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Welcome to A.D.O.P.T.

Animals Deserving Of Proper Treatment

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter is located in Naperville, IL. We are a private, "no-kill", non-profit organization that provides temporary shelter and care to dogs and cats in search of their forever home. Finding homes for our voiceless animals is a priority for us.


Please visit our Adoptions page to view our dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption. We update this page often, so check back frequently!
Click here to view Available Cats & Dogs

Help our pets slide into home base while enjoying some peanuts and cracker jacks! We'll be at Benedictine University Stadium cheering on the DuPage Drones as they face off against the Quincy Gems on Friday, August 4th. 50% of ticket sales and a split-the-pot raffle will benefit A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter. We hope to see you at the game- please stop by our booth to introduce yourself and say hello! Click here to purchase your tickets- enter group password "adopt" to direct a portion of your purchase as a donation to A.D.O.P.T.!

Hey country music lovers! A.D.O.P.T. is teaming up with Live Nation and Miranda Lambert to help our country cats and downhome dogs find music-loving homes. Adopt a pet from our shelter between now & Monday, July 25th and get a free pair of tickets to see Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore & Brothers Osborne live at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Friday, July 29th through Live Nation's Adopt A Pet For A Pair promotion! Limited quantities available, so hurry in for this week's adoption hours!

Once upon a time, there was a puppy named Richie in a land far away... and this is his story!

Way back in July of 2014, we received a plea for help & a photo of a retriever puppy tied to a wall. The pup had been living in someone's garage, was abandoned at animal control in Missouri, and then somehow found his way to a high-kill facility here in Illinois. We took one look at the grin on his face & the loooong legs he hadn't yet grown into, and responded "we'll take him!" right away. Little did we know what was in store for us: years of love, heartache, hard work, tennis-ball-throwing, and raising this overgrown puppy together as a community.

Fast forward to today, and Richie the Retriever is the love of our lives- but 730 days of shelter life is too long for any dog to wait, and it's time for Richie to find a forever family of his own. This Tuesday will mark Richie's two year anniversary at A.D.O.P.T.- so for the next 7 days, we're pulling out all the stops and celebrating ‪#‎RichieWeek‬! Stay tuned for lots of photos, videos, and opportunities to play a part in Richie's story. Please help us find Richie's knight in shining armor/adoptive family by clicking "share" and spreading his story far & wide so this handsome prince can finally live happily ever after.

Just in time for his birthday & shelter anniversary, volunteer Andrea took Richie out on a field trip filled with lots of fun firsts- including his very first hike! Andrea made a video about her day with Richie, and even gives a sneak peek into the shelter where he lives. Opportunities to explore the world beyond our neighborhood are few and far between for longterm shelter dogs like Richie, which made this a very special day. We'd like to extend our biggest thank you to each and every volunteer & staff member who goes above and beyond to make Richie's time here full of love, comfort, and fun- you've changed this lab's life furever, and we'll always be grateful to you for the positive impact you've had in his world!

Richie will always be a part of the A.D.O.P.T. family, but it's time for him to find a family of his own! Do you know an active and fun-loving person who needs a furry sidekick for their outdoor adventures? Tag them here or click "share"! ‪#‎richieweek‬ ‪#‎adoptrichie‬ ‪#‎richietheretriever‬ ‪#‎realhomeforrichie‬

Campaign Richie: Finding Richie his forever home.

We were so excited to be invited by Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) to share more information about our shelter, its mission within the community, commitment to special needs animals and more! Check out this video featuring our executive director, Chris Stirn, veterinarian, Dr. Katie Heigel-Meyer, Dolly the Yorkie mix and Piston the DSH. ‪#‎adoptdontshop‬

Update:  Thanks to your generosity the kittens are receiving veterinary care.  Please continue to donate as the care needed will be ongoing. 



Meet The Potter Kitts...Minerva, Dobby, Sybil, Albus and (of course) Harry Potter.

At first glance they seem pretty normal. But take a closer look.  Two of the kittens are partially blind and two others have sight in only one eye.  The fifth kitten has normal eyesight.  Despite their impairments, the Potter Kitts are happy babies who romp  around and play just your typical kitten.


The Potter Kitts were just one litter of kittens that came from a home with 33 cats and 44 kittens. A well meaning family took in several cats that had not been spayed or neutered.  It took less than two years for the cat  population to explode. The family was unable to provide the medical care the Potter Kitts and many other kittens needed to treat their eye infections.


Because of the inability to treat the infection to the Potter Kitts eyes they will now need to see an eye specialist for diagnostics and treatment.  This specialized care is crucial, without it the Potter Kitts could lose all vision and become completely blind. The cost of evaluation and treatment is expensive with estimates around $900 or more.

  What can you do to help the Potter Kitts… Donate!

Any amount small or large will help these adorable kittens get the medical care they so desperately need. Designate your donation to the Potter Kitts medical care. 

Donate Online

Click the button to donate using your credit card, debit card or Paypal account.  Please designate your donation to the Potter Kitts.

Donate by Mail

Mail your check to:
Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment
Send note along with donation indicating it is for the Potter Kitts!
420 Industrial Drive
Naperville, IL 60563

Other ways to make a difference…

Spay/Neuter your pet.  Cats can reproduce as young as four to five months of age and can have multiple litters per year.  Keeping them indoors is not a solution.  Cats become escape artists during mating season and will do whatever it takes to get outside.

Spread the word  "SPAY OR NEUTER".  There are many low cost spay neuter clinics in the area including one right here at ADOPT. The cost can be less than a dinner out.

Think unaltered cats are someone else's problem? 

Not the case…there are more cats and kittens in need of homes then there are homes available. Many cats/kittens are forced into already overcrowded animal controls facilities and shelters or worse life alone on the streets.

May 1, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to support A.D.O.P.T.!

Whether you volunteered behind the scenes, worked at the event, participated in the walk or donated, your presence has made an impact on the lives of the animals A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter serves!  To date with your support Makin' Strides for Strays drew over 120 human participants, 145 canine and 4 cat participants and brought in over $27,000.00 in donations! 
You are the heart of A.D.O.P.T. and it is because of your generosity and dedication to the animals that A.D.O.P.T. is able to continue to work towards its mission “Until Every Pet Has a Home”!   


View more event pictures on the walkathon page.  

A huge thank goes out to our great event sponsors!  Please support these local businesses and show your appreciation to them for supporting A.D.O.P.T.

Naperville Marathon 2016

Become a Charity Hero!

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter is once again participating as a Charity Partner in the 4th annual Naperville Marathon.   

Runners interested in becoming a Charity Hero by donating to A.D.O.P.T. will receive a code for $40 off their marathon registration. Your donation will directly benefit the animals!

Support A.D.O.P.T. by becoming a Charity Hero Today!

Register as a Charity Hero by making your donation here:


(be sure to note marathon in the memo)

For more information contact



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