Wright-Way Rescue

Morton Grove, Illinois

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About Wright-Way Rescue

Wright-Way Rescue in Morton Grove, Illinois was founded in 2003. They save animals from animal control facilities in Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, and Georgia and have adopted animals to owners in all 50 states.

Wright-Way Rescue has three locations (an intake center and two adoption locations):

  • Wright-Way Rescue: 5915 Lincoln Ave, Morton Grove, IL 8459
  • Wright-Way Rescue: Old Highway 13, Murphysboro, IL 62966
  • Lamb’s Farm: 14245 W Rockland Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048  

Since their inception, Wright-Way Rescue has placed nearly 50,000 homeless dogs and cats in loving homes. Volunteers travel over 36,400 miles each year to safely bring adoptable pets to the Chicagoland area from southern Illinois, and every week nearly 100 animals find forever families.

Wright-Way Rescue is one of just a few shelters in the nation with a separate medical facility dedicated to saving the lives of pets with highly contagious but treatable medical conditions. Instead of turning away animals with illnesses, they’re welcomed with open arms and given quality medical care at TimberTrails. The clinic also offers affordable preventative veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries for residents who can demonstrate financial need and works with animal shelters to provide surgery and care to the animals in their organizations.

Considering adoption from Wright-Way Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

5915 Lincoln Ave
Morton Grove
(847) 728-5434
Website: wright-wayrescue.org

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Wright-Way Rescue has dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds, colors, and personalities just waiting to charm you. The adoption process is simple:

  1. View adoptable animals on the shelter’s website. With three adoption locations, please note the location of the pet as posted in the description.
  2. Find one you'd like to meet? Complete an adoption application, which can be found below.
  3. Wright-Way Rescue is unique to many shelters because of their ability to hold pets for pre-approved adopters who make arrangements to meet them. You can reserve an animal for no extra fee and meet them once they become ready for adoption. Please only do so if you’re serious about meeting a particular pet. If a hold is placed on a pet and the person doesn’t show up, that pet may have missed its chance to find a family during the time it was on reserve.
  4. If you’re interested in adopting two pets, there’s a $50 fee to reserve a second animal, which applies toward the second adoption fee. If you don’t adopt (or only adopt one pet), this fee is non-refundable.
  5. Once your application is approved and you’re ready to meet the pet, make sure all members of your household are in complete agreement with the adoption. All children under 5 must be present, but ideally all family members (including any dogs) should be present. It’s essential everyone is in agreement and gets along with the new pet!
  6. Once you’re ready to finalize the adoption, complete any required paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  7. Bring your new family member home!

Adoption applications for Wright-Way Rescue can be found below:

  • Adoption Application - Dogs
  • Adoption Application - Cats

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Wright-Way Rescue are as follows:


  • Puppies: $445
  • Adults: $345

Your dog adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, various age-appropriate vaccinations, parvo testing, flea treatment, mandatory quarantine before placement, microchipping, a veterinary exam, and a free 30-day trial of pet insurance.


  • Kittens: $165
  • Adults: $125

Your cat adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, four-way feline vaccinations, FIV/FeLV testing, deworming, flea treatment, mandatory quarantine before placement, microchipping, a veterinary exam, and a free 30-day trial of pet insurance.


  • Active and retired US military, firemen, police, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers: 20% discount on all veterinary services and retail purchases (valid military or department ID required).
  • Seniors to Seniors (62+ years old adopting animals 6+ years old): Dogs are $75 and cats are $25

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, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

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.

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.

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
Wright-Way Rescue
Morton Grove
directly using the contact info above.

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