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Our Mission

Pal’s Place Rescue is a foster based canine rescue in Chicago. We save and re-home dogs from overburdened and open intake animal control facilities. All dogs are in foster homes and can be seen by appointment once an approved application has been received.

Adoption Policy

Pal's Place is a foster-based canine rescue serving Chicago and surrounding areas. We do adopt out of state, provided potential adopters are willing to make the trip to Chicago to meet the dog in person before adoption. We do not ship or transport our animals. We rescue dogs from euthanasia at overturned and open-intake animal control facilities. They are placed in foster homes, evaluated, and fully vetted before adoption. If interested in adoption, please read the information below, outlining our fees and process for adoption.

All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, wormed, and vaccinated before being placed for adoption. An adoption application and contract are required. Our adoption fees vary by dog but are generally as follows:

Senior Dogs $275 and up

Adult dogs $375 and up

Puppies (under twelve months) $475 and up

These fees help to cover the expenses of vetting, feeding, and housing the dogs we rescue. We rely solely on donations to continue our work in rescuing needy dogs.


•Step 1: Submit an application through our website at or email for our application in PDF or Word format. Be sure to fully complete the application and ensure contact information for your veterinarian (if you have current dogs/cats in the home or within the past five years) and/or landlords (if renting) is included. We do check vet references, and we do verify if dogs are allowed in rental units. Omitting this information will slow the application process down. Pal's Place has no shelter facility. All our dogs are in foster homes or boarding facilities while they await adoption. Dogs can be seen by appointment once the rescue has approved an application. Any information we know about our available dogs is listed in their bios below this information. Please read the dog's bio thoroughly, we will not respond to emailed questions regarding our dogs if the information is already provided in their bio.

• Step 2: A volunteer will do their best to respond to your application within 24-72 hours of submission to schedule a meeting if approved. WE CANNOT HOLD DOGS FOR ANY REASON. The sooner we place a dog into a loving forever home, the sooner we can bring another in desperate need of rescue into our program. Please do not apply unless you are ready to welcome a dog into your home within three days of applying. If you are expecting a response, please check your spam or junk folder, as correspondence from us may end up there. If you haven't received a response within 72 hours, please email to verify your application was received.

• Step 3: Meet the dog! All adults living in the home must be present at your appointment. If all parties agree the dog is a good match for your home at the time of the visit, be prepared to take your new best friend home with you the same day. We send all our dogs home with a collar, a small bag of the food they have been eating, and their medical paperwork. An adoption contract and disclosure form will be completed at that time, and the adoption fee will be collected (each dog's individual fee is listed in the bio). Adoption fees can be paid via cash, check, Zelle, PayPal, or credit card via Stripe. In the case of litters of puppies, we can no longer hold a particular puppy for visits due to a huge increase in no-shows and last-minute cancelations of meet-and-greet appointments over the past several months. An effort is made to schedule visits with puppies in the order the approved applications were received. Most of our dogs are rescued from high-intake, high-kill shelters in Kentucky. We often have very little information about the dog's past before rescue. Breed and adult size are often educated guesstimates, and we cannot guarantee either.

We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Monetary donations are always needed and welcomed and fully tax-exempt in accordance with the law.

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