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.
At the beginning, the ACL did not have a physical shelter to house animals. Instead, supporters cared for animals in their homes until a permanent home could be found. This personal touch was very nice, however, it greatly limited the number of animals that could be helped and made the adoption process very slow. In the late 1970s, the Animal Care League rented its first shelter, relocating to a new building a few years later. For many years the shelter worked out of this small facility, but in 1998 we moved again to our current location. We have the capacity to house up to thirty-three dogs, more than 120 cats and many other little critters such as birds, rabbits, mice, snakes and even chickens.
From the very beginning, the ACL has had a policy of keeping adoptable animals until we could find them a home and this is still in practice today. This means that no matter how long it takes, we keep an adoptable animal with us until we find that right loving home. Even though the number of animals coming through our doors for help each year has increased by 100 percent in the last several years alone, we firmly believe in this policy and will continue to give every animal the best opportunity possible to find a new home. We have accomplished this by taking proactive approaches to animal care and adoption as well as preventative measures to help reduce the number of homeless animals in our communities.
The Animal Care League works very hard to keep our animals healthy, reduce the number and severity of behavior problems and to act proactively in finding new homes for our pets.
Meet some of our adoptable pets at Petco, River Forest (Lake Street and Harlem Ave), every Sunday 11am-3pm!
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.