About Chicagoland Dog Rescue

Any Breed. Any Size. Any Age. Any Reason.


Our Mission

Chicagoland Dog Rescue is a volunteer based, shelter-less rescue. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, socializing and placing homeless dogs into permanent homes – regardless of breed, size or age.

Successful Rescues



Rescued Dog / Our Mascot

For the first 4 months of his life, Pinto was kept locked up in a hot, filthy garage where he sat alone and suffering from a critically broken leg, a fractured growth plate, multiple pelvic fractures and a damaged knee cap.  We rescued him just in time to save his life, but not his leg.  Our now 3-legged friend lives an incredibly happy life in his forever home.


Rescued Dog

The neglect of Lily’s previous owners left her with the worst case of mange our vets have ever seen.  With the help of our volunteers and supporters, Lily made it through a long recovery and now enjoys a new (and furry!) life in her forever home.


Rescued Dog

Mina was a favorite among the volunteers at Chicago Animal Care & Control, but despite her gentle demeanor and kind heart, she was adopted out and returned TWICE.  Our intake team knew she deserved a third chance, and she now lives in a warm and loving forever home.

Our Dogs

All our dogs have all legally required preventative inoculations, are microchipped and are spayed or neutered to control the repetitive birth cycle that produces more unwanted dogs. Most have been rescued from kill shelters in the Midwest, so their exact breed and age are often unknown. All dogs have been medically or emotionally rehabilitated as needed and are temperament tested to assess their fit with other dogs, cats and children.

Lifetime Training

Weekly socialization and basic obedience training is offered to all adopters FREE of charge for the lifetime of the dog, something no other group offers!  Training is crucial for happy dogs and ensures that our adopted dogs remain in their happy households forever.  A minimum of 4 training sessions is required for all adopted dogs. Details on our training program can be found here.

How We Operate

We’re a shelter-less, no-kill rescue.  Most of our dogs are in foster homes around the Chicagoland area.  Our dream is to one day have a shelter where uninterrupted socialization will be the norm.  Until then, we rely on volunteers to shelter dogs in their own homes in an effort to reduce the staggering amount of euthanasia that take place daily in the kill shelters that we rescue our dogs from. With very limited resources we vaccinate, socialize and responsibly rehome these loving dogs as quickly as possible.


We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax-deductible!  Please consider supporting Chicagoland Dog Rescue with a monetary or in-kind donation using the links above.

Adopted Dogs in 2021


Dogs that Find A Home with Us Within 3 weeks

Our Mission

Over 15 years ago, a group of people who had been doing rescue work on their own realized that they could achieve more as a team, so they combined forces and formed Chicagoland Dog Rescue.  Now 50 volunteers strong, we rescue and rehome more than 100 dogs each year.  Our mission is to rescue dogs that are homeless, abandoned or who otherwise suffer at the hands of cruel or ignorant people, regardless of their breed, size, age or reason.

We are dedicated to the responsible rehoming of our dogs. We carefully consider every applicant through interviews, reference checks and an in-home visit to check for safety and suitability. The adoption process can take from a few days to a few weeks. This careful, deliberate process ensures that our dogs and their new families will be happy together, forever.

More About Adopting A Dog


All potential adopters are required to submit a pre-adoption application, which will allow us to better understand what you’re looking for in a dog and assess fit. To increase your chances of being considered for adoption, you may fill out an application prior to meeting the dog you’re interested in at our adoption event. You can retract it or transfer it to a different dog at any time.

Adoption Application

Spaying and neutering is a critical step in reducing the over-population of pets. Our dogs are spayed or neutered before they’re adopted. Resources are available for low-cost or no-cost spaying and neutering services for other dogs and cats. Please contact each organization directly to determine whether you qualify: