Adoption Process

The Anti-Cruelty Society is using a virtual meet and greet adoption process.

Here’s how it works! 

  1. Choose Your Pet: View all of the animals available for adoption. 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 store directly to inquire about next steps.
  2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire: If the pet you’re interested in adopting is currently in foster care or in the LaSalle Adoption Center (our River North location), please cut and paste the link to complete the cat or dog virtual adoption questionnaire which is listed in that pet’s info. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. Connect with the Foster or Adoption Team: Following the adoption consultation we’ll help you set-up a virtual meeting with the foster or a member of our Adoption Team. During the meeting you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the pet’s day-to-day life directly from the foster or Adoption Team. 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 are unable to place holds on animals.

·   Though we are closed to the public, we are still offering post-adoption support services to our adopters.

·   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

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: 
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.

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.