Our Mission


Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Its mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. It continues to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area. 


Meet our Adoptable Pets


Wright-Way Rescue North Shore Humane Center is located at 5915 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, IL

Monday-Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Adoption Hotline

(847) 728-5434 option 1

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



How to Adopt


Reserve A Pet In Advance

Wright-Way Rescue is unique to many shelters because of its ability to hold pets for pre-approved adopters who make arrangements to meet them. Approved applicants who are seriously interested in a particular animal may place them on reserve to meet once they become ready for adoption.There is NO FEE to place a reservation. We do however ask that the potential adopter is serious about meeting this particular pet. If we hold a pet and the person does not show up, that pet may have missed its chance to find a family during the time it was on reserve.

If you are interested in adopting two pets, there is a $50 fee to reserve a second animal. This fee applies toward the second adoption fee of either the dog or cat. If the adopter does not adopt (or only adopts one pet) this fee is maintained by our shelter as a donation.

On our website, each animal will have an availability date listed under its description. If they do not, you may call us for an estimated arrival day to our Morton Grove facility. This is the date this pet will most likely be ready for a new home. Prior to this time the pets are housed at the Wright-Way Rescue Admissions and Medical Services Campus where they begin to receive necessary medical care prior to adoption.

Please remember that we take only one reservation per pet. Please only set up an appointment if you know you can attend your time, are seriously interested in the pet you are asking us to hold, and please ensure you are ready to add a pet to your home. 

Make your reservation by calling our Adoption Hotline Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (847) 728-5434 or by email at rescue@wright-wayrescue.org


40,000 Pets Saved

Since it's founding in 2003, Wright-Way Rescue has placed nearly 40,000 homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in loving homes.


4,155 Adoption in 2018

Last year, our organization did 4,155 adoptions. As a no-kill rescue, pets remain adoptable as long as necessary, and are never euthanized for space reasons.


Critical Care Center

Wright-Way Rescue is one of only a few shelters in the nation with a separate medical facility that is dedicated to saving the lives of pets with highly contagious but treatable medical conditions. Instead of turning away pets with illness, we welcome them and provide quality medical care.


Monthly Numbers

In the month of September, Wright-Way Rescue saved 461 dogs and cats from animal control facilities and owner surrenders.


97% Save Rate

Wright-Way Rescue boasts a save rate of over 97% in 2018. Our adoption rate is consistently 3-4 times above the national average and is one of the highest in the nation. 


36,400 Miles a Year

Volunteers travel 700 miles weekly, adding up to 676 hours and over 36,400 miles a year, to safely bring adoptable pets to the Chicagoland area from southern Illinois.


Behind the Scenes

Have you wanted to see the facilities behind the lifesaving operation of Wright-Way Rescue? 

Included in our five facilities is Wright-Way Rescue's new Critical Care Center. The center has a 96% save rate of all pets that are accepted through the facility. This helps us save the lives of even more animals!

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