SCCR Adoption Center


570 N Smith St
Palatine, IL 60067

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Adoption Hours

Monday thru Friday 3–7pm
Saturday and Sunday 10–4pm

By appointment only. Sorry, no walk-ins!

The SCCR Adoption Center is located at 570 N Smith Street in Palatine, IL. This space has been designed to be as much like a home as possible, while also providing a beautiful and inspiring place for our community and volunteers to give back.
This innovative vision for animal sheltering is meant to relieve dogs of the stress they experience while in a traditional shelter by providing a bright, warm, welcoming and safe home-like environment to the dogs in our care.

A spacious living room area with couches and a relaxed environment will allow a comfortable atmosphere for meetings with potential adopters while providing a more realistic picture of the dog’s true behavior. The majority of our dogs will still remain in foster homes, but the SCCR Adoption Center allows us to complete families 7 days a week!

How Does It Work?

  • Submit an application
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be able to show a valid photo ID
  • Make sure your pets are UTD on vaccines, and spayed/neutered
  • Let us know if you will be bringing any current dog(s)
  • Check your lease or HOA for breed and weight restrictions

Don’t forget to bring your mask!

Adoption Hours:
Monday thru Friday 3-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 10-4pm

Due to COVID-19 we are limiting the amount of people in the Adoption Center at one time. After you submit an application, our Adoption Service Reps will send you a link to book your one-hour appointment with our Adoption Center Staff!

Masks are required, social distancing, temperature checks and sanitizing will be strictly enforced.  We will also encourage outdoor visits when the weather is cooperative.

Please be courteous and reschedule if you have not been feeling well.

Let our talented Adoption Counselors work with you to find the best match! They may introduce you to the perfect dog you might not have considered! Please understand that we are unable to hold dogs and each of our pups are available to the first well qualified family.

You’ve met all the dogs and found THE ONE! All paperwork will be done digitally. We will walk you through the contracts & your new pup’s medical records, as well as answer any final questions you might have. The adoption donation is due at this time. Credit is preferred. No checks, please!

Remember to take things slow and allow plenty of time for decompression and settling in. Follow the 3-3-3 Rule: in the first 3 days, your new dog may be overwhelmed with their new surroundings. After 3 weeks, they will start to feel more comfortable. After 3 months your pup should be fully settled into in their home!

“We have made a promise to each of the dogs in our care, that they will never find themselves in another shelter.  This is why we have set out to imagine and create the SCCR Adoption Center.”

– Jennifer Moreland, Adoption Center Manager

“The Adoption Center is another stop on our dogs’ journey home. We are so incredibly excited about how many more lives will be saved, and how many more families will be completed, all because of this incredible facility and the amazing people – donors, volunteers, staff – who are making it happen.”

– Jacquie Cobb, DVM, President and Founder

Our Process


Our dogs come from over-populated and under-resourced shelters – both locally, and from shelter partners in the South. Before coming to us, these dogs are first temperament tested to make sure they are social with people and with other dogs.


We then take them to our veterinary partners where they receive treatment for any outstanding health issues, and are spayed and neutered.


From there, our dogs go into cozy foster homes, where their foster parents get to know the dogs’ personalities, their likes and dislikes, and we utilize that information to find the perfect match with potential adopters.


After our dogs have been in a foster home for two weeks they will have the ability to come to the adoption center, where potential families have the opportunity to make an appointment and meet them any day of the week—making adoption not only the right choice, but the convenient one!


Additional Information

We incur significant expenses to rescue each dog in our care, including veterinary treatment & surgeries, food, shelter pull fees, transportation, etc. When you adopt from SCCR, you aren’t “buying” a dog. Your donation goes toward the care of your adoptive dog, but more importantly it helps make it possible for us to further our mission of responsibly rescuing more dogs and placing them into loving forever homes. All Second City Canine Rescue Adopted Dogs receive the following:

  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Age-appropriate Vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • De-worming
  • Heartworm Test (and treatment, if positive)
  • Flea & Tick Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • 30 Days of Pet Insurance

Please note that we are unable to make any guarantees of future health, temperament, size, or breed of your adopted dog. We do our absolute best to create safe & healthy environments for the dogs while in our care.
We expect our adopters to do the same.

Adoption Fees

Puppies (8wks–6mos) $425
Adults 7+ mos $380
Seniors 7+yrs $150

SCCR is grateful for a bequest from Ms. Geraldine van der Meyden for enabling this vision to become reality.

Thank you to our amazing food sponsors:

Pet Wants Arlington Heights generously provides all of our dogs residing at the Adoption Center with fresh, nutritious meals!

We will send you home with a coupon for their food to start your pup off on the right foot with their new family!

Always Real Food provides our resident pups with delicious homemade bone broths, treats and stews! Your newly adopted dog wants to be sure you will order them some when you get home!

If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Monthly Membership Program!

Joining the Inner Circle is one of the single most important things you can do to help us continue our lifesaving work! For as little as $10 a month, you will help us keep saving dogs just like your brand new best friend!