Getting to Know the Animal Shelters Near You

Whether you are looking to adopt a pet into your home or know of a pet in need of rescuing, the animal shelters near you can be a great resource. With so many pets in the world in need of a good home, you can make a difference in the life of a pet through adoption, and once you do, they will most likely take up residence in your heart as well.  If you are unable to bring a furry bundle of joy into your home but still have a heart to help there are many volunteer opportunities available at your local shelter. The whole family will enjoy serving together as they see the difference they are able to make in the life of these less fortunate animals. As you sacrifice your time you will be repaid with a warmth and joy that money can not buy. A financial gift is also a tremendous support in order to help these shelters continue to provide a safe place for these animals as well as the opportunity for them to enjoy a better quality of life.

This list  may help you to locate a shelter near you.

This is a partial list of animal shelters in the state of Illinois and is not intended to endorse a particular shelter.

*No Kill shelters

Organization  Address  Phone 
Animal Welfare League 6224 S. Wabash Avenue  773.667.0088
Anti-Cruelty Society 510 N. LaSalle Street  312.644.8338
Cats Are Purrsons, Too/ Touched by an Animal* (cats only)  PO Box 59067 Chicago, IL 773.728.6336
Chicago Canine Rescue* (dogs & cats)  5272 N. Elston Chicago,IL 773.697.8848
Red Door Animal Shelter* (cats, dogs, rabbits)
(formerly Chicago Community Humane Center) 
2406 W. Lunt 773.764.2242
City of Chicago Animal Care and Control 2741 S. Western Avenue  312.744.5000
Felines, Inc.* (cats only) 1962 W. Peterson Chicago, IL (temporary location) 773.465.4132
Harmony House* (cats only) 3809 N. Kedzie Chicago, IL 773.463.6667
Lake Shore Animal Shelter (dogs and cats only) 25 May Street and Foster Homes 312.409.1162
ARFhouse Chicago* (older, special needs dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.305.5690
Precious Pets Almost Home* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.250.7141
Puppy Love-Love Cats* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 312.636.1200
Windy City Animal Foundation* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.496.8024
Virtually Home Adoptions* (dogs and cats) Foster Homes 773.203.0215
PAWS Chicago* (dogs and cats) 1997 N. Clybourn Ave.  773.935.7297
Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue* (purebred cats only) Midwest Foster Homes n/a
South Suburbs 
Animal Welfare League (cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, rodents, reptiles) 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge (adoption center and clinic) 708.636.8586
Humane Society of Plainfield* (dogs and cats, sometimes takes orphaned kittens) 1347 N. Division, Plainfield 815.436.2700
Joliet Animal Control 2807 McDonough, Joliet 815.725.0333
People’s Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)* (dogs and cats) 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park  815.464.7298
P.A.C.T Humane Society* (dogs and cats, admits FeLV and FIV+ cast) P.O. Box 841 W.,  Downers Grove    630.375.7017 
South Suburban Humane Society (also has low cost spay/neuter services) 1103 W. End Avenue, Chicago Heights  708.755.7387
Tender Loving Care (TLC) (dogs and cats) 151st and Bell Road, Lockport 708.301.1594
Will County Humane Society* (dogs and cats) 24109 W. Seil Rd, Shorewood 815-741-0695
Northwest Suburbs    
Young At Heart* (senior cats,dogs) PO Box 1293 Palatine, IL  847-529-2025
Evanston Animal Shelter (dogs and cats) 2310 Oakton Street, Evanston  847.866.5080
Helping Paws Animal Welfare Association* (dogs and cats) 2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock 815.338.4400
Orphans of the Storm* (focuses on rescuing stray/abandoned cats) 2200 Riverwoods Rd, Deerfield 847.945.0235
Save-A-Pet* (dogs and cats) 31664 North Fairfield Rd. Grayslake, IL 847.740.7788
Skokie Animal Control (dogs and cats) 5127 W. Oakton, Skokie 847.933.8484
Stray’s Halfway House* (dogs and cats) P.O. Box 68811, Schaumburg 630.351.3150
Heartland Animal Shelter* (dogs and cats) 2975 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook 847-296-6400  
Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.)(dogs and cats) PO Box 1964, Evanston 847-705-2653
Western Suburbs    
Anderson Animal Shelter (dogs and cats) 1000 S. La Fox Road, South Elgin 847.697.2881
Bolingbrook Animal Care & Control (dogs and cats) 775 W. Briar Cliff, Bolingbrook 630.759.0469
DuPage County Animal Control (dogs and cats) 120 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton 630.682.7197
Fox Valley Animal Welfare (dogs and cats) 600 W. River St. Aurora, IL 630.256.3640
Hinsdale Humane Society (dogs and cats) 22 N. Elm Street, Hinsdale 630.323.5630
Naperville Humane Society (dogs and cats) 1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville 630.420.8989
Oak Park Animal Control (dogs and cats) 1 Village Hall Plaza, Oak Park 708.358.5680
Oak Park Animal Care League (dogs and cats) 1013 W. Garfield, Oak Park 708.848.8155
Recycling Animals In Need
Foster Homes, admit animals primiraly from other shelters P.O. Box 810, Hinckley 815.286.3042
West Suburban Humane Society* 1901 W. Ogden Road, Downers Grove 630.960.9600
A.D.O.P.T* (special needs cats and dogs) 420 Industrial Drive, Naperville 630-355-2299
Cat Guardians* (cats only) 932 E. St. Charles Rd, Lombard 630-543-3395
Outside Chicagoland    
Assisi Animal Foundation* (dogs and cats, has trap-neuter-return feral cat program) P.O. Box 143, Crystal Lake 815.455.9411
Independent Cat Society*
(no kill, cageless cat shelter)
P.O. Box 735, Westville
(Route 6 and Porter/LaPorte County Line Road)
Pets-In-Need* (dogs and cats) P.O. Box 58, Ringwood 815.728.1462
Fried’s Cat Shelter* 509 Highway 212, Michigan City, Indiana 219.874.6932
Dekalb County Animal Shelter (dogs and cats) 16173 Baseline Rd, Genoa 815.784.5924a
H.E.L.P* (dogs and cats) Fox Valley area- foster homes only 877.364.2286
Quad City Animal Welfare Center* (dogs and cats, as well as low cost vet care) 724 W. 2nd Ave, Milan 309-787-6830
Friends of Strays* (dogs and cats, admits FIV+ and FeLV+ cats) 2845 North Main Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary* (dogs and cats) 111 N. 1st St, Rockford 815-962-2767
Foster Pet Outreach* (dogs and cats) PO Box 5084, Peoria, foster homes only 309-682-1122
Project Hope Humane Society* (dogs and cats) PO Box 125 1698 W. 10th , Metropolis 618-524-8939
Second Chance Pet Adoption Organization* (cats only) PO Box 91916, Elk Grove Village- foster homes only 847.670.4714
Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS)* (dogs and cats) 2675 Allentown Rd, Pekin 309-353-8277
(Waggin’ Tales) Animal Protective League* (dogs and cats) 1001 Taintor Rd, Springfield 217-544-7387


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