CHICAGO — The Anti-Cruelty Society is waiving all pet adoption fees on Saturday during its Clear the Shelters adoption promotion event.
People can adopt a pet and be waived on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at The Anti-Cruelty Society, 510 N. La Salle St., or any of the adoption sites, organizers said.
Participating adoption care:
- River North Adoption Center, 510 N. LaSalle Drive
- South Loop Everyday Adoption Center, 1101 S Canal St.
- PetSmart partners with adoptable cats: PetSmart Kingsbury, 1415 N. Kingsbury St.
- PetSmart Andersonville, 5210 N. Broadway
- PetSmart Wrigleyville, 3740 N Halsted St.
- PetSmart Evanston, 2221 Oakton St.
- PetSmart Brickyard, 6655 W. Grand Ave.
There will also be vendors, giveaways and more at The Anti-Cruelty Society’s River North location.
Participants will be able to purchase everything they need for their new pet on site — such as bowls and toys — and an adoption team will be on hand to answer questions and provide training and behavior resources. Hills Pet Nutrition will give away pet food to people who adopt that day.
There will also be a photo room where people can dress their new pet in a bandana for a family photo shoot.
Animal shelters across the city have said they are facing “catastrophic” overcrowding and have encouraged Chicagoans to foster or adopt.
“This event is just a great opportunity for the Chicago community to help clear our shelters so we can make room for many other animals in need,” said Rachel Klousnitzer, marketing and communications director for the Anti-Cruelty Society.
Clear the Shelters is hosted by NBC Universal Local, which this month is partnering with animal shelters across the country to host adoption promotion events.
On average, 90 percent of the animals available for adoption for Clear the Shelters Day are adopted at the event, Klousnitzer said. That number includes cats, dogs, and small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs.
“It’s just a really nice day,” Klousnitzer said. “We have people coming from all over Chicago to adopt.”
People can also adopt a pet for up to a week if they are not sure if they are ready to adopt.
Animals are adopted and bred on a first come, first served basis. The Anti-Cruelty Society recommends completing an online application to speed up the process.
Adoption and foster care tips:
- Adopters must be at least 18 years old and have a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license.
- Animals eligible for foster care or adoption are listed in The Anti-Cruelty Society’s web guide. To start the process online, you can choose a pet, create an account and then submit the application.
- Stop by the shelter, 510 N. La Salle St., for same-day adoptions.
- Learn more about the fostering process here, including completing a Foster Interest form and attending an orientation session at The Anti-Cruelty Society headquarters or virtually via Zoom.
- The Anti-Cruelty Society also recently launched a Foster on the Spot program.
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