Chicago Puppies and Dogs Available

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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Chicago


Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Chicago

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Chicago area? A perfect way to get to know the pet friendly things to see and do in Chicago is a Mercury Skyline Canine Cruise on Sundays during the summer season. This dog- centric cruise highlights Chicago’s dog friendly restaurants, dog parks, hotels, and more. More fun on the water can be found at Kayak Chicago where your pup is welcome to join you as you kayak at Montrose Beach. Just make sure to bring a doggie life jacket for your furry friend!

Chicago has a plethora of off-leash dog parks as well as on-leash dog walking areas where you and Fido can spend some quality time outdoors. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy provides three multi-use trails in Chicago where you and your pup can enjoy walking or biking. These trails are the Valley Line Trail, the Chicago Lakefront Bike Path, and Burnham Greenway. Pets are also welcome in the outdoor common areas of Navy Pier, as well as on some tours departing from the pier and at some outdoor merchant areas and restaurant patios.

When the urge to show off your new family member strikes you, contact Lildog Studio or Cherilynn Fine Art for custom watercolor pet portraits. Of course, you want to provide your pup with everything she needs for a healthy happy life. Tailsin the City Pet Boutique is the place to go when you want to pamper your pup with luxury items including designer dog clothes and carriers. Collar and Leash Pet Boutique is another favorite among dog owners, providing grooming along with premium foods, treats and supplies to Chicago pet parents. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in Chicago, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Houston on

Chicago Dog Rescues & Shelters

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Chicago.

  1. Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in Chicago, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
    1. Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
    2. Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
    3. Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
    4. Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in Chicago, and right here on
  3. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  4. Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in Chicago paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  5. Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in Chicago. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

Some Chicago Dog & Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Chicago focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Chicago focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your rescue or shelter account. Thank you!