Illinois Animal Rescue and Adoption Listings

The rescue of Illinois dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small domestic mammals, is critical to the well-being of these companions.  This page is dedicated to providing rescue lists for all Illinois pets.  We thank all those people who give unselfishly to the saving and placement of the less fortunate, and we hope that any heartache you encounter is overwhelmed by the happiness you make.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  It is PGAA’s desire to provide a list of adoption and rescue sites that rescue pets and, hopefully, place them into new loving and caring homes.  While we make every effort to only publish links from reputable rescue agencies, we HAVE NOT physically reviewed these organizations.  Let us know of any unfavorable experiences that you may have had with any rescue/adoption group at PGAA Rescues.

It is difficult to continually maintain a completely valid list of operating rescue agencies so some of these rescues may no longer be operating.  Your cooperation in notifying us of closed rescues will also be appreciated.

Search Recommendations

  • Click on your state and scroll down to the appropriate pet
  • If you don’t find a group in your state search the surrounding states
  • Still no luck?  Go to the National section and scroll to the appropriate pet
  • When all else fails E-mail us for assistance

Illinois Adoption and Rescue Organizations.

Please use caution when considering placing an animal with any one involved in animal rescue, or if you get an animal from a rescue/adoption agency. Get references and do some investigation on your own.  Long-distance/sight unseen adoptions can be risky.

A “Yes” in the No-Kill column means that the rescue is a shelter where animals are only euthanized if they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be suitable for adoption.

