Adoption Process | PAWS Chicago

Adoption Process

What you need to know about adopting a pet from PAWS Chicago.

 

The Adoption Process

Adopting a pet is all about finding the right pet for you!

Adoption Requirements

Spring Adopt-a-Thon Wait List

We will allow wait lists for dogs shown on the website arriving after 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday (We will begin to take names for these dogs at 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday outside of our Lincoln Park Adoption Center)The wait list applies only to dogs arriving after 1pm each day

  • You may place your name on a list for only 1 dog per household each day
  • Each list will be limited to 3 names per dog
  • After placing your name on a list, you will be given instructions for when and where to return to meet the dog later in the day
  • A name on a list is not a guarantee of adoption, simply an order of meeting with the dog

To adopt a pet from the PAWS Chicago Adopt-a-Thon, you must:

  • Fill out your adoption application online prior to arriving at PAWS Chicago ( see below ), so we can print the application for you at the Adoption Center.
  • Bring a valid U.S. issued ID
  • Bring all members of the household with you
  • If you rent your house, condo or apartment bring a lease or written form of communication from your landlord that states you can have the type, size, breed, number of pets you are interested in adopting 
  • If you are interested in adopting a dog, please bring your resident dog with you
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • 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
  • Be able to take the pet home on the day of adoption
  • Be available to spend up to an hour with an Adoption Counselor to discuss the responsibility of owning a pet and making a lifetime commitment
  • Spay or neuter any resident pets before you adopt. This is the most important thing you can do to help stop pet overpopulation, and also gives your pet many health and behavioral benefits!

 

Please give yourself several hours to complete the process to adopt an animal as we are expecting to be very busy and want to give each animal and adopter the time they deserve!

*We understand there are some responsible reasons why you might choose to not spay or neuter your pet. If that is the case in your home, please bring along the related veterinary records and ask to speak to a manager who will help determine whether we are able to approve your application to adopt.

 

 

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Cat Adoption Benefits

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • All age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Starter bag of Merrick-brand pet food
  • VCA Healthy Start Certificate, giving you a free visit with a veterinarian within five days of adoption and covering the cost of illness in the first two weeks of adoption (up to $500)
  • Support throughout your pet's lifetime
  • The PAWS Chicago Lifetime Guarantee, if something happens to you or you can no longer care for your pet
AgeAdoption Fee
Kitten under 1 year of age$125
Two or more kittens$100 each
Cat one to two years of age$100
Cat between two – four years of age$75
Cat five years of age and older$25

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Dog Adoption Benefits

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • All age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Leash and collar
  • Starter bag of Merrick-brand pet food
  • VCA Healthy Start Certificate, giving you a free visit with a veterinarian within five days of adoption and covering the cost of illness in the first two weeks of adoption (up to $500)
  • Support throughout your pet's lifetime
  • The PAWS Chicago Lifetime Guarantee, if something happens to you or you can no longer care for your pet
AgeAdoption Fee
Adult (dogs aged seven months and older)$300*
Puppies (dogs aged six months and younger)$400*

*This fee includes a $100.00 deposit which 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 $100.00 deposit you submitted at the time of adoption.

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Ready to Adopt?

Have you filled out an application in the past 6 months? If so, no need to fill out another one! Just
visit one of our adoption centers to have it reprinted. 

If you haven't completed an application survey, or its been more than 6 months since your last one,
let's get started! Just click on your choice of a cat or dog application below.

    Next steps: After your application survey has been submitted, come in to one of our adoption centers
    to have your application printed and reviewed by our adoption staff. We will keep your application on file for two weeks.*
    Please note that PAWS cannot guarantee that the animal you submitted an application survey for will be available.