<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/localen-usMon, 21 Oct 2019 23:43:32 -0500Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:43:32 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>375079121Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[The Dodo]]>375261051Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:30:25 -0500]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>375076821Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Videos]]>435018403Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:48:24 -0500]]><![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>375075991Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>375074331Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>378846201Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:15:32 -0500]]><![CDATA[Adoptable Pets Near You]]>375077641Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:33:04 -0500]]><![CDATA[Second Chances]]>375069981Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Oct. 20, 2019]]>563496162Sun, 20 Oct 2019 10:02:57 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittycts.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two adorable kittens in need of a Chicago-area home. Looking to adopt? Check this latest segment out.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Oct. 19. 2019]]>563442242Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:35:13 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cutiedoggie.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two adorable doggies in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Oct. 12, 2019]]>562906772Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:37:16 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ctsoctober.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on 6-year-old "Goldie" and 3-year-old "Girl," both dogs in need of a Chicago-area forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago Unveils Community Center in Englewood]]>562765861Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:01:20 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+paws+chicago+englewood.png

PAWS Chicago is looking to expand its signature “no kill” shelter program to the city’s South Side, as the organization has opened a new community center in the Englewood neighborhood.

On Thursday, the organization unveiled its new community center, dedicated to providing much-needed services to area residents.

The new outreach center, located in the basement of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church on West 65th Street, will offer an on-site veterinarian to offer medical care for animals, and residents are thrilled that they will now be able to give their pets high-quality care much closer to home.

“Now that they are here I can bring Coco (my dog) here to get checked up because I am a senior citizen,” resident Gloria Capler said.

For the past five years, PAWS Chicago has run a mobile canvassing unit dedicated to helping spay and neuter pets in the Englewood community.

“When we started here five years ago, 90 percent of the animals weren’t fixed,” PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas said. “They’ve done incredible work here.”

In addition to medical services and spaying and neutering, PAWS will stock a pet food pantry to distribute food and other supplies to needy families. The organization also announced that it will expand its “trap, neuter, and release” program to help control the homeless cat population.

Since PAWS began working in the neighborhood, the organization says it has helped more than 6,500 families and over 13,000 pets.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Oct. 6, 2019]]>562329892Sun, 06 Oct 2019 10:14:41 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittens2.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two insanely adorable kittens in need of a home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Oct. 5, 2019]]>562262032Sat, 05 Oct 2019 09:33:20 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chihuahuacts.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the latest details on two adorable puppies, Bat and Spaghetti, who are in need of a forever home in the Chicago area.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Sept. 29, 2019]]>561700922Sun, 29 Sep 2019 14:48:57 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/doggietrotter.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on two dogs in need of a Chicago-area forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Sept. 28, 2019]]>561617602Sat, 28 Sep 2019 10:35:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTSkitties.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on two adorable kittens in need of a forever home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[New Adoption Center in Northwest Suburbs Designed For Senior Pets]]>561566712Fri, 27 Sep 2019 19:45:44 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/elderly+pet+adotion+center.jpg

A new adoption center designed just for senior pets in the northwest suburbs hopes to help more animals find homes. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Sept. 22, 2019]]>561037602Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:55:39 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ctsdoggies.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two doggies in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Sept. 21, 2019]]>560967782Sat, 21 Sep 2019 10:11:53 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittengold.png

NBC 5's Art Norman has all the details on two beautiful kittens in need of a forever home. Looking to adopt? Check this segment out.]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Euthanized After Boarding Heartbreak in North Texas]]>560707941Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:39:45 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Grover-091819.jpg

Imagine boarding your dog before vacation, then finding out after you leave, the company is going out of business. That's what happened to one North Texas man, but the story doesn't end there.

Rob Johnson said he dropped his best friend Grover off to be boarded late last month. Just six days later Johnson was at the vet to get Grover euthanized.

"He was my road dog. He was there with me through good times, through death of parents, through major transitions in your life," Johnson said.

Johnson said he dropped off his 12-year-old goldendoodle at The Doggie Oasis in The Colony, a suburb of Dallas Texas, on Aug. 28. The next day, while on business in North Carolina, he got a call saying the company was abruptly closing. He said he was shocked, but was told someone would be there to watch Grover until Johnson returned.

When he went to pick up his dog on Sept. 3, Johnson said the dog was in terrible condition and breathing heavily.

"When I walked in he was laying on the floor and he just looked spent. He didn't even get up to greet me when I walked in," Johnson said. "So I looked at him and I looked at the girl and I said, 'What happened?'"

He said he had counted out daily heart pills for Grover and measured dog food, but much of it was returned.

"Because the medicines are expensive, I counted out the exact amount of meds that he would need for his stay and the amount of food he would need for his stay. When I got back, they gave me meds back and almost half of his food back like he never even received them," Johnson said.

He took him to the vet that same day to get him checked out and said after four hours, he had to make the tough decision to put him down.

"As a pet owner, your dog is always there to protect you and I feel like I let him down because I wasn't there to protect him," Johnson said.

Johnson said he blamed the company for not warning him at dropoff that it was closing. He's also concerned about the care his dog received, but acknowledged with his age and heart condition, it's impossible to know exactly what happened.

NBC 5 spoke with the owner of The Doggie Oasis. She claimed they took care of the dog and gave him the appropriate amount of food and medication.

As for shutting down, she said the decision was made suddenly for financial reasons.

NBC 5 also tracked down the property manager who said he was caught off guard too. He said they put up a lockout notice after they noticed The Doggie Oasis left the space. The property manager said they planned to go after her for future rent money because she abandoned her lease.

Between the cost of boarding and the veterinary bill, he said he spent more than $800. Although he wished he was reimbursed, Johnson said he'd rather the owner never be able to go into the dog boarding business again.



Photo Credit: Rob Johnson]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Sept. 15, 2019]]>560393892Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:08:30 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittenandy.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has all the details regarding two kittens in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Sept. 14, 2019]]>560324022Sat, 14 Sep 2019 09:26:00 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puppiessat.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the latest details on two adorable puppies in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Sept. 8, 2019]]>559742112Sun, 08 Sep 2019 10:05:30 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittycutie.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two adorable little kitties, Lucky Day and Bubbles, in need of a Chicago-area home.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Sept. 7, 2019]]>559665132Sat, 07 Sep 2019 09:42:40 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/browndog.png

Looking to adopt a dog in the Chicago-area? NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two dogs in need of a forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Pups Looking for a New Home]]>558936312Sat, 31 Aug 2019 17:10:12 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+adorable+dogs+8-31.png

Two adorable pooches are looking for new homes, and Andy Avalos introduces you to them in today's Clear the Shelters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Pups Looking for New Home]]>558199632Sun, 25 Aug 2019 11:53:51 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+8-25.png

A pair of adorable pups are looking for a new home, and NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter met them in today's Clear the Shelters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Aug. 24, 2019]]>558101172Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:45:35 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittiesbw.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on two adorable black and white kitties in need of a Chicago-area forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[2019 'Clear the Shelters' a Success]]>554895762Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:31:41 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+2019.jpg

Thank you to everyone who helped with a successful 'Clear the Shelters.' NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago joined forces with dozens of area animal shelters on Saturday to waive adoption fees. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the story. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019]]>551415052Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:13:13 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/196*120/kittens1.png

A day after NBC and Telemundo's annual 'Clear the Shelters' event, lots of kittens are still in need of a forever home in the area. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Building Fur-Ever Friendships in the Chicago Area]]>549391491Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:10:56 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelter+boy+dog.jpg]]><![CDATA[Breaking Down the Pet Adoption Process]]>545027512Fri, 16 Aug 2019 07:51:45 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2019-08-15+at+3.44.42+PM.png

Thinking about pet adoption but feeling unsure or overwhelmed? The ASPCA's Kelly DiCicco breaks down the process of adopting and acclimating your new pet to your home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Things to Do Around Chicago This Weekend: Aug. 16-18 ]]>544919541Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:15:48 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/BF1A5889.jpg

Whether you have two legs or four, there are plenty of options for you this weekend in Chicago. 

Clear the Shelters

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption event hosted by NBCUniversal TV studios that aims to get animals into the loving homes they need. More than 100,000 pets were adopted for last year's event. Shelters across the country, including many in the Chicago area, will waive or discount adoptions fees to help pets find their fur-ever homes. 

When: August 17

Where: Nationwide. Find a participating shelter near you here 

 

Edison Park Fest

Edison Park Fest first started in 1972 as a sidewalk sale on Northwest Highway. The annual community fundraiser draws about 20,000 people, and proceeds help free community programs and beautification projects.

When: August 16-18

Where: Edison Park

Time:  Friday 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $5 donation

 

Chicago Air and Water Show

This is the largest free show of its kind in the United States, according to the city of Chicago website. The show can be seen along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street and from Ohio Street Beach. Food vendors will be stationed along the lakefront selling food like hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.

When: August 17-18

Where: North Avenue Beach

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission: Free

 

Sangria Festival Chicago

What’s better than sipping on some sangria in the park?

When: August 17-18 

Where: 3021 W Division St. 3015 West Division Street, Humboldt Park Chicago, IL. 60622

Time: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $15-$95

 

Chicago Caribbean Carnival Parade & Festival

"A unique Caribbean experience celebrating a day of traditions, food music, culture among people."

When: August 17

Where: Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance Park Chicago, IL 60637

Time: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission: Free

 

Kilbourn Park Summer Festival

An event that aims to encourage the enhancement of the neighborhood while offering up DJ music, food, and plenty of fun activities.

When: August 17

Where: Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave. Chicago, IL. 60641

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission: Free

 

Live on the Lake!

A variety of performances and a beautiful view of the summer fireworks at night.

When: August 17 

Where: Miller Lite Beer Garden, Navy Pier 

Time: 2 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

 

Pilsen Fest

A festival to appreciate the Latino community and cultural talents.

When: August 17-18

Where: Pilsen, 1800 S. Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL. 60608 

Time: 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Admission: Donation

 

Gelato Festival

Enjoy all you can eat gelato! Need we say more? 

When: August 17-18

Where: Taylor Street

Time: Saturday 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Admission: $25

 

Logan Square Stir-Up

It’s a bartender competition! Who will make the best drinks? Come and find out!

When: August18  

Where: Logan Square Auditorium

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission: $55



Photo Credit: Josh Feeney]]>
<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago Has Advice For Those Looking to Adopt]]>542986232Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:27:41 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pawschicago.png

The annual Clear the Shelters event is fast approaching. If you’re looking to adopt, PAWS Chicago recommends not overlooking dogs and cats who have been at the shelters for a while, or the ones with special needs. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Urges Adopters Not to Forget Pets With Special Needs]]>542866091Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:59:54 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mattie+in+tutu+Photo+by+Mak+Lukas.jpg

When it comes to rescuing animals from a shelter, there are some pets that are often overlooked — those with special needs.

Trainers at a Chicago shelter say long-term dogs and cats often go unnoticed by many who come for the animals’ younger, more typical counterparts.

Joan Harris, the director of Paws Chicago’s Canine Behavior and Training, said adopters shouldn’t pass on long-term animals or those with special needs without giving them a chance.

"If you look at the specific environment, that's why sometimes it takes a little bit longer for these dogs to get adopted, becuase we're looking for that specific environment," she said. 

Mattie, a lovable and energetic pit-lab mix who was in need of extra attention, sat at Paws Chicago for almost a year before she found a home willing to take her in.

It was all because a volunteer at the shelter dressed Mattie up in a tutu and walked her around Chicago. The outfit quickly gained attention on social media.

“We started walking up and down Armitage and through the streets of Chicago wearing her tutu," said volunteer Mark Lucas. "And suddenly people who would step aside because 'Let that big dog through' were like 'Oh my God she's so cute. Can I say hello?' And she was getting posted and everybody started talking about Mattie and this dog that was going through Chicago with her tutu and that kind of got the ball rolling." 

That’s when Emma Turbyville came along and adopted Mattie.

“She’s just a sweetheart, really,” Turbyville said.

Lucas urges people to “come in with a clean slate.”

“Walk into the shelter and maybe ask about who is your longest-term guest and start there, because the shelter will have a wealth of knowledge about that animal,” he said.

For more information on Chicago-area shelters participating in NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign, click here



Photo Credit: Mark Lucas]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Saturday Event Preview]]>538179052Mon, 12 Aug 2019 18:44:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/previewctstrotter.png

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago's annual Clear the Shelters event is just five days away. On Saturday, dozens of animal shelters will waive their adoption fees to encourage people to adopt a homeless animal. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the preview.]]>
<![CDATA[Help 'Clear the Shelters' Today Across Chicago Area]]>537664681Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:15:54 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/adoption+CTS.jpg

Today is the day! NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago teamed up with animal shelters across the Chicago area to help pets in need find fur-ever homes.

