Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all healthy and treatable shelter animals by combating
homelessness through the power of community engagement
• Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter the shelters each year in the USA
• 1.3 million are euthanized because shelters lack space to take care of them
• Chicago Animal Care and Control takes in between 16,000-20,000 animals annually
• Chicago Animal Care and Control has under 330 kennel spaces and must take every homeless animal
Chicago Animal Care and Control is one of our two open admissions shelters. This means they take in all homeless animals. Their intake is up 7.5% from 2017.* Unfortunately while the number of animals being dropped off increases, shelter capacities do not – and this means that more animals are euthanized and will be killed simply due to lack of space and resources.
Our goal is for all healthy and treatable dogs and cats to leave shelters by finding loving homes through foster care and/or permanent adoption, or better yet – never enter a shelter to begin with. Learn more about our mission here.
*Source: Chicago Animal Care and Control 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Annual Report