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

To adopt a pet from PAWS Chicago, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a U.S. 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) to meet your new cat or dog. Be sure to bring any resident dogs if you are adopting a 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 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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