It's all part of the pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters, which takes place nationwide from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as hundreds of shelters will waive or discount fees during the one-day adoption drive. 

Find an animal shelter near you!

More than 1,400 shelters and rescues have already registered to participate in this year's campaign.

Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

Get to know participating Chicago-area shelters

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.

Last year, more than 100,000 pets were adopted from over 1,200 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 256,688 pets find forever homes.

Get to know the Chicago-area shelters participating in the 2019 event here. Adoption policies for each shelter still apply during the Clear the Shelters event.

See a full list of participating shelters here


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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019]]>534674002Sun, 11 Aug 2019 08:41:06 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittenbaw.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two adorable kitten siblings, Yin and Yang, in need of a forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Aug. 10, 2019]]>532285122Sun, 11 Aug 2019 08:48:55 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ctsaug.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the latest details on two beautiful dogs in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Photographer Captures Shelter Animals in Incredible Images]]>526002321Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:44:31 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/BB3A3445.jpgPhotographer Josh Feeney initially wanted to volunteer to walk dogs at Chicago's Animal Care and Control, but quickly discovered he could offer something even better for the adorable animals looking for their fur-ever homes. Now, he shows off the dogs' real personalities in incredible photos in hopes of finding them a family.

Photo Credit: Josh Feeney]]>
<![CDATA[Gator Robb Reveals He May Bring Home Another Chicago Animal]]>526120922Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:20:37 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEBGatorRobbCTS_3721566_16201769_926.JPG

The alligator expert who famously captured the elusive reptile in a Chicago lagoon doesn’t just have a soft spot for cold-blooded creatures – he also has one for dogs.]]>
<![CDATA[Gator Robb May Bring Another Chicago Animal Home to Florida]]>525604181Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:51:30 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/67119096_133890594493094_2337118447687304305_n.jpg

Looks like Chance the Snapper isn’t the only animal Frank "Gator" Robb plans to take home from Chicago.

The alligator expert who famously captured the elusive reptile in a Chicago lagoon doesn’t just have a soft spot for cold-blooded creatures – he also has one for dogs. Robb has already rescued three furry friends so far, and he said he is expecting to take home a fourth – this time from the Windy City.

"At some point here soon I'm going to have a rescue dog from Chicago – there’s no way around it,” he told NBC 5 while he was in town this week.

After a long day of wrangling dangerous reptiles, Robb said his rescue pups are what keeps him grounded.

“They have so much love to give and it just doesn’t matter how bad your day is going, you come home to a dog or a cat or whatever it might be – it could be another animal too – it makes your day," he said.

Robb’s three rescue dogs include 5-year-old Opy, 4-year-old Marble and 4-year-old Blitz – all Shetlands.

Opy was the first dog rescued by Robb, who said the animal was mistreated and kept in a box on his neighbor’s front porch.

"[The owners] were dropping food in but no one was letting them out," Robb said. "He was covered in all kinds of bad things as you can imagine. He was on the verge of not making it."

Robb took in one of the dogs from the porch and his friend took in another.

His next two pups began with similar stories of abuse.

"Imagine you’re in a place where you probably don't want to be there," Robb said. "You're reaching out for somebody to give you some help. Those animals are reaching out for help and that's – you gotta help them. Let them open up their heart to you the way you’ve got to open your heart to them and it’ll change your life."

As for his next rescue dog, Robb said he hopes to have a new member of his fur-mily in the coming weeks. And he encourages others to do the same at NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign set for Aug. 17.

"All you've got to do is take a walk through Chicago Animal Care and Control and you see all those dogs and cats and every other kind of animal they have down there that needs a home and needs a place. It opens up your mind and you heart to man I need to help out," Robb said. "You need to help out. People need to go out and adopt these animals and give them a home – they’re counting on us."

He just has one piece of advice.

"If you don’t have experience with exotic animals you shouldn’t have them," he said, eluding to the three alligators that have been captured in Chicago in recent weeks.

For more information on Chicago-area shelters participating in NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign, click here.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Robb]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Your Adorable Rescue Pet Photos]]>523002601Tue, 06 Aug 2019 09:17:51 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/914f82c27f01492bb9ecfd15d78f4c96.jpgWith Clear the Shelters just days away, we're taking a look at some of the amazing pet adoption stories from NBC 5 viewers.

Photo Credit: Lauren Rosenthal]]>
<![CDATA['Why I Rescue': Your Incredible Stories of Pet Adoption]]>521505381Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:11:20 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912760940.jpg

In honor of "Clear the Shelters" coming up on Aug. 17, we asked our NBC Chicago Facebook audience, "Why did you decide to adopt your pet?" Their responses were filled with stories of love, companionship and lifelong friendship. Read them below.

For more information on Chicago-area shelters participating in NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign, click here!

Amelia Taylor I love their company...our cat benefits us just as much, if not more, than we benefit her. I chose a rescue cat because there are so many in ned of forever homes. I've had my kitty for over 17 years...these now a bit grouchy and demanding, but she gets a lot of love from everyone in our home.

Cindy Thomas Pershey I adopted one of my cats because that's the way to do this. The other one came from a family member.

Diane Scarborough I have adopted two senior cats from Anti-Cruelty - seniors are just the best ❤️ #AdoptSeniors #AdoptDontShop

Linda Lewandowski Honestly, I wanted a grown dog so I knew how big it would be (no surprises). We adopted an adorable 13 pound mutt who has been a joy to spoil since.

Loretta Torres We are firm believers in adoption. We got our 3rd cat in 2015 after our precious little princess had to be put down. We adopted our 1st dog in 2017. We did not want a kitten or puppy. We wanted adult animals that might be harder to place. Our intentions are always to give someone a good, loving home. In the end though, they are the ones who give us one. Love our babies!

Carol Whittinghill My daughter and granddaughter have always had rescue pets. Especially a cat with special needs and an older dog with cancer.

Vanessa Luis He was my dog that I had to take care of at vet tech school and I fell in love

Nancy Lahare My dogs chose me. I went in and was supposed to adopt a dog that was not there (in route with the foster family). So in the meantime i saw my Teddy and that was it. I never even saw the other dog. At the time my other dog was 14 and adopting Teddy ended up being good for her. Helped her live another 2 years. I believe that. And having Teddy helped me to get thru her loss.

Susannah Yong I was “looking” after my dog passed. I went to a couple of shelters several times. My home felt empty after having a cat and a dog several years My heart is full with Mr Monticello.

Julie Caldwell Downie We believe in rescuing and have rescued 3 of our 4 dogs. As they say, adopt, don't shop. Our rescues have been the best dogs ever!

Erin Wolhers My neighbor found my dog on the street and took him to different shelters. The shelters asked him to keep the dog while they waited to see if anyone would come forward to claim him. We waited and no one did so we adopted Brownie!

Jolanda Zaluski My pets, past and present, were/are my teachers, my angels. Such pure and beautiful souls. Their unconditional love and loyalty never ceases to amaze. Changed my life on so many different levels.

Jennifer Steves Because they all deserve a chance. We have 3 cats (had 4 but one just passed) and 3 dogs - all rescues. Mine will always be rescues. We wish we could save them all. There are far too many animals spending their lives in a kennel at a shelter and/or being euthanized. All they want to do is love us.

Denise LaBrose Simple. To start we wanted a dog. But there are far too many animals out there in need of homes, so we purposely adopted an adult dog since puppies are more popular. I'd also love to adopt a senior or special needs dog in the future! They need love too♡

Jan Ramming Dogs who have been abandoned and rescued just want to be loved. Most times they are not purebreds or show dogs, but they are sweet and loyal, and they deserve a good life. We have rescued 3 and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Erin Marie I have always had shelter pets. When we lost our last guy to cancer we decided to foster a while to let our hearts heal. The 4th foster we had was going to be our "last" and we would search for an adult dog to adopt.

But we ended up with this perfect little girl as our foster and I fell HARD in love with her. So we mad her a member of the family. I always feel like it was meant to be, our tiny (63lbs teeny) sweetness will need physical therapy the rest of her life and I am not sure anyone else would have been so willing to do that for her.

Pam Kaniuk I wanted to replace my first dog that died. Then it was a no brainner! All of my dogs from that point on were/are a rescue. Mutts are the best!

Liz Hayes My husband had a cat and we wanted him to have a companion. I went to the shelter and all the kittens were playing all over me-except one. The shelter volunteer told me to take some time and think it over. I took the weekend to decide and couldn’t get that one kitten out of my mind. I went back Monday morning and guess who was the only kitten in the observation window-the cat that wouldn’t play with me. I took it as a sign. So, I adopted a long-hair (which I said I wouldn’t do). Callie was with me for 18 years.

Jocelyn Bruns Adopted mine because my other dog had such horrible separation anxiety. She ended up being a perfect fit for our family. Adopt don't shop!

Diane Napodano Jennings Our fur baby of 17 years passed. Waited thru the winter. There was such a void in our lives and heart so we adopted our Tilly. She was 1 when we got her! I told her it took her a while to find her forever home but I think she saved us

Cathy DelGiudice-Rivas I gave 3 dogs already they are my life. I read up on Lacey a 8yr old french bulldg/english bulldog from Alabama. She was abused and kept in a cage for 8 yrs for breeding causing her to end up with hip dysplasia and rolling patella. She cannot take stairs and has a hard time walking. I adopted her regardless from ALMOST HOME FOUNDATION IN SCHAUMBURG 2. Weeks ago knowing this will be a costly choice. I want what years this sweet girl has left to be happy.

Patricia Riffe It is the right thing to do - too many pets sit and wonder if anybody cares. Both we and our son adopted dogs who were so grateful and loving to us and created so much happiness for us. And we provided them with a happy home.

Sharon A Walker We’ve been rescuing cats & dogs for 40 years. All winners! We’ve had Labs & a Corgi. Siamese & then Ragdolls. My first Ragdoll is now 16 years old. I think he likes it here. We just adopted Ragdoll sisters thru SPCR. A great experience.

Jim Klipper Had not had a K-9 companion in three years but after my wife died, adopting one helped me get my life back in order.

Coreen Koski My daughter was begging for a pet. So we finally adopted a rescue cat...little did we know she’d be the best thing to ever happen to our family.

Deborah Kemp They make the best pets ever. I have three puppers and they are the best. Just happy to be in a loving home.

Lisa Wolniakowski Tramontana We had just bought our first home and installed a fence. Then, we lost my mother and my husband's grandmothers. I was so despondent...we felt a "best bud" puppy would help and we were in a good position to adopt, as I was at home. We found our mini-Schnauzer who had been at the shelter for a long time for a pup and he just clung to me when I held him. He needed us as much as we needed him. Best decision ever. He's going on 14 and is going strong. Our buddy!

Laura Smith My husband and I had just lost our beloved dog of 13 years and said that he would send us the right dog when the time was right. Imagine my surprise when, on a whim, I arrived at Anderson Animal Shelter with my friend, "just to look," and on a complete coincidence found my husband already standing there in the lobby looking guilty! We knew our dog had to be there somewhere, and the one we got actually chose us. He came right over to me melted in my lap like butter and we just knew he was the one!!

Jessica Carr Doucette I adopted my current dog after my elderly mastiff passed. I have a soft spot for the ones who are unlikely to be adopted. Black, old, scarred, pit mixes, shutdown... we've adopted them all. I'm currently fostering a little pit mix who lived her whole life outside producing puppies and after the county did a wellbeing check on her, her owner beat her with a chain. She's a love bug who is enjoying the couches and snuggling with blankets and laps.

Laura Barreto-Baran I've supported Save A Pet since moving to the area 20+ years ago. When it was time for a new cat to love, we chose to give a Senior a new lease on life. I saw Mr. Fred's (now Freddie) picture on the website and could not wait to meet him. His story touched my heart and now he has his forever home.

JayNine Delgado I adopted my mixed Bully breed Zeus about a year and a half ago bc my I was ready for another dog after mine old dog passed away 2 years prior. So many great dogs at CACC it was hard to choose but he came from a home that had cats so I knew he would be good with mine. Come out Aug 17th to CACC 2741 S Western and Clear the Shelter!!!

Diane Schuett I so believe in rescuing. My baby boy was alone, abandoned and abused at only 4 months old. I lost my Charlie last October to cancer. As soon as I saw my Lucky we connected and it was love. He is now happy and living the life he should be living. I will always love my Charlie but it was as if he said to me "rescue Lucky he needs you".

