It is the mission of Animal Welfare League to place adoptable animals into caring homes as companions for life. To this end, we reserve the right to deny anyone an animal when the safety and/or welfare of the animal is a concern.

The first step in the adoption process is to complete our adoption application. You can download this by clicking here. Be sure to bring the completed application in with you, or we can provide you with an application while you are at the facility.

If the potential adopter does not own the home he/she resides in, the owner must be contacted and give permission to adopt. In a rental situation, the landlord will be contacted and/or lease must be shown.  If you own a Condo, we must be provided with a current copy of the by-laws, or we will contact the Condo Association for permission.

Your residence must also have a current, permanent working telephone and the number provided.  Customers who only use cellular phones must present a current bill registered to them at the address given.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you have a child under the age of five, the animal must be older than 3 months of age. We strongly recommend that all members of the household, including children, come along to the shelter to meet their new pet. In addition, families with children 5 years of age and under may not adopt ANY toy breeds or toy mixes of any kind.  Toy breed dogs found as strays, will not be adopted to families with children under 10 years of age. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Some larger breed dogs will be left to the discretion of the Animal Welfare League when going to homes with children of any age.

At the discretion of Animal Welfare League certain animals will require a “house check” prior to adoption. The breeds include, but are not limited to: Alaskan Malamutes, American Staffordshire Terriers, Akitas, Chows, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Sheepdogs, any Bully Breeds and any mixes of the same. A “house check” simply means that one of our humane investigators visits your home and checks for yard space, fencing, etc.   Some municipalities have agreed to work with AWL and will require house checks on any adoption processed in their city. 

We also require that once you have chosen a pet here at our facility, and you currently have a dog, that you bring your pet in to conduct a "pet introduction". Nothing is worse then bringing home a new dog that just will simply not get along with your dog and you need to bring him or her back to the shelter. We feel that is just not fair for the dog or your family!

Animals adopted from Animal Welfare League will be spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter. Exceptions will only be made when, in a veterinarian's opinion, an animal is not physically fit for surgery (ex: an animal is too young, too old). We will require a $50.00 Spay/neuter Deposit and Contract for any animal taken home before being surgically sterilized.

It is mandatory that the animal will be micro-chipped.

If a puppy or kitten is less than 3 months old, it cannot go to a home where it will be left alone for more than 5 hours.

Out-of -state adoptions are left to the discretion of the Animal Welfare League.  No dog requiring a house check can be adopted out-of-state.  All animals adopted by out-of-state residents must be spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter.

Animal Welfare League makes every effort to ensure that the pet you adopt is healthy and well adjusted; however, there are NO guarantees.  We cannot guarantee the temperament, health or behavior of a pet.  Out clinic will provide medical treatment for kennel related illnesses up to 10 days after the adoption.  We will NOT assume liability for costs if you elect to take your pet to an outside veterinarian.

The Animal Welfare League offers a 30-day money back guarantee if for any reason it’s not the right fit for you and your family. We try hard to make good matches in our homes so that everyone has a happy life together! You have thirty days from the date of the adoption for a refund of your adoption fee as long as the pet is returned in the same physical and medical condition. Your adoption fee will be refunded 14-21 days after return of the pet.

Please download a copy of our application by clicking here.

Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Phone: 708.636.8586
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