Adopt A Pet

Adoption Hours

Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Apply online or in person!
Once approved a member from our adoption team will call to schedule a time to come to the shelter to meet the animals!

Appointments available Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Request for appointments outside normal viewing hours may be considered.

Must be preapproved to view animals.

An ID is required to Adopt or bring in a pet.

Cost of Adopting a Pet:

Dogs /Puppies (Male or Female) All Ages $125.00
Cats / Kittens (Male or Female) Under 1 Year $90.00
Cats / Kittens (Male or Female) Over 1 Year $75.00

Seniors 65 and over – All Adoptions are $40 off regular prices.

Vermilion County Animal Shelter now accepts Credit & Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards.

The following are included in the cost of adopting:

  • Spay/Neuter of the Animal
  • Adoption Fee
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Rabies Tag (Vermilion County Animals Only)
  • Distemper Vaccination
  • De-worming
  • Health Exam by local veterinarian
  • Microchip


Consider the following before adopting a pet:

Time:  Is there time available to devote to the care of a pet?
Cost: Does the budget allow for the care of a pet?
• Food, treats, toys
• Basic medical care (annual vet visit, annual vaccinations)
• Boarding if you travel
Lifestyle: What type of animal will fit your lifestyle?
• An active life style-consider a pet that will enjoy being involved in activities.
• A reserved life style-consider a pet that is less active.
• An older dog or cat or senior dog or cat rather than a puppy or kitten.
Life Time Commitment: Is the commitment there?
• Depending on the breed of the animal, the life expectancy can be up to 20 years.

These are just a few items that need to be considered before adopting a pet.  Choose the right dog or cat.  They depend on us to provide a loving and caring home.

Before the Arrival:

Find A Vet: The animal will need annual exams and vaccinations.
Laws: Know local and county vaccination requirements and laws.
Food: Purchase a quality dog food and treats.  A food and water bowl are a must.
Collar & Leash Purchase a collar and leash that will fit the animal.
ID Tag: Purchase an ID tag with owner’s phone number(s).
Crate / Bed: Purchase a crate or bed for sleeping, comfort and security.  Never use either for punishment.  Do now allow the animal to remain the crate all day.  The animal must be taken out to relieve himself and to play.
Clean Up Tools: Purchase a pooper scooper to clean the area where the animal relieves himself.  Keep the area clean.  For cats, a cat box and cat litter need to be purchased.
Grooming Tools: Choose grooming tools that are best for the animal’s coat type.  Depending on the coat type, the animal will need to be groomed daily or weekly.
Toys: All animals need to play.  Toys and chews are great to keep them occupied.  Always supervise play time.  Toys and chews are better than shoes and furniture.
Animal Proof
The Home:
Animals like to investigate.  Remove all items that they may enjoy playing with.  Secure all chemicals, pesticides, garbage cans and remove house plants.  These could be deadly.
Animal Proof
The Outside:
Secure all fences and gates.  Remove all chemicals and pesticides.  these could be deadly.

These are just a few items that will need to be purchased or addressed before the animal arrives home.

When the animal arrives home:

Feeding: Feed the animal in a quiet and low traffic area.  Feed at the same time each day.  The animal should be allowed to eat without fear of the food being taken away.  never allow children to take food or treats away from the animal.
When to feed and how much?  Consult your vet.
Exercise: Play safe games.  Puppies and dogs need to be walked daily… sometimes twice a day.  They have a tremendous amount of energy.  If not properly exercised, they will find inappropriate things to do to release that bottled up energy.  Kittens and cats need as much exercise as puppies and dogs.  Fun and safe play is important to the over-all well being of the animal.
Socialize: Allow the animal to be around other people, children and other animals.  Certain vaccinations are required before animals socialize with other animals.  Check with your vet regarding these vaccinations.
Supervise interaction with other animals and children.
Enroll your puppy or dog in an obedience class.  This is a wonderful way to socialize your puppy or dog.  Plus, this is fun for the animal and the owner.  Consult your vet, local shelter, and friends for references

Animals are like children. They need lots of love, attention and medical care. It is our duty, when we open our hearts and homes to an animal, to provide them with that love, attention and the medical care that is required for them to live a long, happy and healthy life.

Additional Information:

Shelter workers and volunteers hear over and over again from people who want to adopt a puppy or a kitten, “I want a pet who will bond with my family,” or “I want a pet who can grow up with my kids.” the truth is that forming a strong connection with a pet has little to do with the animal’s age at the time of adoption. Here are a few statements made by people who have adopted older pets:

“I have benefited more from knowing and loving my old pets than I ever could have imagined.”

“When I adopted my first older dog I thought I was doing a good thing by bringing her home. Who was I kidding? Now I am filled with gratitude to her for sharing her appreciation for the little joys in life with me. I have learned many life lessons from knowing, loving and being loved by these older souls.”

More and more animal lovers are finding out that their perfect pet isn’t a puppy or kitten but an adult animal. Their learning just how easy it is to teach an older pet new tricks – like showing their best friend how to love again.

As society, we respect and honor those who have lived long lives. And so it should be for our special animal friends.