Free Spirit Siberian Rescue

Harvard, Illinois

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About Free Spirit Siberian Rescue

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue in Harvard, Illinois opened their doors in 1999 with the purpose of rescuing Huskies and Husky Mixes. Since then, they’ve placed over 3,000 dogs in loving, forever homes!

Before you decide to adopt a Husky, be aware of their positive and negative traits so you can make an informed decision.

Siberian Husky Breed Positives

  • They're attractive dogs with an exotic look.
  • They’re intelligent and adept at problem-solving.
  • Most love people and make excellent family dogs.
  • They're athletic and make fabulous walking/hiking/jogging partners in cool weather.
  • They have a pronounced sense of humor and usually use it to humor their owners!

Siberian Husky Breed Negatives

  • Many possess a high prey drive, which manifests itself by chasing small animals.
  • Even trained dogs usually don't come when called (if off-leash).
  • Some are escape artists and require a veritable fortress in place of a regular fence.
  • They have lots and lots of fur that sheds at least twice each year.
  • They're gardeners and dig massive holes!
  • They’re poor watchdogs as they love everyone!
  • They can't tolerate long periods of isolation.

Think the positives outweigh the negatives? Keep reading below for more information on the adoption process and fees at Free Spirit Siberian Rescue.

Contact Info

PO Box 626
Not provided

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue hopes to help you add a Husky to your family. The adoption process is simple:

  1. View the dogs waiting to be adopted on the website above.
  2. Complete an adoption application.
  3. Once received, a representative from Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will contact you within 24-48 hours to verify your application.
  4. Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will invite you to the rescue to meet your new best friend.
  5. Next up is the home visit. Schedule an appointment to have the dog delivered to your home.
  6. If you have current pets, make sure they're up-to-date on vaccinations before your new Husky arrives.
  7. If the home visit goes well, make things official by completing the required paperwork and paying the adoption fee.
  8. Enjoy life with your new, fluffy comedian and escape artist!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Free Spirit Siberian Rescue are as follows:

  • Puppies (up to 1 year): $400
  • Adults (1+ years): $375
  • Seniors (8+ years): $275

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, DHPP, bordetella, and rabies vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention, microchipping, a two-day supply of dog food, a new collar, and a freshly-bathed and groomed Husky!

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

But first...

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Give your new best friend the life and love they deserve.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Free Spirit Siberian Rescue
directly using the contact info above.

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