Adoption Process | PAWS Chicago

Adoption Process

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

 

Have you saved a life before?

When you adopt from PAWS Chicago, you don’t save just one life—you save two. Not only are you saving your pet, but you’re opening up space for us to take in another pet at risk.

In our community and around the nation, there is a pet overpopulation problem, which means that homeless pets are killed just because they don’t have a family. By adopting, you are helping us solve this problem.

The Adoption Process

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

Adoption Requirements

To adopt a pet from PAWS Chicago, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's 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 children and any resident dogs) to meet your new cat or dog
  • 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

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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$100
Cat under 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$275*
Puppies under six months of age$350*

*This fee includes a $75.00 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 $75.00 deposit you submitted at the time of adoption.

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