Cats Only
Cats and Dogs
Dogs-All Breeds
Dogs By Breed
Other Animals

Rockford area All All Noah’s Ark Yes
Syracuse, IN 46567 (serves Illinois) Birds Large species parrots and macaws Indiana Large Bird Rescue Yes
Illinois Birds All Bird Lovers Only Rescue
Cats Only
Bloomington, IL 61701 Cats All The Sterile Feral Foundation
Bourbonnais, IL 60914 Cats All New Beginnings Cat Sanctuary Yes
Chicago, IL 60618 Cats All Harmony House Yes
Chicago, IL 60640 Cats All Tree House Humane Society Yes
Grand Chain, IL 62941 Cats All Winnie’s Wish
LaGrange Park, IL 60526 Cats All CatNap from the Heart Yes
Lombard, IL. 60148 Cats All Cat Guardians Yes
Montgomery, IL. 60538 Cats All Paws and Purrs Humane Society Yes
Cats and Dogs
Alton, IL 62002 Cats and Dogs All 5 A’S Humane Shelter (Alton Area Animal Aid Association)) Yes
Alton, IL 62002 Cats and Dogs All Hope Animal Rescues Yes
Anna , IL 62906 Cats and Dogs All Pets Are Worth Saving Inc. (PAWS) Yes
Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Cats and Dogs All The Buddy Foundation Yes
Benld IL 62009 Cats and Dogs All Benld Adopt A Pet Yes
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 Cats and Dogs All Humane Haven Animal Shelter
Cass County Cats and Dogs All Pound Dog Rescue
Chicago, IL 60622 Cats and Dogs All Lake Shore Animal Clinic Yes
Chicago, IL 60654 Cats and Dogs All The Anti-Cruelty Society Yes
Chicago 60622 Cats and Dogs All ARFhouse Yes
Chicago, IL 60645 Cats and Dogs All Red Door Animal Shelter Yes
Chicago Heights, IL 60411 Cats and Dogs All South Suburban Humane Society
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415 Cats and Dogs All Animal Welfare League
Chicago-area Cats and Dogs Mature Young At Heart Pet Rescue Yes
Clinton 61727 (Central) Cats and Dogs All Second Chance for Pets
Crystal Lake, IL 60039 Cats and Dogs All Assisi Animal Foundation Yes
Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Cats and Dogs All ON ANGELS’ WINGS Yes
Decatur, IL 62526 Cats and Dogs All Homeward Bound Pet Shelter Yes
Downers Grove Cats and Dogs All West Suburban Humane Society Yes
Edwardsville, IL 62025 Cats and Dogs All Metro East Humane Society
Elk Grove Village, IL 60009 Cats and Dogs All Almost Home Foundation
Elk Grove Village IL 60007 Cats and Dogs All Second Chance Yes
Evanston, Illinois 60204 Cats and Dogs All Community Animal Rescue Effort Yes
Gurnee, IL 60031 Cats and Dogs All Tails of Hope
Granite City, IL 62040 Cats and Dogs All Granite City APA Yes
Grayslake, IL 60030 Cats and Dogs All Save-A-Pet Yes
Hinckley, IL 60520 Cats and Dogs All Recycling Animals In Need (R.A.I.N.) Yes
Huntley, IL  60142 Cats and Dogs All Animal House Shelter Yes
Illinois-several counties (HQ Wauconda 60084) Cats and Dogs All Illinois Animal Rescue Yes
Iroquois, IL 60945 Cats and Dogs All Iroquois County Animal Rescue Yes
Lawrenceville, IL 62439 Cats and Dogs All Lawrence County Humane Society Yes
Lockport, IL 60441 Cats and Dogs All American Animal Rescue Society Yes
Maroa IL 61756 Cats and Dogs All Victorian House Yes
Metropolis, IL 62960 Cats and Dogs All Project Hope Humane Society Yes
Milan, IL 61264 Cats and Dogs All Quad City Animal Welfare Center Yes
Minooka IL 60447 Cats and Dogs All Help Save Pets Humane Society
Naperville, IL 60564 Cats and Dogs All Angels On Wheels Animal Rescue Yes
Naperville IL, 60563 Cats and Dogs All Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment Yes
Naperville, IL 60567 Cats and Dogs All Animal Heartline Humane Association Yes
Naperville, IL 60563 Cats and Dogs All Naperville Area Humane Society
Normal, IL  61761 Cats and Dogs All Humane Society of Central Illinois
Northbrook, IL. 60062 Cats and Dogs All Heartland Animal Shelter Yes
Oak Brook, Illinois 60522 Cats and Dogs All Amercian Animal Rescue Society
Oak Park, 60304 Cats and Dogs All Animal Care League
Palatine, IL 60078 Cats and Dogs Over 3 years old Young At Heart Pet Rescue
Pekin Cats and Dogs All Tazewell Animal Protective Society Yes
Peoria Cats and Dogs All Foster Pet OutReach Yes
Pontiac, IL  61764 Cats and Dogs All Livingston County Humane Society, 815/842-1025 Yes
