Thank you for considering adoption!

PLEASE READ: Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not be holding walk-in adoption hours until further notice. To adopt a cat or dog, please fill out an application online and one of our adoption coordinators will be in touch to schedule an individual appointment for you to visit the shelter and meet the animals.

We have covered common questions regarding our adoption process below, but should you have further questions please contact us!

The majority of our dogs and cats come from animal control facilities with high euthanasia rates. These facilities must euthanize for space regardless of whether an animal is adoptable or not. Additionally, we accept strays and sometimes, owner surrenders.


  • Puppies (8 weeks) to 6 months: $400
  • 6 months to 8 years (less than 20 pounds): $300
  • 6 months to 8 years (greater than 20 pounds): $250
  • 8 years and up: $150


  • Kittens up to 6 months: $125
  • Pair of kittens: $200
  • 6 months to 8 years:  $100
  • 8 years and up: $75

There’s no such thing as a “free pet.” Medical procedures performed by the animal shelter would cost well over $500 at an animal hospital. We never make a profit off of an adoption fee. Our adoption fees cover age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, heartworm test (dogs over 6 months), FeLV test (cats), FIV test (cats and kittens over six months) microchip, spay/neuter and includes a free veterinary exam at Companion Animal Hospital in Mount Prospect within 30 days after adoption.

We accept cash or credit card at the time of adoption.

Yes, every dog and cat is spayed or neutered before going out the door except in cases where a preexisting condition must be treated prior to the surgery.  In these cases, we allow the pet to go home on a contract and be brought back at a later date to be altered.

You must be 21 or older to adopt with a valid government-issued ID.

Any person that lives in the house with a prospective adopter must meet the animal before it goes home.  Also, if you are looking to adopt a dog and already have one or more at home, we need to do at least one onsite “meet and greet.” Please note that if you are coming in for a meet and greet with your dog you must bring its veterinary papers showing that it is current on vaccines.

We do not do same-day adoptions. We want to thoroughly review each potential adopter’s application, and we also want the prospective adopter to be able to have additional time to think about the decision they are making and let us know if they have any questions.

We adopt to neighboring states within a reasonable distance, not to exceed 100 miles. Uncommon exceptions may be made for special-needs animals, at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Yes, we always take our animals back! This is also stated in the adoption contract.


When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.