IMPORTANT: ARF typically does not approve applications for any animal that has not been altered to families that live outside of Illinois and/or beyond 100 miles of Wheaton or Glen Ellyn, IL.
To make sure every adoption is a good match for the animal and their new family, all potential adopters must fully complete an Adoption Application; incomplete applications cannot be processed.
We welcome questions about an animal at any time, but fortunately many of our animals find homes quickly and have multiple applicants so it is difficult to respond to all questions. Submitting a question about an animal is not considered an application; we recommend you complete an application as soon as you have an interest in any ARF animal. This does not commit you to adopting, but ensures you are being considered.
We cannot adopt out or hold an animal until an application has been approved. All members of your household must be present at the adoption, and adopters must be at least 18.
At adoption events adoption fees can be paid using Cash or Credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express; $5 convenience fee applies). Fosters and our animal adoption partners can only accept cash outside of adoption events. Sorry but we cannot accept personal checks. Please remember to bring or be prepared to purchase a leash or carrier when you pick up your new pet.
Many of our animals need your financial help. ARF provides a home to all animals until they are adopted, no matter how long that may take. You can help by Sponsoring an ARF animal.
*Please note that we cannot consider you for an adoption until we receive a completed application. We welcome your questions, but inquiring about an animal is not considered an application. Only approved applications will be considered in the decision making process. We accept only the following forms of payment for Adoption Fees: Cash, and Visa, MasterCard or Discover at PetSmart and Petco adoption events only! (A small convenience fee of $5.00 will be added to credit card transactions.) We do not accept any type of check for adoption fees.