Our Process

For anyone looking to adopt from 3/22 – 4/3: 

We are still accepting adoption applications!

Our process is by appointment only. After you submit your application online, a staff member will contact you about scheduling an appointment to meet  a dog or dogs of your choice.

During this unprecedented situation, it can take up to 72 hours after submission of your application to hear back from an adoption staff member – please be patient with us as we attempt to respond quickly to all applications. If you have not heard from a CCR representative after 72 hours, please feel free to call or email info@chicagocaninerescue.org to follow up.

No one is permitted to visit the shelter without an appointment at this time. Please do not come to the shelter without planning an appointment with a staff member; you will not be permitted to enter the facility.

Thank you to all of the families interested in bringing home a new family member! And thank you for helping us stay safe and healthy while we try to find your perfect fit.

Thank you,

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 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.

Visitor 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.