How to Adopt from C.A.R.E.

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C.A.R.E. strives to make successful adoptions that are ideal for both the pet and the adopter. Because animals in our care are constantly changing, the best way to find out about available animals is to work with an Adoption Counselor. You can fill out a questionnaire online ahead of time, or come into the Adoption Center. An adoption counselor will work with you to find your perfect match.

For the month of August we will have limited days and times that our Adoption Center will be open to view our cats and dogs while we recruit and train our volunteer caretakers and client service staff. Adoptions will be conducted by appointment for the month of August while we train adoption counselors.

If you see a cat or dog on our website that you are interested in, please fill out our cat questionnaire or dog questionnaire and a C.A.R.E. adoption counselor will contact you to answer any of your questions and to set up a meet and greet with the pet.

C.A.R.E. adoption counselors use information and insights from foster homes and center volunteers to help individuals and families make their perfect match. If the right pet isn’t available from C.A.R.E., adoption counselors provide referrals and resource materials to help potential adopters in their search.

While in our care, dogs and puppies learn basic obedience and C.A.R.E. provides dog adopters with resources to continue training their pet. When needed, C.A.R.E. provides one-on-one training sessions to help new owners address more challenging issues.

Cats and kittens are lovingly socialized in our Adoption Center or foster homes. C.A.R.E. volunteers help adopters teach their cats to use scratching posts and show them how to trim a cat’s nails. Complimentary nail trimming appointments can also be scheduled.

All C.A.R.E. pets are spayed or neutered and have been microchipped, vaccinated and treated for parasites.

Our adoption counselors look forward to working with you to help you find the right pet for your home.

To start the process of meeting our adoptable pets, please fill out an online QUESTIONNAIRE.

One of our adoption counselors will contact you and talk with you to get a sense of the kind of pet you are looking for and what good candidates we have available. Adopters will meet the pets in foster homes, at our Adoption Center or at one of our adoption events. To ensure a good match, it typically takes at least several days to process an adoption and you might meet several animals.

Adopters must be 18 years or older and have a valid ID. We adopt pets to homes in the Chicagoland area.

Adoption Fees

  • Dogs: $300
  • Puppies (6 months and under): $350
  • Senior Dogs: $100 (dogs 7 years and older)
  • Cats and kittens: $150
  • Two cats or kittens (bonded pair price): $200
  • Senior Cats: $75 (cats 10 years and older)

An additional $50 deposit for unneutered or unspayed animal is collected until proof of alteration can be provided.

Adoption fees can be paid with cash or check. We do not accept credit cards.

Our fees include a full medical exam by a veterinarian. This includes a Feline Leukemia and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) test for cats, Rabies and Distemper Vaccines, deworming and Spay/Neuter. Dogs receive a Heartworm Check, Spay/Neuter, Rabies and Distemper Vaccines, Canine Flu Vaccine, deworming, and Kennel Cough preventative. Our modest adoption fees do not cover the procedures and vet work that we provide the animals. We fundraise to make up the difference. Any ongoing medical needs that C.A.R.E. is aware of are explained fully, (including daily medicine costs), to the potential adopter, and become the responsibility of the adopter.