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Before You Get Started

Be at least 21 years of age

Be able to show proof of a valid photo ID. We accept forms of drivers license, passport, state ID, or matricula consular

Check your lease or HOA for breed and weight restrictions

Have proof of vaccines & spay/neuter for any other pets in the home

Be prepared to bring all residents living in the home to meet your new potential pet

Adoption Process


STEP 1: Submit an application for an adoptable dog or cat on our website. Applications remain on file for one year and can apply to any pet, so please do not resubmit additional applications.

STEP 2: An Adoption Coordinator will respond to your application within 48-72 hours and let you know next steps.

STEP 3: If the pet you originally applied for was not a great fit, keep an eye out on the website for future matches!

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ADOPTION APPOINTMENTS: Many dogs will be eligible for a meet and greet at our Adoption Center at a specified appointment time. Visitors must maintain distance from staff and wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during the duration of their visit.

The safety of our fosters, adopters, and pets is our top priority and we appreciate your cooperation during the pandemic!


Adoption fees include: Spay/neuter*, microchip, initial vaccines and a wellness exam.

* Due to limited appointment availability, some pets may be adopted out on a spay/neuter contract with a refundable $50 spay/neuter deposit which is reimbursed after the surgery is complete.

Dog Adoption Fees
Puppies under 6 months: $350
Adult Dogs: $300
Dogs 7 years and older: $150
*Senior humans that adopt senior dogs receive a special rate of $100.

One Tail requires adopters of puppies 6 months and under show proof of enrollment in a positive reinforcement training class within two weeks of adoption at the adopter’s expense.

Cat Adoption Fees
Kittens: $100
Adult Cats: $75

Adopters should be ready to take home their new dog or cat within 1-2 days of being matched. We do not ‘hold’ animals for any period of time.

We are currently only accepting applications in the Chicagoland area.

If you have reviewed our how-to-adopt information above and would like to submit an application, please visit the link below!

Complete an Adoption Application

View adoptable dog and cat profiles here!

Adopter Support Programs:

Dutch’s Fund

DUTCH’S FUND was created as a way for One Tail to care for dogs suffering from medical problems, or needing on-going treatment to remain healthy and happy.  Fund’s from Dutch’s Fund also help dogs that have already been adopted.  The DUTCH’S FUND GRANT allows One Tail adopters to apply for up to $500 in assistance in paying for unexpectedly large veterinary bills.  Email [email protected] for more information and to receive a grant application.

Stella’s Fund

STELLA’S FUND was created to assist adopters in need of financial assistance to pay for training. If a dog presents with a troubling behavior after the adoption and you need help getting training, please contact us. We will guide you to a trainer suited to your needs, and help you with training costs. Email [email protected] for more information and to receive a grant application.