Richton Park Cats and Dogs All Friends for Life, Inc Adoption Program – 708-258-6181 Yes
Ringwood, IL 60072 Cats and Dogs All Pets In Need Midwest Yes
Riverwoods (Deerfield), IL 60015 Cats and Dogs All Orphans of the Storm Yes
Rockford IL 61107 Cats and Dogs All Noah’s Ark Animal Sanstuary Yes
Roodhouse, IL 62082 Cats and Dogs All The Dog Pen Yes
Shorewood, Il 60404 Cats and Dogs All Will County Humane Society Yes
Springfield 62702 Cats and Dogs All The Animal Protective League
Springfield 62705 Cats and Dogs All Illinois Humane
St. Anne, IL Cats and Dogs All Sunrise Center Animal Rescue
Tinley Park, IL 60477 Cats and Dogs All Peoples Animal Welfare Society
Troy, IL 62294 Cats and Dogs All Partners for Pets Yes
Urbana, IL, 61802 Cats and Dogs All Champaign County Humane Society
Villa Ridge IL 62996 Cats and Dogs All Southern Illinois Pet Society
Dogs Any Breed
Aurora, IL 60507 Dogs All Rover Rescue
Calumet City, IL 60409 Dogs All Cause 4 Paws Rescue
Chicago Dogs All Dire Straits Companion Animal Rescue.
Chicago, IL 60625 Dogs All One Tail At A Time Yes
Chicago Area (60614) Dogs All PAWS-Chicago Yes
Central Illinois (61820) Dogs All IllinoisDogAdoption
Central Illinois Dogs All R.A.I.N of Central Illinois Yes
Fairview Heights, IL 62208 Dogs All Belleville Area Rescue of K-9s
Fox Lake, IL 60020 Dogs All Pet Adoption Center
Illinois Dogs All Dogs Are Deserving Rescue
Illinois Dogs All (eventho’ web site indicates Collies) Shannon’s Companions Yes
Illinois Dogs Neonate pups, puppies and pregnant dogs Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue
Joilet, IL Dogs All Grahamville Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
Oak Forest, IL 60452 Dogs All Homeless Hounds Rescue
Virginia, IL 62691 Dogs All Pound Dog Rescue
Dogs By Breed
Illinois Dogs Airedale Airedale Terrier Rescue
Northern Illinois Dogs Akita Midwest Akita Rescue Society
Mt Prospect, IL 60056 Dogs Alaskan Malamute Illinois Alaskan Malamute Rescue Association Yes
Illinois Dogs America Eskimo American Eskimo Dog Rescue-Illinois
Antioch, IL 60002 Dogs American Staffordshire Terrier A and S Rescue
Chicagoland Dogs American Staffordshire Terrier Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue
Illinois Dogs Australian Shepherds Aussie Rescue Midwest (click on State)
Illinois Dogs Basset Hound Guardian Angel Basset Rescue
Centralia, IL 62801 Dogs Border Collies Come Bye Border Collie Rescue (formerly Animal Protective Association (APA) of Southern Illinois) Yes
Great Lakes region Dogs Border Collie Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue Lists
Illionis Dogs Boston Terrier IL-MO Pug and Boston Terrier Rescue
Midwest Dogs Boston Terrier Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue
Illinois Dogs Boxer Boxer Rebound
Illinois Dogs Brittany American Brittany Rescue
Illinois Dogs Brittany National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network.  Contact the Illinois Coordinator, Jody Brickner, (419) 722-3204, e-mail:
Northern Illinois Dogs Bulldog Northern Illinois Bulldog League Rescue  Ann Schola Clark, DVM, e-mail:, 847-951-1746 or 630-232-4175 Yes
Chicagoland Dogs Bulldog Chicagoland English Bully Breed Rescue
Chicagoland Dogs Bull Terrier Chicagoland Bull Terrier Rescue
Chigago area Dogs Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue (GCCR)
Illinois Dogs Chihuahua Chihuahua Rescue USA
Illinois Dogs Chinese Shar Pei Rescue A Shar-Pei
Chicago area Dogs Chow Chow Blasing’s Blues Chow Rescue
Illinois Dogs Chow Chow (info only) Wisconsin Chow Chow Rescue
Illinois Dogs Chow Chow Illinois Chow Adoption & Rescue Effort
Illinois Dogs Cocker Spaniel Illinois Cocker Rescue
Illinois Dogs Collie Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
Illinois Dogs Dalmatian Dalmatian Rescue of Illinois
Northern Illinois Dogs Dalmatian Dal-Savers Dalmatian Rescue
Illinois Dogs Doberman Lean On Me Doberman Rescue
Illinois Dogs Doberman Illinois Doberman Rescue
Chicagoland Dogs English Bulldog Chicagoland English Bully Breed Rescue
Moline, IL 61265 Dogs German Shepherd Dog Mississippi Valley German Shepherd Dog Rescue Yes
