Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Tom Weisner

Animals For Adoption

Please read the information below before clicking on the links to see cats and dogs available for adoption. We hope the following information will be helpful if you are considering adopting an animal from our facility.


The facility is open for viewing 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Once you have picked an animal to adopt the following is required:

  1. An adoption application is filled out.
  2. Everyone in the household is required to see the animal you are adopting prior to the actual adoption. We cannot guarantee the pet you would be adopting is housebroken, nor do we guarantee the temperament of the animal with children, adults, or other pets. Many of the animals we have are stray animals and we do not know their background. This is why, if you do have children or other pets at home, we require you to bring them here to the facility to see how they react with the pet you have chosen.
  3. If you are adopting a dog and you have a dog at home, it is required that your dog be introduced to the dog you are considering to adopt.
  4. If you rent, we will need your landlord's name and phone number to verify you are permitted to have a pet in your residence.
  5. State law requires all animals that are adopted from a public animal shelter be neutered/spayed. This will be done prior to adoption. State law also states that all animals adopted that are 4 months or older must be vaccinated for rabies within 30 days. You will receive a certificate for a free rabies shot if the animal is taken to a participating veterinarian.
  6. It is required that within 7 days of adoption that you visit a veterinarian to have the animal checked over, and discuss future care and office visits they will consider necessary.
  7. Should the veterinarian find that a serious health condition exists, they are to indicate so by signing and dating on the adoption contract in the provided space. At that time we will accept the animal back within 3 days of the exam, and only for an exchange, there are no refunds.
  8. The adoption fee for any animal is $90.
  9. If you live within the city limits of Aurora and are adopting a pet, it is required that this pet be registered with the city. There is no charge for this registration tag.

Feeding and Caring for Your New Forever Friend

At our facility, puppies are fed Purina Puppy Chow and kittens are fed Purina Kitten Chow. The adult dogs are fed Purina Adult Chow and the cats are fed Purina Cat Chow. What you feed your new adopted pet is your choice. We ask that if you are going to feed another product that you use a half and half mixture of the above Purina food with the new food you are going to feed, until the Purina is gone. Sometimes an abrupt change from one food to another can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, or other problems.


Please visit the Pet Harbor or PetFinder websites for a list of all our wonderful animals available for adoption.