5 Best Goldendoodle Rescues for Adoption in Illinois (IL) 

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Goldendoodles end up in Goldendoodle rescues in Illinois usually because well-meaning owners underestimated just how much care and attention the animal needed. Virtually no one starts off getting a Doodle planning on having to surrender it. 

Unfortunately, even the best pet owners can run into situations that they just cannot control.

If you find yourself looking for a Goldendoodle rescue in Illinois, here is a list of some of the best in the state.

Top 5 Goldendoodle Rescues in Illinois (IL) 

The following are some of the highest-rated animal rescue organizations in the state of Illinois

1. Chicago Canine Rescue

Chicago Canine Rescue
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Opening in 2001, Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) has helped over 6,000 animals, most of which were slated for euthanasia. CCR rescues all breeds of dogs but has cared for Goldendoodles. It gives priority to dogs in shelters but will take in a surrendered animal (you are asked to donate $100 towards its care).

As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, CCR is donation-dependent. It also has an extensive volunteer staff that helps care for animals. The adoption process CCR uses is extensive. It requires the filing of an application, reference checks, landlord permission if you rent, a formal, scheduled introduction to the animal you choose, and a veterinarian reference. 

At the dog meet and greet, the applicant’s entire family must be present. You should be able to take the dog the day of your meeting or within 48 hours. CCR has an incredible number of adoption requests, so they may not have a Goldendoodle available. The best way to get familiar with their process is to volunteer some time with CCR.

Rescue and adoption details:

Address: 5272 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Website: https://chicagocaninerescue.org/

Phone:  (773) 697-8848

Email: [email protected]

2. Starfish Animal Rescue

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Starfish Animal Rescue is another “catch-all” dog rescue organization. Starfish takes animals from high kill shelters and provides them with medical treatment as well as places them in foster homes and non-kill “shelters, advocacy organizations and breed-specific clubs.”

The organization takes surrender Doodles. It is donation-driven, including corporate sponsorships. It works in coordination with several animal shelters in the Plainfield region. Starfish Animal Rescue has recently applied for its nonprofit status as a 501 (c)(3) organization. 

Starfish’s adoption process is extensive. It requires a home visit and application, personal references, landlord permission to own a dog if the applicant rents, and a vet reference. If approved, applicants go through a formal meet the dog session. There is an adoption fee that is tied to the care of the animal upon rescue.

Rescue and adoption details:

Address: Plainfield, Illinois 60544

Website: https://www.starfishanimalrescue.com/

Phone: (708) 967-5554

Email: [email protected]

3. A Tail Of 4 Paws Animal Rescue

A Tail Of 4 Paws Animal Rescue
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A Tail of 4 Paws Animal Rescue (4 Paws) is a foster-based all-animal rescue that started in August of 2015. It is a 501 (c)(3) organization and is donation-driven and volunteer-run. The organization is also approved by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. They take in animals at shelters throughout the state. The animals receive medical treatment upon being picked up.

Adopted animals spend time in a foster home once all medical issues have been addressed. For dog adoptions, the adopter must submit a $300 adoption check to cover medical and general care once they are taken in. 4 Paws does not ordinarily take in surrender dogs, so if you are in that situation, contact them and they can help you figure out the best way forward.

The adoption journey is extensive. Included is a very detailed application, meet the dog session, phone call screening, home visit, and waiting period. Applicants will have to provide references, detailed home information, and a vet reference. The organization has a contract and part of their process stipulates staying in contact during an adjustment period with the new pet.

Rescue and adoption details:

Address: P.O. Box 7757, Romeoville, IL 60446

Website: https://www.atailof4paws.org/

Phone: 1.855.630.PAWS (7297)

Email: [email protected]

4. ALIVE Rescue

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ALIVE Rescue Adoption Center (ARAC) is a full-service rescue (not a shelter) that takes in all eligible dogs. The organization has three locations and is a 501 (c)(3) organization that is staff and volunteer-run. It does not take in strays, so any surrendered pets warrant contacting the organization. The pets ARAC takes in are part of a partnership program with area shelters.

The adoption process ARAC uses is standard but extensive. Applicants must fill out an application, including providing home information, references, and a vet contact. The staff does both a phone interview and a home visit. The organization will contact a landlord or HOA to ensure that the pet is allowed to live with the applicant. 

ARAC charges a $75 training deposit and the applicant is required to enroll the animal in an approved training class (at their training facilities.) If the training is completed within three months of the adoption, the deposit is refunded. ARAC works with several organizations and partners with many as well. 

Rescue and adoption details:

Address: PO Box 39111, Chicago, IL 60639

Website: https://www.aliverescue.org/

Phone: NA

Email: [email protected]

5. Wright-Way Rescue 

Wright-Way Rescue 
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Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit organization that runs an adoption program, foster program, educational classes, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a vet medical program. The rescue is fully staffed and volunteers help out with care. It maintains three rescues in the state of Illinois.

