Adoption Process

Adopting a Pet

Getting to know all of our animals is so important so that you can find your new furry friend. To make things easier, we’ve outlined the adoption process below to give you an idea of what to expect when adopting from The Anti-Cruelty Society. 

ADOPTIONS AT ALL LOCATIONS have been PAUSED due to the Governor's shelter in place mandate.  

Before making the decisions to adopt from The Anti-Cruelty Society, please note the following about our adoption program:

  • Each potential adopter will be screened by our adoption counselors to make sure that it is a good match.
  • This process can take from 30 minutes to a few hours so please be prepared. Since our adoptions at the Adoption Center (510 N. LaSalle St.) and Everyday Adoption Center (South Loop PetSmart 1101 S. Canal St.) are same-day, you will be able to take your animal home the day you adopt.
  • Make sure you are ready to bring your new companion home that same day.
  • Adoptions from the additional PetSmart locations are not same-day. 

Adoption Applications:

Click here to download the dog adoption application.

Click here to download the cat adoption application.

Our adoptions are first come, first served. This means that you may not reserve an animal or place an animal on hold. You must come to the adoption location in-person to begin the adoption process. 


Adopting a pet is a very important decision that leads to an even more rewarding experience. Before adopting, make sure you are able to take on the responsibilities associated with pet ownership and are able to provide quality love and care for your new companion.   

In order to adopt from The Anti-Cruelty Society, all adopters must:

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

Adoption Fees: 
Puppies (under 5 months): $250
Adult dogs (5 months and older): $150
Kittens (under 5 months): $120
Cats (5 months and older): $60

Learn about our special adoption programs.

All of our adoptable animals can be viewed by clicking here. The information is posted in real-time which means that as soon as an animal is adopted, the profile is removed from the website (please note that cats and rabbits adopted from PetSmart locations are not immediately removed after adoption due to internal processing procedures). 

Adoptions are first-come, first-served as long as it’s a good match. This means that you cannot reserve an animal or place an animal on hold. You must come to the adoption location in-person to begin the adoption process. 

If you find an animal you are interested in adopting, you may fill out an adoption application prior to your visit. This is not required, but recommended for efficiency. If you do not wish to fill out an application in advance, applications will be available at our facility. 

Dog Adoption Application
Cat Adoption Application

The Anti-Cruelty Society has one main adoption center in downtown Chicago and has pets available for adoption in PetSmart locations throughout Chicago. Click here to view all adoption locations. All our centers are open to the public seven days a week whether you’re looking to adopt or just hang out with an animal. No appointments are necessary! 

When planning your visit to meet the animals available for adoption, be sure to set aside time to meet and greet all of the eligible pets as well as the adoption staff and counselors who will guide you through the process of adopting your new companion. Our adoption centers have great spaces to visit with the animals as well as knowledgeable staff and volunteers who will assist you and answer any questions you might have. 

New pets become available for adoption at The Anti-Cruelty Society every day. Check the adoption gallery online or stop by to visit with the animals available adoption. 

LaSalle Adoption Center

Our primary Adoption Center is located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago at the corner of West Grand Avenue and North LaSalle Street. The Adoption Center offers a courtyard for you to get to know our available dogs, two free-roaming cat rooms, and additional cat meet and greet rooms for you to interact with the cats. Our expert staff and volunteers will be happy to help you learn more about our animals and help you find your new best friend. Everyone is welcome to visit the Adoption Center to meet our animals, even if you are not looking to adopt at this time and no appointment is needed to visit. If you would like to walk a dog, play with a cat, or even read to our animals, please ask our staff and volunteers to assist you.

LaSalle Adoption Center 
510 North Lasalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Monday-Friday: noon to 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: noon to 5:00 pm

Everyday Adoption Center

In partnership with PetSmart Charities, we have a full adoption center in Chicago’s South Loop PetSmart store that hosts approximately 25 dogs, 15 cats, and a variety of small animals for adoption. This adoption model encourages adoption over purchasing pets from a traditional pet store. The Everyday Adoption Center features a dog playroom where visitors can watch the dogs play with one another. Three animal meet and greet rooms are available to prospective adopters so they can meet with cats and dogs in a private setting, creating a warm welcoming atmosphere for all. 

The Everyday Adoption Center
South Loop PetSmart
1101 South Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m
Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Anti-Cruelty Society also has cats available for adoption at a number of additional PetSmart Stores in the area.

View a full list of PetSmart loctions.

What to bring with you: 

  • Valid photo ID (such as a State ID, Driver’s License, or passport) with current address
  • All adult members (18+ years) of the household 
  • Landlord’s name and phone number, or a copy of your current lease (if you rent)

Once you have found your perfect match, the shelter staff will provide you with an Adoption Questionnaire to help us get a better idea of your pet-ownership knowledge and experience. You can also download the application in advance, so you have a chance to fill it out, and bring a copy with you when you come in. 

Dog Application
Cat Application

Once filled out, our trained adoption counselors will review the information and determine if the pet is a good fit for your home, family, and lifestyle. This part of the process includes reaching out to your landlord if you are renting to make sure you live in pet-friendly housing. 

If you and the animal are a match, our adoption counselors will provide you with information on training, health, and basic humane care. Our counselors will also answer any additional questions you may have. The entire process takes between 30 minutes and a few hours depending on how busy the Adoption Center is at that time. Please be prepared to wait while this process is conducted. 

Please note: adoption requests will be accepted up until 30 minutes before close.

At The Anti-Cruelty Society, we are committed to sending each adopter home with a happy and healthy pet. Each animal adopted from The Anti-Cruelty Society receives these benefits:  

  • 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 to make an appointment.
  • Collar (510 N. LaSalle St. Adoption Center Only)
  • Engraved ID tag (510 N. LaSalle St. Adoption Center Only)
  • Carrier or leash (510 N. LaSalle St. Adoption Center Only)

The staff and volunteers at The Anti-Cruelty Society work with each adopter to find a best match for you. Sometimes, however, not every adoption is the perfect fit. You always have the option to return the animal post-adoption. If you have any questions, concerns, or need any support as you and your pet are getting to know each other, you can give us a call or call our behavior helpline at 312-645-8253 or email  
If you have any other questions, comments, or concerns regarding our adoption process, please see our Adoption FAQ or call us at 312-644-8338.