Prepping for pet parenthood?
There's a lot to learn when you have a new pet. Our sister brand, The Wildest, is here to support you—with new pet checklists, virtual training, and expert guides. Sign up for free.
Close button icon
Adopt

Puppies and dogs in Shelbyville, Illinois

Looking for a puppy or dog in Shelbyville, Illinois? Adopt a Pet can help you find a new best friend near you.

A pair of dogs

Adopt a dog in Shelbyville, Illinois

These adorable dogs are available for adoption in Shelbyville, Illinois. To learn more about each adoptable dog, click on the "i" icon for fast facts, or their photo or name for full details.
Photo of Joker

Joker

Australian Kelpie Australian Shepherd

Male, Adult
Bement, IL
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Not good with cats, Needs experienced adopter, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Joker is a 12-13 year old cuddle boy. He is good with other dogs as long as they are neutered or spayed. He loves to be outside. I adopted him 10 years ago in Texas so he is new to Illinois but loves the weather already. An adopter without children is preferred and someone who can give him the attention we can no longer give with an infant. He loves to cuddle and loves to be needy. Dog parks are not a good idea, he is great on a leash but won’t listen if he is off his leash. A fenced in yard is best for him to run around and bark at motorcycles and loud trucks.
Photo of Remy

Remy

American Pit Bull Terrier Mutt

Female, Young
Mattoon, IL
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with cats, Needs experienced adopter,
Story
Remy is a very sweet girl but very protective of her home and pack. She is good with other dogs as far as I have been able to tell until food or toys come into play and then she has been aggressive before. She is almost 2 so still has puppy tendencies but is potty trained and knows a few tricks. I love her so much and hate to even think of rehoming her but I want her to have the happiest and best life possible and I just cannot provide that for her anymore. She is a bigger dog but loves to cuddle and still feels like a lap dog it seems. She is food motivated and not the best at walking on a leash yet.
Photo of Chon

Chon

Shih Tzu Bichon Frise

Male, Young
Mattoon, IL
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.Sweet little Chon may have a special cart, but that doesn't stop him from living his best life! One of our amazing veterinarians saved his life, provided excellent medical care, found him a cart to get around, has been fostering him, and would love to see him on to his forever home soon. Chon is very friendly, great with other dogs and older kids, house trained and most importantly, loves to be cuddled! He can get around on his strong back legs without his cart when inside, but outdoor activities in his cart keep him getting around easier. Nerve damage and muscle contraction from an accident has prevented his front legs from working but he sure doesn't let that stop him. If you have a loving home for a special needs pup with a life loving personality apply today! Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.February 28, 2024, 6:32 pm
Photo of Maeve

Maeve

Redbone Coonhound

Female, Young
Mattoon, IL
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.UPDATE: Maeve has settled in well to her foster home, with 2 foster dog sisters and a couple kitties too-who she is learning not to chase. She is quickly learning and adjusting in how to be a house dog, have proper house manners, what is okay to chew on, but mostly loving the life of a couch dog! This fun girl is ready for an active lifestyle, would love another dog to play with, and a cozy place in front of the fireplace at night. Sweet, energetic Maeve is still jumping for joy after being rescued from animal control! She truly bounds with energy and loves nothing more than throwing her toy in the air and then begging you to play tug or fetch with her! This sweet girl is new to us so we are learning all about her fun personality and charm, basic obedience training and house manners are a work in progress, she’s catching on quickly! She’s great with other dogs and keeps a clean crate; doesn’t know a stranger and quickly jumps to greet them!   For more detailed info and to complete an application see our main website @ genesisanimalrescue.org Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.February 28, 2024, 6:32 pm
Photo of Timmy

