The Matrix Partners team loves ALL pets, but we have a certain affinity for rescues. Many of our furballs are from shelters and quite a few of the animals we get to work with were adopted as well. We’re firm believers that money can buy love when you adopt a pet and like many people, we’re more than happy to do it.

According to the ASPCA and The Humane Society of the US, almost 8 million animals enter shelters each year, and 3 million are adopted annually. Though 28% of dogs are still purchased from breeders, that number is declining as more families find their pets in shelters and humane societies.

If you or someone you know is looking to add some love to the family, check out these local shelters for more info on adopting:

Chicago Canine Rescue: Though the name suggests otherwise, CCR has both dogs and cats (and at the time of posting, a bunny!). They specialize in helping the most vulnerable pets who need homes – those who are senior, disabled and injured. They work to give animals who were slated for euthanasia another chance at life.

Tree House Humane Society: This one is for all our feline lovers. Tree House caters specifically to kitties, and is looking to match each cat with a forever home. Adoption fees start at $85 and the shelter is always grateful for volunteers and donations.

Anti-Cruelty Society: Likely the most well-known in the group, the ACS has a large variety of dogs and cats available for adoption. The ACS also hosts programs like Pets for Patriots and Pets for Seniors to match adoptable animals with those looking for companionship.

T.L.C. Animal Shelter: One of the small but mighty organizations on the list, T.L.C. has been saving animals for over 40 years. They serve the community as a private, non-profit humane society, dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and cruelty to animals. The shelter provides refuge for almost 3,000-4,000 animals yearly.

Lake Shore Animal Shelter: Looking for a new addition is easy with LSAS – they host all their adoptables through Petfinder and update their listings frequently. Boasting that they’re the oldest no-kill shelter in Chicago, LSAS has been operating since 1966.

Alive Rescue: Last but not least, Alive Rescue makes an art out of adoption. High-quality, artistic photos are employed to help find these pets a home, and they host adoption fee discounts and specials to drive consistent interest in their cats and dogs.