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Our Mission

We are a small foster-home based rescue in Chicago's west suburbs. Many of our dogs are unclaimed strays pulled from local 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...

Adoption Policy

For an adoption application, please email

Our base adoption fee is $300 (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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