21800 Central Avenue, Matteson, IL 60443

Phone: 708-755-7387

21800 Central Avenue, Matteson, IL 60443

Phone: 708-755-7387



Pet Adoptions

You give them the loving home they deserve, and we'll provide you with all the help and resources you need for your new family member.All pets adopted from SSHS go home spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on routine vaccinations.

Dogs for Adoption

Check out our dogs available for adoption at our Matteson location or from foster care.

Cats for Adoption

Check out our cats available for adoption at our Matteson location, from foster care or at our PetSmart locations.

Foster a Pet

Fostering pets is a huge way to help save lives in our community. Give a temporary home to a pet in need and help them find their permanent family!

How to Adopt


We want to make the process of adopting a new pet as stress-free as possible.
Feel free to come in to the shelter during adoptions hours just to look around. If you see a dog or cat you may want to take home, let one of our adoptions counselors know and we'll have you fill out a brief application and talk over the adoption process and details of the pet. Most pets go home the same day!

Ready to Adopt?

Adoption procedures vary at PetSmart partner stores. Please call each store for more information. 

    Please make sure to bring a valid photo I.D.
    Although not required, family members and pets are encouraged to visit the shelter to meet a potential new pet
    All adopted dogs must leave the shelter with a leash & collar for purchase here at the shelter.
    Cardboard carriers for getting your new cat back home are available for $5

SSHS is often asked if we will cat test a dog or if the dog has been cat tested. No, and we're happy to tell you why.  1) There are many aspects to the shelter environment that make it unsuitable for testing including the size, smells, people, etc. It's not at all an accurate read and gives the adopter or foster a possibly inaccurate result.  2) Cat testing is extremely stressful for cats. When cats get even a little stressed, they get sick and no one wants that!  3) We're happy to provide a handout about home introductions and help guide you through that process should you choose to pursue it.  4) We will always disclose all information we know about how a dog was in a home with other resident pets. Often, we lack this information but we are transparent with everything we do know and this can help guide people towards a match that might work.


What's Included


Prior to adoption, all SSHS pets are:

  • Spayed or neutered

  • Microchipped

  • Vaccinated

  • FIV/FeLV tested (cats)

  • Heartworm tested (dogs)

Adoption Fees

Dogs (as of June 1, 2024)

  • Puppies


    Under 6 months

  • Adult Dogs


    Over 6 months

Cats (as of June 1, 2024)

  • Kittens


    Under 6 months

  • Cats


    Over 6 months