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 visit our Adoption Center.

4927 Main St
Skokie, IL 60077

Saturdays - 11 am to 3 pm - Cat and Dog Adoptions
Sundays - 11 am to 3 pm -
Cat and Dog Adoptions
Tuesdays - 6 pm to 8 pm -
Cat Adoptions Only
Wednesdays - 6 pm to 8 pm -
Cat Adoptions Only
Thursdays - 6 pm to 8 pm -
Cat Adoptions Only

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 then you’ll get a response from our adoption counselor team with next steps.

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.

Once your questionnaire is submitted, you’ll get a response from our adoption counselor team with next steps. Adopters will meet the pets at our Adoption Center, in foster homes or at one of our adoption events. To ensure a good match, you might meet several animals and you may not be able to take a new pet home the same day.

Adopters must be 18 years or older and have a valid ID.

please note: We only 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 deposit equal to the adoption fee is collected for animals too young to be spayed or neutered. It is returned when proof of alteration is 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 (when age appropriate) 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.