Famous Fido Rescue



We believe that ‘open door’ shelters (those where people can drop off an animal with no questions asked) encourage abandonment.

Here’s an example: A woman came to Famous Fido hoping to adopt a cat. During her interview, it came to light that in the previous year, when moving from her last city, she had dropped her two cats off at an open door shelter. After getting settled in Chicago, she decided she would like a cat again and came to the shelter to get one. She thought it completely acceptable to abandon her animals when it was not convenient to care for them (during her relocation) and pick up another later. No one had corrected her. No one had asked why she was abandoning the cats and therefore no one discovered her intention. She was unaware that the cats she abandoned in her last city were most likely euthanized.

People should not be able to leave animals at a shelter without being interviewed as to why they are giving it up e.g. Are there medical issues we could help with? Is the animal displaying problem behaviors that our trainers could help work through? Counselors should be available to discuss alternatives to abandonment. Are they able to keep the animal temporarily until a suitable home or foster home can be found? Do they know anyone that would be willing to take the animal? They should be told what is likely to happen to the animal. They should be made aware of their obligation at the point of adoption and reminded of that obligation when they feel they can no longer fulfil it. Abandonment must not be made easy.

We would like each animal to be assigned an advocate when it arrives into the shelter - someone to care for and promote the animal to potential adopters. It’s a traumatic time and consistently seeing a familiar face can help reduce the anxiety it will be feeling. Animals should be examined and provided with appropriate medical care, not destroyed as soon as a defect is discovered. They should be assessed by experienced staff, who will take all factors into account i.e. shelter environment, stress of being handled by strangers, trauma of abandonment, previous mistreatment. People must be aware of the reality of the shelter and what will happen to their animal. We must ensure that there is no other option.

Main Head Quarters

  • Famous Fido Rescue
        3124 W. Irving Park
        Chicago, IL. 60618
  • Hours: 9am - 7pm Mon - Sat
  • Phone: 773-907-0305
  • Email: fido@famousfidorescue.com
  • Website: famousfidorescue.org

Adoption Hours

Adoptions are by appointment
Monday - Saturday 12pm to 6pm.
Then call us about the dog or cat
you are interested in and we will make
an appointment for a meet and greet
at a time that is convenient for you.


  • Hours:10am - 6pm Mon - Fri
  • Walking Dogs
  • Cleaning Cages
  • Nuturing Animals
  • Transporters


Advocate for a Famous Fido Rescue dog.
Each dog needs a daily plan for their well being.
If you see a special dog and feel you want to do that little extra to help that special one find a new home.
You can advocate for them by telling friends, family, posting image and stories on your face book and spread the word.

In Kind Donations For Animal Welfare
Little Treasure Auction Accepted

Items can be droped off 10am - 7pm Mon - Sat.

Join the Re-Homing Network

You can really make a diffrence in a
dog or cats life. Lets work together so
no dog or cat ever sees a shelter.

Individual Contacts

Executive Director and Founder
Gloria P. Lissner

Adoption - Development Director
Martha J. Hack