounted fees through our special adoption programs.


  • Adults - 5 months and up - $100
  • Bonded Adults -  $100 - second fee is waived!
  • Kittens - Under 5 months - $150
  • Bonded Kittens - $200


  • Adults - 5 months and up - $200
  • Bonded Adults - $200 - second fee is waived!
  • Puppies - Under 5 months - $300

Small animals:

  • Rabbits - $40
  • Guinea Pig - $20
  • Pair of Guinea Pigs - $25
  • Gerbils, hamsters, fancy rats - $10

What’s included with each adoption:

Each adoption includes a variety of services and resources to set you and your new pet up for success. Each adoption package includes:

An adoption consultation: our adoption team will assist people with choosing a pet who is a good match for their lifestyle and provides customized counseling to prepare them for welcoming home a new pet.

Starter supplies: each adopter animal goes home with a collar, leash (dog) or carrier (cat/small animal), and for pets adopted from our River North location, an engraved identification tag as well as a sample bag of Science Diet dry food.

Medical package: complete veterinary examination, basic health screening (heartworm test for dogs, feline leukemia test for cats), age-appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip

VCA Health Certificate: complimentary exam and follow-up care at a VCA hospital near you within 14 days of adoption. Learn more here.

Behavior support: our team of behavior specialists have developed a number of resources to assist adopters with transitioning their new pet into their home. This includes care information sheets provided at the time of adoption, our Pet Care Library, as well as access to our Behavior Helpline.

Adoption Match Guarantee

Anti-Cruelty team works closely with each adopter to find the best possible animal companion match but realizes that sometimes things just don’t work out. That’s why we offer our “Adoption Match Guarantee.” If you’ve adopted a pet from us, and the match isn’t quite right, know that we’re here to support you! Reach out to us so we can welcome the animal back and help you find a better fit. We offer full refunds to adopters upon request if an animal is returned to us within 30 days of the original adoption date. Reach out to our adoption team at or call 312-645-8220 for details.

Yes. You do not need to complete a questionnaire before visiting. Once you spend time with a pet and decide that you want to adopt, you are then asked to fill out a questionnaire and complete a consultation with an adoption guide. You can also visit with animals even if you don’t plan to adopt.

The adoption process consists of a consultation after you have chosen a pet and filled out our adoption questionnaire. It is same-day adoption and the whole process can take up to two hours.

We will need a photo ID such as a State ID or Driver’s License or passport. If your current address is not listed on your ID, please bring a lease or utility bill to prove your current address.

No, we are unable to hold available pets. The adoption process is first-come, first-served once a pet becomes available.

No, adoptions are same-day. We do not have space to accommodate boarding of adopted pets. 

Contact our customer service team at 312-644-8338 or email