Adoption Policies

First and foremost, we are looking for good, permanent homes for our animals.  Please consider the time and money required to own a pet.

  • Our adoption program is for individuals and families seeking a pet to live indoors and provide companionship.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt.
  • We recommend that all household members meet the animal during the adoption process.  In some cases, we will make this a requirement.
  • If you rent or lease your home, we require written or verbal approval from your landlord before you adopt a pet.
  • If you currently own animals, making sure your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and care can help expedite the adoption process.
  • All cats, dogs, and rabbits will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
  • Our adoption contract requires you to take your new pet to a veterinarian within one week of adoption.
  • If you're in the process of moving, we recommend you delay adoption of an adult cat or dog until after you're settled in your new home.
  • If you are interested in a large dog (over 40 pounds), we recommend a secure fenced-in yard, but it is not required.
  • It is the law in Champaign-Urbana and in most outlying townships that dogs be either confined or on a leash at all times.