One Tail at a Time


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Who We Are

One Tail at a Time is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3), no-kill animal rescue based in the Chicagoland area. Working with a growing community of dedicated volunteers and foster homes, as well as boarding and daycare facilities, we are able to rescue animals from potential euthanasia and help lower overpopulation in area shelters.

We focus on finding permanent homes for our dogs by working to match the lifestyles of potential adopters with each dog's personality and needs. This, combined with our commitment to providing new adopters with education and support for the life of their dog, ensures that more dogs stay in their new homes permanently, reducing the number of pets that are returned to the rescue or shelters each year. All of our dogs are adopted fully vaccinated, heart worm tested, spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

Adopting a friend

You can fill out an adoption application by going to Contact the Adoption Counselor listed in each dog's Petfinder profile with any questions.

Our adoption process:

  1. Fill out an adoption application at
  2. We will set up a time for you and your family / everyone in your household, including other dogs, to meet our dog to make sure it's a good fit
  3. We will come to your house to do a home check
  4. You pay a $250 adoption fee ($150 for dogs age 7+, $300 for dogs age 6 months and under) and not only get discounts on dog walking and training services, as well as a lifetime of information and support from us, but also a new, loving, loyal addition to your family!
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter