Tune those heartstrings, because they’re about to be tugged. The truth is, all around Chicago there are far too many deserving pups in need of a warm and caring home. If you’re ready to find out what it feels like to be transformed by deep unconditional love, these highly recommended Chicago dog rescues are poised and ready to help you find the perfect new best friend.
Chicago Canine Rescue
Founded in 2001, Chicago Canine Rescue loves underdogs who are searching for a home because they are too old, too young, too injured, have disabilities or have simply been overlooked for too long by potential adopters at other shelters. This shelter helps them to find permanent, loving forever homes throughout Chicago.
Some words of appreciation: “Arguably one of the best rescues I’ve ever visited. The shelter is immaculate, all of the animals seem to be healthy and safe, and the volunteers all seem to be eager and invested in the animals future.”
ALIVE Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to being a safe haven for animals. They believe every animal has the right to a well-balanced, socialized and fulfilled life. ALIVE Rescue promotes sustainable living and care-giving within the Chicago community by building awareness, appreciation and respect for all animals and the environment. “The Little Barn” adoption center is located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago.
Some words of appreciation: “Amazing, caring animal rescue. Tons of heart and very thorough vetting process for adopters to ensure every cat or dog finds their true forever home.”
The Anti-Cruelty Society
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people. This organization believes in always accepting pets in need and caring for them without time limits. It is also heavily involved in educating the community about responsible pet ownership.
Some words of appreciation: “Good place, good people working/volunteering there, good doggos and kitties. You can hang out with the dogs and cats as much as you want and take the dogs out in the courtyard if you want.”
One Tail at a Time Adoption Center
Formed in 2008, One Tail at a Time (OTAT) is a no-kill, 501(c)3 all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families. Their adoption center is located in Bucktown.
Some words of appreciation: “Helpful, friendly, knowledgeable staff that made the adoption process smooth and enjoyable! I’m so thankful to OTAT for letting me adopt my best friend and for all the amazing work they do helping dogs, owners and communities throughout Chicago.”
Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center (PAWS Chicago)
Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center is part of PAWS Chicago, and is a national model in animal sheltering. PAWS has a mission of building no-kill communities, ending overpopulation of homeless animals (through solutions, practices, and education), and transforming animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.
Some words of appreciation: “A really great shelter that genuinely cares about the finding the best forever homes for their animals. Also very clean and all the dogs are in relatively spacious rooms (aka no cages) with lots of toys.”
Remember, you can help even if you aren’t in a place to adopt. Check out our complete list of Chicago Rescues to find out more about fostering and volunteer opportunities!
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