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Our Featured Crystal Lake, IL Partner:

Assisi Animal Foundation

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We are located in McHenry County Illinois.

About Our Shelter:

The A.A.F. is a 501 C-3 not-for-profit corporation and one of America's first no-kill and cageless animal shelters. The foundation is named after St. Francis of Assisi, the early champion of animals.

Our Mission Statement:

The A.A.F. is dedicated to providing shelter, care and, when appropriate, re-homing suitable animals to caring, permanent homes. We abide by a no-kill policy, which allows for euthanasia only under professional veterinary assessment, recommendation and administration in cases of terminal illness which cause suffering, in cases of injury too severe to repair, or in cases of such severe aggression that it is a threat to other shelter residents and caregivers is present. The A.A.F. is dedicated to educating the public on such issues that impact on animal welfare, preservation and protection, developing humane attitudes and compassion in youg people, providing a pet therapy program to nursing centers and providing a continuing care program for dogs and cats. The A.A.F. is dedicated to improving and protecting sentient life.

Unfortunately, our space and resources are not infinite. We operate on an appointment basis, to be sure that someone knowledgeable about the animals is on hand to serve adopters or visitors.

Come Meet our Pets:

We have cats available for adoption at the adoption center at the Petsmart on Route 14 in Crystal Lake . You can meet them any day of the week.

We also bring adoptable animals to they Crystal Lake Petco on Rout 14 the second Sunday of each month from 10 AM until 1 PM.

On the last Saturday of each month, we participate in the adoption event at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee from 10 AM until 3 PM.

Our Adoption Process:

Adoptions are by appointment only. Please e-mail us at for more information or call the shelter at (815) 455-9411 to set up an adoption appointment.

We maintain regular business hours from 9-5 Monday through Friday, and until 2 PM on Saturday and 12 PM on Sunday.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.