What are your hours?
Adoption hours are:
Daytime hours: Wednesday through Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Evening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
I am interested in learning more about a specific dog or cat. Who should I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate person. Or, you may call the shelter during open hours at 815-464-7298.
What are your adoption fees?
- Kittens (6 months and under): $125
- 2 Kittens (6 months and under): $200
- Cats (over 6 months): $65
- Senior cats (over 7 years): $25
- Puppies (6 months and under): $300
- Dogs (over 6 months): $275
- Senior Dogs (over 7 years): $150
Do you take credit cards for adoption fees or merchandise purchases?
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Debit Cards.
What does the adoption fee include?
Adoption fees include:
- Current vaccinations*
- Heartworm testing/treatment (if positive) for dogs
- FeLV/FIV combo testing for cats
- 24 hour Petwatch microchip
*Current vaccinations include:
Dogs: All dogs over 4 months have been vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper/Parvo and Bordatella. They have also been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated, given flea protection and placed on heartworm preventative. All dogs have been temperament tested.
Puppies: All puppies under 4 months have been vaccinated against Distemper/Parvo and Bordatella. They have been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated and given flea protection.
Cats: All cats over 4 months have been vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper and Bordatella. They have been tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV and have been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated and given flea protection.
Kittens: All kittens under 4 months have been vaccinated against Distemper and Bordatella. They have been tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV and have been spayed/neutered, fecal checked/treated and given flea protection.
What should I bring when I come in to adopt an animal?
- A valid ID as proof of residence.
- If renting your residence or if you are part of an association, copies of your lease/association agreement proving you are allowed to have a pet.
What are the requirements for adopting a pet?
- Adopters must be 21 years of age.
- All members of the household must be present.
- If you choose a dog that requires a home visit, you must agree to the visit before adopting.
- All pets will live INDOORS.
- If renting, you will need to present your lease showing that animals are allowed.
- P.A.W.S. has the right to refuse any adoption.
- Adoption fees are non-refundable.
If I choose a dog that requires a home check, what is involved?
A volunteer will bring the dog to your home to see how the dog reacts to the environment, all family members and other pets. It gives the potential adopter the opportunity to interact with the dog without all the distractions of the shelter and others dogs. If the dog has special requirements such as a fence, it will be assessed to determine if the home is satisfactory.
Why adopt from P.A.W.S?
- You will be saving a life!
- Who doesn’t need another friend?
- You will be opening up space so we can help more animals in need.
- You will be helping to put an end to puppy mills! To read more on puppy mills, please check out the following link from Best Friends Animal Society.
- Many of our dogs have undergone behavior training during their stay at the shelter.
- All of our animals are vaccinated, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before adoption!
Where does P.A.W.S. get their animals?
Some of our dogs and cats are owner-relinquished animals while others are unclaimed strays or transfers from other agencies. Whenever possible, P.A.W.S. lends assistance to shelters in need by assuming animals when they are overcrowded.
Are most of the animals relinquished due to behavioral issues?
There are many reasons that people are forced to relinquish a pet. Sometimes it is a behavioral issue but sadly, the economy has forced many families to give up their pets due to loss of job and home. In many cases, people are forced to give up their pets due to allergies in the family or an unexpected change in the family status. Sometimes it’s just a failure to educate themselves on the breed and its personality, consequently leading to a failure to consider special training, energy levels, size, etc.
Of course when taking any new animal into the home, there will be a period of adjustment. Unfortunately, we are constrained by our limited space and cannot always accept all surrenders.
Is P.A.W.S. a Non-for-Profit Organization?
Yes, the Peoples Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) is a non-profit 501 (c ) (3) charity. P.A.W.S. relies on donations from individuals and businesses to support our mission.
Is P.A.W.S. a no-kill organization?
Yes! Through your generosity, we were able to declare a no-kill status in 2010! P.A.W.S. does not euthanize animals unless they are deemed dangerous or for medical necessity.
What if I need to relinquish an animal to P.A.W.S.?
If you must relinquish your pet:
- Space is limited. Please fill out a surrender form (Cat Surrender Form, Dog Surrender Form) and a member of our intake team will reach out to let you know if we have the space for your animal.
- Bring all veterinary records with you so that we do not have to give your pet additional vaccinations if they are not needed.
- PLEASE provide us with as much information as possible on your pet’s personality and be honest. It will help us in re-homing them. Please disclose any and all health issues your pet may be experiencing.
- Visit our Surrender a Pet page for more information.
- A donation of $40 per animal and $60 per litter is requested to help us care for the animals.
What if I have questions after I adopt an animal from P.A.W.S.?
We are here to help! Please call the shelter at 815-464-7298 with any concerns you might have.
Who should I call if I find a lost animal?
Call your local police department or animal control first. They keep a record of lost pets. They will either pick up the animal or give you further instruction. Animals should stay at a shelter close to where they were found. It helps to increase the chances of the owner locating the animal.