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Our Featured Downers Grove, IL Partner:

The First Step 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.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We serve areas within 60 miles of Chicago, Illinois

About Our Rescue Group:

The First Step Rescue is a not for profit organization dedicated to caring for homeless small breed dogs in our communities through adoptions, cruelty investigations, community awareness, fostering and caring for companion animals until loving homes can be found. We are a "Wall Less" shelter and our organization is run by folks who generously volunteer their time, homes and hearts in order to help. Through our foster care program dogs will have a safe, healthy "place to be" until they can return to their loving homes or new ones can be found for them..

Our Adoption Process:

Adoption Application
Meet and Greet
Home visit
Adoption Contract
Adoption fee

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.