Frequently Asked Questions

 


Where are you located?
A.D.O.P.T. pet shelter is located at 420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, Illinois 60563. Get Driving Directions.

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What are your hours?

Viewing and Adoption Hours for Cats & Dogs

Monday:              12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m
Tuesday:                 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday:       12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday:             12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.
Friday:                  12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sunday:    12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.

In order to process the application, dogs will not go home with adopter the same day as the adoption interview.

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I am interested in learning more about a dog. Who can I contact?
For more information about an A.D.O.P.T. dog, please email the person listed in the dog’s description. If no one is listed, please email dogquestions@adoptpetshelter.org.

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I am interested in learning more about a cat. Who can I contact?
For more information about an A.D.O.P.T. cat, please email the person listed in the cat’s description. If no one is listed, please email catquestions@adoptpetshelter.org.

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What are your adoption fees?

Cats and Kittens

  • Kittens: $125 (2 kittens, $200)
  • Adult Cat: $100 (2 adult cats, $150)
  • Special Breed / Pure Bred Cat: $125 and up1
  • Senior Cats: $50
  • Special Needs Cats: $50 and up

1 Specialty breeds are cats that appear to be a purebred or some kind of purebred mix. Because we rarely have papers on these animals, we cannot guarantee their purebred status which is why we refer to them as "specialty" breeds.

As of November 17, 2007 A.D.O.P.T. will no longer perform declaws on a cat or kitten, although an adopter may still have a cat or kitten declawed at their own veterinarian at their own risk and expense. A.D.O.P.T. does not permit four paw declaws.

Dogs and Puppies

  • Puppies 12 months and younger start at $300
  • Adult Dogs (over 12 months and younger than 7 years) start at $250
  • Special Mix/Hybrid Dogs start at $300 and up
  • Senior Dogs (7 years and older) start at $175

 

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Do you take credit cards for adoption fees?
Yes, we now accept all major credit cards for adoption fees.

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What do your adoption fees include?
The adoption fee covers the animals spay/neuter, current vaccinations, heartworm testing/treatment, feline leukemia and FIV testing, and microchip.

For Cats:
All cats (over 4 months) have been vaccinated against Rabies and Distemper. They have been tested for Feline Leukemia and the Feline AIDS virus. They have been spayed/neutered and fecal checked.

Kittens (under 4 months) have been vaccinated against Distemper, Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS tested, and fecal checked. They have been spayed/neutered. The Rabies Vaccination will be given when the kitten reaches 4 months. A neuter deposit may be necessary when adopting a kitten that is not yet spayed/neutered.

For Dogs:
All dogs (over 4 months) have been vaccinated against Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, Bordatella (kennel cough), fecal checked and have been spayed/neutered. They have also been heartworm tested and placed on a monthly preventative.

Puppies (under 4 months) have been vaccinated against Distemper/Parvo, Bordatella, fecal checked and either have been spayed/neutered or will be scheduled to be spayed/neutered when they reach the appropriate age/weight requirements. It may be necessary to pay a deposit if adopting a puppy that is not yet ready to be neutered/spayed. The Rabies Vaccination for puppies adopted under 4 months of age will be at the new owner's expense. All puppies are placed on heartworm preventative.

All canines are released with a buckle collar containing A.D.O.P.T. and microchip tags. Also provided are a choke collar and a 4 foot leash.

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What should I bring when I come to adopt an animal?

  • All members of the household must be present to adopt a dog.
  • If you are planning on adopting a dog, you must bring any dogs that now live in the household for a later visit so we can introduce them to make sure they are compatible.
  • It’s a good idea to bring veterinary records of current pets.
  • All cats must be transported in a cat carrier. You may purchase a cardboard carrier at the shelter if you do not have one.

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What are your requirements for adopting a pet?

