About Us

Adopting A Friend

To adopt a cat or dog from PAWS Chicago:

    - Be at least 21 years of age.
    - Have a U.S. government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or state ID
    - Verify that you are allowed to have a cat/dog 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 cat/dog(s).
    - Be able to take the cat/dog home on the day of adoption.
    - Have the time to spend up to an hour with an adoption counselor to discuss the responsibility of owning a cat/dog and making it a lifetime commitment.

Adoption Fee:

    - $125.00 for kittens (under 1 year old)
    - $100.00 for cats 1 - 2 years of age
    - $75.00 for cats 2-4 years of age
    - $25.00 for cats 5 years and olde
    - $200.00* for an adult dog
    - $300.00* for puppies under seven months old
 *A $100.00 refundable training deposit is also required for each dog/puppy. This deposit is refundable upon completion of obedience training. You will have four months from the date of the adoption to complete a basic obedience class with your new puppy/dog. When you provide proof that your PAWS dog has completed a course, we will reimburse you the $100.00 deposit you submitted at the time of adoption.

Adoption Fee Includes:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • All age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Lifetime guarantee if something happens to you or you can no longer care for your pet
  • Support throughout the pets lifetime
  • A bag of Merrick Brand food
  • For dog adoptions, a collar and leash


Who We Are

PAWS Chicago is the city's largest No Kill humane organization, focused on solutions to end the killing of homeless pets. Since our founding in 1997, homeless dogs and cats killed annually in the City of Chicago has dropped more than 50 percent. PAWS Chicago is working to build a No Kill Chicago -- a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.

Come Visit Us

Lincoln Park Adoption Center:

1997 North Clybourn Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614


Monday - Friday  12 PM - 7 PM

Saturday & Sunday  11 AM - 6 PM

North Shore Adoption Center:
1616 Deerfield Road
Highland Park, IL 60035

(*located inside Petco)

Monday & Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 12 PM – 7 PM

Thursday & Friday 11 AM – 7 PM

Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM

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