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Adopting A Friend

Adoption Requirements at the South Suburban Humane Society


1. All adopters must be 18 years of age.

2. All members of the household are encouraged to meet.

3. Be certain pets are allowed in your home or apartment.


An adoption interview is required prior to adoption. Please bring a photo ID.


Upon approval, you can go home with your pet* after their spay/neuter procedure (often same day). Your pet will leave up-to-date with their vaccines, microchip and registration, and spay/neuter. 


Kittens under 6 months (April 1 - Oct 1) : $75

Kittens under 6 months (Oct 2 - March 31) : $150

Cats between 6 months and 6 years: $25


Mixed breed/large breed puppies under 6 months: $200

Pure bred/Small breed puppies under 6 months: $250

Pit bull/pit bull mixes over 6 months: $55

Dogs between 6 months and 6 years: $105



Club Second Chance/Senior Cat: $15.00

Club Second Chance/Senior Dog: $15.00


*All dogs must leave with leash, collar and tag. If you do not have one, you may purchase at time of adoption.

Who We Are

The South Suburban Humane Society is a 501(c)3 organization that was started in 1970, serving the animal welfare needs of the entire south suburbs of Chicago. In the beginning, we handled all rescues, adoptions and provided foster care out of private homes. Since November 1973, our organization has been operating a 10,000 square foot open-door animal shelter in Chicago Heights, Illinois.


For forty years, our organization has helped tens of thousands of animals. We have grown from a small group of volunteers to an organization made up of volunteers and paid employees that were responsible for almost 4,400 animals in 2013. We offer extensive outreach programs including humane education, abuse investigations, and community outreach events. We also operate two resale shops located in Steger, Illinois and Chicago Heights, Illinois that promote our organization, our animals and provide much needed income to support our humane work.

Contact South Suburban Humane Society


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