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Pet Adoption
our DOGS ARE FED

Our mission is based on Nathan Winograd's No Kill Philosophy, which states that all healthy and treatable homeless animals have the right to live.  

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Say hello to Marie, a 2 year old female American Bully. She weighs 72 pounds. Marie is a sweet girl that is very intelligent. She loves playing in the yard and having her butt scratched. Marie would do best in a home without other dogs. Her adoption donation is of the adopter's choice.


​Click on Marie's picture to watch her video.

Using Bissell Pet Foundation and WalMart grants, Wish Bone Canine Rescue, in collaboration with The University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine,  is pleased to offer a low cost spay/neuter program for low income residents.

 For information, please email:   wbcr.spayneuter@gmail.com

                        Winter Pet Care Tips
1. In or Out?
Does your pet spend most of the time in the backyard? You might want to keep her indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. 
 2. Bare Naked Truth
If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a fur coat alone keep you warm against the elements? No? Well, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter, either. Provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside that complies with state laws.
 3. No More Frozen Dinners!
Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it's cold, outdoor animals eat more during the winter. Fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet's health. Keep an eye on water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned to ice. 

4. Latest Fad Diet?
Indoor animals, meanwhile, have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food accordingly.

5. Frosty the Biting Snowman
 Frosting is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails, and ears. This makes it even more important to keep your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during her walks, and look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.

6. The Deadly Drink
The worst of all the wintertime chemical spills is antifreeze, which often leaks from a car's radiator. It may taste delicious to your cats or dogs, but it is extremely deadly -- even the smallest sip can be fatal. If your pet starts acting "drunk" or begins to convulse, take him to the vet immediately. Better yet, keep all pets away from the garage and clean up any accidental spillage. 

7. Salty Solution
The types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws.. Protect your pet's paws, and keep him warm during walks, by outfitting him with booties.
8. Joy Ride
Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor.  Tap your car's hood before starting the vehicle to flush out any animals.


Wintering with your pet is mostly common sense. If you’re cold, your beloved pet will most likely be cold too. So snuggle up and keep your pet warm and safe, too.

Happy Tails:! Recent Adoptions

Introducing Marie!​

We have many opportunities available for volunteers, whether it involves contact with the dogs, doing office work, volunteering at events or data entry from your home.  

Dogs who may otherwise be destroyed at an overcrowded shelter are temporarily placed with you, their foster family, until a forever family is found.