  • Adopter must be at least 21 years of age and have identification.
  • All members of the household should be present for the adoption.
  • All animals must be indoor house pets.
  • Adopter must be willing to allow an A.D.O.P.T. representative to make an adoption follow up, either in person or by telephone.
  • Spaying/neutering of cats and dogs adopted through any humane organization is a state law and will be enforced by the Department of Agriculture.
  • When adopting a pet from A.D.O.P.T., a legally binding and enforced contract must be signed.
  • If at any time, you are unable to keep the pet, or unable to provide it with proper care, you must contact A.D.O.P.T. first. One week’s notice may be necessary due to space requirements, but realize that A.D.O.P.T. may not be able to accept the animal.
  • Adoption fees are nonrefundable. A.D.O.P.T. is a, nonprofit, no-kill humane organization. All funds go to help the animals.

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How long will the adoption process take?
The entire adoption process may take 2 to 3 hours.

Due to limited space and insurance reasons, only adopters accompanied by A.D.O.P.T. personnel can be brought back to view the animals.

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Why adopt from A.D.O.P.T.?
When you adopt an animal from A.D.O.P.T., you save a life and a space opens up which will welcome another great dog or cat and save its life. In addition, besides the obvious advantage of saving a life you also get a chance to find a companion who is a good match for your personality and lifestyle. You will work with trained and experienced adoption counselors who are familiar with the animals and will help you to choose the best pet for your particular situation. We get a tremendous variety of animals: purebreds, mixed breeds, all ages, sizes, colors, and personalities. This will allow you to have the most options when adopting your new lifelong pet.

All of our animals are vet checked, spayed or neutered, current on their vaccinations, microchipped for identification; dogs are tested for heartworm and cats for FIV and Feline Leukemia. We also screen our animals for behavior problems. Even with the best-behaved animal, however, you should expect to go through a period of adjustment as your pet becomes used to a new home, family, and routine. No animal, no matter where it comes from, is problem free or comes with a health and behavior guarantee, but if you’re prepared to provide your new family member with some time, training, and patience, your reward will be a loving companion.

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Does A.D.O.P.T. really have purebred animals for adoption?
It is estimated that about 25% of the animals in shelters nationwide are purebred. If you are interested in a specific breed, check our website, or talk to your adoption counselor. Even if we do not have the breed you are looking for, you may be able to find an animal that has traits that are similar to those of the breed you have in mind.

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Aren’t all your animals just unwanted pets?
Some of our animals are puppies and kittens that will be starting their lives as companions. Older dogs and cats may have had previous owners, and you may have to re-educate these animals to some degree. However, they may have already be familiar with living in a home and have been exposed to house-breaking, litter boxes and obedience training. Remember, too, that companion animals are remarkably adaptable. They have lots of love to give and they really seem to appreciate their new homes. Just because they lived with someone else first, doesn’t mean they won’t make a wonderful companion for you.

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Is it difficult to adopt?
A.D.O.P.T. has policies for approving adoptions. They are designed to ensure that each animal is placed with a responsible person prepared to make a lifelong commitment, and to avoid the kinds of problems that may have caused the animal to be brought to the shelter in the first place. An important part of the process is to match the life-style and needs of the adopter with the individual dog or cat. If the screening process occasionally seems overly strict, try to remember that the shelter`s first priority is to protect the animal’s best interests.

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Are there requirements following the adoption?
Having a companion animal brings rewards and responsibilities. Following your pet’s adoption, you will be responsible for making sure your pet is safe and for providing regular veterinary care. Be sure your dog has appropriate identification. Provide nutritious food and fresh water for your pet. Make time for exercise, training, and play. Finally, enjoy your new life with your new loving companion.

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What if I have questions after I get my new pet home?
We understand that after you get our pet home, the adjustment period can be difficult. We encourage you to call us with any questions or problems, hopefully, before small problems become big ones! We are very experienced with pet transitions and welcome the opportunity to help make it as smooth for you and your pet as possible. Many volunteers will even give you their home phone numbers. And even when all is going well, we love getting calls just to know how our "alumni" are doing.

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