Wright-Way takes in all eligible dogs. It works with local shelters in its three locations. The rescue does take in surrendered pets and has programs for struggling owners.

The application process is heavily slanted towards the physical application you submit. It requires extensive and requires references and a vet contact. There is a menu of adoption fees based on the type of animal you want to adopt and the organization only accepts cash or money order. The fee covers all applicable medical treatment and an orientation program.

Rescue and adoption details:

Address: 5915 Lincoln Avenue,Morton Grove, IL 60053

Website: https://wright-wayrescue.org/

Phone: (618) 208-1509

Email: [email protected]

Things to Know Before Adopting

Adopting any animal is a huge responsibility. To that end, you need to make sure you are prepared to take on the role of caretaker for a pet. Here are a few things to consider before you submit any adoption applications.

Pet Ownership Is a Lot of Work

By its circumstances, the dog you take in will have special needs. It may have behavioral and abandonment-related issues. Dogs are also energetic creatures that need physical activity every day. Even older animals need to be taken for a walk at least twice a day.

Pet Ownership Is Expensive

Pet Ownership Is

Ownership is not inexpensive. In addition to the adoption fee, you have the cost of training, vet visits, health emergencies, food, and other dog accessories that may or may not include:

  • Indoor toys
  • Outdoor toys (those are different than indoor toys)
  • Bedding
  • Behavioral modification equipment (fencing, gates, etc.)
  • Caretaker expenses if you ever have to leave them home while you are on a trip
  • And many more

The purpose of listing some of the expenses is not to scare anyone off. It is to give a realistic picture of the cost of ownership. Not everyone can afford a pet. Finding out a pet is too expensive after forming a bond with the animal is much worse than discovering you are stuck with an animal you cannot afford. 

Pet Ownership Requires Patience

Shelter dogs are unique unto themselves. For many reasons, Doodles and all dogs end up in shelters. Those can include:

  • Owner in over their head
  • Behavioral issues
  • Life circumstances that make ownership impossible
  • The animal ran off or got lost

Then, the animal was abandoned or captured and taken to a shelter. After that, the rescue found it, and then it met a foster family before being taken home to its forever home. That is a lot of any animal. It almost certainly means the animal likely has trust issues and possibly behavior issues. Each of those requires patients and care to overcome.

Tips for Getting Approved

Benefits of Adopting Rescued Goldendoodles

The best tip for getting approved to adopt a Doodle or any other animal is, to be honest on your application. If the rescue has concerns, staff will address those with you. If you are untruthful, the chances are good it will be discovered, and you will be disqualified.

Rescue personnel is not looking for perfect owners. They scrutinize applications because they are looking for caretakers that seem like they are a good fit for the animal in question. They are also looking for a caretaker that they feel confident will be in it for the long haul. What they do not want to happen is for you to have to bring the animal back because it was a bad fit. 

So, what if you do have some area that you think might cause the reviewers concerns? The best approach is to address it upfront. Do not try and trick anyone or blur over any rough spots. It might even help to go over what you think might be a sticking point before you apply.

Tips For (New) Pet Owners

Tips For (New) Pet Owners

There are several things you can to do make sure your new pet arrives at a home that is ready for them.

Dog Proof Before You Get Your Pet

There will be safe areas you need to address that you will not think of before you bring your pet home. The more you can address common areas that need dog-proofing, however, the better off you will be. Get a book or use online resources and write up a checklist that covers common areas pets tend to get in trouble. 

Establish Boundaries

You might want to let your pet have certain liberties when they first arrive, but if you do not want them to have them when they are older, you need to make that clear in the beginning. For example, if you let them sleep with you when you first get them, suddenly taking that away from them can trigger negative feelings. 

Laying ground rules includes establishing where they are and are not allowed to be when in your home or outside. If there are areas where they are not allowed, have boundaries set up before bringing the pet home. Again, modifying behavior habits is always more challenging than molding behavior from the beginning.

Set a Routine

Animals, like people, are creatures of habit. Your Goldendoodle will expect to eat at a certain time and exercise on a schedule, even though they are always up for more food or fun. The earlier you can establish a routine, the more predictable your caretaking processes will become. The animal will know when it can expect food or to play and when it is not appropriate. 

Lay those boundaries down early and you can save yourself a lot of time on the backend.

Final Thoughts

Owning a Goldendoodle is a great responsibility that brings with it amazing rewards. This list of rescues is a great place to get started on your journey towards “care-taker-ship.” The keys to getting the pet you want are diligence and availability as most recuse animals go fast.

Did you enjoy this article about these amazing rescue organizations? If so, or if you have insights of your own to share, leave a comment.

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Tammi grew up in the countryside on her parents’ farm where animals, including dogs, always surrounded her. Tammi Avallone is a lifelong dog-lover and the Managing Editor of FiveBarks.com.

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