The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

How to Adopt An Animal

DuPage County Animal Care & Control CAT Adoption Application 
DuPage County Animal Care & Control DOG Adoption Application 

Should you get a pet?

Pet ownership involves a commitment to caring for an animal for 10 - 20 years or more, depending on the age and species of animal you select. DuPage County Animal Care & Control, along with all other humane organizations, veterinarians, responsible breeders, obedience trainers, and animal-lovers, suggest you consider all the impacts of such a commitment on you and your family prior to adopting a pet. It is helpful to consider your current and future lifestyle when deciding which type of pet, if any, is right for you and your family. Take into consideration the following:

  • Your current and future place of residence
  • The amount of money you can devote to caring for a pet for it's entire life
  • The amount of time you can devote to caring for a pet for it's entire life
  • Family members/children involved (present and future)
  • Specialized care and environment required, especially for exotic species such as parrots, reptiles, ferrets, etc.
  • Your level of knowledge about a particular species' behavior, training, nutritional needs, exercise requirements, etc.
  • Your physical strength and level of energy
  • Your personality (level of patience, leadership ability, level of activity, etc.)
  • Who will feed the pet? Take it to the vet? Train it? Groom it? Feed it? Exercise it? Clean up after it? Depending on the species, some of these things may need to be done everyday. 
  • Who will care for your pet while you're away?

Interested in Dogs

If you are interested in adopting a dog, you will need to determine what breed or type of dog is right for you and your family. Things to consider include:

  • Size (5 lbs - 225 lbs)
  • Amount of grooming required (daily, every few days, once a week)
  • Amount of daily exercise required (30 minutes to more than 2 hours per day)
  • Level of "leadership" or "bossiness" you can deal with (very submissive to very dominant)
  • Sociability with kids
  • Sociability with strangers
  • Sociability with other dogs (your current dog must be introduced to the dog that you are interested in)
  • Amount of time dog will be left alone everyday

Adopting from DCAC

If you are considering accepting the responsibility of pet ownership, you can view the animals currently available for adoption during our kennel hours.

  • All dogs available for adoption have been:
    • Neutered
    • Vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, pneumonitis, and coronavirus.
    • Vaccinated against rabies (dogs over the age of 4 months)
    • Microchipped (a permanent form of identification)
     
  • All cats available for adoption have been:
    • Neutered
    • Vaccinated against distemper, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.
    • Tested for feline leukemia
    • Vaccinated against rabies (cats over the age of 4 months)
    • Microchipped (a permanent form of identification)
     

If you decide to adopt from the shelter, your adoption packet will include important information about health care, training, behavior problems, etc. Please read through it carefully and save it for future reference. You may contact the Shelter at any time for help and advice for any problems you may have.

Adoption Fees

Refer to our Fee Schedule 

Adoption Hours

SundayCLOSED
Monday12:00 - 7:00
Tuesday12:00 - 4:30
Wednesday12:00 - 4:30
Thursday12:00 - 7:00
Friday12:00 - 4:30
Saturday10:00 - 2:30