Things to Know Before Adopting

  • You must be at least 21 years old to adopt
  • Three non-family references must be supplied and will be contacted.  We cannot accept any relatives, including in-laws, as references.
  • Ensure you have checked with your landlord or homeowners association about their pet rules or bylaws.
  • Your current dogs & cats must be:
    • Up to date on vaccinations, including rabies.  A letter from your Veterinarian must be supplied for medical exceptions.
    • Spayed or Neutered.  A letter from your Veterinarian must be supplied for medical exceptions.
  • Everyone who lives in the household must be present at the time of adoption.

What to Expect

To continue with the adoption process, we encourage interested adopters to fill out the adoption application.  


Upon receipt of your application, an adoption counselor will review and contact you with any questions.  Typically, applications can be processed within a few business days. 


Please allow at least 48 hours before contacting us about the status of your application.


If you are looking to adopt a dog and already have a dog...

Upon completion & approval of your application, we will require a "meet & greet" between your current dog and your (hopefully) new addition, to ensure everyone gets along.  This will be scheduled with you and be conducted at our adoption center.

We want to hear from you!

Please call us for more information:

+1 815 356-8170+1 815 356-8170


For Pet Rescue Questions, contact our Director at:



For Resale Store or General Questions, contact our Executive Director at:


Email us:

Fill out our contact form.

6500 Northwest Highway (Route 14), 2D

Crystal Lake, IL60014 



Board of Directors

Gary Niederkorn, Chairman of the Board

Jack Graff, Treasurer

Jeannette Hager, Secretary & Co- Exec. Dir.

Craig Ameel, Co-Executive Director

Tracy McGonigle, Esq.

Vanessa Candow,  Director

Aaron King, Director

Rick Nance, Director


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