Pet Adoptions

When you're looking to add a pet to your life, consider adopting a homeless animal from our shelter. Whether you want a puppy, mature dog, cat or kitten, our shelter has a great selection of animals - all screened for good health and behavior. We even help by spaying and neutering the pet as part of your adoption fee.

The Rock Island County Animal Care and Control Shelter believes that every dog and every cat is a living, feeling being who, more often than not, would make a wonderful companion if given a chance. We strive to increase those chances through our pet adoption services and support of companion-animal sterilization.

Pets available for adoption come to the shelter after being picked up as strays, turned in by residents, or surrendered by their owners for a variety of reasons. If no owner comes forward to reclaim their pet after seven (7) days, the animal is evaluated for adoption. If adoptable, the pet is processed and moved to the adoption floor. If the pet is not adoptable, the animal would be humanely euthanized. 

NOTE: Owned pets are accepted by the shelter for a $45.00 release fee and must also be evaluated for adoption. 

Search for adoptable pets that are located at the Rock Island County Animal Care and Control Shelter via the website.

Choosing a Pet for Adoption:

Every adoptable pet can provide you with boundless love and companionship, and every pet certainly deserves a lifelong home. But some pets are better for you and your lifestyle than others. That's why you should take the time to make a thoughtful choice. After all, you're choosing a pet that is likely to be with you for ten (10) to fifteen (15) years—or longer. Select the right pet, and you and your new companion will enjoy those years to the fullest. First become knowledgeable about what kind of animal you want and what it takes to be a responsible pet caregiver.

You should be willing to spend at least an hour or two (2) looking at our adoptable pets. If you find a pet that interests you, spend some time getting acquainted before making your final decision.

Once you've decided on a pet and are ready to adopt, simply complete the adoption and registration process, pay the adoption fee and you and your new best friend are on your way!

Adoption Fees

Puppies 8 weeks to 6 months$250.00Shots up to Rabies
Puppies 6 months to 1 year$150.00Age Appropriate Shots
DOGS$100.00Age Appropriate Shots
CATS$60.00Spaying/Neutering, Microchip, and Vaccination for Rabies, Distemper/URI & Feline Bordetella

NOTE: If you are a resident of Rock Island County, your first year's registration is included in the adoption fee for adult pets. Any known medical history of the animal will be provided. 

Adoption Application:

If you would like to fill out the adoption application in advance to expedite the adoption process you may  to download the adoption application. (PDF) Send the completed application to    

After Adoption:

Should the animal show any signs of health or behavior issues, the animal may be returned to the shelter for evaluation and exchanged for another animal within the first ten (10) days of adoption, if warranted. Exchange or credit for services can be provided. However, no cash refunds are offered.

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