FAQ

Where is your facility located and when are visiting hours?

We don’t have a facility; all of our dogs are in foster homes. We have weekly adoption events where you can visit the dogs. Please contact us for more information.

How much is the adoption fee?

Adoption donations vary by animal but range from $125 to $400 (payable with cash or credit card only, sorry no checks). On average, veterinary expenses incurred for puppies and small breeds are higher; therefore, those donation amounts are often on the higher end of the range.

The adoption donation defrays our costs of the following:

  • Microchip
  • Sterilization Surgery (Spay or Neuter)
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Bordetella)
  • Heartworm Test (6 months & older), Tick-borne disease panel, fecal testing & deworming, if necessary
  • 30-days of pet insurance from 24Petwatch

What if I live outside of the Chicagoland area?

Unfortunately, we can only consider prospective adopters residing in the Chicagoland area. Please contact us if you have questions about your eligibility with respect to your location.

What if I cannot attend your adoption event on Saturday?

Meetings outside of weekly adoption events are very rare. We try to maintain a fair adoption process by having potential adopters meet the dog on the same day in the same place and to avoid the perception of preferential treatment via a private meeting.  Furthermore, we want to be respectful of our foster families as we ask a lot of them as is.

Once my application is approved, can I choose any dog I want?

Adoption applications are not “approved” on a general basis. We strongly believe in finding the best fit for a dog and adopter so we evaluate each match on a case-by-case basis.

Do I need to be at the adoption event as soon as it begins?

No, decisions are not made on a first come, first served basis. If a dog has more than one application, a decision won’t be made until 12pm or until all potential adopters have had a chance to meet with the dog. The beginning of the show is often the busiest and the most difficult time to speak with an adoption counselor.

Will other adopters be coming to see the same dog as I am?

Sometimes but this is not always the case.  Should there be multiple applicants, adoption counselors and/or foster families will speak with each applicant and determine the best fit.

I don’t have a specific dog in mind or I’m between a few, what do I do?

Include each dog’s name on your adoption application. In fact, we recommend this as adopters sometimes change their minds at the event after meeting our other dogs. We’re also happy to provide guidance if you’re looking for a dog but aren’t sure what’s right for you.

Who is caring for the dog now and can I contact them?

All of our animals are in foster homes and although not all foster families are available at the adoption event, we can put you in contact with them via phone or email.

Who should come with me to the adoption event?

We need to meet everyone residing in the household, including any dogs, at the adoption event. If you have any concerns about your dog being in a pet supply store environment please contact us prior to the adoption event.

Will I be able to take the dog home with me from the adoption event?

Generally no, as the home based meet and greet must occur before the adoption is final. That visit to your home needs to be scheduled in consideration of the schedules of you, the foster family and the volunteer visiting your home. Usually, this can be scheduled after the adoption event or the next day.

What’s the purpose of the home based meet and greet?

This is an opportunity to answer any final questions you have after the adoption event. We also want make sure the dog is comfortable and safe in his or her new home.

Do you require training?

We require all dogs adopted from us be taken to a training class within 3 months. Training grows the bond between you and your dog and helps to eliminate unwanted behaviors.

Can I have the dog’s medical records?

We provide all known medical records to you at the time of adoption. Frequently, we have no information prior to the dog’s time with us, since most are former strays.

Where is the dog from, what’s the story?

Most dogs are strays, which have been transferred to us from shelters. These shelters are both local, including Chicago Animal Care & Control, Anti-Cruelty Society and the Animal Welfare League, and as far away as Kentucky, Texas and Oklahoma.