Dog and cat adoptions are the foundation of our mission and the services we offer. After more than 34 years of helping find permanent homes for the animals in our care, we still have a lot more to do. There are thousands of homeless animals in the Chicagoland area waiting to find homes. We hope that you will take the time to learn more about our adoption process and consider adopting one of our current residents.

    WSHS does its best to match adopters with the dog or cat that would be best suited to their family situation and lifestyle.

Here is how our adoption process works:

  1. Visit the shelter during our open hours and complete an Adoption Information Sheet (cats or dogs). View our cats or dogs to see if there is one that interests you.
  2. Interact with the animal you choose.
  3. If you are interested in proceeding with an adoption, you will discuss the information you  filled out on your Adoption Information Sheet with one of our adoption counselors to determine if the animal is well suited for your family. At that time, the animal will be placed on a 24-hour hold as we request that you carefully think about your decision overnight.

 It's kitten season and we have lots of great kittens that are looking for their forever homes! 

Effective February 1st, we have lowered our cat adoption fees.  Our fees are:    

    Adult Cats - 6 months to 5 years old - $75
    Mature Cats -  5 years and older - $25
    Kittens -  Up to 6 months old - $100
    Adult Dogs - 1 year and older - $150
    Puppies - Up to 1 year old - $200

We also offer an Adopt A Buddy Program.  Adopt any cat and/or kitten for the regular adoption fee and get a second cat/kitten for half of the regular fee.  This offer is good for up to 6 months after the first adoption.

The fee includes the following:

Spay or neuter surgery, microchip, collar with ID tag, FVRCP vaccine, deworming, flea preventative and ear-mite check and treatment (if necessary).

Spay or neuter surgery, microchip, collar with ID tag, flea preventative, heartworm check and preventative, DALP-PV vaccine, de-worming and Bordatella vaccine.


Tour our virtual cattery today and find your next best friend.

We have dogs available in all shapes, sizes and colors. View our virtual kennel today.