Strawberry Fields
Animal Rescue Illinois

Providing refuge for senior dogs and cats in the greater Chicagoland area. 

We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Illinois Department of Agriculture License #087-15190


Pet Care Tip Of The Week

Decompression (The 3-3-3 Rule)

3 Days

In those first 3 days, it is crucial to remember how vulnerable and overwhelmed your dog will feel, act, and appear at this time and this is all completely normal.

  • Your dog may feel a little overwhelmed, scared, uncertain, and might be wondering what is going on right now.

  • Their real dog personality will not come out just yet, that personality is still acclimating to its new world and may not show for weeks.

  • Feeding may be difficult too, as they may not feel comfortable enough to eat or drink, and may even diarrhea or vomit.

  • Sad, seemingly beatdown, or fatigued from the shock of all the change and may want to chill under a table or curl up in their crate for a little personal time.

  • Your new dog may test your boundaries at first, see what they can and can’t do, and learn how this new person in their life is going to react when they do certain things.

3 weeks

By week 3, your dog should be settling in and appearing to be a bit more comfortable with their new home, as well as signs of them realizing that this is their new home.

The environment you introduced to them will be more familiar and the routine you and your pal have been patiently working on is starting to become just that, a routine. Something that makes them secure because they know what is expected of them more and more each day. 

This is such a fun time because your dog’s real personality might start coming through. However, the relaxation of being comfortable in the new space may also bring rise to some behavioral issues that may need addressing.

3 months

At 3 months, your rescue should be close to or used to their new home. Even more, the two of you have entered a relationship of trust, and a secure bond has set. This is the dog’s new home and they are secure in knowing their routine.


Get Involved

Foster, Adopt, Volunteer, Donate

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Upcoming Events



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Doggy Dip

Mundelein Park District
8/27 from 10 am-2 pm

It’s a dog day of summer at the Doggy Dip at Diamond Lake Beach! On the sandy side, dogs will get to roam the beach, splash, and play, or maybe learn to swim for the first time. On the grassy side, all dogs must be on a leash where they will get to travel from vendor to vendor to collect yummy treats, play games, and make a craft. Yes, we said to make a craft! Lunch from a food truck will be available for purchase. Don’t have a dog? Come check out our adoptable dogs from local shelters at the event. Dogs must be friendly with people and other dogs. A waiver must be signed before entering. There will be NO human swimming at this event.


Harbour's Heart Fund

Harbour's Heart is a special fund for our rescue's with medical conditions.  Harbour was one of our rescues we lost who was very sick.  In the end we couldn't save her but we can save others.  If you would like to donate to Harbour's Heart please notate her name on your donation.  Animals pictured below are part of Harbour's Heart fund.

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Pickles recently had part of her tail amputated due to "happy tail".  After being kept in a concrete kennel for months on end, and being such a happy girl with a constantly wagging tail, her tail became ulcerated.  Pickles is now in a foster home and her tail just keeps wagging.  Every time her tail wagged and hit something the wound broke open and her tail would bleed.  Luckily, it's just the tip that was amputated.This makes Pickles part of our Harbour's Heart fund.  Please make a donation towards her surgery.

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Pet Supplies Needed

SFAR has been taking in a lot of medium and large dogs. We are in need of supplies for them.  In addition, there are a few other things we are in need of.

  • Large dog beds (new or gently used)

  • Dog toys (very durable- Kong brand and other durable brands that will hold up nicely)

  • Baby gates (standard size and extended sizes)

  • Wet dog food (stew)

  • Martingale collars for large dogs

  • Harnesses for large dogs

  • long, sturdy dog leashes (non-retractable)

  • slip leads

Please email us at if you would like to donate any of these items.  We will arrange pick up.


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"We have been working with shelters and rescues our entire adult lives! We have fostered and helped place a dozen dogs and have foster failed and kept another 15 dogs that have lived and enriched our lives at home. We currently had the opportunity to work with Strawberry Fields and take in a 13 year old sweet girl named Sugar who needed a home. We were struck by how much Andrea cares about making the right “fit” between the dog and the family. The genuine love

she showed for Sugar, the way she interacted with us from the first visit, and her following up on how all of us are doing shows she has the heart and compassion needed to make a rescue work. We look forward to working with Andrea to help in any way we can!"

-Susan Neahous

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