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Mission Statement

Fur Keeps Animal rescue, Inc. has benefited needy animals since 1999. To date, Fur Keeps has rescued hundreds of animals primarily horses, cats, and dogs that have been rescued from kill shelters or bad situations then the animal is rehabilitated and placed into loving forever homes. We are licensed with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and are not-for-profit 5013C.

Our mission is to promote respect and compassion for all animals as partners in the human existence. We believe in the Triangle of Care: education for responsible ownership, balanced healthcare for our animals, well rounded training for both handlers and companions, the rescue and the rehabiliation of unwanted animals along with the prevention of animal cruelty.

Did you know that rescuing a cat or dog costs on average of $150 just in medical care and that cost rockets to over $2000 to rehabilitate a rescued horse? These costs do not include board and training. These are just the bare necesseties to help these animals recover enough to find loving and caring homes and help them adjust to their new environments.

With your help we can broaden our ability to help animals in need, instead of relying on a few kind individuals.

Please consider helping us by sending a donation today or participating in any of our upcoming events. We are also in need of loving foster homes to place some of these animals in while they are waiting for their permanent homes. If you would like to foster an animal, volunteer or become a forever home please contact us at the number listed below.

We are aware that in the recent past other charitable institutions have come under scrutiny due to allocation of funds. Please note that all contributions go directly to animal care, operating costs and that no person involved in this organization draws a salary or wage in any form.

We will be happy to recognize your contribution at upcoming events. Thank you for caring and we appreciate your time visiting Fur Keeps Animal Rescue, Inc.


Fur Keeps Animal Rescue, Inc. provides the best medical care possible for all canines, felines and equine who come into our organization. Each dog is examined by a licensed vet, given vaccinations for Distemper, Rabies, and Bordatella, Heartworm Tested, Micro Chipped and spayed/neutered, and felines and equines are given the same attention . If needed, our animals are given additional medical attention such as surgeries, and even dental work. Our animal friends are either home-fostered or boarded at professional clinics while in our care. All potential adoptive families must complete our adoption screening process which includes an adoption form and contract, an interview, a homecheck and a personal reference check. Home or apartment renters are required to provide proof of lease and permission from the landlord that pets are permitted in the residence. Please know that FKAR also performs a home check for each potential adopter and requires proof of identity prior to finalizing the adoption. FKAR's standard adoption fee for the dogs and cats is $150, which helps cover a portion of the animal's expenses while in our care. FKAR primarily adopts dogs into homes located in northern IL, southern WI, and northwest IN regions. Post-adoption, FKAR continues to provide follow up and guidance to adoptive families.



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Average Review 2 reviews

Would you recommend Fur Keeps Animal Rescue?

by Linsey H. (December 30, 2009)
This is an amazing rescue that does outstanding things for the animals. I have been coming here for almost a year and love it. I am like one of the team. If I was older I would work here and hopefully will when I get old enough. All of the animals here are amazing. The dogs are some of the sweetest you could ever meet and you wonder, "Why do people give up these amazing animals?" No one will ever know the real reason but all I know is that I am making a difference and so can you.
by jack & cheryl h. from west Dundee, IL (October 22, 2009)
We have adopted our cat Bob and dog Jazz from Fur Keeps. We feel Deb Rykoff is a caring, compassionate and more than competent vet who truly loves animals. She puts the welfare of the animals she rescues foremost. Both Bob and Jazz have truly enriched our lives and we thank fur keeps for their commitment to our animal companions.