You Want to Adopt
Congratulations on joining an elite group of people affectionately known as “Foster Fail.”
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 can’t let go. Notify the PAWS Chicago Foster Team as soon as you know you want to adopt, and we will provide you with the steps to adopt your foster pet.
- 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 be available for you to adopt if other potential adopters have applied first.
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. If your friend or family member is interested in adopting, please give us their contact information when you drop off the pet at the end of the foster period. Our foster team will then reach out to get their adoption application on file. Because we cannot place an adoption hold on any pets, please make sure they are ready to adopt when our staff reaches out.
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.