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Chicago Animal Care and Control

Chicago Animal Care and Control Official page for Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC): Your guide to helping Chicago’s homeless pets by adopting, volunteering, fostering and donating.

Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is committed to protecting public safety and ensuring the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education, and animal law enforcement. As Chicago’s only open-admission, municipal animal shelter and control facility, CACC provides a centralized resource for animal-related services for Chicago residents, and promotes the humane stewardship o

Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is committed to protecting public safety and ensuring the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education, and animal law enforcement. As Chicago’s only open-admission, municipal animal shelter and control facility, CACC provides a centralized resource for animal-related services for Chicago residents, and promotes the humane stewardship o

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Happy Caturday! Check out some of our cats and kittens available for adoption today. #Caturday #adoptasheltercat

Atlanta was so excited to finally be going home, that she could hardly contain herself! It was a delight to this girl fi...
04/22/2022

Atlanta was so excited to finally be going home, that she could hardly contain herself! It was a delight to this girl finally walk out the door! We are so happy to see our adoption numbers increase slowly but surely, and so grateful to the staff and volunteers that make this happen every day. Most of all, thanks to our adopters! We appreciate you! ❤️🙏🌸 #Chicago #AdoptaShelterDog #happyendings

04/22/2022

Good morning from another one of our amazing volunteers, Nat, and one of our amazing wiggly pups, Boogie! Rain or shine, Nat rushes over to the shelter nearly every day after work to walk the dogs or introduce them to potential new families in Spanish or English! Her bubbly personality and people skills are appreciated all-around. Thank you for all your time and dedication, Nat, and for recruiting your husband to volunteer, too! We appreciate you! #nationalvolunteerweek #volunteerssavelives #grattitude

04/21/2022

Thanks to Julia for your passion and dedication to the animals at CACC and for introducing the world to sweet Aster!

04/21/2022

Kathy is one of our longest-term volunteers and she's had a direct hand in so many amazing program advancements! We are so grateful for the kindness and dedication Kathy has shown and continues to show to our shelter animals and to all the wonderful people who join her to volunteer at the shelter. #nationalvolunteerappreciationweek

Lydale and Mechalae had been thinking of adopting a dog for a while, but when they heard the news that the shelter was o...
04/21/2022

Lydale and Mechalae had been thinking of adopting a dog for a while, but when they heard the news that the shelter was over capacity, that was the push they needed to take action. They found our website, filled out our simple online questionnaire, and today one of our dedicated volunteers introduced them to their new best friend, Giselle (FKA Tropicana)! She was the first and only dog they met. As soon as they saw her, they knew that she was perfect for them! If you are looking for your new best friend, mark your calendars for May 7th and 8th for the next EmptyThe Shelters fee-waived, walk-in adoption event thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation. For more information, visit Chicago.gov/cacc. #AdoptAShelterDog #TheyNeedYouNow

04/21/2022

We are so proud of our "Program Dogs" that work with our amazing partners Safe Humane Chicago if you are looking to adopt a dog who has proven skills, manners, and an all-around wonderful personality, ask to meet one of them when you come in! #adoptashelterdog #skills #bettertogether #partners

04/20/2022

Thanks so much to volunteer Donna for your pure heart and endless dedication to all of our dogs - especially those that need the most help. 🙏❤️😊

We’ve been super-focused on dogs lately, but we haven’t forgotten about our cats! Strangely, while dog intake continues ...
04/20/2022

We’ve been super-focused on dogs lately, but we haven’t forgotten about our cats! Strangely, while dog intake continues to be high, cat transfers and adoptions have been so great, that our cat population has been relatively small. Last week, Alexis and Desmond came in to adopt two kittens but we didn’t have any to show them! Although they were disappointed, they agreed to meet the ONLY cat left that was ready to be adopted that day - a big, black, 4-year-old retired Tom cat with patchy hair and old battle scars. Oftentimes these are the kinds of cats who sell themselves. After living “rough” they are so grateful for the “3 hots and a cot” they get at the shelter and that makes for some great meet and greets with adopters! It didn’t take long for this caring young couple to become smitten with this big kitten! They named him Zahir and he’s thriving under their care! Thanks to Alexis and Desmond for being open to an “overlooked” kitty and appreciating his imperfections as much as his big purrsonality! #Adoptasheltercat #whiskerwednesday

