About Us


Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer-run.

Please visit our website at www.sccrescue.org or our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/#!/SecondCityCanineRescue for more information about our organization, upcoming events, testimonials from past adopters, and much more!

We would love to have you join our team of amazing volunteers and foster homes- we need YOU! (And so do the dogs!!!)


Adopting A Friend

Please e-mail Adoptions@sccrescue.org if you are interested in any of our adoptable pets. 

Adoption Process and Policies:

All dogs listed on this website are currently available for adoption, and are seeking loving forever homes. We are 100% volunteer run and will do our very best to respond to your interest in one of our dogs as soon as possible.

The decision to place one of our rescue dogs into an adoptive home is not one that we take lightly. We reserve the right to deny any application and may not disclose the reason for denial. We do not operate on a first-come first-served basis, as it is our goal to find the absolute best fit for both our dog and the adoptive family.

We often have multiple applications for the same adoptable dog. We will not disclose information about other potential adopters nor will we stop accepting applications on that dog until it has officially been adopted.

When you are applying to adopt, please be considerate of our process, and we will do our best to communicate with you at an appropriate pace. We are 100% volunteer-run and all have full-time jobs…that said, we make every attempt to get back to all emails and phone calls within 24 hours. We understand that adopting a companion pet can be a very exciting and emotional process, but we ask that you please understand the importance of our process and respect our guidelines, knowing that the dog is not officially yours until the adoption has been approved and the contract has been signed. For this reason, we suggest you do not purchase supplies, or get any person (especially children) in your family overly excited until you have signed the adoption contract, since there are many factors that could affect whether or not the dog you have applied for is deemed the right fit for you, your family, and your home.

In the event that the adopter is no longer able or willing to care for the adopted dog, the adopter understands that the dog MUST be returned to Second City Canine Rescue. Please note that this is stipulated in the adoption contract & SCCR will take legal action should that be necessary.


Application – As a potential adopter, you will fill out and submit an adoption application, either in person at one of our Adoption Events or online. Your application will be reviewed by an SCCR Volunteer, who will contact you within 24 hours of submittal.

Meet - All members of the potential adoptive household (including other dogs!) meet the SCCR dog at an Adoption Event. You will speak with one of our Adoption Counselors to determine if the adoption would be a good fit for both the adopter and the dog.

Contract and Paperwork - If the application is deemed a good fit, an SCCR Board Member will contact you to move forward. You will fill out our adoption contract, which details our policies and procedures regarding the SCCR dog. This contract can be viewed at any Adoption Show. We also give you information on ShelterCare Pet Insurance (30 days included with your adoption) and veterinary records.

Home Visit – After the application has been approved and paperwork completed, a Home Visit will be done by an SCCR Volunteer. (*please note, if you are in a rented home, we will be contacting your landlord for their approval prior to adoption). This is to ensure our dog is going to the location provided on the adoption paperwork and that the home is a safe/good fit for the SCCR dog.

Adoption Donation – We incur significant expenses to rescue each dog in our care, such as veterinary treatment & surgeries, food, shelter pull fees, transportation, etc. When you adopt a dog from SCCR, you aren’t “buying” a dog – your donation not only goes toward the care of your adoptive dog, but helps to make it possible for us to further our mission in rescuing dogs and placing them into forever homes.

All Second City Canine Rescue Adopted Dogs receive the following:

  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Age-appropriate Vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • De-worming
  • Current on Flea & Tick Preventative (Frontline Plus)
  • Current on Heartworm Preventative (Iverhart Plus)
  • 30 Days of Pet Insurance (through ShelterCare)

Please note that we are unable to make any guarantees of future health, temperament, size, or breed of your adopted dog. We do our absolute best to create safe & healthy environments for the dogs while in our care, and expect our adopters to do the same.

Who We Are

We are committed to "rescuing responsibly."

Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer-run. We are dedicated to serving the homeless dogs of Chicagoland, as well as branching out to other areas (such as Indiana, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, & Michigan) – wherever homeless dogs & puppies need us. There are NO paid members of our organization, and every penny donated goes directly toward helping the dogs in our care.

We are extremely selective about the dogs we place and temperament test each and every adult dog prior to its entry into our program. Our goal is to responsibly place dogs with solid temperaments that will make loving family pets.


We rely solely on foster homes to house our dogs – we do not have a shelter or a kennel that we use regularly. These foster homes are the backbone and heart of our organization – without them, we would not be able to save any animals at all. Adoptable animals will live in a foster home until they find their permanent home.

SCCR does NOT discriminate. All breeds, ages, sizes, and colors are welcomed and loved.

Come Visit Us

We are a 100% foster-based rescue and have adoption events every Saturday from 10am-1pm! We hold adoption events at Graham's Pet Depot in Elk Grove and PetSmart in Schaumburg. Check our calendar at http://www.secondcitycaninerescue.org/events to see where we will be this weekend!

Please e-mail Adoptions@sccrescue.org or call 847-807-5364 for more information.


Contact Second City Canine Rescue


Available Animals

Powered by Petfinder

Loading Pets...