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Red Door Animal Shelter is a no-kill animal shelter founded in North Chicago in 1988. Since the middle ages, a red door has represented a safe haven, and that’s what they represent for dogs, cats, rabbits, farm animals, and the occasional duck!
Originally known as Chicago Community Humane Center, they changed their name in 2002 in order to better reflect what they were doing. Their aim is to educate the public on respectful and humane treatment of animals while rescue and sheltering animals in need until they can be adopted out to a loving family. They have an effective rabbit-catching program where they catch, sterilize, and adopt out rabbits throughout Chicago.
The adoption process at Red Door Animal Shelters is as follows:
Adoption applications are located here.
Adoption fees at Red Door Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age and species-appropriate vaccinations, a vet checkup, microchipping, FIV/FelV testing for cats, and heartworm testing for dogs.
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.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.