Effective Monday, April 6, The Anti-Cruelty Society NOW offers a virtual adoption process.
Here’s how it works!
Choose Your Pet: View all of the animals available for adoption here. Once you find someone who catches your eye, check their current location by clicking their photo. If it’s an animal listed as in foster care, move onto step 2. If it’s a pet listed as being at a PetSmart, please call the storedirectly to inquire about next steps.
Complete an Adoption Questionnaire: If the pet you’re interested in adopting is currently in foster care, please cut and paste the link to complete the cat or dog virtual adoption questionnaire which is listed in that pet’s online bio. Please answer each question in detail to ensure we have everything we need to move you onto step 3. Note that all standard adoption requirements apply.
Consultation Completion: Once we receive your completed form, our adoption team will reach out to complete your adoption consultation. They’ll request additional records, such as a copy of your driver’s license or state ID, along with verifying that you currently live in pet-friendly housing. They’ll also confirm that your current pets are up-to-date on vaccinations. Consultations will also include a phone call between you and a member of our adoption team to discuss additional information about the pet.
Connect with the Foster: Following the adoption consultation we’ll help you set-up a virtual meeting with the foster. During the meeting you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the pet’s day-to-day life directly from the foster. If the meeting goes well, and you think you’ve found your match, we’ll complete the final steps with you virtually. These include the adoption contract, adoption fee, records, and adoption counseling.
A few things to keep in mind if you’re interested in utilizing our virtual adoption process:
· To ensure the safety of our staff, fosters, and the public, we are not scheduling in-person meetings with pets at this time.
· Adoption inquiries are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not place holds on animals.
· In the event that you follow through with an adoption only to find that you and the pet are not a good match know that we’re here to support you! We will happily accept the animal back if there are any concerns. We offer full refunds to adopters if an animal is returned to us within 30 days of the original adoption date. Our hope is that you won’t have to return your new pet, but also understand that there’s an art to matchmaking that may be lost in this virtual process.
If you have any questions regarding adopting through The Anti-Cruelty Society during the COVID-19 pandemic, email us at email@example.com.
Adopting an animal is a big step. It is bringing a new member into your family and at The Anti-Cruelty Society, we are committed to providing the perfect forever home for those animals in our care.
As Chicago’s premier animal welfare organization, our expansive adoption program features a wide variety of adoptable pets from cats, dogs to a host of small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and more!
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