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High Tails Animal Rescue, NFP is a licensed 501(c)(3) not-for-profit animal rescue and welfare organization. We are both volunteer-run and foster-based serving the Greater Chicagoland area and Northern Suburbs of Illinois. Our organization rescues cats of all breeds and ages and finds them permanent homes while helping the occasional dog. We rescue primarily from animal controls and shelters, and assist our established partners with owner abandonment cases and friendly strays. Owner surrenders and strays found by the public are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Within our organization, our animals are prepared for adoption by receiving personalized care in a certified foster home and medical attention from our veterinarian partners. To achieve our mission, we network amongst fosters, volunteers, rescuers, transports, and pet professionals. 

Not only are we dedicated to saving lives, but we are actively committed to advancing the cause of animal welfare. We strive to be an educational resource for families to promote responsible pet ownership. By preparing not just the pets, but also their families, we can ensure adopting a rescue pet is filled with enjoyment and happiness for all.


When you join High Tails whether that is through adoption, fostering, volunteering, or even donating, you become a member of the High Tails family! The High Tails family is a group of highly motivated go-getters who go above and beyond for every dog and cat in the rescue. Our foster families treat their foster animals as if they are their own, and our volunteers enjoy directly making an impact within HTAR in a variety of engaging ways to help animals in need. All adopters are thoroughly screened and matched with an animal that best suits them with available support post-adoption. Our highly experienced team provides guidance and support for all our family members every step of the way.


We are dedicated to creating a strong community of responsible pet owners and passionate animal lovers. Together, we can create a tidal wave of positive change for homeless pets and forever alter the lives of both the animals and families we connect with in the best way possible. 


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Feline Adoption & Foster

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Events & Fundraising

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Canine Adoption, Foster & Records

Professional Dog Trainer



Marketing & Communications

Professional Dog Trainer

30+ years

50+ years


Our team is committed to continuing their education on safe and effective handling and training techniques, fear-free pet care, and animal behavior. In an ever-changing world, we strive to stay updated on new fact-based information to ensure all our animals receive the best care possible and to set our volunteers, fosters, and adoptive families up for success.

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Fear Free Shelters

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Maddie's University

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Positive-Reinforcement Dog Trainers

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Pet First Aid

Click HERE to view our team's individual certificates.



"Ever since a young age I've had a growing passion to help animals! Through my own rescue animal adoptions and working to rehome stray animals, I could not believe the amount of animals that I encountered who deserved a second chance at a good home. While I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering and fostering for my local animal shelters/rescues, I was motivated to do more, hence the creation of High Tails. High Tails has been instrumental in helping rescue, socialize, and rehome animals that may have otherwise suffered a different fate. I'm so proud to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to helping and advocating for animals that deserve to find their forever home. It's truly amazing to see how proper care and a loving home can transform an animal."


"The first time I ever rescued an animal was when I was a teenager and I found a stray dog on the street. I brought the dog home, fixed him up, and the rest is history. My love for animals truly blossomed after that experience, and I wanted to save and rehabilitate more helpless animals I encountered. Animals are very resilient and can often overcome many obstacles, but they need assistance along the way. High Tails is that crutch for animals that need help whether it is extra TLC in a foster home, training, intensive medical care, etc. Nothing makes me happier than to be a part of an organization that embodies empathy and kind acts of service, and to put my knowledge of nonprofit leadership and dog training to good use."


"Since I was a little kid, I was always saving all sorts of animals and bringing them home. From birds to bunnies to cats and dogs, I answered the call to help any animal that needed it. Over time, I volunteered with different nonprofits and previously volunteered for a local bird rescue and a dog and cat rescue. From those experiences, I was inspired to go out of my comfort zone and start something from the ground up, and that was High Tails. I am excited to use my skills with High Tails to expand rescue efforts all around Chicago and the suburbs to not only help homeless animals but also work alongside fellow organizations working hard to make a lasting impact. It really is a dream come true!"


“Over the years, my family adopted many rescue animals–both dogs and cats. As a result, I fell deeply in love with rescue animals, and I became a big bully breed lover! Through the adoption of my two dogs, I was able to become acquainted with various nonprofits, work with them, and grow as a dog trainer. When I became immersed in the rescue field, I was shocked by the large population of homeless animals, and I couldn’t believe how many adoptable pets are euthanized simply because there are more animals than rescues that can help. That is where High Tails comes in; to lend a helping paw. Through our values of compassion, advocacy, and a hard work ethic, we make a difference both locally and beyond.”


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