Des Plaines Pets Who Need A Home: Meet Buzz, Woody, Star & More

Do you want to add a furry friend to your family and make a positive impact on the world at the same time? Consider adopting a dog, cat or other kind of pet from a local shelter. During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, animal shelters in the Des Plaines area have dogs, cats and other animals ready and waiting to be adopted.

Across Illinois, there are thousands of dogs, cats and other animals of all ages, sizes and breeds without a home — and many are located not too far from you. In the search for your new family pet, consider beginning at a local adoption center like Lake Shore Animal Shelter, where Gina the dog is waiting patiently. If you aren’t sure if you have time to take care of a pet year round, many shelters also offer opportunities to foster pets until they are placed in permanent homes.

Need some help in your search? Patch and Petfinder have you covered. We create a list each week of all the pets recently put up for adoption in your area. If you’re a dog person, meet Buzz, a Collie mix up for adoption. If cats are more your thing, there are several great cats available, too. Click on any listing for more information, or to start the adoption process.

Editor’s note: This list was automatically generated using data compiled by Petfinder. Please report any errors or other feedback to [email protected].

  • Name: Buzz
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Lake Shore Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 40, Park Ridge, IL. 60068, Chicago, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Collie Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “Meet Buzz. He is 5 months old and ready for his forever home. He is fully vetted including bordetella prevention…” Learn more

  • Name: Woody
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Lake Shore Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 40, Park Ridge, IL. 60068, Chicago, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Collie Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “Meet young Woody. He is 5 months old and ready for his forever home. He is fully vetted including bordetella…” Learn more

  • Name: Star
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Lake Shore Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 40, Park Ridge, IL. 60068, Chicago, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “Star is 4-ish years old. When Rescue Me Clifford rescued her she was emaciated; through proper care she is starting…” Learn more

  • Name: Holly
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Lake Shore Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 40, Park Ridge, IL. 60068, Chicago, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Pit Bull Terrier
  • Description: “My name is Holly. I am 2 years old and weigh 32 pounds. I have been told that I am…” Learn more

  • Name: Gina
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Lake Shore Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 40, Park Ridge, IL. 60068, Chicago, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Labrador Retriever Hound Mix
  • Good With: Dogs
  • Description: “Meet Gina. She is 1 1/2 years old and weighs 45 pounds. She is a happy, full of energy, young…” Learn more

  • Name: Rocky
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Cattle Dog
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Rocky is the most handsome guy ever! He is about 10-11 months old. He is definitely nervous so he needs…” Learn more

  • Name: Audrey
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Labrador Retriever
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Audrey is a very sweet girl! She is a 2.5 year old Lab mix. She is available for adoption 1/18…” Learn more

  • Name: Darla
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Boxer
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Darla is a SUPER sweet girl. All of her 8 puppies are weaned and she is ready to be the…” Learn more

  • Name: Biscuit
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Border Collie
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Biscuit is a 10 month old border collie mix. He is available for adoption 1/18 and we are looking to…” Learn more

  • Name: Chase Blake
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Labrador Retriever Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Chase Blake is a very very sweet boy! He is available for adoption 1/18 and we are looking to pre-reserve…” Learn more

  • Name: Fruity Pebbles
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Labrador Retriever
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Fruity Pebbles is a 3 month old lab mix. She is available for adoption 1/18 and we are looking to…” Learn more

  • Name: Dolly
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Female, Boxer
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Dolly is an 8 week old boxer mix! She is available for adoption 1/18 and we are looking to pre-reserve…” Learn more

  • Name: Leroy John
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Labrador Retriever Border Collie Mix
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Leroy is a handsome 3-4 year old lab/border collie mix. He is heart worm positive but don’t let that scare…” Learn more

  • Name: Oakley
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Labrador Retriever
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Oakley is a SUPER sweet chocolate lab! He is looking for his forever home ♥ He is available for adoption…” Learn more

  • Name: Ronald
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Labrador Retriever
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Ronald is a super sweet guy! He is looking for the perfect home to love & cuddle him FOREVER. He…” Learn more

  • Name: Captain Crunch
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Labrador Retriever Boxer Mix
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Captain Crunch is an adorable 3 month old lab mix! He is available for adoption 1/18 and we are looking…” Learn more

  • Name: Jasper
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Dutch Shepherd
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Jasper is a sweet guy! He is available for adoption 1/17 and we are looking to pre-reserve him. If you…” Learn more

  • Name: Bullseye
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Dutch Shepherd Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Bullseye is an absolutely wonderful dog with a wonderful heart! He is available for adoption 1/17 and we are looking…” Learn more

  • Name: Candy
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL

  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Shepherd
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Candy is a young adult shepherd mix. Her pups are all weaned and she is looking for her forever home….” Learn more

  • Name: Babette Sue
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Beagle
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Babet Sue is a sweet 2 year old Beagle. We are working on her losing some weight as her new…” Learn more

  • Name: Snickers
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Shepherd
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Snickers is a 10 week old shepherd mix. He is available for adoption on 1/17 and we are looking to…” Learn more

  • Name: Destiny
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Female, Boxer
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Destiny is an 8 week old boxer mix! She is available for adoption 1/18 and we are looking to pre-reserve…” Learn more

  • Name: Crunch
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Shepherd
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Crunch is a 10 week old shepherd mix. He is available for adoption on 1/17 and we are looking to…” Learn more

