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Our Mission

We are a very small foster-home based rescue in Chicago's west suburbs, run by dedicated volunteers. Many of our dogs are unclaimed strays pulled from shelters who are Urgent (at risk of being destroyed due to expired time/lack of space).  We are licensed by the ILDept. of Agriculture, and 501c3 Tax Exempt.

Underdog Railway Rescue is urgently seeking more foster homes, so we can save more deserving dogs.  All vetting, food, and supplies are provided.  Please consider stepping up to save a life of a deserving dog.  Just once...

Our Adoption Process:

We limit our placements to the Chicago area, and reserve the right to determine the boundaries of that area.

We require a completed application prior to scheduling any meeting. All family/household members and any other dogs must be present for the meeting.

If the meeting goes well, The dog can begin foster-to-adopt (trial adoption) for 1-3 weeks. There is a waiver/contract. We will lend you a cage if you need one. We reserve the right to do a home visit during this timeframe.

Assuming all goes well, we reconvene to complete the adoption, at which time the adoption contract is completed, the fee is paid, and the vet and microchip records are provided to the adopter. We encourage our adopters to follow us on Facebook, and share Happy Tails updates.

Adoption Policy

For an adoption application, please email underdograilway@yahoo.com

Our base adoption fee is $320 (cash), and includes spay/neuter, microchipping, heartworm testing, deworming/parasite screening, and vaccinations for rabies, distemper/parvo, and bordetella (kennel cough).  Some of our dogs also require and are treated for extraordinary medical conditions such as dental decay, heartworm, orthopedic or oral surgery, malnutrition, infections, etc.

Our dogs live in our homes, so we can provide temperament and behavior insights to help ensure a good fit with an adoptive family.

Please note:  barring special circumstances, we limit our adoptions to the Chicago metro area. Under no circumstance will we ship a dog anywhere. We cannot hold dogs.

We do not have a physical shelter. Our dogs may be seen at our scheduled adoption events, or by appointment.

Volunteers welcome. Please consider fostering with us. You would be helping us save lives.

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