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Adopt-A-Dog Program

Our Mascot, Skates, and the Wolves continue to work as hard as ever to find loving families for dogs. More than 1,600 dogs have been given new forever homes through Skates’ Sidekicks.

The Wolves will host one Adopt-A-Dog Night each month during the 2023-24 regular season as we will bring beautiful dogs from the following organizations that deserve a forever home.

Anderson Humane Border Tails Rescue Wright-Way Rescue

Be a hero and save a sidekick! It’s easy to adopt a dog! Everything is handled with care during the adoption process.

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Helping our furry friends

During all Wolves home games and Adopt-A-Dog Nights during the 2023-24 season, we are collecting new or gently used dog toys to support the Pet Health Fairs, as well as Anderson Humane, Border Tails Rescue and Wright-Way Rescue

We encourage all fans attending our games to bring items to donate that we collect at the Chicago Wolves Charities table behind Section 105.

Check out the Amazon Adopt-A-Dog Wish List to purchase and donate needed items!



  • Saturday, March 9, 2024
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024


Recently, the Wolves hosted University of Iowa journalism students. One of the students, Joel Kellar, presented a project to his professor that detailed the Wolves’ Adopt-A-Dog Night program.


Check out these dogs available from Anderson Humane!

If you are interested – email [email protected] or call 847-697-2880 x: 0, and the staff will be happy to help you. (the details are below on who to contact if interested)

Goddess of the sky and earth, Hera is searching the skies for a family to love! She has the smoothest fur and freckles with a few surprise tufts of fluff that make pets just the very best!

Hera is picky on who she allows into her inner circle so her future mom or dad will need to be very special.  Five-year Hera would prefer to be your one and only (no sharing of snuggles will be permitted!). But if you find the right people, you can let your guard down, gradually trust them, and allow your real personality to emerge. If you are lucky enough to be accepted by Hera, she will bathe your face in kisses. Like a literal bath!

My favorite things:
Being outside! I love to soak in the sun, smell all the smells, and adventure with my trainers.
Cream cheese and chicken are my favorite treats
Watching out the living room window
Long walks
Booty scratches (once we a friends)
I like to sleep in a human bed!

Cues that I know:
Sit, down
Working on muzzle training
Loose leash walking
Potty trained

How am I doing in foster?

“Hera is a bundle of joy and personality. She fits in perfectly to my routine as it’s just her and me! That is where Hera thrives. She likes it when her human friends come over to visit but wants quality time between us. We go multiple times a week to the forest preserve, and she loves all the sniffs! She may try to chase a squirrel or two but can be redirected with treats. I have been helping Hera prepare for her forever home by teaching her manners when people enter the house. You are in for a wonderful dog, if you pick Hera” -Hera’s foster mom

Hi I’m Carter, thank you for taking a look at me! I am said to be a Labrador retreiver mix and looking for my furever home! I can be a bit shy, so I ask for a little bit of patience when you first meet me.

Carter likes to go on sniffy walks and hang out outside when the weather is nice. Inside he likes to cuddle up next to his human friends and hang out. Carter is a super playful boy after he gets to warm up to you.

My favorite things are:

Cues I know:

Introducing Fay, a 8-month-old retriever mix who is ready to find her forever home! This sweet and timid pup is currently residing at the shelter, working on building her confidence and overcoming her fears.

This clever pup is highly food-motivated, making her an excellent candidate for learning new tricks and basic obedience skills. With some yummy treats as motivation, Fay is sure to impress you with her intelligence and eagerness to please.

Fay’s ideal home would be one that understands her needs and is willing to help her grow and flourish. She would thrive in a household with another confident dog as a role model, as they can guide her and show her that the outside world is a safe and fun place to explore.

As Fay can be easily startled by loud noises and cars driving by, a closed-in backyard would provide her with a safe and secure environment. This will allow her to gradually overcome her fears and help her feel more at ease in her surroundings.

If you are a patient and compassionate person looking to make a positive impact on a shelter dog’s life, Fay could be the perfect match for you. With time, love, and understanding, Fay will surely blossom into a confident and happy companion.

So, why wait? Come meet Fay today at our location inside the Bloomingdale Petco and see if you can be the one to offer her the loving home she deserves!

Socialization, training (including house training), and exercise are just a few of the things she will look to you for.

Chewing, teething, and learning what is Okay and not Okay to put in her mouth are all part of the puppy experience. And, be prepared for the time and money for frequent trips to the vet during the first few months so she can get up to date on her boosters and vaccines.

But most of all, be prepared for all of the LOVE, puppy kisses, and joy she will bring into your life.