04/19/2022

Thanks to Brett for spending quality time with our dogs - rain or shine - and your good-natured open-mindedness. We appreciate you! #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek

04/19/2022

Thanks to Alicia for her unwavering dedication to our dogs - even coming in early for months to lead our dog bed repair team before walking hours started. We appreciate you! #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek

04/18/2022

It's #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek! All week we'll be doing live interviews with some of our amazing volunteers - they are all so dedicated and camera-shy we have to put them on the spot! First up is Lenora - who has been with us for three years and says it's the best thing she's done in her retirement! We appreciate you, Lenora!

Thanks to alumni dog extraordinaire Athena and her mom Melissa and to so many others who answered our request for donati...
04/18/2022

Thanks to alumni dog extraordinaire Athena and her mom Melissa and to so many others who answered our request for donations of blankets and towels last week - we really appreciate it! #bettertogether

As we wrap up #nationalanimalcontrolofficerappreciationweek 2022, we want to thank our animal control officers and inspe...
04/18/2022

As we wrap up #nationalanimalcontrolofficerappreciationweek 2022, we want to thank our animal control officers and inspectors for all they do every day to help keep Chicago’s animals and people safe. We appreciate you! Keep up the great work!

Our work never ends…ACO Loza rescued these two from the Dan Ryan Woods yesterday. The dogs are friendly with each other,...
04/17/2022

Our work never ends…
ACO Loza rescued these two from the Dan Ryan Woods yesterday. The dogs are friendly with each other, so may have lived together. We hope someone will come forward to claim them. Otherwise they’ll be available for rescue or adoption soon. Thanks for getting them to safety, ACO Loza!#nationalanimalcontrolofficerappreciationweek

04/17/2022

Hoppy Easter (to those who celebrate) from Eggo! This friendly bunny is a staff favorite for his friendly, easy-going nature. Each day our Animal Care Clerks spoil him with fresh parsley, lettuce and other veggies they pick up for him on their way in. He enjoys them while hopping around the lobby while they clean his kennel. Eggo is available for adoption or transfer. If you’re interested, email [email protected]. #adoptabunny

04/16/2022

Inspector Howard’s got Skills! Recently our Animal Control Inspectors participated in chemical immobilization training to refresh their skills to safely and humanely tranquilize animals.

This is mostly used to rescue injured wildlife like deer and coyotes when safety is a concern.

Pics of Glendel the Deer in the comments - a new target for practice 🎯 #NationalAnimalCareandControlAppreciationWeek

❤ Check out this letter from Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control! ❤Truly a breed apart.You are there before anyon...
04/15/2022

❤ Check out this letter from Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control! ❤
Truly a breed apart.
You are there before anyone else, answering the calls of distress when Chicago animals are in trouble. The situations are often out of control, dangerous for you, citizens, and animals in ways those of us leading ordinary lives can’t imagine. (Just when we think we’ve heard it all, another After Hours Crisis Care case shocks us to the core of our being.)
Thank you for being the tough, smart, caring individuals the job of Animal Control Officer requires.
Thank you for thinking through each case to make sure animals in trouble get the care they need.
You may not receive the accolades that shine continuously on fire fighters and police officers. But your work is just as dangerous and demanding as those professions. Please know that your performance, particularly with the After-Hours Crisis Care Program, is held in the highest regard possible.
We all appreciate every life saved, every animal comforted, every person you’ve helped get through a heartbreaking time. Thank you! #nationalanimalcontrolofficerappreciationweek2022

04/15/2022

In Kennel Enrichment with Terry in Pavilion G! Meet Paradisa working on her THIRD kong of the day!

04/15/2022

It's #FrisbeeFriday with Hank in Pavilion D!

