Looking to adopt?

Our goal is that each animal we place in an adoptive home is lovingly cared for until the end of his or her life. Owning a pet is a big responsibility and we work to help potential pet owners understand the commitment. By having this adoption process, we hope to prevent animals from winding up back at the shelter, and we hope to provide happy outcomes for all!


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!

Wonderful! CARE STL welcomes you to either come by the shelter or fill out an adoption application online to save some time at the shelter. The purpose of this application is to gather information about your home, pets, and general lifestyle to help our Match-Makers 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. 

​Wonderful! 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 Match Makers do the rest. We still ask that you fill out an adoption application ahead of time. 


How Much Does it Cost to Adopt?

  • DOGS: $50

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

  • CATS: $50

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


    • This fee includes spay/neuter services, age-appropriate vaccinations​, microchipping, dewormer, and initial flea/tick treatment.

Please Note...

  • If you have questions at any point in the process, please call Michelle or Senna at (314) 696-2444 or email michelle@icarestl.org / senna@icarestl.org.

  • 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.

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Our Adoption Pledge


CARE STL is 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

© 2019 Center for Animal Rescue & Enrichment of St. Louis - CARE STL.

All rights reserved. CARE STL is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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2700 Walnut Place

St. Louis, MO 63103

(314) 696-2444


Hours: 10 am - 5 pm daily