Adoption Information

Adopting an animal is an important decision that will affect you, your household, and the animal for many years to come. Please plan on spending enough time with the animal to be sure of your selection. If you do not find the right animal on your first visit to our shelter, please return another day when many new animals will be available for adoption. We provide you with all of the information that we know about an animal on a card that is posted on the animal's kennel in our adoption rooms. Our staff and volunteers are here to help you make a wonderful new addition to your family, but we cannot always guarantee you an adoption.The process may take approximately 2 hours, so please plan accordingly.

The Adoption Process

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to helping you find a perfect pet. We have created this guide as a tool to help point you towards those animals that most likely match your family’s activity level and experience. Animals available in our adoption kennels have been classified as follows:

Choosing the Right Pet

  • Novice Cat or Dog
    Usually ideal for a first-time pet owner
  • Intermediate Cat or Dog
    Usually needs a family that has some knowledge or experience with cats or dogs
  • Special Cat or Dog
    Usually has special behavioral or medical needs or is just special
  • Advanced Dog
    Usually needs a family that has knowledge of dog behavior and experience with training

Staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and to guide you through the selection process. 

Application and Counseling

Once you have decided on an animal, the room staff will provide you with an Adoption Questionaire. Our counselors then review the information on the application. If the adoption is approved, we will provide you with information on training, health, and basic care. We will also answer any questions you may have. Please note: applications will be accepted up until  30 mins prior to close.

Complete the Adoption Questionaire

Download the appropriate Adoption Questionaire below and complete it before coming in:


Adoption Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
    Seniors 60 years of age and over qualify for the Pets for the Elderly Program
  • Have valid ID with current address
  • Renters must provide landlord's name and phone number or copy of lease
  • All adult members of the household should be present or aware of adoption

Adoption Fees:

Based on age and location our cat adoption fees range from $60-$85 and dog adoptions fees are $95-$170. (There is an additional fee when adopting at Lambs Farm to cover their expenses.)

Click on any animal in our adoption gallery to find the individual adoption fee.

Some animals have a higher adoption fee. These animals are in high demand and quickly find loving homes and they leave a financial legacy for the other animals in our care who may require more time or need medical or behavioral treatment before finding a home. An animal’s value cannot be measured in dollars, every pet that comes to us deserves—and receives—the same tender care as every other.

Each Adoption Includes:

  • Complete Veterinary Exam
  • Inoculations  against Rabies and other diseases
  • Heartworm test for dogs
  • Feline Leukemia test for cats
  • Spaying or neutering
  • Permanent microchip identification
  • 1 month of free pet insurance for this important transition period

15 days of post adoption care in our clinic for conditions present but undetectable at the time of adoption.

At our LaSalle street adoption facility we also include:

  • Collar
  • ID tag
  • Carrier or leash


Adoption Partnerships

The Anti-Cruelty Society is pleased to partner with Lambs Farm and several PetSmart stores to offer additional adoption sites. The process and guidelines for adopting a pet at one of these locations are the same as adopting at our adoption center at 510 N. LaSalle.

All available animals are posted on our website.  If an animal is at another location, it will be noted. If you are interested in adopting, you need to visit the animal at the location listed. Adoption fees are also posted. 

PetSmart Stores:




South Lincoln Park

South Loop

Lambs Farm

Lambs Farm


Click here to view our adoptable animals.

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