Thank you for your interest in adopting a homeless pet from Will County Humane Society! We know you can’t wait to bring your new best friend home, and it’s important for you to know that we’re just as eager to find forever homes for our adoptable pets. The purpose of our adoption process is to make sure the match is right between pet and potential guardian. Once you know you are serious about adoption, you’ll need to fill out an adoption application and submit it for review. Anyone interested in adopting from us should meet the following basic criteria:
To adopt a cat from WCHS you should
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Live within 45 minutes of the shelter.
  • Provide a comprehensive history of prior pet ownership including corresponding vets.
  • Have a form of identification (license or state ID)
  • Verify that you are allowed to have a cat where you currently live.
  • Be able to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the training, medical treatment and proper care for your cat.
  • Bring along all family members (including children) to meet the cats.
  • Understand that there is a $150.00 adoption donation required per adult cat or $200.00 for kittens. We accept cash, debit or credit for payments. Personal checks will not be accepted. Adoption donations are non-refundable.
  • Understand that kittens adopted unaltered require an additional $100 deposit and that adopters are responsible for scheduling the pets spay/neuter procedure with one of the shelters corresponding vets.  This procedure if financially covered by the shelter as part of the adoption fee.
  • Understand that all adult cats have been spayed or neutered and have received Rabies, Feline Leukemia, Feline Distemper, Chlamydia, and Feline Rhino Vaccines.
  • Understand that kittens have received their first shots.

Cat Appointment Request

To adopt a dog from WCHS you should
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Live within 45 minutes of the shelter.
  • Have a form of identification (license or state ID)
  • Provide a comprehensive history of prior pet ownership including corresponding vets.
  • Verify that you are allowed to have a pet of the breed and size where you currently live.
  • Be able to spend the time and resources necessary to provide the training, medical treatment and proper care for your pet.
  • Bring along all family members including any resident dogs or children for an introduction to a new dog.
  • Understand that there is a $250.00 adoption donation required for adult dogs and a $350 adoption fee for puppies. We accept cash, debit or credit for payments. Personal checks will not be accepted. Donations are non-refundable.
  • Understand that puppies adopted unaltered require an additional $200 deposit and that adopters are responsible for scheduling the pets spay/neuter procedure with one of the shelters corresponding vets.  This procedure if financially covered by the shelter as part of the adoption fee.
  • Understand that all adult dogs have been spayed or neutered and have received Rabies, 4-way Distemper, Bordatella, and Combo influenza vaccinations.  They have also received testing for feval and examination and heart-worm testing.
  • Puppies have received their first shot(s), de-worming medication and a fecal examination.
  • Have the time to spend up to an hour with an adoption counselor to discuss the responsibility of owning a pet and making it a lifetime commitment.
COVID-19 NOTE: Please understand that we are looking for forever homes for our pets.  We understand that many people have a lot of time on their hands during the COVID-19 pandemic, so this may seem like an ideal time to bring home a new pet.  Please be sure you are prepared to give your new pet his, or her, forever home once our lives go back to normal.  They deserve it.
Also, note that we are receiving a high volume of appointment requests.  We are doing our best to accommodate as many as we can.  An appointment cannot be made until staff has received and reviewed your application.  This may take some time.  Once reviewed, a staff member will reach out via email.  With that being said, please understand that we cannot guarantee the availability of specific pets with appointments being conducted daily.  Thank you for understanding.

Kennel Adoption Application