Meet Oreo, a 1-year-old male Great Dane/Black Labrador Retriever mix who is looking for his forever home!

Oreo is a big, lovable boy, weighing in at 70 pounds, and he has a striking black and white coat just like the cookie he’s named after. Oreo is a playful and energetic pup who loves to have fun all day long. He is very strong on the leash, so his adopters should be comfortable handling a dog of his size and strength.

Oreo will need some help with his basic manners training and loose leash walking, as he’s still a young dog. But with consistent training, he’ll quickly learn how to be a well-behaved and obedient companion. While Oreo did okay with kids in his previous home, he can be jumpy and mouthy at times, especially when he’s excited. Oreo also guards highly prized items, so we recommend that any children in the household be over 12 years of age.

Overall, Oreo is a smart and affectionate dog who will make a great companion for an experienced adopter who can provide him with the love, patience, and training he needs. If you’re looking for an active and fun-loving dog, Oreo might just be the perfect match for you!

Meet Nelson, a charming Pit bull mix with a heart full of potential! Despite his past challenges, Nelson is on a journey of overcoming his fear of strangers and discovering the joys of trust and companionship.

Nelson has a special preference for women and requires some extra hot dog treats to build trust with unfamiliar men. But don’t let that discourage you, as this loyal pup has shown incredible progress and has proven himself to be a sweetheart around those he feels comfortable with.

One look into Nelson’s expressive eyes will reveal a playful and adventurous spirit. He absolutely adores the company of other dogs, engaging in lively wrestling matches and never missing an opportunity to play fetch. In fact, he’s even mastered the skill of throwing the toy up in the air for himself to catch – quite the entertainer!

Although Nelson has had limited exposure to cats in the shelter environment, he has shown no interest in them thus far. His focus is on having the “zoomies” and enjoying quality time with his human companions. Nelson is happiest when he can curl up in his person’s lap, basking in their affection and showering them with sweet kisses.

Nelson has the potential to be an exceptional guard dog, but he needs a patient and understanding family who will give him the time and space he needs to acclimate to new environments. Taking things slow will allow Nelson to fully blossom into the confident and loving dog he is meant to be.

If you’re seeking an incredible companion who will adore you wholeheartedly once trust is established, Nelson is the one for you. Embrace Nelson’s journey, and he will undoubtedly bring immeasurable joy and love to your home.

A true beauty both inside and out, Venus is the epitome of a perfect lady! Demure, gentle, but with enough pizazz to keep things spicy, Venus is sure to meet all your doggy needs! A bit shy at first and sensitive to rough handling (a lady must be handled with care!), Venus would thrive in a mature household.

My favorite things:
Being outside! I love to soak in the sun, smell all the smells, and adventure with my trainers.
Cream cheese and chicken are my favorite treats
Car rides
Long walks
Booty scratches (once we a friends)
Stuffy Toys

Cues that I know:
Sit, down
Working on muzzle training
Loose leash walking

Check out these dogs available from Border Tails Rescue!

Au Jus

2 years 2 months, Female, American Pitbull Mix

Just one look into those soulful brown eyes, and you’ll find yourself utterly captivated by Au Jus. This gentle and loving soul is on a heartfelt quest to find her forever family, and there’s no doubt that she’s ready to become an irreplaceable part of a loving home.

Au Jus’s eyes tell a story of resilience, hope, and unwavering loyalty. She’s a dog who understands the true meaning of companionship and is eager to share her endless love with a family who will cherish her. Her loyalty knows no bounds, and she’s ready to stand by your side through every moment of life’s journey.

As Au Jus patiently sits in her kennel, she dreams of the day when she’ll be chosen by a loving family. Her sweet disposition and loving temperament are her calling cards, making her the perfect fit for a well-deserving family in search of a loyal and devoted companion.

Au Jus is more than just a pet; she’s a source of comfort, joy, and unconditional love. She’s ready to be your confidant, your playmate, and your faithful friend. Her presence brings warmth and happiness to those lucky enough to meet her.

If you’ve been searching for a dog with a heart as big as her eyes and a soul filled with love, Au Jus is the one you’ve been waiting for. Come meet her today, and let her show you the profound bond that can exist between humans and their four-legged friends. You won’t be able to resist falling in love with this gentle and loyal soul who is yearning to become a cherished member of your family.


American Staffordshire/Terrier mix, 1 year 3 months, Male

Let us introduce you to Rip, the goofiest, most affectionate, and fun-loving dog you’ll ever meet. Rip’s journey to us from a partner rescue has been nothing short of joyful, and he has captured the hearts of the entire staff with his endearing personality.

