Adopting a Foster Pet | PAWS Chicago

Adopting a Foster Pet

You, or someone you know, have fallen in love with your foster pet. How do you make it official?

The main goal when you foster is to care for these animals until they are ready for adoption. But sometimes you realize you can’t live without the animal you’re fostering. Or maybe a friend or family member has made a special connection with your foster pet.

If this is the case, let the Foster Program Team know before the end of your foster period. Feel free to contact them at or 773-475-9464 with any questions or concerns.

You Want to Adopt

Congratulations on joining an elite group of people affectionately known as “Failed Fosters.”

Don’t worry, this is a positive term! Being a Failed Foster means you fell for those puppy eyes or loving purrs so much that you cannot let go. Notify the PAWS Chicago Foster Team as soon as you know you want to adopt. We will provide you with the steps to adopt your foster pet.

Please Note:

  • Everyone in the household should be present at the time of the adoption. Resident dogs should also come along if the potential adopter is adopting a dog.
  • If you express your interest in adopting the animal after the foster period is over (once you’ve given the animal back to PAWS), we cannot guarantee the pet will remain available for you to adopt.

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A Friend, Neighbor or Family Member Wants to Adopt

Unfortunately, we cannot put an animal on hold for adopters who are not pre-approved or do not have successful dog-to-dog introductions. We will work with you to ensure your friends or family members know when an animal will arrive at our Adoption Center so that they can be first in line for adoption.

We encourage them to go to the Adoption Center the morning the animal is transferred there or attend any appropriate adoption events. We suggest they arrive about 20 minutes before opening if possible.

To Facilitate an Adoption:

  • Feel free to confirm with the Foster Program Team to determine when the animal will be transferred to one of our Adoption Centers or adoption events.
  • If the animal you are fostering is slated to attend an adoption event, the interested party must attend that particular event to adopt.
  • Everyone in the household must be present at the time of the adoption. If the potential adopter is adopting a dog, any dogs in the household are also required to be present.


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