Central Illinois Dogs German Shepherd Dog German Shepherd Dog Haven
Chicago and Rockford Dogs German Shepherd Dog German Shepherd Rescue
Northern Illinois Dogs German Shepherd Dog Chicagoland Shepherd Rescue
Illinois Rep Dogs Goldendoodle Doodle Rescue Collective Yes
Southern Illinois Dogs Golden Retrievers Love A Golden
Illinois Dogs Golden Retrievers As Good as Gold – Golden Retriever Rescue of Northern Illinois
Morris, IL  60450 Dogs Great Dane Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc.
Plymouth MI 48170 Dogs Great Dane Great Dane Rescue, Inc.
Greater Chicago Dogs Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees Rescue of Greater Chicago
Central Illinois Dogs Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees Rescue of Central Illinois
Illinois Dogs Italian Greyhound Midwest Italian Greyhound Rescue
Illinois Dogs Keeshond Turbo Kees Foundation
Illinois Rep Dogs Labradoodle Doodle Rescue Collective Yes
Elmhurst, IL 60126 Dogs Labrador Retriever Great Lakes Lab Rescue (GLLR)
Fox Lake, IL 60020 Dogs Labs Pet Adoption Center
Lewisville, IN 47352 Dogs Labrador Retriever Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption
Ladoga, IN 47954 Dogs Labrador Retriever Central Indiana Lab Rescue and Adoption, Inc.
Woodstock, IL 60098 Dogs Labrador Retriever The Labrador Connection
Lombard, IL 60148 Dogs Labrador Retriever Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue
Island Lake, IL 60042 Dogs Labrador Retriever Labrador Education and Rescue Network
Illinois Dogs Mastiff Midwest Mastiff Fanciers
Illionis Dogs Miniature Pinscher Southern Star MinPin Rescue
Illinois Dogs Miniature Schnauzer Chicago Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue
Illinois Dogs Newfoundland Trunewf’s Rescue
Antioch, IL 60002 Dogs Pit Bull A and S Rescue
Calumet City, IL 60409 Dogs Pit Bull friendly Cause 4 Paws Rescue
Central Illinois Dogs Pit Bull friendly R.A.I.N of Central Illinois Yes
Chicago, IL 60625 Dogs Pit Bull friendly One Tail At A Time Yes
Chicago area 60544 Dogs Pit Bull friendly Homeless Animal Rescue
Chicago area and Central Illinois Dogs Pit Bull Don’t Bully My Bully Yes
Chicago Northern and Western Suburbs Dogs Pit Bull Midwest Rescue of Illinois
Chicagoland Dogs Pit Bull Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue
Grayslake, IL, 60030 Dogs Pit Bull A and S Rescue Yes
Huntley, IL  60142 Dogs Pit Bull friendly Animal House Shelter Yes
Illinois-several counties (HQ Wauconda 60084) Dogs Pit Bull friendly Illinois Animal Rescue Yes
Normal, IL  61761 Dogs Pit Bull freindly Humane Society of Central Illinois
Oak Brook, Illinois 60522 Dogs Pit Bull friendly Amercian Animal Rescue Society
Illionis Dogs Pug IL-MO Pug and Boston Terrier Rescue
Northern Illinois Dogs Rottweiler True Hearts of Rottweiler Rescue (THORR)
Chicago Area Dogs Rottweiler Reycled Rotts Rescue
Northern Illinois Dogs Samoyed Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance (847-255-4815)
Northern Illinois Dogs Samoyed Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance
Chicago, IL 60647 Dogs Shar-Pei WE LUV PAWS Chinese Shar Pei Rescue
Illinois Dogs Shar-Pei Rescue A Shar-Pei
Central Illinois Dogs Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue Yes
Chicagoland Dogs Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) Secondhand Shelties
Midwest Dogs Shiba Inu Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue
Northern Illinois Dogs Shih Tzu Shih Tzu Rescue and Adoption
Northern Illinois Dogs Siberian Husky Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue Yes
Illinois Dogs Siberian Husky Adopt a Husky
Illinois Dogs Tibetan Spaniel Shirley Howard, 630-231-3087
Other Animals
German Valley, IL 61039 Exotics Small unadoptable unusual pets Critter Camp
Illinois Ferrets All Greater Chicago Ferret Association
Illinois Guinea Pig All Critter Corral
Illinois Hooved Animals Hooved Animal Humane Society
Illinois Horses All Shannon’s Companions Yes
Illinois Potbellied Pig All Pig Pals Sanctuary
Chicago, IL 60645 Rabbits All Red Door Animal Shelter Yes