Vicki Strykowski I have always rescued and adopted . I’ve had 10 ex racing greyhounds. I have a senior GSD rescued on his last day at a California kill shelter. My cats are all former ferals . Buying is ridiculous when there are so many they are going to die if not adopted and they are fabulous.

Rudy H Garcia Actually I was just going to visit someone where she was helping for the day for adopting pets. Haven't seen her since grade school. She tried to get me to adopt a dog, but couldn't. So I told her just give me that black cat. 4 yrs later, glad I adopted her.

Martha Montooth Krausz Had to put my boy down and my heart was broken. 2 weeks later we saw my cutie just sitting and eyes begging to be loved. Didn't want a puppy, and she was almost 2. Love her immensely.



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<![CDATA[Get to Know 2019 'Clear the Shelters' Participants]]>511185722Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:17:09 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Joseph++Kaczmarek+-+Photo004.jpg

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters across the Chicago area to waive adoption fees across and help pets in need find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place nationwide from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17. 

Get to know 2019's participating animal shelters below. Adoption policies for each shelter still apply during the Clear the Shelters event.

See a full list of participating shelters here

Animal Care Leagueis a non-profit shelter with limited admission for cats, dogs and other animals. The animals here are provided with medical attention, food. Animal Care League is open for volunteers who want to help give love to the little animals.
1011 Garfield, Oak Park, 60304
(708) 848-8155

Animal Outreach Society members have helped end the killing of adoptable animals in the community. It is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that was started by a group of 28 individuals from different walks of life and age groups, united by their belief in the importance of animals.
3370 Shoppers Drive, McHenry, 60050
(815) 385-0005

Animal Services and Assistance Programs houses more than 100 cats. Some of them are senior cats and/or are in need of daily medical care so they remain at Animal Services--but many are still available for adoption.
11501 US Route 14, Woodstock, 60098 
(815) 568-2921

Aurora Animal Care and Control's goal is to provide responsive, efficient, and high quality animal care and control services that preserve and protect public and animal safety.
600 S. River Street, Aurora, 60506
(630) 256-3630

Bishop’s Small Dog Rescue Inc. is a dog rescue organization always willing to add more foster homes to save its furry babies.
13981 1400 North Ave. Wyanet, IL. 61379
(815) 699-4010

CatNap From the Heart is a limited-access shelter for cats, birds and small mammals. All pets live comfortably there or in a foster home until the right human companion can take over. CatNap has no time limit for any animal; they are committed to finding the right home for all pets in need.
1101 Beach Ave., La Grange Park, 60526
(708) 352-3914

City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control counts with a variety of services to help care for the animals. Aside from that, people in the community that would like to contribute can adopt a pet, donate supplies, volunteer at the shelter, and do much more.
3410 S. Walnut St. Bloomington, IN. 47401
812-349-3873

Chicago Animal Care & Control protects public safety and ensures the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement.
2741 S. Western Ave., Chicago, 60651
(773) 727-4338

Effingham County Animal Humane Society appreciates all types of donations, such as laundry soap, dish soap, oil dry. There’s also a Christmas wishlist that goes all year round. 
12073 N. 1000th Rd. Effingham, IL. 62401 
(217) 536-9001  

Feral Feline Project located in Arlington Heights and Wheeling have one goal and that is: to reduce the number of outdoor and abandoned cats living on the streets.  

Arlington Heights: 870 W. Dundee Road, Arlington Heights, IL. 60004
630-470-1757

Wheeling: Pet Smart: 101 Euclid Ave. Mount. Prospect, IL. 60056
630-470-1757

Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC) counts with different services for animals such as medical attention, pet adoption and help with lost pets. According to FCACC, it has helped more than 19,000 animals that have come into custody of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Petco at 440 N. Orleans St. Chicago
(312) 203-7950

Friendly & Feral Cat Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill organization that works to find loving, permanent homes for cats in their care. They operate in northwest Chicago, specifically in Cook County.
1375 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, 60195
(847) 885-2122

FURRever Friends and Kitten Care Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless cats. This organization relies solely on adoption fees, private donations, and fundraising events. 
4305 Weber Dr. Rolling Meadows, 60008
(224) 735-7403

Heartland Animal Shelter has been saving the lives of homeless pets since 2002. Heartland’s staff and volunteers are committed to giving the shelter animals everything they need to ensure a healthy state.
2975 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, 60015
(847) 296-6400

Help Save Pets - Hinsdale is dedicated to saving and finding homes for dogs and cats about to be euthanized at animal control facilities. They are proud to share financial and statistical information with friends, volunteers and donors, especially those looking to learn more and make a donation.
724 N York Rd. Hinsdale, 60521 
(630) 323-1312

Help Save Pets - Oswego is dedicated to saving and finding homes for dogs and cats. It appreciates both volunteer work and donations.
1280 Route 34, Oswego, 60543
(630) 499-8820

Hinsdale Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals. They advocate education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals, to prevent suffering and neglect.
21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, 60521
(630) 323-5630

Humane Indiana is committed and dedicated to protecting pets, preserving wildlife, and nurturing the health and well-being of animals. They have been helping animals in Northwest Indiana and Chicago for more than 76 years.
421 45th Ave., Munster, IN. 46321
(219) 922-3811

Humane Society of Elkhart County is dedicated to promoting respect and responsibility to all animals. This organization relies on money donations, but it also accepts other material things such as beds for their pets.
54687 County Road 19, Bristol, IN. 46507
(574) 848-4225

Humane Society of Central Illinois has a mission: “find loving, forever homes for abused and unwanted pets.” At the Humane Society people can find a variety of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and birds. 
423 Kays Drive, Normal, IL. 61761 
(309) 451-1000

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana receives no funding from local, state, or federal sources or any national groups. Instead, they rely on volunteers, monetary donations--anything from blankets to cleaning supplies to food or toys.
6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN. 46403
(219) 938-3339

Humane Society of Southern WI.was founded in 1910 and is a private nonprofit organization that has been helping homeless pets and reuniting lost ones with their families for a long time now. 
222 S. Arch St. Janesville, WI. 53548
608-752-5622

Knox County Humane Society is a proud no-kill shelter that relies on fundraisers and community-building events to raise money.
1855 Windish Dr. Galesburg, IL. 61401
(309) 342-1275

Livingston County Humane Societyallows people to join them and participate in daily activities with the pets. This includes: adopting a pet, visiting the dogs or cats, volunteer to exercise the dogs outside or volunteer to help inside the shelter.
21179 N 1358 East Road, Pontiac, IL. 61764
(815) 842-1025

McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center has Animal Control Officers who investigate minor and major offenses to animals throughout the year. The department promotes community events including pet adoptions, proper pet care, and dog bite prevention.
100 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, 60014
(815) 459-6222

Michiana Humane Society & SPCA's dogs have been tested for heartworm (dogs that test positive may be undergoing treatment and people can check for those listings on their site), and are treated for fleas, ticks, or other parasites. The dogs also receive at least one combination vaccine at Michiana Humane.
722 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN. 46360
(219) 872-4499

Naperville Area Humane Society's mission is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals and create lasting human-animal bonds. They host several fun events throughout the year, which directly benefit their dogs and cats.
1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, 60563
(630) 420-8989

Orphans of the Storm takes responsibility for every orphaned, abandoned, or abused dog and cat that reaches its doors. They aim to take them, providing the best medical and physical care for them, as well as nurture them back to a healthy state if necessary and help find them the warm and loving long-term homes that they deserve.
2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL. 60015
(847) 945-0235

PAWS Chicago is a national model in animal sheltering, committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs. Their mission is to build no-kill communities, end the overpopulation of homeless animals, and to transform animal welfare.
1997 N. Clyborn Ave., Chicago, 60614
(773) 935-7297

PAWS Chicago-North Shorehelped more over 6,000 pets get adopted in 2018. PAWS Chicago-North Shore help pets with adoption, fostering, and it also allows people to volunteer and make donations.
1616 Deerfield Road, Chicago, 60035
(224) 707-1190

Pawsitive Impact Pet Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue for homeless, abandoned, abused and neglected animals. All animals are fully vetted. 
309 Republic Ave. Joliet, 60435
(815) 530-5399

Peoria County Animal Protection Serviceshelps and accepts every animal that needs a home and medical attention. According to PCAPS, itt also helps prevent rabies through animal bite investigantion and rabies registration. 
2600 NE Perry Ave. Peoria, 61603
(309) 672-2440

Rover Rescue is not a central shelter, rather a network of volunteer foster homes. They do not have a formal application form for adoption or foster care, so instead, people can request to meet their dogs via their official website.
1512 S. Randall Road, Geneva, 60134
(630) 232-6467

South Suburban Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the well-being of pets and the people who love them. Through the care and sheltering of animals in need of protection, as well as promoting the human-pet bond through adoption services, the society makes every effort to end pet homelessness, reducing pet overpopulation, and creating an overall better world for pets and their people.
1103 West End Ave. Chicago Heights, 60411
(708) 755-7387

Spay and Stay attempts to connect and collaborate with compassionate individuals in Lake County to humanely control the population of feral and stray cats. They provide veterinary resources and coaching for caretakers to trap, neuter, and return (TNR) cats in their area. They teach trapping techniques and colony care to reduce the number of homeless kittens born and improve the lives of adult cats through sterilization and vaccination.
3060 N. Lewis Ave. Waukegan, 60087
(847) 289-4557

Tails Humane Society is a limited admission animal shelter which acts as a safe haven for over 2,400 animals each year. Tails' mission is to build a community with the care and companion of animals.
2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, 60115
(815) 758-2457

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to providing compassionate care for any animal in need. It attempts to find a home for every healthy dog and cat that reaches the shelter, it prevents cruelty to animals, provides low or no cost spaying or neutering, and takes an active role in the community by offering education on animal issues.
510 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, 60654
(312) 644-8338

Tree House Humane Society promotes the inherent value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care. It has a special focus on the care and placement of stray cats that have particular needs, but ultimately is committed to finding every healthy or treatable animal a home.
7225 N. Western Ave. Chicago, 60645
(773) 262-4000

Winnebago County Animal Services' mission is to professionally and compassionately provide the community with humane shelter care, rabies control, enforcement of animal laws, adoption services, and find responsible pet ownership.
4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, 61103
(815) 319-4100

Wish Upon A Rescue is a Illinois based non-profit centered on animal rescue for both dogs and cats. 
626 E. Division St. Lockport, 60441
(331) 223-9474

Wright-Way Rescue has placed more than 30,000 animals in homes since 2003, and finds homes for nearly 100 animals each week.
5915 W. Lincoln Ave. Morton Grove, IL 60053
773-4583-719

4 Paws Sake accepts all breeds of dogs, from tiny to humongous, and treats them like their own until they find a permanent home. Furthermore, the shelter guarantees a safe and friendly environment for each individual dog that it houses.
2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL. 60411
(708)758-3647 



Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Aug. 3, 2019]]>516054961Sat, 03 Aug 2019 10:36:26 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2kittens1.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two kittens, Simba and Sand-Tiger, who are in need of Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Photographer Takes Pics of Shelter Dogs to Get Them Adopted]]>514363442Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:26:23 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEBFeeneyCTS_3662463_15996248_1737.JPG

Photographer Josh Feeney initially wanted to volunteer to walk dogs at Chicago's Animal Care and Control, but quickly discovered he could offer something even better for the adorable animals looking for their fur-ever homes. Now, he shows off the dogs' real personalities in incredible photos in hopes of finding them a family.

Photo Credit: Josh Feeney]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: How to Transition a Shelter Dog Into a Loving Home]]>513512282Thu, 01 Aug 2019 16:54:17 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+transition.jpg

Transitioning a shelter dog into a loving home can be a challenge. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz visits a shelter in Northwest Indiana that's making it a bit easier by offering free training to future pet parents.]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Rescued from Montrose Harbor Reunited With Owner]]>513344681Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:33:26 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MontrosebeachDogrescued_3596143_15777841_737.JPG

A dog rescued from Lake Michigan on Chicago's North Side Monday was reunited with its owner days after the pet went missing from a city dog beach. 

Officers received a call of a dog in the water around 10 a.m. CT and called the Chicago Police Marine Unit and the Chicago Fire Department for help. 

"I was surprised because the dog had been in the water for a least half and hour from what we can estimate," said Officer Jennifer Terzich, who was flagged down by citizens who saw the dog in the lake. 

Terzich said she watched the dog, named Laila, until rescue crews arrived and the animal was pulled from Lake Michigan, about a half-mile offshore.