Timmy

Chiweenie

Male, 1 yr 10 mos
Hillsboro, IL
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Hi, my name is Timmy. I’m a Chiweenie and about 13 pounds. I’m currently in a foster home but I’m hoping a family will adopt me to into their home. I’m 1 - 2 years old. I’m a loving guy, really like sitting in someone’s lap, and just enjoy being together. My foster family has 2 dogs and 2 cats and we all get along well. Please consider making me part of your family. I do tend to be a runner so a fence would be best but I do walk well on a lead. My adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in Timmy, please visit www.pawscare.org, and click on the online application. We require the application to be filled out and approved prior to meeting him as all of our animals are in private foster homes. Please fill out all information as we cannot process incomplete applications. A phone number for your veterinarian is a must. We CANNOT process your application without a vet phone number.
Photo of Penny

Penny

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Female, 1 yr 2 mos
Hillsboro, IL
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Hello. I’m Penny and I’m around a year old. They say I’m a Catahoula mix. I have webbed feet like a lab and double dew claws like a Great Pyrenees. I have a beautiful brindle coat. My foster mom says I am a really good girl but a little rambunctious. I’m great with dogs and cats, but I do like to chase. I weigh close to 70 pounds so I would probably not be good with smaller kids but 10 and older would be good. I’m doing good housebreaking. My adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in Penny, please visit www.pawscare.org, and click on the online application. We require the application to be filled out and approved prior to meeting her as all of our animals are in private foster homes. Please fill out all information as we cannot process incomplete applications. A phone number for your veterinarian is a must. We CANNOT process your application without a vet phone number.

Search for a puppy or dog

Use the search tool below to browse adoptable puppies and adult dogs in Shelbyville, Illinois.

Puppies and dogs in nearby cities

Dog shelters and rescues in Shelbyville, Illinois

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for dogs in Shelbyville, Illinois. Browse these rescues and shelters below.

Here are a few organizations closest to you:

Shelter

Shelby Humane Society, Inc.

1309 W. S. 7th, Shelbyville, IL 62565

Pet Types: cats, dogs

More an arrow icon

Shelter

Shelby County Animal Control Facility

120 S Morgan, Shelbyville, IL 62565

Pet Types: cats, dogs

More an arrow icon

Shelter

Effingham Co. Humane Society

#53 Village Square Mall, South Route 45, Effingham, IL 62401

Pet Types: cats, dogs

More an arrow icon

Shelter

Effingham County Humane Society

12073 N. 1000th Rd, EFFINGHAM, IL 62401

Pet Types: cats, dogs

More an arrow icon

Rescue

EARS Effingham Animal Rescue Sanctuary

PO Box 1737, Effingham, IL 62401

Pet Types: cats, dogs

More an arrow icon

Shelter

Effingham County Animal Control

701 E. Eiche, Effingham, IL 62401

Pet Types: cats, dogs

More an arrow icon

Rescue

Genesis Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Charity Inc

PO Box 1985, Mattoon, IL 61938

Pet Types: cats, dogs

More an arrow icon

Shelter

Coles County Animal Shelter

6818 North County Road 1120 East., Charleston, IL 61938

Pet Types: cats, dogs, farm animals, small animals

More an arrow icon

Rescue

Ratbone Rescues (IL Chapter)

Decatur, IL 62525

Pet Types: dogs

More an arrow icon

Looking for a specific shelter or rescue?

For a comprehensive list of all shelters and rescues, try our search page. We have more than 17,000 organizations in our database with furry pals waiting for a new home!

Image of dog

Looking for a specific breed?

Select from the options below to view adoptable puppies and dogs in Shelbyville, Illinois and nearby cities.

