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Our Featured Hainesville, IL Partner:

Wagging Hearts

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

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Wagging Hearts is a 100% foster-based, non-for-profit rescue organization. Our mission is to rescue abandoned, neglected, and stray companion animals, work to secure a better life for them in loving homes, and provide a lifetime of support to animals that remain in our care. We are an all-volunteer animal rescue organization that believes all lives are worth saving and vow to provide our animals with the love they need to blossom into all they can and should be.

About Our Rescue Group:

We are dedicated to rescuing abandoned, neglected, and stray companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Holding to the truest no-kill philosophy, we believe that every cat and dog should have the right to live as long as their quality of life allows. We are dedicated to finding loving homes for companion animals, and work to provide support for those animals that may have special needs. We invite you to learn more about us and help us to make a difference in the lives of animals in need. Read more about us at or follow us on Facebook at

Come Meet our Pets:

We hold adoption events at various locations throughout the year. Check our website or Facebook page for the location and time of all of our events! We ask that adopters review our list of rescue animals, fill out an adoption application ahead of time so that we can attempt to connect a family with forever love the day of the event. Check on our website at for the next adoption event!!

Our Adoption Process:

We require all potential adopters to fill out an adoption application which is then reviewed and verified. A home visit is scheduled with adopter upon approval. Once home visit is confirmed and completed, an adoption counselor will then finalize the adoption paperwork. We will do a 7-14 day phone follow up to ensure all animals are adjusting well and to answer any questions the new adoptive parents may have as well as a 30 day home visit to ensure everything is going well with the adoptive family and adopted animal.


CATS and KITTENS Both are $150

PUPPIES 12 months and younger: $350

YOUNG ADULTS 13 months to 3 years: $300

ADULTS 3 years to 8 years: $250

SENIORS 8 years and older: $150

BONDED PAIRS Adopters only pay the applicable fee for the youngest animal and do not pay an additional fee for the other one. We welcome and are honored when the opportunity arises to keep pets bonded to one another with the semblance of family they have created while left alone.

Discounted fees are available for families looking to adopt more than one animal.


PUPPIES Receive first round of deworming at 6 weeks, second round at 8 weeks. First round of vaccinations given at 7 weeks of age, second round between 9-10 weeks. Bordatella vaccination given between 8 to 9 weeks of age. Fee covers microchipping and half the cost of spay/neuter as adopter will pay remaining 50% at time of procedure with our approved vet partners. No puppies go home with rabies unless they are over 4 months of age.

YOUNG ADULTS to ADULTS Receive DHPPC, Bordatella, Rabies, deworming, Heartworm Prevention Treatment: Frontline Plus, heartworm test, microchipping, as well as half the cost of spay/neuter as adopter will pay remaining 50% at time of procedure with our approved vet partners.

KITTENS Receive their FVCRP shots, deworming, microchipping, as well as half the cost of spay/neuter as adopter will pay remaining 50% at time of procedure with our approved vet partners.

CATS Receive their FVCRP shots, Rabies, FIV/Feline Lukemia testing, deworming, microchipping, as well as half the cost of spay/neuter as adopter will pay remaining 50% at time of procedure with our approved vet partners.

Adopter agrees to the following conditions when adopting an animal from Wagging Hearts:

Adopter agrees to pay the appropriate adoption fee for the Animal, which is non-refundable and will not be returned.

Adopter agrees, in the event that the Animal has not been altered, to take Animal to be spayed or neutered by agreeded upon date designated by Wagging Hearts. Date cannot be adjusted unless medically approved and Adopter understands they will be paying 50% of the cost of the procedure at time of services.

Adopter agrees to register microchip information at a one-time fee of $19.95 by designated date. Date cannot be adjusted and noncompliance can mean removal of Animal from home.

Adopter agrees to take the Animal for a checkup, within 72 hours or 3 business days of the effective date in the Adoption Agreement to verify the Animal is 100% healthy and all care is now the responsibility of the Adopter by designated date.

Adopter agrees that since changes in the Animal’s health and behavior cannot be predicted, Wagging Hearts cannot make any representations or warranties regarding the Animal’s health, physical condition, age, or behavior.

Adopter is adopting the Animal as a permanent member of his/her household and agrees not to keep the Animal outdoors.

Adopter agrees to keep the Animal as a member of the family and never allow it to be used as a guard dog, fighting dog, or for experimentation or research.

Adopter agrees to contact Wagging Hearts in the event of loss or theft of the Animal. If at any time Adopter decides to forfeit ownership of Animal, Adopter will contact Wagging Hearts for assistance in placing the Animal in a new home.

Adopter agrees to abide by all applicable laws pertaining to animal control and ownership.

Adopter agrees not to relinquish the Animal to any organization or individual other than Wagging Hearts without prior written approval from Wagging Hearts.

Adopter agrees to provide proper and humane care, food, water, shelter, exercise, positive reinforcement training, and all other necessities for the Animal. Further, Adopter agrees to provide veterinary care for the Animal, at his/her own expense, both on a regular basis and in the event the Animal becomes ill or injured.

Adopter agrees to allow Wagging Hearts to inspect his/her home, the Animal, and the Animal’s living quarters at any time after adoption of Animal with proper notice of a phone call.

Adopter agrees that Wagging Hearts has the right to remove the Animal from his/her care should Wagging Hearts find that this contract is being/has been violated or if the Animal is not being cared for to the standards set by Wagging Hearts.

Adopter agrees that the behavior of the Animal is now his/her responsibility and that Wagging Hearts is not responsible for any damages or injuries caused by the Animal.

Adopter agrees not to alter the Animal through elective surgery such as tail docking, ear cropping, debarking, or declawing.

Adopter understands that the Animal has been microchipped and is registered with Adopter and Wagging Hearts rescue. Adopter agrees to leave the registration as such.

Adopter agrees to notify Wagging Hearts with updated contact information if he/she moves; including address and phone number within three (3) weeks of the change. Further, Adopter agrees to allow Wagging Hearts to contact him/her via this new contact information.

Adopter grants permission to Wagging Hearts to use the likeness of him/her and his/her family in photograph(s) that may be featured in publicly available materials without compensation. Adopter understands & agrees that such photograph(s) become the property of Wagging Hearts.

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, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.