"I am a dog lover," Terzich said. "I’ll pretty much do anything for a dog. I love them. I just wanted to make sure the dog was alive and going to be able to get back to shore." 

Dr. Eileen Murphy at West Wrigley Animal Hospital said the dog was brought to her clinic by a group of officers Monday morning. The clinic was able to scan the dog for a microchip and located the owner.

"The owner lost the dog on Saturday and thought for sure that he wasn’t gonna get her back," Murphy said. 

Murphy said the dog was scared but drank some water and was given treats. 

"My first thought was, 'Is she alive?' I didn't think she was going to make it through the weekend but this girl is a fighter, she can survive," said owner Charles Bogenberger. "I said, 'I'm coming right over. Where do I need to pick her up?'" 

Bogenberger said he was at the Montrose Dog beach when Laila ran out of a gate that had been left open.

"I hadn’t even fully applied my sunscreen before she escaped through the double doors," he said, adding that he spent his weekend scouring area parks with a group of people looking for the beloved pet. 

The pair were reunited Monday afternoon after the harrowing rescue. 

"I had no idea she could swim until yesterday but apparently she's a real Michael Phelps," Bogenberger said. 

Laila was adopted by Bogenberger from a shelter in Denver, Colorado. She had been found on a street in Houston, sick and malnourished, Bogenberger said. 

"She learned a lot of survival skills down there that helped her survive a weekend in Chicago," he said. 

"I am so impressed they were willing to take a boat out into the middle of the harbor to bring her back," Bogenberger added. "Honesty, Laila is pretty afraid of strangers, but the way she’s warmed up to them just since they rescued her is kind of incredible. It’s a testament to how friendly and genuine these people are." 

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday July 28, 2019]]>513310602Sun, 28 Jul 2019 13:04:50 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ACTIVEPUPS.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two beautiful, active dogs in need of a forever home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday July 27, 2019]]>513290682Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:32:35 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/KITTENSBLACK.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two adorable little black kittens in need of a Chicago-area home.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Causes $30K of Damage to New York Animal Shelter]]>512992141Sat, 20 Jul 2019 16:07:44 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/little-shelter-combo.png

Lightning struck the grounds of a Long Island, New York animal shelter, shattering a memorial fountain and shooting the shards across the facility, causing $30,000 of damage, the shelter said Saturday. 

Little Shelter said its industrial air conditioning unit was destroyed, along with a phone system control panel and the central alarm station were destroyed. 

No animals were hurt. 

A thunderstorm on Wednesday night was part of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry. A lightning bolt struck a tree at the Huntington shelter at about 10 p.m., then traveled to the fountain, the shelter said. 

The fountain shattered and pieces of it were strewn across the grounds, with one even flying over the cat building, the shelter said. 



Photo Credit: Little Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Looking for New Forever Homes]]>512983562Sat, 20 Jul 2019 17:28:36 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+7-20.png

A pair of adorable pups are looking for new homes, and in today's "Clear the Shelters" Andy Avalos is here to introduce you to them! ]]>
<![CDATA[Wee Pups to (Nearly) Take Wing at the Wiener Nationals]]>512862131Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:14:03 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/wienernationalslosalamitos1.jpg

What sort of sound or catchphrase or verbal indicator might a Dachshund employ when she is ready to run very, very fast?

"Meep, meep" is already taken, of course. "I'm outta here" conveys the spirit of a Dachshund on the move, but that is something a human might say, not a pup who speaks in bark-ese.

Hmm. This is ruff, er, rough.

We'll just assume that the sweet but fleet Fidos that compete in Wienerschnitzel's famous Wiener Nationals have one thing on their minds: Reaching the end of 50 yards in an impressively quick amount of time.

And plenty of Dachshunds will do just that, on Saturday, July 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California.

This summertime tradition is very much about doting on Doxies, and meeting other humans who love these hounds, but there's something even stronger at its strong heart: Raising money for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, which assists in "...finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area."

Lots of people show with their pooches, hoping they can run, but there are rules to know.

Like? A toy or treat may be employed to "entice" your pumpkin to run, but there is no jogging alongside (two people are permitted with each canine participant, one at the starting gate and one waiting at the finish).

Everything to know? Woof woof: It's right here. There's a release waiver, too.

The cost to enter and cheer on these lil' Lassies and Laddies? It's three bucks, and young people 17 and under will be admitted for free.

Los Alamitos calls the Wiener Nationals the venue's "most popular event" of the year, and over 8,500 people attend, per the course.

So arriving early, whether you have a racing pup in tow or not? Smart move.

Dachshunds are famously smart, after all, and if they could talk, they'd certainly advise anyone to head for the Cypress destination well ahead of the first race of the evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.).

Nope, Dachshunds can't fly, but watching all four of their wee feetsies leave the ground at once, as they attempt to reach the finish line first, can make you feel as though you're heart is in flight.

Yes, we said "wee feetsies." Nope, we're not taking it back.



Photo Credit: Wiener Nationals]]>
<![CDATA[Marathon Moments: Runner Aims to Raise Awareness for Homeless Animals]]>512766242Mon, 15 Jul 2019 22:43:11 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEBMarathonMoment6_3435104_14995611_566.JPG

A story of inspiration from a Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday July 14, 2019]]>512698992Sun, 14 Jul 2019 10:45:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/doggiessunday.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two dogs, a 5-year-old and another that's a little over a year and a half on this Sunday's 'Clear the Shelters' segment.]]>
<![CDATA[Box Filled With Puppies Found by Police in Chicago Street]]>512466752Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:17:21 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/District8PuppiesNagaro_3352599_14606877_2143.JPG

A box filled with puppies was found by police in the middle of a street on Chicago’s South Side early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Five puppies were discovered around 3 a.m. in a container near 74th and Bell Streets in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood after authorities said they received a tip.

The dogs were brought to the 8th District police station where CPD confirmed one officer adopted two of the animals.

Police said they are looking to see if someone takes home the other three puppies. If not, they will be taken to an area animal shelter, the department said.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday July 7, 2019]]>512318362Sun, 07 Jul 2019 11:50:31 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puppiesandy.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two beautiful dogs in need of a forever home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday July 6, 2019]]>512295562Sat, 06 Jul 2019 11:37:04 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/twokitties.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two adorable cats in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday June 29, 2019]]>511995472Sat, 29 Jun 2019 11:55:54 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/whitekitty.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on a kitty in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Map: Find a Chicago-Area Shelter Near You]]>511145582https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blacky.jpg

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago have teamed up with animal shelters to find loving homes for pets in need.

The fifth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 17, 2019. More than 1,000 shelters around the country are joining the one-day adoption drive.

Shelters in the Chicago area will waive or reduce adoption fees to help pets 6 months and older find forever homes. Each shelter's adoption process and policy will still be in place during this event.

Use the map above to search for a shelter near you or search by zip code.
For more information on the 2019 Clear the Shelters event, click here
Full list of Chicago-area participating shelters below:

Animal Care League

1011 Garfield, Oak Park, IL. 60304
(708) 848-8155

Animal Outreach Society

3370 Shoppers Drive, McHenry, IL. 60050
(815) 385-0005

Animal Services and Assitance Programs 

11501 US Route 14, Woodstock, IL. 60098
(815) 568-2921

Aurora Animal Care & Control

600 S. River Street, Aurora, IL. 60506
(630) 256-3630

Bishop’s Small Dog rescue Inc.

13981 1400 North Ave. Wyanet, IL. 61379
(815) 699-4010

CatNap From the Heart

1101 Beach Ave., La Grange Park, IL. 60526
(708) 352-3914

City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control 

3410 S. Walnut St. Bloomington, IN. 47401
812-349-3873

Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL. 60651
(773) 727 - 4338

Effingham County Animal Humane Society 

12073 N. 1000th Rd., Effingham, IL. 62401
(217) 536 - 9001

Feral Feline Project

Arlington Heights: 870 W. Dundee Road, Arlington Heights, IL. 60004
630-470-1757

Wheeling: Pet Smart: 101 Euclid Ave. Mount. Prospect, IL. 60056
630-470-1757

Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC)

Petco at 440 N. Orleans St. Chicago IL. 60654
(312) 203-7950

Friendly & Feral Cat Rescue 

1375 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL. 60195
(847) 885-2122 

FURRever Friends and Kitten Care Rescue

4305 Weber Dr., Rolling Meadows, IL. 60008
(224) 735 - 7403

Grafelman Farms Rescue

3434 Court St. Pekin, IL. 61554
309-267-3299

Heartland Animal Shelter

2975 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, IL. 60015
(847) 296-6400

Help Save Pets – Hinsdale 

724 N. York Rd., Hinsdale, IL. 60521
(630) 323-1312

Help Save Pets - Oswego

1280 Route 34, Oswego, IL. 60543
(630) 499-8820

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale, IL. 60521
(630) 323-5630

Humane Indiana of Munster, IN 

421 45th Ave., Munster, IN. 46321
(219) 922-3811

Humane Society of Central Illinois

423 Kays Drive, Normal, IL. 61761
(309) 451-1000

Humane Society of Elkhart County

54687 County Road 19, Bristol, IN. 46507
(574) 848-4225

Humane Society of Hobart, Inc. 

2054 E. State Road 130 Hobart, IN. 46342
219-942-0103

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN. 46403
(219) 938-3339

Humane Society of Southern WI.

222 S. Arch St. Janesville, WI. 53548
608-752-5622

Knox County Humane Society 

1855 Windish Dr. Galesburg, IL. 61401
(309) 342-1275

Livingston County Humane Society

21179 N. 1358 East Road, Pontiac, IL. 61764
(815) 842-1025

McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Ctr. 

100 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL. 60014
(815) 459-6222

Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.

722 Indiana Highway 212, Michigan City, IN. 46360
(219) 872-4499

Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL. 60563
(630) 420-8989

Orphans of the Storm 

2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL. 60015
(847) 945-0235

PAWS Chicago

1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL. 60614
(773) 935-7297

PAWS Chicago-North Shore

1616 Deerfield Road, Chicago, IL. 60035
(224) 707-1190

Pawsitive Impact Pet Rescue

309 Republic Ave. Joliet, IL. 60435
(815) 530-5399

Paws and Purrs Humane Society

Address TBD
630-897-8738

Peoria County Animal Protection Services

2600 NE Perry Ave. Peoria IL. 61603
(309) 672-2440

Rover Rescue of Illinois 

1512 S. Randall Rd. Geneva, IL. 60134
(630) 232 - 6467

South Suburban Humane Society

1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL. 60411
(708) 755-7387

and 

4975 Cal Sag Rd, Crestwood

Spay and Stay (Outdoor location)

3060 N. Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL. 60087
(847) 289-4557

Tails Humane Society

2250 Barber Greene Rd. DeKalb, IL. 60115
(815) 758-2457

The Anti-Cruelty Society

510 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL. 60654
(312) 644-8338

and 

Address: 1101 S Canal St. Chicago, IL. 60607
312-588-0138

Tree House Humane Society 

7225 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL. 60645
(773) 262-4000

Winnebago County Animal Services

4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL. 61103
(815) 319-4100

Wish Upon A Rescue

626 E. Division St. Lockport, IL. 60441
(331) 223-9474

Wright-Way Rescue

5915 W. Lincoln Ave. Morton Grove, IL 60053
773-4583-719

4 Paw Sake Rescue 

2739 Glenwood Dyer Rd. Lynwood, IL. 60411
(708) 758-3647


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<![CDATA[Kittens, Dogs Looking for New Homes This Weekend]]>511694522Sun, 23 Jun 2019 08:50:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+leeann+clear+the+shelters+kittens+6-23.png

There are plenty of pets looking for new homes at area shelters this weekend, and NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter got the chance to meet some precocious kittens on today's "Clear the Shelters." ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Pups Searching for Forever Homes]]>511670512Sat, 22 Jun 2019 16:27:46 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+6-22.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter meets a couple of adorable pups in today's "Clear the Shelters." ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday June 16, 2019]]>511369541Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:08:21 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sunleeanncts.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on two dogs in need of a forever home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday June 15, 2019]]>511343331Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:05:45 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittiestwo.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on two adorable kitties in need of a Chicago-area forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday June 9, 2019]]>511037751Sun, 09 Jun 2019 09:43:29 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/twopuppiesoak.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two puppies in need of a Chicago-area home after being rescued a week ago from the flooding in Oklahoma.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday June 8, 2019]]>511011431Sat, 08 Jun 2019 11:32:20 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittens.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two adorable little kittens in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Puppies Looking for New Home]]>510705022Sat, 01 Jun 2019 18:44:33 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+6-1.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces you to a pair of adorable puppies looking for their furever homes in today's "Clear the Shelters." ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 26, 2019]]>510444642Sun, 26 May 2019 11:17:30 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kit.png

NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the details on two kittens in need of a new home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday May 25, 2019]]>510421391Sat, 25 May 2019 10:21:42 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pup1.png

NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the latest details on two dogs in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Pooch Searching for New Home]]>510110932Sat, 18 May 2019 11:24:18 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_132026537781340000.jpg

NBC 5's Pete Sack is here to introduce you to a precocious pooch that is looking for a new home! ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 12, 2019]]>509816072Sun, 12 May 2019 08:55:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/twodoggiesregina.png

NBC 5's Regina Waldroup has the latest details on two doggies in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, May 5, 2019]]>509499082Sun, 05 May 2019 10:25:32 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2dogs.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two dogs in need of a forever home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, May 4, 2019]]>509474172Sat, 04 May 2019 11:13:36 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittybrothes.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two tiny kittens (who happen to be brothers) in need of a home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Dogs Looking for Their New Forever Homes]]>509179712Sun, 28 Apr 2019 14:16:39 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+4-28.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos is here to introduce you to a pair of dogs who are eager to find their new forever homes in today's "Clear the Shelters." ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Cats Searching for a New Home]]>509154172Sat, 27 Apr 2019 18:46:03 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+4-27.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos met two adorable cats who are searching for their new forever home in today's "Clear the Shelters." ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, April 21, 2019]]>508865582Sun, 21 Apr 2019 11:16:04 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dogssunday.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the latest on two dogs in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, April 20, 2019]]>508843732Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:48:57 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittylittle.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on adorable kitties in need of a Chicago-area home.]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Kittens in Need of Adoption Steal the Spotlight]]>508206182Sat, 06 Apr 2019 10:08:58 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+kittens+4-6.png

Looking for a new furry friend? NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces you to two kittens who are in need of a forever home! ]]>
<![CDATA[Pair of Adorable Dogs Looking for New Homes]]>507266112Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:24:05 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+3-17.png

Two sweet dogs are looking for their new forever homes, and NBC 5's Pete Sack introduces you to the adorable pooches. ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Cat Looking for New Forever Home]]>507243272Sat, 16 Mar 2019 22:29:16 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+clear+the+shelters+3-16.png

An adotpion event nearly cleared out the Anti-Cruelty Society this weekend, but NBC 5's Pete Sack does have one adorable cat to introduce you to. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fun-Loving Felines Searching for Forever Homes]]>506595082Sat, 02 Mar 2019 12:07:32 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+3-2.png

Looking to adopt a cat? Check out this fun-loving pair of felines that NBC 5's Andy Avalos got to meet in today's Clear the Shelters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Precocious Pooch Searching for New Forever Home]]>506261172Sat, 23 Feb 2019 23:27:42 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_6AM_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_Sack.jpg

A delightful pitbull with a beautiful disposition is looking for a new forever home, and NBC 5's Andy Avalos is here to greet this precocious pooch. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Hoping to Find New 'Leash' on Life]]>505934262Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:57:14 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131947935535010000.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has a good reminder for prospective pet parents, as you need to be sure to find the animal that fits your desires. ]]>
<![CDATA[Kitten SIsters Look for Forever Home]]>505959682Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:53:44 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131948796528680000.jpg

Two kitten sisters, Fiddle and Skittles, may have limited eyesight, but being together may be just what they need. NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces you to these precocious siblings.

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<![CDATA[Two Adorable Pups Looking for a New Home]]>505242002Sat, 02 Feb 2019 13:20:38 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131935835054680000.jpg

These two puppies are looking for a new home, and NBC 5's Andy Avalos meets the precocious pooches. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adorable Cats Looking for New Home]]>504936032Sun, 27 Jan 2019 11:41:58 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web+-+andy+clear+the+shelters+1-27_35395592.jpg

These two brothers are looking for a new home, and NBC 5's Andy Avalos meets them in this morning's Clear the Shelters segment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cats Searching for New Home in New Year]]>503679302Sun, 30 Dec 2018 10:40:11 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131906460783010000.jpg

Two cats stopped by NBC 5 this week, and our Pete Sack hopes that you can help them find a new home for the new year! ]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Sisters Looking for New Home This Holiday Season]]>503379572Sat, 22 Dec 2018 12:58:57 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131899546775340000.jpg

Looking for the perfect Christmas surprise? Toddy and Nog are looking for a new home this holiday season, and NBC 5's Pete Sack got to meet these precocious pups! ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Adult Dogs Looking for a New Home]]>500774772Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:44:57 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131870172164680000.jpg

This holiday season, many families will adopt puppies, but adult dogs need good homes too! NBC 5's Andy Avalos meets two of them in today's "Clear the Shelters." ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Kittens Looking for New Home]]>500750391Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:34:35 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131869308943340000.jpg

If you're looking for a new furry friend for your home, these two kittens are for you! NBC 5's Andy Avalos is here with a chance for you to meet these cats. ]]>
<![CDATA[Animal Shelter Saves 40 Dogs, Asks for Help Finding Homes]]>500715701Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:09:31 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wright+Way+Dogs+11-16.jpg

A suburban animal shelter is part of a massive effort to save nearly a thousand animals that were facing euthanasia at a Texas shelter.

Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Morton Grove, is taking in 40 small adult dogs and puppies as part of the partnership with the Best Friends Animal Society. The animals are coming from the Palm Valley Animal Center in Texas, and they will be ready to be fostered immediately upon their arrival in Illinois on Monday. 

According to a press release, the so-called “Texas 40” will be ready for adoption in two weeks.

Texas is responsible for 25 percent of America’s homeless pet population, according to the press release, and 70 percent of the animals brought to the Palm Valley Animal Center are euthanized.

The organization cites limited or no access to low-price spay and neuter services in rural areas, as well as low population density, for the high euthanasia rates at the center.

Those interested in adopting animals from the “Texas 40” are encouraged to check back on the Wright-Way’s adoption page in the next two weeks, and those looking to donate funds to the shelter to continue their work in saving animals can visit the group’s website.



Photo Credit: Wright-Way Animal Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Waiving Adoption Fees on Some Dogs]]>499325111Thu, 01 Nov 2018 17:51:09 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Caramel1.JPG

For one day only, PAWS Chicago will waive adoption fees on pets who have been in their shelter for a long time.

On Sunday Nov. 4, the shelter will hold its “Help Us Save More” event, which is dedicated to finding homes for adult dogs that are often overlooked for puppies, the shelter said in a press release.

“Our goal is to find as many homes as possible for these wonderful adults who have been passed over, in turn making space for us to save more animals who need our help,” said PAWS Chicago Founder & Chair, Paula Fasseas.  “These dogs just need a little extra love and patience to become the best dogs they can be, and we want to do everything we can to find them a home in time for the holidays.”

The shelter has provided a website where potential adopters can see which animals will have their adoption fees waived during the event.

The event will take place at the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, and will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.



Photo Credit: PAWS Chicago]]>
<![CDATA[Two Adorable Kittens Searching for Forever Home]]>498847501Sun, 28 Oct 2018 19:53:20 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web_-_clear_the_shelters_two_kittens.jpg

Jackie and Ninja are two adorable kittens that are looking for a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces you to them in this week's Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Pets Rescued From Hurricane-Wrecked Florida Arrive in Chicago]]>497840971Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:58:46 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PAWS+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+2+-+21563312_34084205.jpg

A total of 35 pets from Gainesville, Florida, are now safely inside the PAWS Chicago facility in Little Village, where they're getting ready to be adopted.

Two PAWS vans were met with cheers on Wednesday morning after traveling hundreds of miles to rescue dogs and cats from the areas of Florida affected by Hurricane Michael.

After being on the road for more than 22 hours, the animals were full of energy and ready to meet Chicago.

"These are all animals who were in the shelter prior to the hurricane and needed a place to go," said Stacy Price, PAWS Chicago senior director of animal operations. 

The 11 dogs and 24 cats used to live at the Alachua County Humane Society shelter, a facility now reaching capacity as workers continue to rescue pets in the affected Florida Panhandle after the hurricane. 

"There is a shelter there that is going into the Panhandle itself and working with three shelters now uninhabitable," Price said. "Some lost power, some sustained damage. They are going in pulling dogs and cats out and trying to find them rescue."

Once inside the PAWS medical center, the animals were weighed in Wednesday and given medical exams.

"In all of the chaos of the evacuation, none of the medical records transferred over," Price said. "So we have a kitten with wire in jaw, another dog recently hit by car. We’ll have to do X-rays." 

Most appear to be healthy and in good spirits and will soon be ready for adoption to make Chicago their new home.

The check-up process could take at least 24 hours, Price said, depending on each pet and their condition. Starting Thursday, you could see some of them ready for foster care or adoption on the PAWS Chicago website.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Kittens Searching for New Home]]>492283081Sun, 02 Sep 2018 17:22:23 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131803608325010000.jpg

Yesterday, Andy Avalos got to showcase puppies that needed a new home. Today, he's got two kittens that would love to find a new family! ]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Dogs Looking for New Home]]>492249391Sat, 01 Sep 2018 10:02:10 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131802744660000000.jpg

Two great dogs need to find a good home, and NBC 5's Andy Avalos gets to meet the precocious pups in this morning's Clear the Shelters segment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Comes Together for Clear the Shelters]]>491188391Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:32:40 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/IMG_52862.JPG

It was a big day for area animal shelters as "Clear the Shelters" took place Saturday. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports. ]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>491185241Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:22:24 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Adoptions Pour in During Clear the Shelters in Chicago Area]]>491179061Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:13:04 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+18.pngAs shelters opened across the Chicago area Saturday, hopeful families lined up in anticipation and the first adoptions began! NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago teamed up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees and help pets 6 months and older find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as "Clear the Shelters" was scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Casper an Ambassador for Pet Fostering]]>491147251Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:29:05 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+News+4PM+-+16551213_33298478.jpg

As we gear up for "Clear the Shelters," we invite you to think about adding a pet to your family, like Casper the Friendly Dog. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has more about how fostering could be your ticket to helping a pet in need. ]]>
<![CDATA[4-Legged Employee Becomes Big Hit at Chicago Locks]]>491143381Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:24:34 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+News+4PM+-+17173214_33298472.jpg

A hard-working employee at the Chicago Locks has become quite the sensation, and has even become an attraction for tourists! NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has her story. ]]>
<![CDATA[Innovative Care Tactics Used in DuPage County]]>491062711Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:13:31 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-151389470.jpg

As part of our annual "Clear the Shelters" event, we're taking a look at how animals are being taken care of all across our area, and NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has more on an innovative strategy being used in DuPage County.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mobile Microchip Reader Helps Reunite Owners With Pet]]>491073381Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:01:11 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_The_Shelters__Berks_County_Rescue_League_Waiving_Fees.jpg

Ahead of "Clear the Shelters," we wanted to share the story about how a mobile microchip reader helped reunite an owner with their beloved pet. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Beloved Pets of NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago]]>490950601Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:20:02 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/andy+mr+winks.pngAs NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago gears up for another year of Clear the Shelters, people around the newsroom shared pictures of some of their best, furry friends. ]]><![CDATA[Man Pens Beautiful Poem About His Service Dog]]>490971591Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:55:08 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000031144850_1200x675_1299870787649.jpg

An Indiana man has penned an incredible poem about his guide dog ahead of "Clear the Shelters" this weekend. ]]>
<![CDATA[Guide Dog Inspires Big Donation]]>490958961Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:50:57 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+News+4PM+-+16251010_33260959.jpg

A service dog's heroic actions inspired a business owner to make a big donation to a Northwest Indiana animal shelter, allowing it to participate in "Clear the Shelters" this weekend. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the story. ]]>
<![CDATA[Man Rescues Lost Poodle Running Down Chicago Highway]]>490863541Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:47:58 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/DOG+RESCUE+VIDEO+-+00001409_33242641.jpg

Alessandro Barbarotta was driving down Interstate 55 with his wife when he saw something unexpected – a French poodle on the side of a major Chicago-area expressway.

He immediately stopped to help.

“When I got out of the car I thought no matter what happens I’m going to get this puppy,” he told NBC 5.

Cars were pulling over, others swerving to avoid hitting the small dog as it ran against traffic.

Meanwhile, Loren Villar, who was out of state at the time, received a call that her beloved dog Bebe went missing.

“I was desperate,” she said. “I started crying.”