This lucky goose got a second chance at a good life thanks to ACO Calin! She responded to a call from a concerned reside...
04/15/2022

This lucky goose got a second chance at a good life thanks to ACO Calin! She responded to a call from a concerned resident who found her badly injured on the northwest side. ACO Calin was relieved to see her drinking water eagerly, and hopes it means she’s on her way to a speedy recovery. Thanks, ACO Calin for caring for all creatures great and small. ❤️

#bettertogether Thanks to Central Steel and Wire for collecting donations for our shelter animals. We’ve already put the...
04/14/2022

#bettertogether Thanks to Central Steel and Wire for collecting donations for our shelter animals. We’ve already put the shelter supplies to good use, and Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control will use the funds to support their essential programming like the After Hours Crisis Care program. If you are part of a group that wants to help our shelter animals, start a collection and send us an email. We always try to arrange a time for a photo op and to meet some of the animals you are supporting like sweet Taylor. #bettertogether #thankfulthursday

It's not easy to select just a few of ACO Aguilar's favorite photos from his 31-year career at CACC. As the unofficial p...
04/13/2022

It's not easy to select just a few of ACO Aguilar's favorite photos from his 31-year career at CACC. As the unofficial photographer of our Field Services staff, ACO Aguilar always has his camera handy, and he's never tired of documenting all of the amazing animals he has a hand in rescuing nearly every day. ACO Aguilar is fascinated by all animals, but his favorites are snakes! "It's amazing to see them in the City," he says. "But they can be dangerous, especially if they're not cared for properly." His favorite snake rescue was of an Anaconda left behind in an apartment. "That guy was lucky he didn't get squeezed to death," he said. "Wild animals are better off in the wild." In addition to dogs, cats, and snakes, ACO Aguilar has rescued lots of other species of animals including turtles, woodpeckers, beavers, foxes, coyotes, alligators, goats, roosters, mini horses, hawks, owls, rabbits, and roosters. He loves the variety of the job. "Every day has been an adventure since I started 31 years ago," he said. "I love working with animals of all kinds." ACO Aguilar's passion and dedication to his work even led him to be a recipient of a "Chicago's Finest and Kindest" award from our partners Safe Humane Chicago for his work on a cruelty investigation in which he and other officers rescued 5 dogs from deplorable conditions. He says that receiving that award was a highlight of his career. When he's not rescuing animals for the City, ACO Aguilar is usually resting at home with his family including his 15-year-old dog, Panzon. We salute ACO Aguilar for his passion and dedication to his work and to the people and animals of Chicago. Thank you! #nationalanimalcontrolofficerappreciationweek

We're low on blankets again. With so many animals coming in these days, we go through them quickly. Please donate any bl...
04/13/2022

We're low on blankets again. With so many animals coming in these days, we go through them quickly. Please donate any blankets, towels, pillowcases, sheets, bath mats, etc. Large blankets are needed the most. They can be dropped off any day between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. or mailed to CACC, 2741 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60608. Thank you for caring about our animals! #bettertogether

Saving lives BEFORE they come into the shelter is just as important as doing so after they enter our doors! These are ju...
04/12/2022

Saving lives BEFORE they come into the shelter is just as important as doing so after they enter our doors! These are just three of FIVE stray dogs that ACO Hernandez returned to their homes yesterday instead of bringing them into our crowded shelter. He was able to do this because they were microchipped! Please microchip your pets and keep your information updated - they work! Great job, ACO Hernandez, and thank you for your service! #animalcontrolofficerappreciationweek #microchipswork #happyendings

04/11/2022

Happy National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week! Stay tuned for posts from our officers throughout the rest of the week. #NationalAnimalControlOfficerAppreciationWeek

04/11/2022
I Believe You

We at Chicago Animal Care and Control believe survivors of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call or text 1-888-293-2080. It is free and confidential. #SAAM

❤Happy National Pet Day!🐶🐱🐭🐹🐰🐔We're so happy that as of yesterday, Jasmine, Gonzalo, Bunsen, and Amira are officially so...
04/11/2022