Rip is a true goofball, and his zest for life is infectious. His antics and playful nature will keep you entertained and laughing day after day. He’s the kind of dog who knows how to make even the gloomiest of days brighter with his boundless energy and charming personality.

What Rip craves above all else is your love. His affection knows no bounds, and he’s on a mission to fill your life with cuddles, kisses, and warm companionship. He’s a love bug through and through, and his desire for human affection is immeasurable.

One remarkable aspect of Rip is that he’s deaf, but don’t let that deter you. His intelligence shines through, and he’s proven time and again that being deaf doesn’t hinder his zest for life or his ability to form meaningful connections. Rip’s determination and adaptability are testaments to the resilience of dogs, and he’s more than capable of navigating life with grace and joy.

If you’re considering adding a new furry family member, meeting Rip is a must. His presence will not only brighten your days but also remind you of the incredible spirit and resilience of dogs. He’s a goofball with a heart of gold, ready to become your loyal and loving companion.

Reach out today to meet Rip, and be prepared to welcome a furry friend who will bring laughter, love, and boundless joy into your life. Rip is proof that a dog’s spirit can shine brightly, even in the face of challenges, and he’s waiting to show you just how special he truly is. Don’t miss the opportunity to make Rip a part of your family.



Meet the Irresistible Charlie: Our Foster Cuddle Bug!

We can’t help but gush about our darling foster pup, Charlie! ??? She’s not just sweet; she’s an absolute cuddle bug who adores being in the company of people. With her charming face and heartwarming personality, she’s an attention magnet, and we can’t blame anyone for falling head over paws for her!

A Heart of Gold:

Charlie’s love knows no bounds, and she’ll do anything to soak up all the love and affection she can get. Whether it’s curling up with you on the couch or going for a leisurely stroll in the park, she’s always up for some quality time together.

Training Prodigy:

Charlie isn’t just a bundle of cuteness; she’s also incredibly smart! She’s been making remarkable progress in her training journey. She already knows essential commands like sit, stay, come, leave it, and let’s go. Her enthusiasm for learning is matched only by her love for treats and praise!

**On the Go:

Exploring the great outdoors is one of Charlie’s favorite pastimes. She loves taking leisurely strolls in the park, where she can use her keen sense of smell to investigate every fascinating scent. She’s fantastic on walks, and her reactivity is limited to confined spaces like elevators, where she’s making excellent progress with positive redirection and encouragement.

Charlie truly is the best companion anyone could ask for. If you’re ready to welcome this cuddle-loving, smart, and adventurous girl into your home, reach out to us to learn more about adopting Charlie. Let’s give her the loving forever home she deserves!


Capuchin is an adorable 2-year-old terrier mix who is on the lookout for her forever home. This sweet pup is a little shy and slow to warm up to new people, but once she feels comfortable, she is the sweetest and most loving companion one could ask for.

Capuchin loves showing off her tricks and impressing her humans with her skills. However, due to her timid nature, she will need a patient and understanding adopter who can work with her to overcome her fears and build her confidence.

While Capuchin can be nervous around new guests, she has done exceptionally well in her foster home and is crate trained. She knows basic commands such as sit, place, and spin, and she is an avid player who loves running around the yard and playing with other dogs.

Capuchin has been spending time with a professional trainer to work on her manners and socialization skills. With patience and gentle guidance, she has been making great strides and is now ready to find a loving and active home where she can continue to grow and thrive.

If you are interested in adopting Capuchin and providing her with the love and care she needs, please get in touch with us to schedule a meet-and-greet. Together, we can give Capuchin the happy and fulfilling life she deserves!.


Freddie is a young (~3 years), energetic dog looking for his forever home. He is potty trained and crate trained, capable of being home during a typical 9-5 work schedule. At dinner time, he will either cuddle with his human on the couch to watch TV (he also likes to calmly watch the screen!), or lay on his cot.

He’s playful and enjoys a variety of activities, including: fetch, chase, tug, going on walks, running alongside his human, hiking, GRC sports (wall climb, spring pole, weight pull), shredding stuffed dog toys, pack walks with his foster dog sibling and cuddling. While he has not pursued disc, he would likely enjoy a disc sport such as UpDog or Freestyle. He will do almost anything for a tennis ball and loves when his people chase him after he retrieves it. Freddie is a fast learner and is food motivated, though he’d prefer to work in exchange for play time or enthusiastic affection rather than treats.

While he has the desire and capability to play, hike or run for hours, he can be fulfilled with a few 10-minute play or training sessions each day.

He can be nervous in new environments, though he is gaining confidence and will continue to do so as his family takes him to more locations. He is muzzle trained for veterinary visits and in case of emergency.