Neighbors and family began searching for the missing pup. But not far from home, Barbarotta chased the dog for nearly 20 minutes before he managed to scoop it up as it ran on the expressway.

Using a group on Facebook called Lost Dogs Illinois, Villar was able to connect with Barbarotta and confirm that the dog he rescued was her’s.

She quickly booked an emergency flight back and was reunited with her fur baby.

“It was a more wnoderful moment of my life,” Villar said. “She was a little bit in shock.”


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<![CDATA[Indiana Animal Shelter Accused of Freezing Kittens to Death]]>490856881Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:13:50 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/catcage.jpg

Authorities in southern Indiana are investigating allegations that an animal shelter has been freezing kittens to death as an alternative to accepted forms of euthanasia.

Bridget Woodson told the Courier & Press that she quit working at the Spencer County Animal Shelter and spoke to authorities after the animal control officer twice asked her to put injured but alive kittens in a plastic bag and then into a freezer to kill them.

"I had to do something," Woodson said. "I'm super concerned about the animals. If this is deemed as acceptable and no one is held accountable, what else will start to slip through the cracks?"

Woodson shared with the newspaper a screenshot of a text exchange she said was between her and the animal control officer. During that exchange, Woodson claimed the officer told her that "the freezer is no less humane" than euthanasia by a veterinarian.

The officer did not respond to messages requesting comment.


The "slow chilling or freezing of unanesthetized animals" is an unacceptable form of euthanasia, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals.

Shelter officials declined to comment to WFIE-TV . The shelter's Facebook page has also been taken down.

"This is the only shelter resource in this town and for so many surrounding towns. I don't want it closed," Woodson said. "I just think the guidelines and policies absolutely need to change. The management and board absolutely needs to be changed."

The Spencer County Sheriff's Office turned the investigation over to the prosecutor's office due to a potential conflict of interest. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Thomas Pulley declined to comment on the case.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago



Photo Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Locations Participating in Clear the Shelters]]>490724711Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:52:13 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_More_Than_1300_Animals_Adopted.jpgDozens of shelters across the Chicago area will be waiving fees Saturday for the nationwide Clear the Shelters event. Here's a look at the participating shelters in the Chicago area.]]><![CDATA[Volunteer Uses Photography to Help Shelter Dogs Find Homes]]>490821631Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:47:19 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AN3I7167.jpgWhen Josh Feeney first started volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control, he thought he would just be helping to walk dogs like many others do. But once he arrived at the shelter, that all changed.

Photo Credit: Josh Feeney Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois County Accidentally Euthanizes Wrong Dog]]>490731031Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:10:15 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/moses+gofundme.jpg

An Illinois couple’s dog was "mistakenly euthanized" while being held at an animal control facility for quarantine last week.

The Wang family said their beloved "freckle nosed, scarf wearing, good boy"Moses was forced to go to the Tazewell County Animal Control facility after he “accidentally bit a maintenance worker who came into our backyard unannounced.”

“[The worker] opened our side gate and knocked on our sliding door multiple times,” Tony Wang wrote on Facebook. “Moses thought he was an intruder and bit his lower leg. We were advised by Tazewell County Animal Control to bring Moses there for 10 days even though Moses was up to date with all his shots.” 

In the days following, Wang said he would take his lunch breaks to visit his beloved pup and bring him pizza.

But on Wednesday, that lunch would be the last meal the two would share.

“On Thursday before I went to work, I packed two big cookies and a Moses' favorite greenie so I could give them to him during my visit,” Tony Wang wrote. “At around 9:30 a.m., I received a call from my wife screaming and crying that Moses was dead.”

The family rushed to the facility where they said they saw their family dog dead on the floor.

“My wife is 4 months pregnant and threw herself on the concrete floor when she saw Moses' lifeless body,” Tony Wang wrote. “We had to explain to our 6 yr old son that the puppy he grew up with would not be coming back instead Moses was going to Heaven. Our son was heart broken and confused. He cried himself to sleep and said he wanted to go to Heaven so he could see Moses." 

The family said the director told them Moses, which had white fur, was accidentally euthanized instead of a gold stray. 

Tazewell County Animal Control confirmed it had “mistakenly euthanized” Moses.

“Tazewell County truly regrets this error,” the facility said in a statement. “Tazewell County will be reviewing policies and procedures to prevent any such occurrence from happening in the future.”

The Wang family said they were contacting lawyers to help with their case, saying they hope to “fight for justice to ensure this horrific thing will never happen again.”

“One man's mistake is destroying my family,” Tony Wang wrote. “Only because he did not want to double check, only because he did not want to wait.”

A GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for legal fees had raised more than $7,700 as of Monday morning to help the family.

“He took away our family, our love, our happiness forever,” Tony Wang wrote.



Photo Credit: Wang Family]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Aug. 11, 2018]]>490625531Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:12:31 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittiescs.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on four kitties need to find a home. ]]>
<![CDATA[What You'll Need to Adopt During Clear the Shelters]]>490561461Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:48:59 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MAD+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+-+10435820_33203688.jpg

Chicagoans preparing to take home a new member of their fur-mily during NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago's "Clear the Shelters" event this year will also want to prepare for adoption day. 

Although adoption fees are waived for the event, which will be held on Aug. 18, shelters will still have some requirements for individuals or families adopting. 

Here's what you'll need to know and bring: 

  • Those looking to adopt must be at least 18 years or older and provide valid identification. Their ID should reflect their current home address.
  • Renters must provide their landlord's name and contact information, along with a copy of their lease. This helps ensure that adopters are allowed to have pets in their building. 
  • Those who have pets already should provide proof of vaccinations for their other animals.  
  • Shelters suggest all members of the family that will be adopting a new cat, dog, or even a bird during "Clear the Shelters" be present on the day of adoption. This is not only fun, but makes sure everyone interacts with and agrees to take home a new member of the family. 

Some participating shelters - including A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Hinsdale Humane Society, and Humane Society of Northwest Indiana - all have online applications available, so adopters can get the paperwork out of the way before the event. Most other shelters will have applications available online on the day of "Clear the Shelters."

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<![CDATA[Microchip Scanners Could Help Ease Shelter Overcrowding]]>490504771Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:08:03 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cts+pets+available.jpg

Chicago animal shelters are at capacity, and a big donation of new mobile micro-chip scanners could help alleviate that issue. ]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Frenchies Rescued From Hot Truck, Brought to Chicago]]>490478681Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:16:35 -0500here.]]>here.]]>https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+french+bulldog+video+-+00000821_33188439.jpgTwenty-three French bulldog puppies have been rescued and brought to Chicago for treatment after they were found crammed inside a hot moving truck in Texas.

Photo Credit: Chicago French Bulldog Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[23 French Bulldog Puppies Rescued, Flown to Chicago for Help]]>490478191Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:38:50 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+french+bulldog+video+-+00002822_33188463.jpg

Twenty-three French bulldog puppies found crammed inside a hot moving truck in Texas have been rescued and taken to Chicago for treatment.

The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue said 28 puppies were initially discovered last month by authorities in Texarkana, Texas, during a traffic stop. The animals were packed tightly in plastic crates inside an un-air conditioned  moving van that had reached 121 degrees, the rescue said.

The puppies had no access to food or water and were in various stages of heat exhaustion, officials said. One of the puppies was found dead in a crate and four more died shortly after being rescued, according to the organization.

The Humane Society of the United States said the puppies were initially flown to Chicago on a Turkish Airlines flight from Kiev, Ukraine. Their final destination was set to be Houston, but the person who purchased them was denied entry to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport for “the purpose of importing live animals.”

That’s when the puppies were loaded into a moving van in Chicago and driven to Texas. They were ultimately found by state police before they made it to their destination.

“Without the swift intervention of local law enforcement, it is likely many more of these puppies would have succumbed to heat stroke and died during the remaining 300-mile journey to Houston in the sweltering heat of that cargo van,” Katie Jarl, regional director for the HSUS, said in a statement.

The Chicago French Bulldog Rescue obtained a court order for custody of the animals Monday and by Wednesday, the rescue picked up the puppies in Texarkana and flew them on a private plane to Chicago for treatment.

“Right now, these dogs are sick and the vets are just overwhelmed,” the rescue’s founder, Mary Schefke, told NBC 5 Thursday. “These dogs are skinny and malnutritioned and sick.”

She noted they “had bloody diarrhea and were vomiting.”

“There’s been repercussions to them being in the heat for as long as they were,” she said.

Schefke said since news of the puppies was first posted to Facebook, the rescue has been inundated with adoption requests, but she stressed the animals were in no shape to go to a home.

“I don’t think people understand the condition these puppies are in,” she said. “Right now what we need, what would help us, is for people to understand that these dogs are sick and they’re not ready for adoption. We need donations to get them the vetting they need. It’s not cheap to keep one dog in isolation, let alone 23.”

Donations can be made here.



Photo Credit: Chicago French Bulldog Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Pets Looking for Fur-Ever Homes Ahead of Clear the Shelters]]>489678221Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:26:06 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cts+pets+available.jpgWith Clear the Shelters coming up on Aug. 18, here's a look at some of the many animals looking for fur-ever homes ahead of the major pet adoption event. ]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: 'New Beginnings For Cats']]>490197191Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:13:50 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/newbeginningscats.jpgA shelter in Bourbonnais is giving cats a new lease on life. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has the details.
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday Aug. 5, 2018]]>490091181Sun, 05 Aug 2018 12:58:15 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittyanddog.jpg

Two adorable pets are in need of a safe and comfortable home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on a kitty and a puppy.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Aug. 4, 2018]]>490055751Sat, 04 Aug 2018 14:55:33 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ctsaug.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on a cute cat and an adorable dog in need of a home.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Pets Search for a Forever Home]]>489682361Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:53:10 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Pair_of_Pups.jpg

This year's "Clear the Shelters" event is less than three weeks away and dozens of area shelters will waive adoption fees to help families find a new furry family member. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Thinking of Adopting a Pet? It's OK to Ask Questions]]>489677481Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:53:33 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Pair_of_Pups.jpg

NOTE: For a fourth straight year, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees across the Chicago area and help pets in need find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place nationwide 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Thinking about adopting a pet?

You probably have a lot of questions. And that’s OK.

Experts say asking questions and doing research is crucial to ensuring you find the right fit for your home.

Kelly Kaapke adopted a 5-year-old Chihuahua about a month ago – a move she said she never expected she’d make.

“Chihuahuas are definitely not the breed that I would have thought that I would adopt,” she said.

The receptionist at Old Town Animal Care Center said the idea didn’t even cross her mind – until she met Sadie.

“Once I started reading up on them and I started really bonding with her and playing with her I kind of changed my mind a little bit,” she said.

Adoption centers say it’s important to find an animal that matches your lifestyle and to ensure new pet owners understand the training requirements and financial commitment of owning each pet.

“The last thing we want people to do is make the decision to save a life and then wind up having the animal back in the shelter,” said veterinarianTony Kremer.

Kremer said there are many reasons a pet may end up in a shelter.

“Maybe an owner passes away and that pet has no home anymore, maybe someone didn’t make the association with how much it would cost to have this pet, or they didn’t check into the rules at their condo or apartment and that animal winds up back in the shelter,” he said.

Fifteen years ago, Kremer founded Helpsavepets.org, a humane society that has placed over 15,000 animals into loving homes. Having a rescue under the same roof as a vet clinic offers many benefits, he said.

“We know that these pets have been looked at by vets, they’ve been spayed and neutered, they have a micro chip, fully vaccinated, dewormed… so you’re getting a pet that is ready to go into a home,” he said.

His biggest advice for potential new pet owners? Go to a shelter, meet the animals, and ask plenty of questions.


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<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Pets Find Fur-Ever Homes in Clear the Shelters]]>489653201Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:24:49 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/203*120/cts+gallery+thumb+17.jpgPets in need found new homes left and right during Clear the Shelters last year! Dozens of shelters in Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana waived or discounted fees as part of the one-day adoption event.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday July 29, 2018]]>489448731Sun, 29 Jul 2018 09:39:21 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bunniescleartheshelters.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the story on two bunnies looking for a good home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago Finds Homes for Nearly 80 Animals]]>489436481Sat, 28 Jul 2018 20:42:23 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PAWS+OVERCROWDED+2+-+03372002_33009971.jpg

The city’s largest no-kill animal shelter is a little less full on Saturday after nearly 80 pets were adopted as part of a big push to find new homes for the center’s residents.

PAWS Chicago announced this week that it was filled to capacity, and that it was in “urgent need” of families looking to adopt animals.

