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!
As of March 2020, we have received an unprecedented number of applications. We are so grateful for a community that responds to crisis with compassion.
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 all for your understanding and support as we attempt to navigate this changing landscape in a way that makes sense for our dogs, our community, and our staff. The outpouring of support, love, patience, and understanding is keeping us all going!
Be safe, be well, and rescue more dogs!
Chicago Canine Rescue
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 application! You 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.
We are open for walk-in shelter tours…
- Monday, Thursday, Friday 5pm – 7pm
- Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm
You are welcome to take a tour through the shelter during this time without an appointment. During a tour, you are able to see the dogs in the shelter in person. Depending on availability of space and staff, you may be able to meet a dog during tour hours. This is not guaranteed, however, so we do recommend filling out an application and making an appointment if possible.
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.