The Adoption Process

  • Visit our adoptable cats and/or dogs pages to view pets available for adoption from Will County Humane Society.
  • Complete an online application (or paper application at the shelter office) to apply to become an approved adopter.
  • Allow ~1 week for processing. Please monitor your email inbox for correspondence regarding your application.
  • Once approved, a viewing appointment will be scheduled for the household. We ask all members of the household to be present for the appointment so everyone can meet the animals. (If there are dogs present in the home, we ask that you bring your dog(s) with to meet the dog you intend to adopt.)
  • Cats and kittens can be brought home the day of your viewing appointment or placed on hold for adoption at a later date.
  • Dogs and puppies can be placed on hold for adoption the day of your viewing appointment. An in-home visit will be scheduled with the dog and one of our adoption staff members.

Adoption Fees

Adoption Policies

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Live within 45 minutes of the shelter.
  • Have a form of identification (license or state ID).
  • Verify that you are allowed to have a pet of the species, breed, and size where you currently live.
  • Provide a comprehensive history of prior pet ownership, along with veterinary care information.
  • 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 to meet the cats and dogs. (Dogs currently residing in the home should be brought to the shelter as well to meet our dogs)
  • Understand that there is a $150.00 adoption donation required per adult cat or $200.00 for kittens. Understand that there is a $350.00 adoption donation required for adult dogs and a $400.00 adoption fee for puppies. We accept cash, debit or credit for payments. Donations are non-refundable.
  • Understand that any pets adopted unaltered require an additional $100 deposit, the deposit is returned to the adopters via check once proof of completed surgery is provided. This procedure is financially covered by the shelter as part of the adoption fee.
  • 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.
  • Have the time to spend with an adoption counselor for a home visit prior to adoption of a dog.

Adoption Application

General Adoption Application
Please fill this form out if you wish to apply for adoption of a pet from Will County Humane Society. Be sure to take your time and fill the form out completely. Leaving sections blank or partially incomplete can cause a delay in application processing. The application may take 10-20 minutes to complete. It is easiest to complete this form on a computer. If you have any questions, contact us by phone (815-741-0695) during business hours. (Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun- 12pm-5pm)
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Applicant Information

Applicant’s First, MI, Last
Applicant’s Maiden Name – If Applicable
Applicant’s Date of Birth
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