upper midwest animal shelters

THE LISTINGS

Here you will find a list of organizations where you can adopt a pet in the MidWest.  This includes the states of Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota.  Scroll a little farther down to find Breed Specific Rescues.  And, if you move to the next level, you’ll find other organizations which provide services to companion animals and their owners.  I hope you find your perfect pet in these pages!

THE BLOG

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ADD TO THE PAGE

If you know of any domestic animal rescues not listed on this page where you can adopt a pet in the Midwest, please click on the Add A Shelter link.  I’m always happy to add another organization to the list.

ADOPTION FEE LEGEND

A = Up to $150.00

B = $151.00 to $299.00

C = $300.00 to $499.00

D = $500.00 and up

OHIO

ALLEN COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Ohio SPCA and Humane Society
  • Address:  3606 Elida Rd. Lima, Ohio 45807
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.ohiospca.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: (419) 991-1775
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Barely Used Pets
  • Address:  844 Jackson Hill Road, Urbana, OH  43078
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://www.barelyusedpets.com
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 937-869-8090
CLERMONT COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  All Dogs Come from Heaven
  • Address: 
    1894 State Route 125
    Amelia, Ohio
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter and Foster
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.alldogscomefromheaven.com/
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 513-797-5670
CUYAHOGA COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Euclid Animal Shelter
  • Address:  25100 Lakeland Blvd, Euclid, Ohio 44132
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://euclidpetpals.net
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 216-289-2057

  • Name of Shelter:  Forget Me Not Animal Rescue
  • Address:  Strongsville, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B to C
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://forgetmenotanimalrescue.weebly.com
  • Email: [email protected]
DEFIANCE COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Fort Defiance Humane Society
  • Address:  7169 State Route 15 – PO Box 2
    Defiance, Ohio 43512
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A to B
  •     Cats – A
  • Website: http://fortdefiancehumanesociety.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: (419) 658-2298
FULTON COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Animal House Rescue
  • Address:  Wausean, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: Only in cases of extreme behavior issues or illness.
  • Website: http://www.ahrescue-oh.com
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 419-374-0310
HAMILTON COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue
  • Address:  Cincinnati, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://peppermintpiganimalrescue.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 513-474-0005

  • Name of Shelter:  HART of Cincinnati
  • Address:  Cincinnati, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.rescueahart.org
  • Email: [email protected]

  • Name of Shelter:  Recycled Doggies
  • Address:  Cincinnati, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://recycleddoggies.com
  • Email: [email protected]
HANCOCK COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary
  • Address:  Findlay, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Sanctuary
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – Unknown
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.houndrescueandsanctuary.com
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 419-957-5266
LAKE COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Marilyn’s Voice
  • Address:  Mentor, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs and Cats
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B to C
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://marilynsvoice.org
  • Email: [email protected]
LICKING COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Star’s Cat Connection
  • Address:  Heath, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based: Cats in local PetSmart stores
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.starscatconnection.com
  • Email: [email protected]
LORAIN COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Storm’s Angels
  • Address:  Lorain, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs, Cats and Other Small Pets
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A to C
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.stormsangelsrescue.org/home.html
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 440-782-1268
LUCAS COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet
  • Address: 5250 Hill Avenue, Toledo, OH 43615
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs and Cats
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – Unknown
  •     Cats –  Unknown
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.maumeevalleysaveapet.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 419-537-9663
MERCER COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Ohio SPCA and Humane Society
  • Address:  3606 Elida Rd. Lima, Ohio 45807
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – 
  •     Cats – 
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.ohiospca.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: (419) 991-1775

  • Name of Shelter:  Animal Protection League of Mercer County
  • Address:  PO Box 663, Celina Ohio 45822
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.aplmercer.com/index.html
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone:  419-586-2887
PICKAWAY COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Circle Area Humane Society
  • Address:  185 Island Rd, Circleville, Ohio 43113
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Mostly cats, some dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://circleareahumanesociety.com
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 740-474-8690
STARK COUNTY

  • Name of Shelter: Second Chance for Animals, Inc.
  • Address:  Canton, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs and Cats
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Email: [email protected]
SUMMIT COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Paws and Prayers Pet Rescue
  • Address:  P.O. Box 67166, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 44222-7166
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B to C
  •     Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://pawsandprayers.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone:  330-475-8300
TRUMBULL COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Animal Pawtectors
  • Address:  Cortland, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – Unavailable
  •     Cats – Unavailable
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://www.animalpawtectors.org
  • Email: [email protected]
WOOD COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Deacon’s Hope Rescue, Inc.
  • Address:  Perrysburg, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs – specializes in German Shepherds but also has other breeds available
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – C
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://deaconshoperescue.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 419-461-8459
 

MICHIGAN

GENESEE COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Adopt-A-Pet Fenton
  • Address: 13575 N Fenton Rd, Fenton, Michigan 48430
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served: Dogs, and Cats
  • Adoption Fees:
  •   Dogs – A to C
  •   Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://www.adoptapetfenton.com
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 810-629-0723
MACOMB COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Detroit Animal Welfare Group
  • Address: 78440 McKay Road, Romeo, Michigan 48065
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served: Dogs, Cats, and just about every other domestic animal
  • Adoption Fees:
  •   Dogs – A to B
  •   Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://dawghous.com
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 586-354-8500
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  New Hope Pet Rescue
  • Address: Laingsburg, MI
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served: Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •   Dogs – B to C
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://www.newhopepetrescue.com
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Telephone: 765 343-9963 
WAYNE COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Detroit Dog Rescue
  • Address: P.O. Box 806119, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served: Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B to C (puppies)
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://detroitdogrescue.com/
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: (313) 458-8014

