Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals

Clear the Shelter

We are excited to be part of NBC’s Clear the Shelter adoption event again this year! On Saturday August 18, the adoption fees for cats and dogs six months and older will be waived. Other pets adopted that day will have a regular adoption fee. We highly encourage potential adopters to check out the helpful tips below to prepare for the event. If you have additional questions, please call 815-758-2457 ext 153 or email

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  • Tails will be open from 11am-5pm that day. The line starts early outside of the shelter. Please plan ahead accordingly (bring a chair and/or water bottle) and assume there will be a waiting period outdoors.
  • If you rent, please bring your signed lease with your current address that matches your current ID. The lease must state you have landlord approval for the pet you’re adopting.
  • If you’re adopting a pet into a family, please bring your entire family, not just one person representing the family.
  • Many of our dogs will require a meet and greet with current dogs in the home. To expedite the adoption process, please plan to bring your dog or complete meet and greets earlier in the week.
  • Holds will end at close of business on Thursday and will not be placed again until Sunday.
  • Promotion pricing ends at close of business on Saturday.
  • If you plan to adopt a cat, please bring a carrier. We will have them for $5 as well.
  • Tails serves the right to deny any adoption in the best interest of the animal or family.