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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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.