What are your adoption fees?

DOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONS   $300 / $350 pups under 1yr old  (generally, unless otherwise stated)

  • DHLPP Vaccine(s)
  • Bordetella vaccine
  • 1 yr Rabies Vaccine (age appropriate)
  • Heartworm Tested and prevention started
  • Flea treatment
  • Dewormed
  • Microchip w/ registration
  • Overall Health Exam
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Groomed
  • Dental Care (if needed)
  • Started on Crate Training
  • Educational Orientation prior to adoption
  • Lifetime Support

CAT/KITTEN ADOPTIONS    $90  (generally we offer $150 for 2 cats/kittens)

  • FELV/FIV/HW Tested negative
  • FVRCPC Vaccine(s)
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Flea Treatment
  • Dewormed
  • Microchip w/ registration
  • Overall Health Exam
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Educational Orientation prior to adoption
  • Lifetime Support

  What are the adoption requirements?

  • Must be 21 years old.
  • If you rent, we must have landlord approval.
  • Be able to provide the time and resources to properly care for the adopted pet, including medical care, training, housing, quality nutrition, etc.
  • Ensure all members of the household are in agreement with the adoption. All family members must be present at the adoption.
  • Your curr ent pets must be spayed/neutered, up to date on yearly exam & vaccines, and dogs kept current on monthly heartworm prevention.
  • Must have an approved application on file.
  • Be prepared to pay the adoption fee.
  • Make a lifetime commitment to the pet you are adopting!


  How do I adopt a pet?

  Genesis Animal Rescue is unique to shelters in this area because the majority of our pets are in individual foster homes, not a shelter setting . Therefore we do not have set hours for you to meet all of the available pets. Our pets are advertised on our website, on several pet search engines, monthly adds in the local newspaper, and available for meet & greet at our adoption events. See our event schedule here. EVENTS

Most of our cats and kittens are staying at our Kitty Condos in the area. Feel free to visit them during normal business hours at Clydes Animal Clinic in Mattoon, IL and at Arthur Veterinary Clinic in Arthur, IL. Our volunteers are not at these locations, so please go to the website for additional information and to complete an application for a kitty. There are no on-site adoptions at these locations.

If you are interested in meeting a specific pet, please first complete an adoption application. This does not obligate you to adopt, but gives the foster home an idea of your home environment as well as what you are looking for in a new pet to assist us in determining if the pet may be a suitable match for your family. Upon reviewal of your application, we will be in contact with you to talk further about the pet and setup a visit should it be a potential match.


Click here to complete the Adoption Application    

 We reserve the right to refuse/deny any applicant, at any time during the adoption process, for any reason.

Why do you charge for these animals?
It costs a great deal of money to shelter, feed and take care of the animals. All of them require veterinary care before they can be adopted. Genesis Animal Rescue does not receive any state or federal funding, we operate on 100% donations. With the adoption fees we collect, we maintain one small-quarantine only-shelter facility for the incoming, sick and injured pets, pay veterinary bills, maintain a transport vehicle, purchase any supplies not donated, and host adoption events. The adoption fees do not go to our volunteers, we have no paid staff, so 100% of all adoption fees and donations go directly to the animals.

We are always looking for donors and supporters who believe in our work.
Our adoption fee includes medical screening by our veterinarian, microchipping, vaccinations, worming, flea and tick preventatives, spay/neuter, dental care, heartworm treatment if needed, etc.  Overall, we estimate our fees cover only about 40% of the combined cost of these medical expenses and the care of the animal while it’s waiting for its new family.
What kinds of animals do you help?
Genesis Animal Rescue primarily assists dogs. We do have a limited ability to help cats as well, when space in our cat condos permit. In the past we have also helped rabbits, ferrets, and birds.  We are happy to make referrals to appropriate agencies and organizations regarding pets who need help that we cannot assist.
The majority of our dogs and cats available are mixed breed animals. We make educated guesses as to their breed and cannot guarantee their exact breed as often we do not know their entire history. When you adopt a pet from Genesis Animal Rescue please assume it is a mixed breed animal. We do aquire purebreds, but primarily transfer them to purebred rescue agencies so we may help more mixed breeds.
How long do you keep the animals? Do you ever put them to sleep?
We have no predetermined time limit for how long we will hold an animal. Some highly adoptable breeds or cute kittens and puppies will be adopted almost immediately after being placed in their foster home. Other animals, particularly older ones, may stay for several months before finding the right family. When we take in an animal we make a commitment to that pet's life and well being.
If the pet is found to be highly agressive by a professional evaluation we may choose not to place that pet up for adoption in  the best interest of the pet and the public's safety. Should the pet found to be extremely ill, incapable of successful treatment and good quality of life, the pet may be euthanized at our veterinarian's recommendation. In these rare cases the difficult decision to end an animal's life would be made by our board of directors in conjunction with our veterinary and behvior professionals .

Do you ever receive purebred animals?
Approximately 25% of the dogs and cats that come into shelters are purebreds. The more popular the breed, the more we see of them.
Do you have "designer breeds" available?
Absolutely! What some people would call a Puggle or a Labradoodle (and might cost as much as one thousand dollars at a breeder) would be described by Genesis Animal Rescue as a “pug/beagle” or a “Lab mix”. In one sense, we could call all of our animals “designer” models. We do see some very interesting breed mixes. Whatever you call them, they can make incredibly good companions. And you won’t have to pay a small fortune for the one that’s waiting for you here.

I live out of state.  Will you ship or transport an animal to me?
We regularly have adopters from outside of Illinois.  However, we do not ship or transport our animals.  Potential adopters would need to travel to us in Central Illinois to complete an adoption.  We want the animal and potential adopter to meet and make sure that both are compatible with each other and satisfied in the match.

  Click here to complete the ADOPTION APPLICATION