Adoption Process | PAWS Chicago


Ready to Adopt?

First, take the PAWS Chicago ComPETibility Quiz to find your new best friend. This 60-second quiz will find animals that will best fit your household and lifestyle.  

  • If you’ve already taken the quiz, look for an email with your scorecard and personalized link to finish your Adoption Application. 
    • Have you filled out an application in the past 6 months? If so, no need to fill out another one! Move on to the Virtual Adoption Registration Form. 
    • If you haven't completed an application, or if it’s been more than 6 months since your last one, let's get started!

      Next steps: After your ComPETibility Quiz and application have been submitted, view our adoptable animals. When you’ve found one that you love, fill out the Virtual Adoption Registration Form. You can fill out a new form each time you find an animal that catches your eye. 

      That's it! Our team will contact you if you're a match with the animal(s) you've indicated on your Virtual Adoption Registration Form. 

        *Please note that PAWS cannot guarantee that the animal(s) you submitted a Virtual Registration Form for will be available. We also cannot guarantee that we will have a match for everyone, as we are currently overwhelmed by the number of wonderful animal lovers who wish to open their homes to an animal in need. 

        ComPETibility ratings are a point-in-time classification based on available information for that animal. Ratings are subject to change and do not replace the need for a plan for responsible pet ownership.

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
  • 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!*

*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 14 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
Kittens less than 1 Year$150
Two Kittens Less than 1 Year$250 for the pair
Cats 1-5 Years old$100
Cats 6-9 Years old$75
Cats 10+ Years old$50

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 14 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
Up to 1 Year old$350 Adoption Fee + $100 PAWS Training Deposit ($450 total)
1-7 Years Old$250  Adoption Fee + $100 PAWS Training Deposit ($350 total)
8+ Years old$200 Adoption Fee. No Training Deposit.

 

The $100.00 Training Deposit which is refundable upon completion of PAWS Chicago positive reinforcement obedience training. You will have four months from the date of the adoption to complete a PAWS Chicago positive reinforcement class with your new puppy/dog. When you provide proof that your PAWS dog has completed a PAWS course, we will reimburse you the $100.00 deposit you submitted at the time of adoption.