How to Adopt

This is a basic outline of our adoption process. Hopefully, it will answer most of your questions. Please email us if you have any others.

1. If you have questions about any of our available pets that are not answered in their website bio, please email Jan at direstraitsresq@gmail.com. We’re happy to provide whatever information we can. We adopt to families within an hour of the West Chicago/Winfield/Wheaton, IL area. We do not do long-distance adoptions.

2. Our adoption application is designed to be a starting point for all adoptions. Your answers to the questions give us an idea of what you’re looking for, what your pet experiences have been and whether or not you might be a good match for the pet you are interested in. We’re not looking for right or wrong answers, but rather a starting point for further discussion.

3. We will contact you as soon as possible after receiving your application. We’ll call to speak with you personally if it looks like you would be a good match for the pet you’ve inquired about. If we both agree to go forward, we’ll set up a time to meet the pet. We will also check your vet and personal references.

4. Our animals are usually cared for in foster homes. We will meet with you at either the foster home, your home, or another convenient location. Because we like to do a home visit before adopting, we’ll often do the initial meeting at your home. All family members living in your house must meet the pet, including your present dog(s) if any.

5. If all goes well and we seem to have a good match, we will finalize the adoption. We have a contract that we ask you to read and sign and an adoption fee that must be paid.

Our adoption fees cover only part of the expenses incurred by each animal. Because most of our rescues come to us with injuries or other medical problems, it is very expensive to care for them and get them ready to go to a new home. We can’t begin to recover these costs in adoption fees, and rely on donations to help make up the difference. All of our animals are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and de-wormed. Dogs are heartworm and tick-borne disease tested and on heartworm preventative and cats are feline leukemia/FIV/heartworm tested.

Adoption fees for dogs usually range from $250 to $325 and puppies are $300 to $350. Cats are usually $125 and kittens are $150 to $175. If the adoption fees seem high for rescue animals, please realize that if you were to take a “free” puppy or kitten to your veterinarian or to any local animal hospital and have them tested, vaccinated, dewormed, spayed or neutered and microchipped, it would cost you at least 50% more, but usually well over 80% more than our adoption fees.