Search for a purebred dog or cat in Illinois. No breeder needed!

Pure breed adoption is quickly becoming a preferred alternative to finding a local breeder.  Not only do you save a life by rescuing a dog or cat in need, you’re very likely to spend less money on adoption fees than a breeder’s sale price.  
Did you know that 25% of pets in shelters and rescues are pure breed animals?  This is partially because of over-breeding, resulting in perfectly good animals either being released in to the wild or being dropped off at local shelters and rescues.  It’s a shame that not all breeders are responsible, but you can out help by adopting one and saving a life.  With 4 million pets being euthanized each year, we can all make a difference together.  It is not an issue of not having enough homes to adopt in to, it is an issue with an over-supply of animals. 
If you’re open to the idea of adopting a purebred pet instead of going to a breeder, we also encourage you to consider adopting an adult or senior pet.  Depending on your situation, this may be a better choice.  Puppies and young dogs can be a handful.  Older pets are more likely to be settled down a little bit and are sometimes already housebroken.  Since so many people are looking for puppies, sometimes this group gets overlooked.  It doesn’t mean they’re bad, it just means they’re a little older.   They’ll love you just the same!
Here is a list of Illinois rescue organizations that focus on specific breeds.  If you know of one we don't have listed, email us and we'll add it to the list.  
Breed-specific Organization Name Website City
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Greater Chicago Barrington Hills
Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue Bedford Park
IL-MO Pug Rescue, NFP Belleville
Shiba Inu Rescue Association Chicago
IL English Bulldog Rescue Decatur
American Brittany Rescue, Inc Earlville
Southern Star Miniature Pinscher Rescue Elburn
Labrador Education And Rescue Network Island Lake
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois Lisle
Urban Wolf Canine Rescue Maple Park
Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue Morris
Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue New Lenox
Fortunate Pooches and Lab Rescue Palatine, Kildeer, Buffalo Grove
Pittie Paws Rescue Peoria
Lean On Me Doberman Rescue Plainfield
Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Illinois Texico
Finding the right breed is the first step in getting a new pet in to your home.  You need to take in to consideration everything from their energy level, age, barking, size, exercise requirements, your energy level, among many others.  We’ve got a few links to get you started.  If we don’t yet have information for the breed you are looking for, try tracking down a breed specific rescue to ask questions to. We’ve found that they are a better source of information than general Internet searches because they have the added level of understanding the adoption process and how it generally impacts the breed.  

Dogs Dogs Cats
Beagle Shetland Sheepdog(Sheltie) Persian
Pit Bull Terrier Labrador Retriever Maine Coon
Golden Retriever American Bulldog Shorthaired Persian
Pug Boxer Siamese
Dachshund Great Dane Abyssinian
English Bulldog Boston Terrier Ragdoll
German Shepherd Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) Birman
Poodle Shih Tzu Oriental
Rotweiller Chihuahua American Shorthair
Siberian Husky  Saint Bernard Tonkinese
Local Cities: Barrington Hills, Bedford Park, Chicago, Belleville, Decatur, Earlville, Elburn, Island Lake, Lisle, Maple Park, Morris, New Lenox, Palatine Kildeer, Buffalo Grove, Peoria, Plainfield, Texico


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