Our Process

Thank you so much for your interest in adopting a dog from Chicago Canine Rescue! It is only through the support of the community and adopters like you that we can do our lifesaving work!

Due to the large number of applications, we are unable to guarantee every adopter will get their first choice of adoptable dog. We will do our best to be as efficient and transparent as we can with the adoption process so that you know what to expect. All applicants will receive a response via email regardless of the availability of dogs.

Currently available dogs are listed on our website only. Please do not rely on third-party websites like Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet to give you up-to-date information about available dogs. Please see our Adoptable Animals listing for currently available animals.


Thank you for choosing to adopt your next canine companion! There are so many wonderful dogs looking for homes – we’re excited to find you the perfect fit!

You can see all our currently available animals here.

Our adoption process takes between 2-7 days to complete, based on scheduling and staff availability.

Step One: Submit an Application

If you are interested in adopting a dog you see on our website, please submit an applicationYou can indicate which dog or dogs you are interested in meeting. You will receive email confirmation from an adoption counselor that your application as been received and is being screened.

Step Two: Application Screening

We will screen your application, including contacting your vet references and landlord, prior to scheduling an introduction with the dog(s). Our adoption counselor will follow up with you promptly if any new questions arise during the screening process.

Step Three: Schedule a meet with the dog

After we receive the application, an adoption counselor will contact you via email within 48 hours to set up an appointment for your family to meet the dog(s) here at the shelter. The entire household including existing dogs must meet the new dog before an adoption can take place.

Step Four: Application approval and adoption

After your application has been screen and your family has met the dog, you will be approved for adoption and can take the dog home! You should plan to take the dog home either the day of the meet or within 48 hours. Puppies under 6 months have an adoption fee of $400, and dogs 6 months and older have an adoption fee of $350. If the dog you are adopting is too young to be spayed/neutered, there will be a $50 deposit required at the time of adoption. 

CCR reserves the right deny any application at the discretion of the organization. CCR further reserves the right to request a home visit or other additional application steps at the discretion of the organization.