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Our Featured Harvard, IL Partner:

Illinois Cocker Rescue

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

PO Box 384
Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 943-1201

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We serve Illinois and the surrounding states.

About Our Rescue Group:

Illinois Cocker Rescue (ICR), created to rescue abandoned and stray Cocker Spaniels, was incorporated as an Illinois Not-for-Profit corporation in 2000 and is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

From our inception until 2011, ICR primarily rescued Cocker Spaniels. Initially these dogs were rescued from shelters, animal control facilities, and from owners who could no longer care for them. In 2003, we began rescuing Cockers from puppy mills.

In 2006, we began to rescue Poodles, a breed that is coming out of the puppy mills in record numbers due to the breeding of "designer dogs." We codified our Poodle rescue in 2011 when we created Poodles N Friends, a subsidiary which focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Toy and Miniature Poodles.

We are holistic in nature and provide a foster home where these rescues are restored to optimum health prior to adopting them out to loving, forever homes.

Come Meet our Pets:

We will be profiling many of our adoptable dogs at the Lake Geneva PETCO on Saturdays from 12:00 to 3:00 PM beginning April 27, 2013.

200 N. Edwards Boulevard
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 US

If you are interested in adopting a specific dog, please fill out and submit an Adoption Application from our website at least 2 days prior to the rescue event. That will ensure that there is adequate time to process the application, interview the applicant, and prepare the paperwork & dog to bring to the event.

If your schedule does not permit you to visit our adoption events on Saturdays, we schedule adoption appointments for approved applicants at our rescue center in Harvard, IL every day (except Saturday) between the hours of 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Please contact us via email to schedule a visit.

To ensure there is mutual chemistry between the adoptive family and the dog, all resident family members, including canines, must attend the adoption appointment. If there is chemistry, the dog can go home with its new family.

Our Adoption Process:

If you are interested in adopting one of our rescues, please email us at with any questions you may have, or visit our website at to fill out and submit an Adoption Application.

Upon receipt of your Adoption Application, we will contact you either by email or phone.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.