Adoption Process


Ready to Find Your Forever Friend? Choose Adoption!

We are excited about your interest in adopting a dog from Chicago Rescue Authority! Adopting a rescue animal can be an incredibly fulfilling experience, and our adoption process is designed to ensure the best match for each potential home. Prospective adopters should reside within a 3-hour radius of Chicago and are required to complete an adoption application, provide a vet reference, and participate in a matching call. These steps are essential to gather comprehensive information and make the optimal placement for you or your family.

Given the unique qualities of each dog, including personality, temperament, energy level, compatibility with kids and other animals, and medical needs, we carefully consider these factors in making a forever-home match. Our commitment is to thoughtfully place each dog in a suitable adoptive home, aiming for a permanent and loving environment. If you're ready to welcome your new best friend, initiate the adoption process today!

If you are willing to wait for the right animal to be matched to you,
you are an ideal candidate for Chicago Rescue Authority. These precious dogs are well worth the wait.




Thank you for expressing interest in welcoming a rescue dog into your home!

To assist us in matching you with the perfect pet, kindly complete and submit an adoption application.



Upon receiving your application, we will conduct a thorough review.

Ensure that your application is accompanied by a valid proof of identification and a digital home visit, sent to our adoptions team here.



The processing of your application will involve verifying your vet reference, if applicable, and arranging a matching call for you.

This call is essential to ensure that we can successfully pair the adopter and the dog in our care with their ideal match.

Forever Match


After processing your application, a team member will contact you to inform you of the outcome and whether you have been successfully matched with the dog of your choice. In cases where we have more qualified applicants than available dogs, rest assured that we will continue efforts to find a suitable match, either with another currently available dog or in the future. If you have another resident dog, a meet and greet is required as part of the process.


  • Chicago Rescue Authority is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization. We will make every effort to schedule your matching call in the most timely manner. Please be patient with us…the dogs need our time too.
  • We will not discuss adoption details regarding any particular dog if you have not yet applied to adopt.
  • All dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccines prior to adoption
  • Adoption fees range from $150 to $500 depending on which adoption category they fall under.

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