  • Name of Shelter:  Faerie Tales Cat Rescue
  • Address: Livonia, MI
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served: Cats
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.faerietales.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 855-299-3827


  • Name of Shelter: Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue
  • Address: 51299 Arkona Rd., Belleville, MI 48111
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served: Dogs and Cats
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – B to C
  •    Cats – A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://www.friendsofmichigan.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: (734) 461-9458

WISCONSIN

DANE COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Shelter from the Storm
  • Address: 4475 Robertson Road
    Madison, WI  53714
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Mostly foster, but some shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Cats and Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B to C
  •     Cats –  A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://www.sftsrescue.org/
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 608.284.7447 x 228
ROCK COUNTY

ILLINOIS

COOK COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Chicagoland Dog Rescue
  • Address: P.O. Box 68808, Schaumburg, Illinois 60168
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – B
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://chicagolanddogrescue.org/
  • Email: [email protected]
OGLE COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Cause for Paws
  • Address: Byron, IL
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A to C
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.causeforpaws.net
  • Email: [email protected]

INDIANA

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Heartland Small Animal Rescue
  • Address: South Bend, IN
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Reptiles, Birds
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – A to B
  •     Cats –  A
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: http://www.heartlandsmallanimalrescue.org/
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 574-400-5633

MINNESOTA

HENNEPIN COUNTY
  • Name of Shelter:  Secondhand Hounds
  • Address: Minnetonka, MN
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs, Cats, 
  • Adoption Fees:
  •     Dogs – C
  •     Cats –  A to B
  • Performs Euthanasia: No
  • Website: https://secondhandhounds.org
  • Telephone: 952-322-7643

BREED SPECIFIC RESCUES

  • Name:  Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois
  • Address:  Burlington, IL
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Collies 
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – C
  • Website:  http://www.collierescue.org/Default.aspx
  • Telephone: 630-415-1206

  • Name:  Ohio Shorthair Rescue
  • Address: Ohio, Kentucky, and eastern Indiana
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  German Shorthair Pointers
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – B to C
  • Website:  http://ohioshorthairrescue.org
  • Email: [email protected]

  • Name:  Great Dane Rescue
  • Address:  Plymouth, MI
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Great Danes
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – A to C
  • Website:  http://www.greatdanerescueinc.com


  • Name:  Buckeye Bulldog Rescue
  • Address:  Grove City, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  English and French Bulldogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – B to D plus $10.00 application fee
  • Website:  http://www.buckeyebulldogrescue.org
  • Email: [email protected]

  • Name:  AaRooo! Basset Hound Rescue
  • Address: Barrington, IL
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Basset Hounds
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – NOT DISCLOSED
  • Website:  https://aaroooo.org
  • Email: [email protected]

 

 

  • Name: Doberman Underground
  • Address:  114 Barrington Town Square Drive Suite 345, Aurora, Ohio
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based: Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dobermans and Doberman mixes
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – B to C
  • Website: http://dudobes.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 330-382-6496

  • Name:  Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue
  • Address:  Bethel, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based:  Physical Shelter
  • Types of Animals Served:  Great Danes, a few other breeds, and a few horses
  • Adoption Fees:
  •    Dogs – A to C
  • Website:  http://hhdane.com/index.htm

  • Name: Safe Harbor Animal Rescue
  • Address:  Avon, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based: Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs – mostly Shiba Inus
  • Adoption Fees:
  •   Dogs – 
  • Website: http://www.safeharboranimalrescue.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 440-670-7070

  • Name: Columbus Cocker Rescue
  • Address:  New Albany, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based: Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs – Cocker Spaniels
  • Adoption Fees:
  •   Dogs – A to C
  • Website: http://www.columbuscockerrescue.org
  • Email: ad[email protected]
  • Telephone: 614-554-1300


  • Name: Buckeye Australian Cattle Dog Rescue
  • Address:  Massilion, OH
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based: Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs -Australian Cattle Dogs
  • Adoption Fees:
  •   Dogs – C
  • Website: https://www.buckeyeacdrescue.org
  • Email: [email protected]

  • Name: Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue
  • Address:  Covers the Midwest
  • Physical Shelter or Foster Based: Foster Based
  • Types of Animals Served:  Dogs -Shiba Inus
  • Adoption Fees:
  •   Dogs – A to C
  • Website: https://www.shibarescue.org
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 630-225-5046

 

OTHER NON-PROFIT COMPANION ANIMAL SERVICES

  • Name: Wrapped in Love
  • Address: Run through the web only
  • Purpose/Services: Connecting crafters with dog and cat rescues with a primary focus on making blankets, belly bands, and diapers.  These items are often sent home with newly adopted pets to ease their transition into a forever home.
  • Website: http://www.wil4u.com
  • Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/artisanswithamission/
  • Statistics:  
  •   Total Number of Blankets pledged as of November 1, 2018: 18,971