If you don't rescue, don't breed ... Until there are none, ADOPT ONE!

Adoption Donation

Adoption donation vary depending on age and special needs.  We have adopted out special needs and older dogs for a lesser amount just to make sure they will find a forever home and we understand that their lifespan might not be as long as a younger healthier animal.  Sometimes we just ask for a donation.  Generally, our donations range from $150 to $350.  It is very expensive to fully vet a dog and if they come into our rescue with heartworm or other medical needs, the rescue pays a lot in vet bills even though we get a discounted price.  Cry For Help Rescue operates almost completely on adoption donations.  Periodically we receive donations.  We do not have grants and are not funded through the state and we do not receive endowments.  We do periodically receive matching contributions from our supporters and we are truly grateful for that.  So our funds are very limited. 

Adoption Guidelines

  1. You must be 21 years of age or older, with proper proof of age.
  2. Proof of your current address and telephone number.
  3. If renting or residing in a condo, you must show proof that you are able to keep a pet on the premises.
  4. All members of the household must be present for adoption.
  5. A home check is required by Cry for Help Rescue.
  6. Spaying or neutering of pets adopted through Cry for Help Rescue is required, if the animal is not already altered.
  7. When adopting a pet from Cry for Help Rescue, a legally binding Adoption Contract must be signed.
  8. If at anytime you are unable to keep the pet, or unable to provide it with proper care, it must be returned to Cry for Help Rescue by contacting

5 Easy Steps

1. Select Your New Family Member

  • Review the list of our adoptable pets to learn more about each animal. When you see your new best friend, contact Jean Lazzaro at Jean will answer any questions you may have. We'll share any known history, observed behaviors and veterinary treatment for the pet you are considering. We'll learn more about what you're looking for in your new pet to make sure your personalities will match. 

2. Submit Your Application

  • If receive your application ahead of time, that portion will be done.  Once all adoption criteria have been met we will set up a Meet-N-Sniff.  You will then be required to complete an adoption contract.  We will provide you with all vetting history, tags and mircrochip number.  You will have one week to make sure your new companion is a good fit for your family.

3. Home Visit

  • A home visit  is standard for any adoption and takes less than a half hour.  We require the visit to ensure all our pets are placed into a safe environments. 

4. One Week Trial
  • We provide a one week trial before completing any adoption or endorsing any adoption donation. Our goal is to place our pets into forever homes and allowing you to have a test run is the best way to see how our pets will respond to you and your environment. If for any reason during that time you do not wish to move forward, you can arrange for a pickup no questions asked.

Cry For Help Rescue has a "no questions asked" policy which means that if at
any time you can no longer keep your pet you can call us to arrange a pickup - no questions asked.
Animal welfare is our top priority.

Application Documents

Please complete our online application by going to our menu bar above and choosing "Online Application".  You just fill in the blanks there and hit "submit" at the bottom of the page.

Successfully Adopting from a Rescue

Successful adoptions are critical to our goals. Rescue dogs
are often excellent, but misunderstood dogs. By misunderstood we mean, most dogs are in the pound because they had owners who could not speak dog. Owners who didn't give the dog what it instinctually needed and in return they created a dog with issues.

The top two reasons a dog develops issues are lack of exercise and lack of leadership. Humans forget they are dealing with a canine animal and too many times do not give the canine what they need as that animal. When the dog does not act like that picture perfect image they had in their minds they assume they "didn't get a good one" and they "get rid" of the dog.  The good news is since dogs live from day to day, meaning they do not dwell in the past or the future; it is absolutely possible to take a full grown dog and start over as if it is the first day of the rest of their life. Do it right and you will see a totally different dog than the owners who dumped the dog at the pound saw.

Before you apply to adopt from us, please read our Successfully Adopting from a Rescue document in it's entirety to be sure you are ready for your new pet - it's even printer friendly.

Your New Dog & The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three

Why We Love Rescue Dogs!

I always tell my clients that “it’s amazing what a good home will do”.  Nowhere is this truer than with rescued dogs.  You will see the terrified animal in front of you transformed into a family member within the matter of weeks to months, as the pup realizes that this is THE forever home.  This is also the reason that I recommend giving it a week, or two, in order to see your new pet’s true colors.


Give your new dog time to adjust and you’ll reap the rewards.

After three days

You notice that your rescue is visibly calmer and adapting to the new surroundings. 

After three weeks

You have the beginnings of a routine and are seeing your new pet’s individuality. 

After three months

You and your dog are bonded and in tune with your personalities.

Case in point is my own rescue dog, Sparky Joseph (I am sure that he is tired of being made an example, but he doesn’t get any say in the matter).  When we first got him from the Rescue (after he was returned twice!!!), he refused to take treats and didn’t even know what toys were (he also had raging diarrhea and big green boogers all over my house, but that’s another story).  After three days, he convinced us that he should sleep in the bedroom with us at night.  After three weeks, he was sitting and laying down for treats and killing squeaky toys.  After three months, I am pretty sure that he has us trained to do his bidding.  After a rough start in life almost ending at the Cook County shelter, Sparky has landed on his feet, and seven years later, is still running our house!  Hopefully, you will enjoy the same love and success that I have with my rescue dog.

Megan Williams DVM
Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital
Barrington, IL