  • Name: Aurora
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Female, Labrador Retriever Shepherd Mix
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “8-10 week old shepherd/lab mix If you are interested in adopting this dog, please fill out our application with their…” Learn more

  • Name: Coco
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Shepherd
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Coco is a 10 week old shepherd mix. He is available for adoption on 1/17 and we are looking to…” Learn more

  • Name: Cookie
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Shepherd
  • Good With: Kids, dogs and cats
  • Description: “Cookie is a 10 week old shepherd mix. She is available for adoption on 1/17 and we are looking to…” Learn more

  • Name: Twix
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Border Tails Rescue, Rosemont, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Shepherd
  • Good With: Kids and dogs
  • Description: “Twix is a 10 week old shepherd mix. He is available for adoption 1/17 and we are looking to prereserve…” Learn more

  • Name: Nadine
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Female, Chihuahua Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Hi, my name is Nadine. I’m only a young adult, but I’ve already had a couple babies. Well I was…” Learn more

  • Name: Rosalie
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Female, Border Collie Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Puppy breath, soft fur, a round belly, big innocent eyes and lots of puppy kisses- this is what I have…” Learn more

  • Name: Esma
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Female, Border Collie Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Puppy breath, soft fur, a round belly, big innocent eyes and lots of puppy kisses- this is what I have…” Learn more

  • Name: Cullen
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Male, Border Collie Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Puppy breath, soft fur, a round belly, big innocent eyes and lots of puppy kisses- this is what I have…” Learn more

  • Name: Cooper Doodle
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Golden Retriever Standard Poodle Mix
  • Description: “Meet Cooper Doodle, He is a very special boy with some requirements. As you can see he is a gorgeous…” Learn more

  • Name: Jill ( bonded with Jack)
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Female, Basset Hound Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “*** FOSTER OPTION AVAILABLE – PLEASE INQUIRE IF INTERESTED *** Hi, I’m Jill. I am a female adult Bassett Hound…” Learn more

  • Name: Jack+ (Bonded with Jill)
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Basset Hound Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “*** FOSTER OPTION AVAILABLE – PLEASE INQUIRE IF INTERESTED *** Hi, I’m Jack. I am a male adult Bassett Hound…” Learn more

  • Name: Chilly
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Beagle Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…” Learn more

  • Name: Lillie
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Medium, Female, Domestic Short Hair
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  • Name: Niya
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Shepherd Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “This 1 year old girl is Niya. She’s 40 lbs, fully vetted and HW neg. Someone left her at the…” Learn more

  • Name: Clark
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Australian Shepherd Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…” Learn more

  • Name: Francisco
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Chihuahua Dachshund Mix
  • Description: “Francisco is between 3 and 4 months old and weighs about 6 pounds. Francisco is a mix — Dachsund, Chihuahua….” Learn more

  • Name: Harpo
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Boston Terrier Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…
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  • Name: Meatball
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Small, Male, Chihuahua Dachshund Mix
  • Description: “Meatball is a young chihuahua/doxie mix. He is really sweet and only around 13-14 lbs. He likes short walks and…” Learn more

  • Name: Fred
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Fred is a really energetic kitten! Everything is a toy to him! He loves to run and play, but he…” Learn more

  • Name: Daphne
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Domestic Short Hair
  • Good With: Cats
  • Description: “Daphne is super loving and very playful. She loves to sit in laps or on shoulders and be wherever her…” Learn more

  • Name: Sam Smith
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Male, Labrador Retriever Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…” Learn more

  • Name: Jericho
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Medium, Male, Shepherd Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Jericho is a 1-year-old shepherd mix looking for a place to stay. He weighs around 45 pounds and is good…” Learn more

  • Name: Shay
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Medium, Female, Mixed Breed
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…” Learn more

  • Name: Boots
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Labrador Retriever Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…” Learn more

  • Name: Lightening
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Small, Male, Basset Hound Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “What’s long and low and can’t stop wagging his tail? That’s right–this good boy! Meet Lightning, a 2-year-old basset hound…” Learn more

  • Name: Dublin
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Dachshund Terrier Mix
  • Description: “We’re Dani’s puppies and ready to find our forever families. We were born on 11/6/2020. Our mom, Dani, appears to…” Learn more

  • Name: Gerald
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Labrador Retriever Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…” Learn more

  • Name: Snowflake
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Female, Labrador Retriever Basset Hound Mix
  • Description: “I was rescued by Almost Home Foundation and am now safe. I was told my bio will be updated when…” Learn more

  • Name: London
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Female, Dachshund Terrier Mix
  • Description: “We’re Dani’s puppies and ready to find our forever families. We were born on 11/6/2020. Our mom, Dani, appears to…” Learn more

  • Name: Berlin
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Baby, Small, Male, Dachshund Terrier Mix
  • Description: “We’re Dani’s puppies and ready to find our forever families. We were born on 11/6/2020. Our mom, Dani, appears to…” Learn more

  • Name: Polar Bear
  • Species: Dog
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Young, Large, Male, Great Pyrenees Mixed Breed Mix
  • Description: “Polar Bear is up for rolling over for petting any time, any place! This handsome boy is a great pyrenees,…” Learn more

  • Name: Sandy
  • Species: Cat
  • Location: Almost Home Foundation, PO Box 308, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Age, Size, Sex, Breed: Adult, Large, Male, Domestic Long Hair Domestic Short Hair Mix
  • Good With: Dogs and cats
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