Adoptions FAQ

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 is wanting in a companion animal.

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

Who Qualifies for Adoption?

  1. You must be 21 or older.

  2. You must be able to provide a secure, stable, and loving home environment.​

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


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

Come by the shelter to fill out an adoption application or fill one out online to save you some time at the shelter. The purpose of this application is to gather information about your home, pets, and general lifestyle to help our adoptions 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?

  1. Please give us a call at (314) 696-2444 or email us about any questions you have concerning available animals or to schedule a time to meet with one of our Adoptions Coordinators. ​​​​

  2. Or you can simply come by our shelter located at:

2700 Walnut Place

St. Louis, MO 63103

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

Even if you have no idea what you're looking for, you're more than welcome to visit our adoptable animals and we will happily help you find the perfect pet. Simply come down to our​​ shelter and let our adoptions counselors do the rest. We still highly suggest that you fill out an adoption application ahead of time. 


How Much Does it Cost to Adopt?


    • PUPPIES 1 year old and younger: $250 - $300

    • ADULTS over 1 year old: $100 - $150

    • SPECIALTY BREEDS/PUREBRED: rolling fee, please contact CARE STL's Adoption Team for more information.

    • This fee includes spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping, dewormer, initial flea/tick treatment, and heartworm testing​.

  • CATS: $75

    • This fee includes spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping, dewormer, initial flea/tick treatment, and FIV/FELV testin​g.

  • KITTENS: $125 for one kitten, $150 for two kittens​
    • This fee includes spay/neuter services, age-appropriate vaccinations​, microchipping, dewormer, and initial flea/tick treatment.

Interested in sponsoring an animal's adoption fee? Read about our Paw it Forward program!

Please Note...

  • If you have any further questions, please call Liz or Colton at (314) 696-2444 or email /

  • Please allow up to 3-5 days for 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 located at: 2700 Walnut Place, St. Louis, MO 63103.

  • Additional pet or breed-specific restrictions may be placed on some pets depending on where you live or landlord restrictions.

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