Rico's Rescue

"Saving Lives Four Paws At A Time"

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As Spring comes...so do so many kittens and puppies. Please spay/neuter your pets, it helps keep them healthy and the pet over population down. Check your area, there are plenty of programs that offer low cost spay and neuter and vaccine clinics. Here are a few listed below Bethalto Spay Clinic 618-377-2420 Carole House Quick Fix 314-771-7387 Hartz Second Chance 618-975-4434 Opspot 314-995-8678


WE NOW OFFER A FOSTER TO ADOPT PROGRAM! We are offering this program to help out some of our older dogs.***Please note-this only applys to dogs we have had for some time, over 4 months)*** We understand that adopting an adult dog, especially one that is older and set in his or her ways, can be scary. To ease the minds of our potential adoptive families, we are offering a new program for our adult dogs. If you are unsure about committing to adopt an older dog, we will let you take the dog home to "try it out". The two week "foster period" allows families to see how the dog fits in to their family before fully committing to adopt the dog. At the end of the two weeks, the family can either adopt the dog, return the dog to the rescue, or agree to continue to foster until an adoptive family can be found. This program also allows families to try out dog ownership without the committment. Please email us at Ricos_Rescue_IL@yahoo.com for more info on this new program. We are in need of newspaper, old linens, pet food, cleaning supplies, and anything else dog or cat related. Please contact us if you would like to contribute. Thank you!

Who We Are

It all started with an abused puppy named Rico. Rico's Rescue is a licensed, foster home based rescue out of Belleville, Illinois. We do not have a shelter, so all of our animals are kept in foster homes until their furever families are found. We save animals from high kill shelters. We also accept owner surrenders on a case by case basis as space allows.

We Need Foster Homes!

Rico's Rescue takes in all breeds of dogs throughout Southern Illinois and Missouri. We receive pleas on a daily basis from shelters, animal control officers, vet offices and the general public throughout the area seeking assistance in placing unwanted dogs and puppies. Most of the time, the request for assistance is the dog's last chance…and if we can’t help because of our lack of foster homes, the dog usually find his/her life on the line. Unfortunately, we NEVER have enough foster homes. Please consider becoming a foster home and experience the joy of saving one dog at a time in your own home. What a wonderful way to teach your family and friends about giving back and making the world a better place. The average stay for an adult dog in a foster home is two to three months. Some dogs take longer to place and some are placed shortly after arriving at their foster home. The avarage stay in a foster home for a puppy is 3 to 4 weeks. (We keep all puppies in the custody of the rescue and foster home for a minimum of three weeks to allow for the protection of at least two vaccinations before releasing the puppy to an adoptive family) These otherwise abandoned babies are depending on us to help them in their time of need…and the only way we can help them is if we have more foster families to be there to provide a temporary home, love, and guidance until their “FOREVER” home is found. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster home for Rico's Rescue, please contact our director.

Our Mission

*Rescue dogs and cats in danger of euthanasia from shelters

*Educate the public on responsible pet care and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets

*Assist families in selecting the best breed and pet for their family and lifestyle

*Find kind, loving families for homeless or abandoned dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens

Adopting a friend

Adoption fees are as follows: puppies up to a year $250. Adult dogs adoption fee is $200. Kittens up to one year adoption fee is $125. Adult cat adoption fees are $100. For senior cats and dogs, the adoption fee is $50.

Animals will be placed with adults to be kept as companion animals. They are to be accepted as family members, receiving proper nourishment, medical care and attention. Continuous outdoor confinement is not acceptable.

All puppies/dogs/cats/kittens are spayed/neutered, microchipped, given age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed, flea/tick/heartguard preventative, fiv/felv test and heartworm tested(if old enough) before going to their adoptive families.

We will not place puppies into homes if no one is home during the day because these animals need special attention and care. It is cruel and inhumane to leave puppies home for long periods of time unattended. Special exceptions will be taken into consideration.

A fenced yard is ideal for all dogs but not a requirement for adoption. This protects the dog from roaming and owners from liability their loose animal may cause. Dogs should never be left unattended in a yard. Chaining is not acceptable. Dogs will not be placed in homes where they will be allowed to run at large.

Adopters must be at least 21 years of age-NO EXCEPTIONS!. All adults in the household must agree to the selection of the chosen pet including parents, relatives, roommates, etc.

Rico's Rescue animals cannot be adopted as gifts. Our animals shall not be given away or sold to another individual. They must be returned to Rico's Rescue if the adopter can no longer care for the animal properly.

All dogs must have collars with owner identification tags, rabies and license tags. We strongly recommend having your pets microchipped. If your dog is lost, a tag or chip may be the only way to have him/her returned to you.

Currently owned animals should be up-to-date on vaccinations. Mature animals should be neutered. Your veterinarian will be contacted to verify your pet's health record.

Please email the rescue to receive an application. Links are coming soon.

Come Visit Us!

Here is the schedule for upcoming adoption events. Please email or call the rescue to schedule an appointment to see the animal in which you are interested. Also, we will be holding adoption events at our local stores and throughout our community soon. Stop by and say hi if you see us out and about.
Rico's Rescue

Belleville, IL 62223
Phone: Please email us

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