You Must Reside Within 100 miles of Joliet, IL.

Out-of-Area Adoption Applications Will Not Be Accepted


Paws Up is a 100% foster-based rescue. We do not have a facility where you can meet the animals so we ask that you start your search for your new family member by filling out an application so we can help you find a good fit for your home. Our primary mission is to ensure that each of our Rescue Animals is matched with the right family to ensure a loving and nurturing furever home and your application helps us find that perfect fit.


All of our rescues are examined by our Vet, properly vaccinated, tested for parasites and either spayed or neutered. In their foster homes, our animals learn to trust again along with the basics like learning potty training and living in our house as opposed to a kennel.  We take pride in having a reputation of providing all of our Rescue Animals with the protection and superior care they deserve.


If you ask anyone who has adopted a pet - they will be more than happy to share their story of love, fun, and companionship.  Why?  Because Rescue Animals are amazing!  Adopting a Rescue Animal from Paws Up 4 Rescue is a win-win for both you and your future pet.  So what are you waiting for - you can begin your story today!

Girl Hugging her Dog
The First Step Is to Fill Out An Application!

Please check our Facebook page for available animals. We post our available animals to Facebook FIRST, then to Petfinder.

*If you already have an application on file and you see an animal you are interested in, you can message our page and ask to have your

application considered.

Adoption Fees

Puppies:              $525 (under 3 year)  **Note: This price includes a $100 Spay/Neuter Deposit whose procedure is pending. 

                              This fee is fully refundable by the rescue upon completion of service. You must submit paperwork to the rescue to receive 

                              the refund.   

Young Dogs:       $425 (under 3 years who have already been altered)

Adult Dogs:         $350 (3 - 6 years)​

Senior Dogs:       $250 (6 years and up)

Kittens/Cats:       $190

Ask us about our special pricing if you are looking to adopt more than one rescue dog.


Our adoption fee includes:

  1)   spay/neuter

  2)   microchip

  3)   fecal / heartworm / distemper tests

  4)   deworming 

  5)   species and age appropriate vaccines: rabies / bordetella / distemper (DAPP2) 

  6)   heartworm or feline FIV testing 

  7)   treatment for any pre-existing conditions

Adoption Time Line

Our adoption process typically takes from one to two weeks.

When you find an animal you are interested in, we ask that you fill out an application as a first step so we can determine if your family is a good fit for the animals. If you are, then we would arrange a time for you and your family to meet the animal so you can decide if it is a good fit. If you currently have dogs, we require that the dogs be present at the to make sure it's a good fit all around. Once compatibility is determined, we move on to the paperwork and finalizing the adoption. 

If your meet is not a good fit, we will keep your application on file for up to 1 year and we can consider other matches for you and your family.

Terms and Conditions

  • Adopters must be at least 21 years of age

  • Due to past experiences, we no longer adopt young puppies to families with young toddlers.


  • Paws Up 4 Rescue reserves the right to refuse the placement of any animal for any reason. The well-being and safety of the animals come first.


  • Paws Up 4 Rescue requires that all dogs and cats adopted from our organization be treated as family members and thus dwell inside the home.

  • The first step in our process is to complete either a Cat/Dog Adoption Application or Rat/Rabbit Adoption Application.


  • The application is reviewed by our Adoption Committee for approval.


  • A home visit may be required and can be scheduled after the application is accepted.


  • Vet references will be checked. 


  • All animals presently in your care must be either spayed or neutered.  Proof of procedure may be requested.


  • All animals currently in your care must be current on their vaccinations - proof will be required.  Some exceptions may apply. 

  • All dogs currently in your care must be current on their heartworm preventative.


  • If you are renting your home or are in a condo association, we will be checking to verify the pet policy.


  • All members of the household must meet the pet before the application is considered complete and becomes active.


  • In cases of dog adoption, all canine members of the household must also meet the potential new canine family member prior to adoption. 

  • Misrepresentations of the application will automatically disqualify you from adoption.