❤Happy National Pet Day!🐶🐱🐭🐹🐰🐔
We're so happy that as of yesterday, Jasmine, Gonzalo, Bunsen, and Amira are officially someone's pet again! We love seeing our friends happy in their new homes. Let's see your furry friends here! And be sure to tell everyone you know that if they send us their completed adoption questionnaire on or before April 17th, the adoption fee will be waived for their new BFF! #adoptashelterdog #adoptasheltercat #chicago #NationalPetDay #TheyNeedYouNow

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2741 S. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL
60608

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Monday 12pm - 7pm
Tuesday 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday 12pm - 7pm
Thursday 12pm - 7pm
Friday 12pm - 7pm
Saturday 12pm - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 7pm

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+1 (312) 744-5000

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Happy safe new years from my family to yours 🙏 love Black Bell ❤️❤️❤️
This is our second Christmas with Eevy (formerly Social D). We love her so much!!!! She is such a good girl!
Rosehill cemetery has a family of coyotes with a real bad case if mange . I called 311 when I first seen them a month ago, I reported them to the cemetery and animal control. Is there anyway someone can direct me to who might be able to get these guys outta there ?!??!
Please sign this petition!
Merry Christmas from kitty alums I adopted from you this year (Ripley fka Candy in February & Kiwa in July). House would feel so empty without their friendship & antics
Can something be done for these Coyotes in Rosehill cemetery, they have terrible mange and WON'T survive the Winter
We need help at the West Ridge Nature Park! Multiple requests have been made by our members and Rosehill Cemetery staff for CACC to come and trap several adult and young coyotes who have mange! Flint Creek Wildlife Rehab has said that they will treat them but cannot trap them. We have tried to reach out to the Urban Coyote Project but there is no contact info on their site. Please help us!
Happy gotcha day sabady I got her today thank you cacc so much she is my pride and joy
Black Bell is just precious
Our new member seems to be fitting in beautifully
Is there anyone I can contact an animal control? This is for a friend who I know is an amazing dog owner... HELP ME & MY DOGS..... Last month I was walking my dog Bluto one last time before we settle down for the evening. As I walked down the block from where I live, I heard a woman's voice say something to me about "beating my dog" or "I should stop beating my dog" or something like that, followed by "if that actually is your dog?" So when the woman in the distance suggested that maybe I stole my dog, I walked home, to get away from whatever weirdo was making these crazy accusations from half a block away. 20 minutes later I heard a knock at my door, to which upon answering, was the police. They had me come outside,they asked me if I own a dog, I said yes I own four. and then I was told I was being arrested for animal cruelty because I was identified by a person who stated I had abused my dog while walking him. At that point I started asking a whole lot of questions,turns out the woman that was yelling at me on the street had called the police and without any proof or evidence of any kind without any Witnesses, stated that I was abusing my dog. How they knew where I lived is a mystery. My dog is an 80 lb Pitbull, lean and muscular. Nothing hurts this guy, but I can't possibly think of what they thought I did. I've never heard of anyone being arrested without any proof of any kind & just on someone word. It usually becomes my word against theirs and no one gets arrested. However I did go to jail. For animal cruelty/ abuse. And without my permission they went into my house and confiscated all 4 dogs and are holding them at Animal Care and Control. When I got out of jail I called animal care and control but no one will talk to me to this day. I have not had any information from these people I have gone to court and they are trying to take my dogs, they have been continually trying to get me to relinquish my dogs which I've had for years, all because, as I found out, because of a Kick. The woman on the street that called the police, said I kicked Bluto, which I didn't, but is ridiculous in itself, as that does not prove someone is an animal abuser because of a kick. If they succeed in taking my dogs from me, they will put four more dogs in an already congested and stressed system, for adoption. And because my dogs are all older and most people do not adopt older dogs,& Animal Care control does not give a whole lot of time for an animal to be adopted, it's essentially a death sentence for my dogs so they are trying to take my dogs away from a happy family, so they can basically put them down. what is the point of that? If there is anyone who knows anybody who works at animal control or knows of any lawyers that would work pro bono if there's anyone that can help me at all with keeping my family together I certainly would appreciate anything anyone can offer. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a loving and doting parent to my for dogs and of my past dogs this is something I never thought would happen to me and it can happen to anyone if it's this simple
Please help. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😪😫😫😫😫😫