Adoption and viewing is by appointment only.

If you are interested in adopting, please email us at so we can send you an adoption application and arrange for you to meet the dog(s) you are interested in. We hold regular adoption viewing events, which can be found here.

All adoption fees include:

  • Spay/Neuter Operations
  • Updated Vaccinations
  • Micro-Chip Implant
  • Fecal Exam

Ready to adopt?

Start by filling out the Adoption Application:

adoption application

​Requirements to Adopt

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Provide proof of permission to house an animal (e.g. rental agreement, written landlord approval, proof of home ownership)
  • Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide proper care, training, medical treatment, and a lifelong home for the animal(s).
  • Live within a two hour radius of Joliet, Illinois (to allow our volunteers to do home checks if necessary).​​

We are always willing to make every effort to work with you to address concerns or find the most appropriate companion animal. Hopeful Tails reserves the right to refuse an adoption.

After Adopting

  • Follow up with your vet.
  • Keep up with vaccinations for your pet.
  • Don’t forget to get a name tag for your dog.
  • Don’t forget to purchase a rabies tag.
  • Don’t forget to take preventative measures against fleas, ticks, and heartworm.
  • Don’t forget to check fecal sample after adoption.
  • Use harnesses for your puppy.

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