Adoption Instructions & Fees

Instructions and requirements for adopting a pet

To adopt a cat from PAWS Chicago

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have a form of identification (license or state ID)
  • Verify that you are allowed to have a cat where you currently live.
  • Be able to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the training, medical treatment and proper care for your cat.
  • Bring along all family members (including children) to meet the cat(s).
  • Be able to take the cat home on the day of adoption.
  • Have the time to spend up to an hour with an adoption counselor to discuss the responsibility of owning a cat and making it a lifetime commitment.

Adoption Fee

  • Kitten: $100
  • Cat under two years of age: $100
  • Cat between two – four years of age: $75
  • Cat five years of age and older: $25

Adoption Fee Includes

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • All age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Lifetime guarantee if something happens to you or you can no longer care for your pet
  • Support throughout the pets lifetime

 

To adopt a dog from PAWS Chicago

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have a form of identification (license or state ID)
  • Verify that you are allowed to have a pet of the breed and size where you currently live.
  • Be able to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet.
  • Bring along all family members including any resident dogs or children for an introduction to a new dog.
  • Be able to take the animal home on the date of adoption
  • Have the time to spend up to an hour with an adoption counselor to discuss the responsibility of owning a pet and making it a lifetime commitment.

Adoption Fee

  • $200.00* for an adult
  • $275.00* for puppies under six months old
  • *A $75.00 refundable training deposit is also required for each dog/puppy. This deposit is refundable upon completion of obedience training. You will have four months from the date of the adoption to complete a basic obedience class with your new puppy/dog. When you provide proof that your PAWS dog has completed a course, we will reimburse you the $75.00 deposit you submitted at the time of adoption.

Adoption Fee Includes

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • All age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Lifetime guarantee if something happens to you or you can no longer care for your pet
  • Support throughout the pets lifetime

 

PAWS Chicago spends an average of $600 for every homeless animal we rescue.

All PAWS Chicago dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and are up-to-date on shots based on age and arrival date.

Adoption FAQ

I saw an animal that I’d like to meet. How do I go about doing so?
The best way to meet an animal is to visit PAWS Chicago’s Adoption Center located at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago. No appointments are necessary and our volunteers would be happy to introduce you to any animals you may be interested in. The Center is open Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For those interested in dogs, you can complete the Meet Your Match Dog Adopter Survey to determine the type of dog which best fits your lifestyle.

How can I determine if a particular animal is available?
Each Cat and Dog Available for Adoption is featured on our website. We receive new animals continually and our website is updated daily. If there is a particular animal you would like to meet, please come and visit PAWS Chicago’s Adoption Center located at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago. You may also call us at 773-935-7297 (PAWS) with any questions before your visit.

How can I tell if an animal is good with children, house trained, leash-trained, or good around other animals?
To learn more about a dog or cat’s personality around you and your family, please stop by the Adoption Center and bring along all family members including any resident dogs (only if meeting a dog) or children for an introduction. The Meet Your Match Program is designed to help find the right canine for the right adopter. By matching the adopter’s lifestyle and expectations with the adoptable dog’s energy and needs, the program helps adopters select a lifelong companion on more than superficial qualities such as coloring, breed or gender.

The animal profile states that the pet is “special.” What does this mean?
Each cat or dog available for adoption who is marked as “I’m Special” will have details on the pets medical or behavior information and Adoption Counselors will address these details with interested adopters. Dogs who have undergone obedience training will be most appropriate for a family who is willing to continue this training with their new pet. Although these dogs may require a bit more structure in their lives, they are well-suited for adoption and will make wonderful companions.

The animal profile states that the pet is in holiday. How do I meet him/her?
If an animal that you would like to meet is in holiday, please contact HolidayProgramDT@pawschicago.org regarding dogs or HolidayProgramKC@pawschicago.org regarding cats to discuss the animal of interest’s needs and to arrange a meeting.

Special information onsite and offsite Adoption Events
Times listed for the pets are the estimated arrival times and are subject to change. Please review our guidelines and instructions on this page when adopting a pet, these instructions also apply to onsite and offsite adoption events. Animals are available on a first come/ first served basis assuming all adoption requirements are met. Please visit the ‘Cats and Dogs Available for Adoption’ section for more information on the animals and their availability.


Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center
1997 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 – Map it
(773) 935-PAWS



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