The Adoption Process

Adoption Process for Dogs

Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in the household
  • Have approval from owner of residence  (written in lease)
  • Have a valid ID with current address
  • Be approved as a suitable adoptive home by Almost Home Foundation
  • Be ready to make a lifetime commitment
  • Live in the Greater Chicago Land area (Illinois Residents only)
  • Adoption payment cash and check only

Process:

  1. Meet with the animal and talk with an Adoption Counselor.
  2. Fill out an application.
  3. Understand that several applicants may be interested in the animal and it can only go into one home. Almost Home Foundation makes the decision with the best interest of the animal in mind. A decision to place the animal in someone else’s home in no way implies that your home would not be a wonderful home for one of our animals. We are merely trying to make the best decision for the particular animal.

Additionally,

  • Talk with the Adoption Coordinator. Please realize that the final decision to place the animal is determined by the Adoption Coordinator and at times, Board members.
  • A Home Check will be done for applicants prior to any final placements being made.
  • On some occasions, we will require dogs to take basic obedience training.
    Look at your contract for details on return policies.
    We expect our placements to be lifetime commitments. We cannot condone a “disposable” pet theory. If you must give up your animal, you must return the animal to Almost Home Foundation.

Adoption Fees:

8 years and up $75
8 months – end of 7th year $295
Under 8 months and already spayed/neutered $395
Under 8 months and not yet spayed/neutered
($55.00 will be refunded after proof of spay/neuter surgery)
$450

Our rescued dogs are:

  • Examined by a vet
  • Tested for Heartworm
  • Vaccinated for Rabies, Parvo/Distemper, and Bordetalla
  • Microchipped
  • Checked and treated for fleas
  • Checked for internal parasites and worms
  • Spayed/neutered
    • Please note: covers the cost of the spay or neuter, but certain clinics require blood panels prior to surgery, and/or medications afterwards. Almost Home Foundation does not cover these additional costs.

Our rescued puppies are:

  • Examined by a vet
  • Vaccinated for Rabies, Parvo/Distemper, and Bordetalla
  • Microchipped
  • Checked and treated for fleas
  • De-wormed
  • Spayed/neutered
    • Please note: covers the cost of the spay or neuter, but certain clinics require blood panels prior to surgery, and/or medications afterwards. Almost Home Foundation does not cover these additional costs.
  • Please be aware that there may be other expenses not covered by Almost Home Foundation.
    • For example, we do not pay for rabies tags. Also some adopters choose to bring their newly adopted animals to their own vet, which is not one of our Animal Care Providers. In this case, we are unable to reimburse for the costs of vetting. Since we are an all volunteer, registered, not-for-profit 501c3 charity organization, our Animal Care Providers offer our group special rates and or terms.

If you are interested in adopting a dog or puppy

E-mail:   dogs@almosthomefoundation.org


Adoption Process for Cats

Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in the household
  • Have approval from owner of residence  (written in lease)
  • Have avalid ID with current address
  • Be approved as a suitable adoptive home by Almost Home Foundation
  • Must adopt kittens (under 6 months) in pairs. In order to adopt a single kitten, candidate must have another kitten at home. AHF will verify that the existing kitten is current with all medical requirements
  • live in the Greater Chicago Land area (Illinois residents only)
  • Adoption payment by cash or check only

Process

  1. Meet with the animal and talk with Adoption Counselors
  2. Fill out an application
  3. Understand that several applicants may be interested in the animal and it can only go into one home. Almost Home Foundation makes the decision with the best interest of the animal in mind. A decision to place the animal in someone else’s home in no way implies that your home would not be a wonderful home for one of our animals. We are merely trying to make the best decision for the particular animal.
  4. Almost Home Foundation offers a 30 day Shelter Care gift at time of adoption.

Additionally,

  • Talk with the Adoption Coordinator. Please realize that the final decision to place the animal is based on the Adoption Coordinator and at times, Board members.
  • Understand that in the best interest of the animal,  we require kittens to be adopted in pairs unless there is a companion animal of a similar age at home.
  • We expect our placements to be lifetime commitments. We cannot condone a “disposable” pet theory. If you must give up your animal, you must return the animal to Almost Home Foundation.

Adoption Fees:

8 years and up $50
6 months – 8 years $100
Under 6 months $125

 Our rescued cats are:

  • Examined by a vet
  • FELV/FIV tested
  • Given a booster (FVRCP)
  • Given rabies shot
  • Microchipped
  • Spayed or neutered

Our rescued kittens are:

  • Examined by a vet
  • FELV/FIV tested
  • Given a booster shot
  • The balance of the medical is completed when the kitten is of age as follows: A kitten gets 3 booster/FVRCP shots.   These are at specific age intervals:
    • The first is at 8 weeks of age (provided the kitten is healthy and weighs at least 2 lbs). 
    • The second booster is given 21-28 days after the first booster. 
    • The third and final booster & rabies shot is given 21-28 days after the second booster shot. 
  • Spayed or neutered
    • The spay/neuter occurs when the vet tells us the kitten is mature and ready to be neutered or spayed. Please note our adoption fee covers the cost of the spay or neuter at one of our vet partners, but certain clinics require blood panels prior to surgery, and/or medications afterwards. Almost Home Foundation does not cover these additional costs.
  • Please be aware that there may be expenses not covered by Almost Home Foundation.
    • For example, we do not pay for rabies tags. Also some adopters choose to bring their newly adopted animals to their own vet, which is not one of our Animal Care Providers. In this case, we are unable to reimburse for the costs of vetting. Since we are an all volunteer, registered, not-for-profit 501c3 charity organization, our Animal Care Providers offer our group special rates and or terms.

If you are interested in adopting a cat/kitten:

Call:    630-582-3738

(or)

E-mail:    cats@almosthomefoundation.org