Before you adopt, please read our adoption policies carefully!
All animals at Chicago Pet Rescue have adoption fees, and fees vary. Please take the time to learn more about our adoption fees.
We do have higher adoption fees than other rescues or shelters. This is because Chicago Pet Rescue will not turn our backs on special needs pets or pets who require expensive medical work (e.g. puppy mill survivors). We provide care such as heartworm treatment while many organizations either euthanize or refuse to accept a heartworm-positive dog into their programs.
There is a price for rescuing so many special needs dogs—our monthly vet bills range from $1,500 to $2,000! A majority of the dogs we rescue require at least $300 in vet care (for spaying/neutering, shots, a heartworm/lyme test and other vet work, if needed.)
Since we are a non-profit, 501(c) 3-tax exempt no-kill rescue, most donations are tax deductible. We accept cash and checks.
We do not allow people from out of state to adopt from us. We prefer to adopt locally within 1 hour of Chicago, 60631.
Health & Temperament:
We advise on any known issues prior to adoption. However, Chicago Pet Rescue makes no explicit or implicit guarantees in reference to the health, behavior, and/or temperament of the animal. The animal is adopted, for lack of a better term, "as is," and Chicago Pet Rescue shall not be held responsible for any medical expenses, which may be incurred for treatment of any and all existing conditions, or any other conditions of physical, or temperament changes that may occur, including whether the animal is housebroken. Unless provided by participating veterinarian, Chicago Pet Rescue is legally unable to provide any prescription medications for any underlying health conditions (such as kennel cough) and therefore it is the adopter's responsibility to have any condition(s) treated. Chicago Pet Rescue is not responsible for any costs incurred by the adopter.
Anyone interested in adopting from us must fill out an online adoption application. If you'd prefer to download and print an application, click here. Printed applications can be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought to one of our adoption events.
If for any reason such as landlord issues, allergies or animal personality clashes, you choose not to keep the animal, you must notify Chicago Pet Rescue immediately. All fees are non-refundable and no cash refunds will be given at any time for any reason.
Repossession an Animal:
If someone who adopted an animal from us is found to be in violation of our adoption requirements, Chicago Pet Rescue reserves the right to repossess the animal with no refund of the adoption fee. Chicago Pet Rescue reserves the right to make post-adoption home visits and/or follow up calls to check on the welfare of the animal and assure that the terms of the contract are being met.
If you should ever decide you cannot keep or do not want your Chicago Pet Rescue animal, you MUST notify Chicago Pet Rescue before taking any action. You must agree that if for any reason you can no longer provide a home for your Chicago Pet Rescue animal, you will return the animal to the Chicago Pet Rescue. You will agree NEVER to surrender the animal to an animal shelter, humane society, pound, or another rescue, nor will you sell, exchange, give to, or adopt the animal to anyone else without contacting Chicago Pet Rescue first and specifically speaking with and receiving consent from Elena, the executive director of Chicago Pet Rescue. Transfer of ownership by a family member or friend may be approved but permission to do so can only be given by Elena. Violation of this agreement will result in court costs and attorney fees payable by the adopter if necessary for to rescuer to redeem the dog.
Right of Refusal:
Chicago Pet Rescue reserves the right to refuse any adoption.