Popular dog breeds

Affenpinscher Afghan Hound Airedale Terrier Akbash Akita Alaskan Klee Kai Alaskan Malamute American Bulldog American Cocker Spaniel American Eskimo Dog American Hairless Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier American Staffordshire Terrier Anatolian Shepherd Aussiedoodle Australian Cattle Dog Australian Kelpie Australian Shepherd Australian Terrier Basenji Basset Hound Beagle Bearded Collie Beauceron Bedlington Terrier Belgian Laekenois Belgian Malinois Belgian Shepherd Belgian Tervuren Bernedoodle Bernese Mountain Dog Bichon Frise Black Mouth Cur Black and Tan Coonhound Bloodhound Blue Lacy/Texas Lacy Bluetick Coonhound Bolognese Border Collie Border Terrier Borzoi Boston Terrier Bouvier des Flandres Boxer Boykin Spaniel Briard Brittany Brussels Griffon Bull Terrier Bullmastiff Cairn Terrier Canaan Dog Cane Corso Cardigan Welsh Corgi Carolina Dog Catahoula Leopard Dog Caucasian Shepherd Dog Cavachon Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cavapoo Chesapeake Bay Retriever Chihuahua Chinese Crested Chinook Chiweenie Chow Chow Clumber Spaniel Cockapoo Cocker Spaniel Collie Coonhound Corgi Coton de Tulear Curly-Coated Retriever Dachshund Dalmatian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Doberman Pinscher Dogo Argentino Dogue de Bordeaux Dutch Shepherd English (Redtick) Coonhound English Bulldog English Cocker Spaniel English Setter English Shepherd English Springer Spaniel English Toy Spaniel Entlebucher Feist Field Spaniel Fila Brasileiro Finnish Lapphund Finnish Spitz Flat-Coated Retriever Fox Terrier (Smooth) Fox Terrier (Toy) Fox Terrier (Wirehaired) Foxhound French Bulldog German Pinscher German Shepherd Dog German Shorthaired Pointer German Spitz German Wirehaired Pointer Glen of Imaal Terrier Goberian Golden Retriever Goldendoodle Gordon Setter Great Dane Great Pyrenees Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Greyhound Halden Hound (Haldenstrover) Harrier Havanese Horgi Hovawart Husky Ibizan Hound Icelandic Sheepdog Irish Setter Irish Terrier Irish Water Spaniel Irish Wolfhound Italian Greyhound Italian Spinone Jack Russell Terrier Japanese Chin Jindo Kai Dog Karelian Bear Dog Keeshond Kerry Blue Terrier Kishu Komondor Kuvasz Kyi Leo Labradoodle Labrador Retriever Lakeland Terrier Lancashire Heeler Leonberger Lhasa Apso Löwchen Maltese Maltipoo Manchester Terrier Maremma Sheepdog Mastiff Miniature Bull Terrier Miniature Dachshund Miniature Pinscher Morkie Mountain Cur Munsterlander Mutt Neapolitan Mastiff Newfoundland Norfolk Terrier Norwegian Buhund Norwegian Elkhound Norwegian Lundehund Norwich Terrier Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever Old English Sheepdog Olde English Bulldogge Otterhound Papillon Parson Russell Terrier Patterdale Terrier (Fell Terrier) Pekingese Pembroke Welsh Corgi Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Pharaoh Hound Pitsky Plott Hound Podengo Portugueso Pointer Polish Lowland Sheepdog Pomeranian Pomsky Poodle (Miniature) Poodle (Standard) Poodle (Toy or Tea Cup) Portuguese Water Dog Presa Canario Pug Puggle Puli Pumi Rat Terrier Redbone Coonhound Rhodesian Ridgeback Rottweiler Saluki Samoyed Schiller Hound Schipperke Schnauzer (Giant) Schnauzer (Miniature) Schnauzer (Standard) Schnoodle Scottie, Scottish Terrier Scottish Deerhound Sealyham Terrier Shar Pei Sheepadoodle Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Sheppit Shepsky Shiba Inu Shih Poo Shih Tzu Silky Terrier Skye Terrier Sloughi St. Bernard Staffordshire Bull Terrier Sussex Spaniel Swedish Vallhund Texas Heeler Thai Ridgeback Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan Spaniel Tibetan Terrier Tosa Inu Treeing Walker Coonhound Vizsla Weimaraner Welsh Springer Spaniel Welsh Terrier Westie, West Highland White Terrier Wheaten Terrier Whippet Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Xoloitzcuintle/Mexican Hairless Yorkie Poo Yorkie, Yorkshire Terrier