Mr. G, a shelter cat, was adopted by Nara Schoenberg and her familiy on Christmas Eve 2013. (Nara Schoenberg / Chicago Tribune)
Have you ever seen an adorable cat or kitten up for adoption and featured on your local news channel? Those great cats and kittens aren’t rare finds! They are the norm, and just about everywhere – including right here in Chicago – there are too many pets and not enough homes choosing to adopt them. Unfortunately, many animals are still not spayed or neutered resulting in thousands of unwanted cats and kittens each year.
You might see a cat or kitten for sale at a Chicago pet store and assume that buying a cat is the only option. Or you might, as many people do, believe that a cat for sale from a store or a breeder in Chicago is somehow “better” than one you might find for adoption in a Chicago animal shelter. This is a common misconception, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. The cats and kittens available for adoption at your local shelters and rescue groups are wonderful, sweet, healthy companions who are homeless through no fault of their own. Many times, animals end up in shelters simply because their former owner encountered a financial hardship and could no longer afford to care for them, or perhaps even lost their own home. Whatever the reason, most cats and kittens in shelters are great former pets who have lived in homes, and are often already litterbox trained.
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Step 3 - When you've found the cat of your dreams, you will be asked to complete our adoption application and adoption contract. A volunteer from Chicago Cat Rescue will process your application (usually within 2-3 business days). When your application is approved, and you have all the vital supplies to care for your new family member, your cat will be ready to come home! Prior to adoption, all of Chicago Cat Rescue's cats and kittens have been tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV, spayed/neutered, dewormed, have received any necessary vaccinations, and are micro-chipped. Our adoption fee is $125.00 per cat, to help defray our costs. A unique aspect to Chicago Cat Rescue is that when you adopt from us, you not only gain the unconditional love of your new cat, you also gain the support of a group of caring individuals who are committed to you and your new companion's health & happiness - indefinitely!Seventy-five years later the AWL has grown to become the largest humane facility in the Chicagoland area, serving over 22,000 animals annually from more than 64 communities. Its multi-faceted mission: to prevent cruelty to animals, provide quality homes through its adoption program, promote respect and compassion for all creatures through education, provide shelter and care for homeless and unwanted animals, reduce pet overpopulation through low cost spay/neuter clinics, provide veterinary care for low-income pet owners and relieve the suffering of all animals - is carried out by a dedicated staff and volunteers.