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Second City Canine Rescue in Palatine, Illinois is a non-profit organization that's mostly volunteer-operated. They’re dedicated to serving the homeless dogs of Chicagoland but branch out to other areas, including Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Texas, and Michigan.
All adoptable animals in Second City Canine Rescue's network live in foster homes until they find their permanent home. They’re extremely selective about the dogs they place and temperament test every adult dog before adoption from the program. The goal is to responsibly place dogs with stable temperaments who can make loving family pets. Second City Canine Rescue doesn’t discriminate, and all breeds, ages, sizes, and colors are welcomed and loved.
They rely solely on foster homes to house the dogs as Second City Canine Rescue doesn’t have a shelter or kennel facility. Foster homes are the backbone and heart of the organization. Without fosters, they wouldn’t be able to save any animals at all.
Considering adoption from Second City Canine Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
Second City Canine Rescue has a straightforward adoption process:
Second City Canine Rescue incurs significant expenses to rescue each dog in their care. When you adopt a dog, you aren’t “buying” a dog but helping to make it possible for more dogs to be rescued and placed in forever homes.
Adoption fees at Second City Canine Rescue are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, a heartworm test for dogs older than 6 months, a tick-borne disease panel, fecal testing, deworming, 30 days of complimentary pet insurance, and age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, distemper, parvovirus and bordetella.
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, here's 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
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.