To expedite that goal, the shelter announced that it would waive adoption fees on older and long-term residents of the shelter, and the community delivered in a big way, adopting a total of 76 animals, the shelter said.

A total of 28 of those adoptions were long-term, with the rest serving as foster families while permanent homes are sought for the animals.

The adoption-fee waiver will be in effect again on Sunday as the shelter looks to clear even more space.

Yearly, PAWS Chicago rescues more than 5,000 dogs and cats.  

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday July 28, 2018]]>489413911Sat, 28 Jul 2018 15:00:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fergiwedoggy.jpg

Two sweet dogs are in need of a good home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Common Misconceptions About Shelter Animals]]>489037881https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-169674653.jpg

Every year, approximately 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters across the U.S, and about 1.5 million of those animals are euthanized because they haven't been adopted, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Many people brush off adopting a shelter cat or dog because of misinformation about them. 

We spoke to employees and volunteers at Chicago-area shelters to debunk myths and clear up common misconceptions about these adoptable four-legged companions in need of fur-ever homes.

There Must Something Wrong With Them

Julie Wheeler, who works at Spay and Stay shelter in Vernon Hills, shared the top shelter animal misconception she hears: There must be something wrong with the animal or it would not be in a shelter.

“Why would a person give up a wonderful pet?” she said, regarding what people often ask.

A volunteer with Magnificent Mutts and Meows Rescue, Dina Sbertoli, said she too hears that question. 

“Until I began working in rescue, I never realized how many animals lose their homes due to people moving, going into nursing homes, or even dying with no back-up plan for their pets," she said. 

Sbertoli said there is often nothing wrong with shelter pets. Rather, previous owners get a new pet that essentially replaces their older one.

“The family has a ‘baby pet’ and no longer wants their previous one,” she said.

You Need to Find a Kitten If You're Going to Adopt a Cat

Part of the Clear the Shelters initiative is to help get adult pets - meaning 6 months old or older - adopted. Adoption fees will be discounted or waived at participating shelters only for adult pets on the event date.

“Adult cats are the best,” Dasha Ott, another Magnificent Mutts and Meows volunteer, said.

She added that people often prefer kittens (or puppies), but do not consider that kittens need to be adopted in pairs if there is not a resident cat at home to help take care of it because a singular kitten is a lot of trouble.

“Adult cats have their personality and activity levels already set,” Ott explained.

While that may be the case, Ott has noticed that it is tough for cats 5 years or older to get adopted.

Meghan Zaremba with Help Save Pets - Chicago agrees that age can unfortunately deter people from adopting a pet. She adds that “senior or adult pets are in just as much need of a good home as a puppy, and they will still bond with you and love you for saving them.”

Black Cats Are Bad Luck

Because of the superstition associated with black cats, they often stay much longer at the shelter, according to Zaremba.  

Pets with black fur, in general, often spend more time at shelters because people simply do not like the fur color, Ott added.

Shelter Pets Cannot Be Potty Trained

Actually, most shelter pets, specially older ones, are already housebroken. But, if the animal is not completely potty trained, and you're willing to put in the work, pets can learn routine at any age, according to the ASPCA.

"Even litter box issues are resolvable," Sbertoli said, referring to shelter cats.

Shelter Pets Are Dirty

Though pets may have been dirty when they arrived at a shelter, they receive much care there, which includes cleaning them up and even giving them medications, if needed, according to Ken Edwards, who volunteers with New Beginnings for Cats in Bourbounnais.

Cat Leukemia is Contagious to Other Species

Edwards said that while cat leukemia is contagious to other cats, it is specific to saliva and other DNA contact. It is not contagious to other species.

Shelter Pets Have Behavior Problems

This goes back to the misconception that there must be something wrong with shelter pets. Many shelter pets who were abandoned by owners learn how to be well behaved house pets with proper training, Wheeler said.

Experts note that even pets from a breeder aren't "perfect," and can develop behavioral problems if they aren't properly trained. The main fact is that every pet needs to be trained.



Photo Credit: Getty Images/File]]>
<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago Reaches Capacity, Waives Adoption Fees]]>489266431Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:18:48 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PAWS+OVERCROWDED+2+-+03372002_33009971.jpg

PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest "no kill" animal shelter, is filled to capacity with potential pets and in "urgent need" of foster families and families looking to adopt, the shelter said Thursday.

“We are in urgent need of foster families to step up and provide a loving temporary home for our dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, which will in turn make space available for us to save more lives,” the director of PAWS Chicago Animal Operations, Stacy Price, said in a statement. "Our transfer partners are desperately reaching out to us and we simply don’t have the capacity to take on more animals without the support of our foster families and adopters.”

PAWS Chicago will also be waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs that have been at the shelter the longest this Saturday and Sunday in their efforts to find the animals forever homes. The event called “Summer Lovin” will take place at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On August 18, PAWS Chicago will also take part in NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago’s “Clear the Shelters” event, in which shelters across the area waive adoption fees for animals 6 months or older.

The shelter is often the last hope for animals, but its goal is to help find them more permanent homes.

Yearly, PAWS Chicago rescues more than 5,000 cats and dogs. Although many of the animals are healthy and ready for adoption, approximately 3,000 of the animals per year are in need of extensive medical treatment, which makes it more difficult for them to find a permanent home.

In the meantime, people can learn more about how to be a foster pet parent here.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Chicago-Area Shelter Near You]]>488645881https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/BF1A1512.jpg


NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago have teamed up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees across the Chicago area and help pets 6 months and older find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2018. Each shelter's adoption process and policy will still be in place during this event.

Use the map to search for a shelter near you or search by zip code above.

For more information on the 2018 Clear the Shelters event, click here

Full list of Chicago-area participating shelters below:

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter 

420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 355-2299


A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife (Birds only)

2720 Dundee Road, Suite 229, Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 509-1026


Anderson Animal Shelter North Aurora Adoption Ctr.

188 N. Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60542

(847) 697-2880 ext. 80


Animal Outreach Humane Society

3370 Shoppers Drive, McHenry, IL 60051

(815) 385-0005


Animal Services and Assitance Programs (Cats only)

19309 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Marengo, IL 60152

(815) 568-2921


Aurora Animal Care & Control

600 S. River Street, Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 256-3630


Cat Habitat 

17930 S. Halsted Street, Homewood, IL 60430 

(708) 308-8817


CatNap From the Heart

1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park, IL 60526

(708) 352-3914


Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 747-1406


Cicero Waggin' Tails Shelter

1800 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

(708) 652-0825


DuPage County Animal Care & Control

120 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 407-2800


Friendly & Feral Cat Rescue 

1375 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195

(847) 394-0260


Heartland Animal Shelter

2975 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 296-6400


Help Save Pets – Chicago

511 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 428-2571


Help Save Pets – Downers Grove

941 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516

(815) 436-2700


Hinsdale Humane Society

22 N. Elm, Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 323-5630


Humane Indiana

421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321

(219) 922-3811


Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN 46403

(219) 938-3339


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Dogs only)

720 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563

(708) 703-5047


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Cats only)

198 North Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181

(708) 205-6862


McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Ctr. (Cats only)

100 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 459-6222


Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.

722 IN-212, Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 872-4499


Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 420-8989


New Beginnings for Cats

7701 E. 3500N Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

(815) 472-4734


Orphans of the Storm

2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015

(847) 945-0235


PAWS Chicago

1997 N. Clyborn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 687-4700


Precious Pets Almost Home (Cats only)

3640 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 887-2286

and

3757 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

(708) 352-3914


Rover Rescue of Illinois (Dogs only)

1512 S. Randall Road, Geneva, IL 60134

(630) 232-6467


South Suburban Humane Society

1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411

(708) 755-7387


Spay and Stay (Outdoor location)

555 E. Townline Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847) 289-4557


Tails Humane Society

2270 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 758-2457


The Anti-Cruelty Society

157 W. Grand Ave., IL 60654

(312) 644-8338


Tree House Humane Society (Cats only)

7225 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60645

(773) 262-4000


Wheeling Animal Group Saves

532 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling, IL 60090

(847) 520-7387


Winnebego County Animal Services

4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 319-4100


4 Paw Sake (Dogs only)

2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL 60411

(708) 758-3647



Photo Credit: Josh Feeney Photography
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<![CDATA[Adorable Pets Get Adopted From Chicago Shelter]]>469984683Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:13:05 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blizzard+2+12+30+171.JPGEach week, NBC Chicago features adoptable animals in Chicago looking for their fur-ever homes. Here's a look at the loving families that have decided to welcome these new furry friends into their homes!

Photo Credit: Anti-Cruelty Society]]>
<![CDATA[Help Clear the Shelters in the Chicago Area]]>487940011Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:42:03 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clear-the-Shelters-Gallery-Lead.jpg

For the fourth straight year, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters to waive adoption fees across the Chicago area and help pets in need find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place nationwide 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.

In Chicago alone, dozens of animal shelters will waive or discount fees during the one-day adoption drive. The waived fees apply to "adult pets," which are animals that are 6 months and older, and the adoption policies for each individual shelter still apply.

Future pet parents can find their nearest participating shelter with the full list below:

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter 

420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 355-2299


A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife (Birds only)

2720 Dundee Road, Suite 229, Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 509-1026


Anderson Animal Shelter North Aurora Adoption Ctr.

188 N. Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60542

(847) 697-2880 ext. 80


Animal Outreach Humane Society (Cats only)

3370 Shoppers Drive, McHenry, IL 60051

(815) 385-0005


Animal Services and Assitance Programs (Cats only)

19309 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Marengo, IL 60152

(815) 568-2921


Aurora Animal Care & Control

600 S. River Street, Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 256-3630


Cat Habitat 

17930 S. Halsted Street, Homewood, IL 60430 

(708) 308-8817


CatNap From the Heart

1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park, IL 60526

(708) 352-3914


Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 747-1406


Cicero Waggin' Tails Shelter

1800 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

(708) 652-0825


DuPage County Animal Care & Control

120 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 407-2800


Friendly & Feral Cat Rescue 

1375 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195

(847) 394-0260


Heartland Animal Shelter

2975 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 296-6400


Help Save Pets – Chicago

511 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 428-2571


Help Save Pets – Downers Grove

941 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516

(815) 436-2700


Hinsdale Humane Society

22 N. Elm, Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 323-5630


Humane Indiana

421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321

(219) 922-3811


Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN 46403

(219) 938-3339


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Dogs only)

720 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563

(708) 703-5047


Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Cats only)

198 North Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181

(708) 205-6862


McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Ctr. (Cats only)

100 N. Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 459-6222


Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.

722 IN-212, Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 872-4499


Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 420-8989


New Beginnings for Cats

7701 E. 3500N Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

(815) 472-4734


Orphans of the Storm

2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015

(847) 945-0235


PAWS Chicago

1997 N. Clyborn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 687-4700


Precious Pets Almost Home (Cats only)

3640 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 887-2286

and

3757 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

(708) 352-3914


Rover Rescue of Illinois (Dogs only)

1512 S. Randall Road, Geneva, IL 60134

(630) 232-6467


South Suburban Humane Society

1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411

(708) 755-7387


Spay and Stay (Outdoor location)

555 E. Townline Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847) 289-4557


Tails Humane Society

2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 758-2457


The Anti-Cruelty Society

157 W. Grand Ave., IL 60654

(312) 644-8338


Tree House Humane Society (Cats only)

7225 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60645

(773) 262-4000


Wheeling Animal Group Saves

532 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling, IL 60090

(847) 520-7387


Winnebego County Animal Services

4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 319-4100


4 Paw Sake (Dogs only)

2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL 60411

(708) 758-3647



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Chicago-Area Shelter Near You]]>432678873Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:56:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/179*120/Lassie+Dog+Providence+AC+CTS+Dog+Generic+Dog.JPG

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters across the Chicago area to find loving homes for pets in need. It's all part of Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The waived fees apply to animals ages six months and older (not kittens or puppies), and all individual shelters' adoption policies apply.

Find a participating shelter near you in the list below:

Animal Services and Assitance Programs
Farm & Fleet at 11501 Route 14 Woodstock, 60098
815-568-2921

Their shelter is home to more than 100 cats. Many of their cats are available for adoption, some of our cats are waiting for barn homes and. The remaining cats are senior cats and those needing daily medical care who will live out the rest of their lives in comfort with love.

This shelter will only have adult cats up for adoption.

Animal Welfare League
10305 SW. Highway, Chicago Ridge
708-636-8586

This shelter was started to stop the suffering of animals and is the only humane society on the south side of Chicago. The Wabash shelter operates in an economically depressed area and provides valuable services to residents such as shelter and care to homeless and needy animals, low cost clinic services to pet owners on a limited income and no-charge monthly pet food distribution.

