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​1. What is CARE's Match-Making Process? 

  • We do our best to ensure the right pet for the person through an open, conversation-based approach to assess what the applicant wants in a companion animal.

  • We pair animals with humans to better each other based on the individual's needs and lifestyle. 

 2. Who Qualifies for Adoption?

  • You must be 18 or older,

  • You must provide a secure, stable, and loving home environment.​

  • You must be able to provide the adopted animal with proper post-adoptive veterinary care.


3. I meet the above criteria. I'm ready to meet my new best friend!

  • Come by the shelter to fill out an adoption survey or fill one out online to save you some time at the shelter. This form aims to gather information about your home, pets, and general lifestyle to help our adoption counselors determine if the pet you wish to adopt is a good fit for both you and the pet.

I've filled out an application; now what?​​

  • Come by to our shelter located at 2700 Walnut Place, St. Louis, MO 63103


Adoption Hours: 

Mondays to Fridays, 1 pm to 7 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

I have no idea which animal(s) I'm interested in adopting. I want to look. 

  • Whether or not you have a clue about your ideal companion, feel free to drop by and explore our collection of adoptable animals. Our dedicated team will gladly assist you in discovering the perfect pet. So why not visit our shelter and let our adoption counselors care for the rest? However, we strongly recommend completing an adoption application in advance.


How Much Does it Cost to Adopt?

  • We have an exciting offer for animals aged 6 months and above - Adoption Fees Waived!

  • And we invite you to Name Your Price for our adorable furry friends below 6 months!



Please Note...

  • If you have any further questions, please email

  • Please allow up to 48 hours for the complete processing of your application. 

  • The quickest way to meet adoptable animals is to fill out an adoption application online and then come to our shelter at 2700 Walnut Place, St. Louis, MO 63103,  between 1 pm and 7 pm—Mondays to Fridays, and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our Adoption Pledge

We are committed to finding the best possible forever homes for our companion animals while maintaining the safety of our animals and the public.


To do so, we reserve the right to:

  • deny any applicant; completing this application does NOT guarantee approval for adoption

  • perform a home visit or request additional references 

  • Provide additional education and resources

CARE STL pledges complete transparency about our adoptable companion animals concerning any KNOWN OR OBSERVED behaviors in the following areas:

  • their background

  • their health, temperament, and/or behavioral issues

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