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Shelby is a Black Labrador mix. She is about 1.5 yrs old. She is house broken. She is a very happy little girl and just wants to please you. She loves to play ball. She loves kids of all ages. She gets along with other dogs we do not know about cats.

Olive, the Dog Who Rescued Her Family

This is the Durley family: Linda and her three children: Tommy, who is 12, Paige, who is 10, and Cate who is 6.

Olive and Kids

Olive with Paige, Cate, and friends

They had been looking to add a four-legged companion to their home. After months of fostering other dogs, and just not finding the right fit, they were introduced to Olive.

Olive was a beautiful 2-year-old mixed breed from Green Pup Shelter. She was young, but not a puppy. She was playful, but not rowdy. She was smart, but would she be a good fit for Tommy?

Tommy, the Durley's oldest child, was born with severe cognitive impairments. He cannot walk or talk. The Durleys needed a very special dog who would be gentle with Tommy. They decided to foster Olive first, to make sure she was the right fit for the family.

Olive passed with flying colors! She was gentle and patient with Tommy, yet she was fun and silly playing with Paige and Cate and all of their many friends who came to visit. The Durleys decided to make the adoption official. Olive is now a member of the family!


Every morning, Olive waits for Tommy with a toy in her mouth, hoping he’ll want to play. That is one of Tommy’s favorite things to do, play tug of war with Olive. He laughs and smiles the entire time.

Olive even knows when Tommy's bus is coming. She waits at the front door, with her toy in her mouth, and tail wagging.

Quoted from Linda “Thank you to Green Pup Shelter for finding us the perfect fourth child.”

Happily ever after stories like Olive's is why we continue to fight for the voiceless, why we rescue the abandoned and abused, and why we believe rescue is so important. I would like to say that The Durleys rescued Olive, but we truly believe Olive rescued them.

Please spread the word. Adopt, don’t shop. You’ll never regret it.


We are always in need, and grateful for your generous financial contributions.

We are a no-kill shelter, and not for profit. We are run strictly by volunteers. 100% of your donations go directly to our pups.

Donations are needed for these services:

Boarding Fosterless Pups: $341.00 per dog/per month
Spay/Neuter: $140.00
Distemper/Parvo Vaccine: $65.00
Food:$45.00 per dog/per month
Rabies Vaccine:$35.00

To donate, click the Donate button or mail donations to:

Green Pup Shelter
P.O. Box 728
Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047

We Need Foster Homes!

We are in desperate need of foster homes! Click here learn more about becoming a foster parent.

Our Mission: The Life of a Stray

"Within the heart of every stray,
lies the singular desire to be loved"

This simple fact is what has inspired the founders of Green Pup Shelter to expand their energy and resources to save and better the lives of unwanted and abandoned dogs. Each founder brings years of experience working in shelters and foster homes dedicated to rescuing and adopting out dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.

Saving one dog may not make a difference to the world, but it makes a difference to that one dog.

At Green Pup Shelter, every dog is special. Most come to us from kill shelters, often traumatized, always lonely and fearful. We provide the love, care and security many have once known but may have forgotten.

Dogs are not our whole life but they make our lives whole.

Taking in unwanted dogs, making them healthy and well, finding them a loving home and knowing that we have made their lives better is our reward. For the adopter, the reward is a loving, loyal and faithful companion. For the dog, the reward is obvious, life.

Green Pup Shelter is a no-kill shelter. Our goal is to recycle unwanted dogs.

This is our mission.

Archer's Journey

Last July, I found my forever home. It was a bit of a rough beginning, but oh, what a happy ending!

Archer 01

At first I was very upset any time I was left alone; I pooped in the house, I ate the blinds. I did not make my new parents very happy, but I just wanted to be with them all the time. Gradually, I became more secure and realized that every time they left, they came back home for me, so I stopped being so destructive.

I also wanted to lie on all the furniture, but my parents didn’t want that, and we finally reached a compromise where I have one designated sofa to sleep on.  Sometimes, when no one’s home though, I’ll sleep on a different one, but I’m careful to get off before they come in.  Shhh…don’t tell.

Archer 02

Then this summer, the most amazing thing happened. My Dad opened up a day care center just for dogs!  It’s called Central Bark Doggy Day Care and it’s located in Gurnee, IL. It’s a big place with indoor and outdoor play areas with pools and toys and lots of other dogs to play with. The best part, though, is that I get to go to work with my dad every day! I’m the official greeter and help to make all the new dogs welcome. If I don’t feel like playing, I can curl up on the couch in my Dad’s office and take a break.

Central Bark Photo

I am the luckiest dog ever! Thank you Green Pup Shelter for saving me and helping me find the perfect forever family for me!

Central BarkCentral Bark Doggy Day Care
3880 Grove Ave
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 672-6188




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