Adoption Process

The Anti-Cruelty Society is ready to help you make your adoption match!

PLEASE NOTE: Our Adoption Team is working hard to respond to all inquiries. Due to a high volume of interest, our response time may be delayed. We appreciate your support and patience.

Here’s how adopting during the pandemic works! 

  • Choose Your Pet: View the animals available for adoption. Once you find someone who catches your eye, check their current location by clicking their photo. If the pet’s location is listed as the River North Adoption Center (LaSalle) or foster, move onto step 2. If the pet is listed as being at our South Loop Everyday Adoption Center, or within another PetSmart, drop by to meet the pet in person. You are welcome to call the store directly with any questions about the pet or process.
  • Complete an Adoption Questionnaire: If the pet you’re interested in adopting is currently in foster care or at the LaSalle Adoption Center (our River North location) or Everyday Adoption Center (South Loop PetSmart), please cut and paste the link in the animal's description to complete the virtual adoption questionnaire. Please answer each question in detail to ensure we have everything we need to move you onto step 3. Incomplete adoption questionnaires will not be considered. Note that all standard adoption requirements apply. After filling out the application, please send a photo of your driver’s license or state ID to If your ID does not have your current address, please also email proof of your current address by attaching a lease or utility bill.
  •  Consultation Completion: We’ll ask you additional questions to learn more about your household while sharing additional details about the pet’s history. Our goal will be to ensure that the pet you’ve chosen is the best possible match for your home
  • Connect with our team: Following the adoption consultation we’ll help you set-up a  meeting with the pet. If the animal is residing in foster, we’ll connect you with the foster caregiver directly. If the pet is on-site, we’ll schedule an in-person appointment with you. If the meeting goes well, and you think you’ve found your match, we’ll guide you through the final steps of the adoption process. These include signing the adoption contract, paying the adoption fee, and sharing medical records.

A few things to note when utilizing our virtual adoption process:

Due to a large volume of inquiries, there may be a delay in responding to inquiries. Thank you for your support and patience!

·  To ensure the safety of our staff, fosters, and the public, we are NOT open for unscheduled adoption drop-ins at the River North location at this time.

·   Adoption inquiries are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please fill out your questionnaire with as much detail as possible to ensure swift processing. We are unable to place holds on animals.

·   To ensure a successful adoption transition we offer a variety of post-adoption support services to our adopters.

·   In the event that you complete 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 we 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

Our adoptions are first come, first served. This means that you may not reserve an animal or place an animal on hold.

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: 

  • Adult Cats - $75
  • Pair of Cats - $75
    (To encourage adoption of bonded pairs, the fee for the second cat is waived)
  • Kittens - $130
  • Pair of Kittens - $195
  • Adult Dogs - $175
  • Puppies - $300
  • Rabbits - $35
  • Guinea Pig - $10
  • Pair of Guinea Pigs - $15

Learn about our special adoption programs.

We are committed to sending each adopter home with a happy and healthy pet. Each animal adopted from The Anti-Cruelty Society receives the following 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.