Freddie attends structured dog socials run by a dog trainer and is quickly learning appropriate dog socialization and body language. While he would prefer to be an only pet, he could successfully live with another dog if his family has experience with bully breeds and/or is proactive in reaching out to a trainer to help integrate him into the home safely. He has a high drive and should not go to a home with smaller animals.

Freddie loves belly rubs and wants nothing more than to be by his family’s side.

He is socially sensitive with a gentle soul, so his human’s approval or disappointment means a great deal to him, and he will adjust his behavior accordingly. Due to his energetic nature, he would do best with an adult-only, or adult and teenage family.

Nayla Bean

American Pitbull/Terrier mix, Female, 3 years 7 months

In the world of rescue, stories of resilience and love often unfold in the most unexpected ways, and Nayla Bean’s journey is a testament to this truth. Nayla, a brave and gentle soul, found herself in the arms of a rescue when she was pregnant, carrying a future she could only hope for. Despite her own uncertainty, she gave birth to her precious puppies with a strength that spoke volumes about her character.

Nayla Bean is ready to embark on a new chapter of her life-a chapter that is rightfully her own. Her shyness is a testament to the experiences she’s had, but within that shyness lies a world of potential waiting to bloom. Like a delicate flower, she takes her time to open up, to reveal her true self to those who approach her with kindness and patience. One thing we know for certain is that Nayla Bean doesn’t mind other dogs and doesn’t seem to care about cats!

A family that understands the beauty of a gradual connection is exactly what Nayla Bean needs. She’s not a dog who rushes into friendships; she’s a dog who values each step of the journey. Every moment spent building trust is a brick laid in the foundation of a relationship that will be as strong as it is precious. Nayla Bean isn’t seeking instant companionship; she’s seeking companionship that’s built on a solid and mutual understanding.

Exploring the world around her is an invitation to Nayla Bean’s heart. The sights, sounds, and scents of the world are a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll in the park or an adventure in a new place, she will cherish each step taken alongside her family, her heart swelling with gratitude for the world she’s finally able to embrace.

Nayla Bean’s story is one of hope, resilience, and the unwavering power of love. Her journey from expectant mother to an independent soul seeking her forever home is a reminder that every creature deserves a chance at happiness. With the right family by her side, one that understands the value of patience, Nayla Bean’s shy exterior will transform into a vibrant, trusting spirit-a spirit ready to share a life filled with love, exploration, and the beauty of a connection that was worth the wait.


American Pitbull/Terrier mix, 4 years, Female

Introducing Cheese, a stunning lady who is ready to find her forever home! This beautiful girl arrived at our shelter with her son, Ham, and has proven to be the epitome of a loving and caring mother. Now, it’s her turn to find a family that will cherish her as much as she adores her own.

Cheese has a wonderful combination of playful energy and calm disposition, making her the perfect companion for any household. Her intelligence and sweet nature shine through, and she loves nothing more than spending time with people and spreading joy wherever she goes.

If you’re searching for a furry friend with a heart as big as her smile, look no further than Cheese. She’s guaranteed to brighten your days with her love and affection, and her playful antics will keep you entertained for hours on end.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to welcome this incredible lady into your home. Come meet Cheese today and discover the endless love and happiness she has to offer. With Cheese by your side, every day is sure to be filled with laughter and love.


Ratatouille, a 10-year-old Whippet mix, is the perfect blend of sophistication and curiosity, eagerly waiting to spend her golden years with a loving family.

Ratatouille is a timeless beauty, with the grace and poise of a Whippet and a personality that’s as vibrant as ever. Her soulful eyes tell the story of a well-lived life, and her heart is full of love to share with her new forever family.

When it comes to relaxation and leisure, Ratatouille knows how to do it right. She loves nothing more than curling up on a cozy blanket or a fluffy bed, basking in the warmth of your companionship.

But don’t be fooled by her age—Ratatouille still has a strong sense of adventure. She relishes exploring the great outdoors, especially during short hikes in the forest preserve. Watching her roam through nature’s beauty will fill your heart with joy, and she’ll remind you to savor every moment.

As a senior dog, Ratatouille is past the puppy stage and has learned the gentle art of companionship. Her years of wisdom make her a wonderful friend, and her ability to cherish the simple pleasures in life is truly inspiring. If you’re ready to offer a loving home to a senior dog who will bring elegance, adventure, and unconditional love into your life, Ratatouille is waiting for you!

If you are interested in adopting, please go here  https://www.bordertailsrescue.org/adoption-application-for-dogs or if you have any questions, please email [email protected].