A.D.O.P.T. is a temporary home to a number of dogs and cats waiting to find their perfect forever home. Please take a look at the dogs and cats currently being housed at our shelter.

Cat Adoption Application (PDF)
Dog Adoption Application (PDF)

A.D.O.P.T. is helping prevent the spread of the canine influenza epidemic in the Chicagoland area by encouraging families who already have dogs at home to wait until the influenza epidemic has settled down before adopting another dog.  Dog introductions are a vital step to finding a dog who is the right fit for your furry family, but minimizing exposure to other dogs is the best way to protect everyone's pets from the virus.  Thank you for helping us keep our dogs safe by keeping your dogs at home.

Adoption Application

Download the Cat Adoption Application  or  Dog Adoption Application
Please note that while we accept adoption applications via email, we simply keep the application on file until the adopter starts the adoption process by visiting the shelter to meet our dogs & cats and work with an adoption counselor to find the right match.  No appointment is necessary to meet the animals during our adoption hours.

Adoption Policy

  • All members of the family must be present in order to adopt. We want to make sure it's a good fit for everyone!
  • All dog introductions will be post-poned until further notice due to the canine influenza epidemic.  If you are planning on adopting a dog and already have an existing dog, we ask that you leave them at home during your first visit.  Once you've picked out a dog you'd like to adopt, you can schedule an appointment with an adoption counselor to bring your dog to the shelter to meet your potential new pet. This is not necessary for cats.
  • You must be 21 years or older to adopt. Please bring a valid form of I.D.
  • Renters must provide a copy of their lease (including pet policy).  
  • Townhome/Condominium owners must provide a copy of their condo/townhome regulations or HOA by laws (including pet policy).
  • Adopters must be willing to allow an A.D.O.P.T. representative to make a follow-up contact, either in person or by phone.
  • Spaying/Neutering of cats and dogs through any humane organization is state law.
  • If at any time you are unable to keep the pet or offer it proper care, it must be offered back to A.D.O.P.T. before alternate arrangements are made.
  • Applications must be completed and approved prior to adopting an animal.
  • If approved, an applicant must sign a contract to adopt an animal which outlines the responsibilities of the shelter and the adopter. This contract is legally binding. To view a copy of the contract language, download the appropriate PDF for either a dog or cat.
  • Our primary adoption area is within 100 miles of the shelter.

For questions about dogs, email:
For questions about cats, email:


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