At Matrix Partners, we’re endlessly thankful that we get to work with rescues and organizations that help pets. Many of our own pets are from shelters and many of the influencers we work with were adopted as well. We work with local shelters both individually and as a team, and make a point of donating supplies whenever we can. We’re passionate about all pets, but our hearts are with rescues.

According to the ASPCA, 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year. As those pets await their forever homes, those organizations rely on volunteers – walkers, bathers, transportation to adoption events, etc. – to keep the wheels turning, as well as donations to keep everything else up and running. This season, if you or someone you know is looking to volunteer, give back or even adopt, please check out these local shelters:

Alive Rescue: 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.

The 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 supports programs like Pets for Patriots and Pets for Seniors to match adoptable animals with those looking for companionship.
Chicago Canine Rescue: Though the name suggests otherwise, CCR has both dogs and cats waiting for forever homes. They specialize in helping the most vulnerable pets – those who are senior, disabled, injured or simply overlooked. They work to give animals who were slated for euthanasia another chance at life.

One Tail at a Time: This no-kill shelter is committed to lowering the euthanasia rates in the city and helping all breeds find forever homes. They work with the community to provide humane education programs and also assist disadvantaged and low-income families to adopt and maintain their pets.

TLC Animal Shelter: One of the small but mighty organizations on the list, TLC 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.

Not in the Chicagoland area? You can search for shelters and humane societies in your area. Prior to visiting or volunteering, we suggest researching the organization itself (through sites like Charity Navigator) to find out ratings, no-kill status, etc., as well as researching their application process and requirements.