This shelter houses the largest number of adoptable animals from a non-profit organization in the entire mid-west.

Aurora Animal Care and Control
600 S. River St. Aurora, IL 60506
630-256-3630

The Division of Animal Control and Care promotes and protects public safety through sheltering, pet placement programs, education and animal law enforcement. Their purpose is to provide responsive, efficient and high quality animal care and control services that preserves and protects public and animal safety.

A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife Inc. Rescue the Birds
Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park, 60035

Their goal is to rescue parrots who have been neglected, abused, injured or surrendered because their owners can no longer care for them. They then find the parrots forever homes where they can thrive. They will waive fees for adult parrots.

They will be at the Ravinia location from 2:30PM -7PM

C.A.R.E (Community Animal Rescue Effort)
1962 Peterson St. Chicago
847-732-1147

C.A.R.E is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals.

*This rescue will only have cats up for adoption.

CatNap from the Heart
1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park
708-352-3914

The shelter CatNap From the Heart has limited-access shelter for cats, birds and small mammals and they do not euthanize for cage space.

There is no time limit for any animal as the shelter is committed to finding the right home and to taking the time to carefully match the needs and the personalities of both people and adopted animals.

DuPage County Animal Care & Control
120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
630-407-2800

This self-supporting animal care & control operates a shelter for stray and owner-relinquished non-native animals. They rescue animals that are lost, diseased, injured or in peril.

The staff works together to ensure the shelter animals are healthy and happy in the unfamiliar shelter environment until they are adopted to a loving home. Dupage county aims to prevent and control rabies through vaccinations prior to being adopted out.

Ellie's Animal Rescue, Inc.
54 N. Western Ave., Carpentersville
331-210-2311

This is a non-profit, no-kill rescue shelter focuses on the all-breed dogs. Dogs and puppies are saved from all conditions from owner surrenders to kill shelters. In exchange, the dogs are giving proper vetting, healthy diet and a bed. Individuals can get involved by donating, fostering animals or adopting.

Felines & Canines
6379 N. Paulina, Chicago
773-465-4132

Founded in 1977 as one of Chicago’s first cage-less, no-kill cat shelters, Felines & Canines provides exceptional housing and care for more than 200 feline residents, with a focus on “special needs” animals. As the first shelter in Chicago to successfully integrate FIV-positive cats with the general population, Felines & Canines is also recognized as pioneers in the animal welfare movement.

This shelter will only have cats up for adoption. 

Help Save Pets – Oswego
1280 Route 34, Oswego
815-436-1500

Help Save Pets is dedicated to their mission of saving and finding homes for dogs and cats about to be euthanized at animal control facilities. They are proud to share our financial and statistical information with our friends, volunteers and donors. If you are considering donating to them, you’ll find that your donation will be put to good use saving homeless animals.

Help Save Pets – Shorewood
189 Brook Forest Ave. Shorewood
815-436-1500

Help Save Pets is dedicated to their mission of saving and finding homes for dogs and cats about to be euthanized at animal control facilities. They are proud to share our financial and statistical information with our friends, volunteers and donors. If you are considering donating to them, you’ll find that your donation will be put to good use saving homeless animals.

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm, Hinsdale
630-323-5630

This shelter is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals. They advocate education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent their suffering and neglect.

Hinsdale Humane Society is a Pets for Patriots shelter member.

Humane Society of Calumet Area
421 45th Ave. Munster, IN
219-922-3811

Humane Society of Calumet’s mission is to lead the community in the humane treatment of animals. They work individually and in a partnership with similar valued organizations, and will create a humane community for all animals through education, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion.

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana
6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN
219-938-3339

Magnificent Mutts Rescue
Elmhurst Animal Care Center at 850 S. Riverside Dr. Elmhurst

Magnificent Mutts Rescue is located inside the Hillside Petco. They are dedicated to caring for and finding loving homes for any breed of dog abandoned, abused, neglected or in need of assistance.

Magnificent Mutts Rescue will be participating from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

McHenry County Animal Care and Control
100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake
815-459-6222

This initiative is a McHenry County Department of Health division dedicated to the public health of animals. Minor and major offenses are investigated by Animal Control Officers throughout the year. The department promotes community events including pet adoptions, proper pet care and dog bite prevention.

Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.
722 IN-212, Michigan City, Ind.
219-872-4499

The Michiana Humane Society provides a safe harbor to an average of 1,000 to 1,200 animals yearly. Most of these animals are those surrendered by their owners who can no longer continue to provide care. They also provide for strays, abandoned, and unwanted animals found in our service area. Healthy, non-aggressive animals are assured of their care until they find them homes, no matter how long it takes.

They receive no tax funds to help with their mission, and rely soley on private donations. The staff and volunteers provide shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, testing, and spay/neutering services.

Naperville Area Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville
630-420-8989

This shelter is a limited admission animal shelter accepting cats and dogs. Their highly trained staff and volunteers offer care to each animal and work to address his or her individual needs. The staff works to match the needs of each pet with a family eager to adopt a dog or cat.

Because they cannot take all of the animals, they have an evolved approach to the homeless animal crisis to include innovative community service initiatives, such as humane education and a behavior helpline, while they can continue to re-home animals.

New Beginnings for Cats
7701 E. 3500 N. Rd., Bourbonnais
815-472-4734

The non-profit shelter serves as a sanctuary for cats and believes in the motto of “a second chance.” The cage-less environment supports cats any and every cat in need, no matter the health condition. New Beginning For Cats offers programs for senior and veterans looking for companions by waiving adoption fees.

The twelve person staff seeks volunteers that can help in any way including the Facebook, scrapbooking, bakers, auction assistance, seamstresses and more. Founders Pamela and Harry Carpenter welcome any new ideas and interested individuals to the shelter.

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
847-945-0235

Orphans of the Storm has had a long history of humane service to the community. It has been serving most of the animal control facilities and municipalities in Illinois’ Lake and northern Cook Counties.

The shelter offers off-site events along with a unique opportunity to meet a variety of dogs in a relaxed atmosphere. One may interact with pets one-on-one without the distractions of a busy shelter.

PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clybourn, Chicago, or 1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
773-687-4700

This is a no-kill shelter that respects the life of every cat and dog. The mission of this shelter is to end the overlpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education. PAWS Chicago works to transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights
708-755-7387

The South Suburban Humane Society makes every effort towards ending animal homelessness, reducing pet overpopulation, and ending cruel, inhumane treatment and abuse towards pets. They have a program called “eat and earn” where they pair with local restaurants and a portion of the proceeds go straight to SSHS.

SSHS shetlers animals needing protection, provides education of the public as to ownership duties and responsibilities and investigative pracitces which will prevent abuse.

Spay and Stay
555 E. Townline Rd. (Petco), Vernon Hills
847-289-4557

Spay and Stay’s mission focuses on controlling the numbers of feral cats in the Lake County area and ensuring public safety in the community. The non-profit organization provides caretakers with inexpensive vaccination and spay/neuter services for feral cats in the area. Over 5,000 cats have been sterilized in 10 years.

Tails Humane Society
2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb
815-758-2457

TAILS cares for over 2,500 displaced pets each year and accept pets from owners who can no longer keep them. They also work with animal control organizations and other animal welfare organizations, accepting pets from overcrowded shelters when their assistance is needed.

The HomeBuddies Program was created in partnership with the Voluntary Action Center's Meals on Wheels program. Pet food and supply deliveries are made by Meals on Wheels volunteers along with their regularly scheduled visits.

The Anti-Cruelty Society
510 N. Lasalle St.
312-644-8338

This shelter has an open door policy, they will not turn awat any animal in need. The Anti-Cruelty society is a member of the Chciago Animal Shelter Alliance. Aside from providing shelter to dogs and cats, this shelter also focuses on community education. 

Tree House Humane Society
7225 N. Western Ave, Chicago
773-262-4000

Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care, with a focus on the care and placement of stray cats with special physical and emotional needs. They are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home and to helping lead the way to a No-Kill nation.

They have a Pet Food Pantry Program that assists people on a low or fixed income with supplemental food for their animals. They also supply food to feral cat caretakers who practice TNR and have outdoor managed feral cat colonies. The goal of the program is to enable their clients to keep their pets despite financial difficulties, or maintain their feral colonies. They also counsel clients if they appear to be acquiring more animals than they can properly care for or afford.

*This is a cats only shelter.

Winnebago County Animal Services
4517 N Main St, Rockford 61103
815-319-4100

This animal services center has both adoptable dogs and cats. Microchip clinics are available weekly as well as spay/neuter services. 

I Wanna Go Home Rescue
PetCo 10235 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland, IN 46322
708-955-8375

I Wanna Go Home Rescue finds foster homes for animals in need before they are adopted. The rescue services would with other shelters to find homes for dogs in need. 

Their goal is to provide assistance to animals in need with medical care, love, attention and in-home fostering that will ultimately lead to adoption!

4 Paws Sake
Paw Palace at 2739 Glenwood Dyer Rd. Lynwood
708-758-3647

Each member of their team has a natural love for all dogs! Their goal is to ensure that as many homeless dogs as possible are cared for properly at their facility, until they find a loving family.



Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday July 14, 2018]]>488185841Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:10:45 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/twoadorbscats.jpg

Two adorable cats are in need of a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday July 1, 2018]]>487049851Sun, 01 Jul 2018 10:37:25 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackcat4.jpg

Two kittens are in need of a new home in the Windy City. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, June 30, 2018]]>487014401Sat, 30 Jun 2018 14:31:13 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearthesheltersblackdog.jpg

A black dog is in need of a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Madrid Police Dog 'Performs' CPR on Partner]]>486550601Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:28:49 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/20180626_cpr_dog_SOCIAL.gif

Poncho is ready to save a life! Madrid's municipal police department shared a video of K-9 Poncho "performing" CPR on his human partner as a way to promote adoption. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday June 23, 2018]]>486344381Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:41:33 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/csdog.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on a 10-year-old dog who's looking for a new place to call home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, June 17, 2018]]>485766801Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:39:22 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CScat.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the details on two cats looking for a new home in the Chicago area.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday June 3, 2018]]>484413911Sun, 03 Jun 2018 11:35:50 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/elderlycat.jpg

An elderly cat and a shy one both need to find new homes. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday June 2, 2018]]>484377951Sat, 02 Jun 2018 12:02:19 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mauidog.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the latest on a puppy looking for a cozy, new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Found With 'FREE' Written on Fur Gets a New Family]]>484177311Thu, 31 May 2018 10:14:55 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FREE+PUPPY+-+00000000_32251934.jpg

A puppy found at an Ohio park with "FREE" written on her fur has a new home.

The Ross County Humane Society says a family adopted the 5-month-old female mixed lab on Wednesday.

The shelter says it received nearly 100 applications to adopt the dog after it was found inside a cage at a Chillicothe park last week.

Linette Wrightsel says her daughter begged her to go to the shelter and that they both connected with the puppy right away.

Wrightsel says they couldn't resist.

The shelter's director says whoever left the dog used a permanent marker to write "FREE" and "GOOD HOME ONLY" on its fur.

Workers at the shelter were able to clean up the markings before putting her up for adoption.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 27, 2018]]>483807521Sun, 27 May 2018 09:32:04 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearcats1.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two cats looking for a cozy, new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday May 26, 2018]]>483770101Sat, 26 May 2018 09:35:22 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dogies.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two dogs looking for a new, loving home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 20, 2018]]>483145391Sun, 20 May 2018 14:45:25 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/twodogs1.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos shares how two dogs are in search of a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 13, 2018]]>482481701Sun, 13 May 2018 14:02:18 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cats12.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two cats who are looking for a new home,]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Energetic Pups Need a Good Home]]>482449691Sat, 12 May 2018 19:57:56 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131705976704680000.jpg

NBC 5 Storm Team Meteorologist Andy Avalos trades in Doppler radar for doggie treats as he welcomes two energetic pups in this week’s “Clear the Shelters.”]]>
<![CDATA[Photo of Death Row Dog's 'Freedom Ride' Goes Viral]]>482301491Thu, 10 May 2018 18:13:12 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/31693100_1899071890111683_6412797046679404544_o.jpg

“This is why we rescue.”

It’s a fitting caption for a photo melting animal lovers’ hearts across the country - A beagle once on the brink of euthanasia seen snuggling next to its rescuer on an inspiring “freedom ride.”

They’re the words of an Ohio shelter founder who help saved Gregory the dog from death row.

Gregory was slated to be euthanized at the Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus after testing positive for heartworm, according to rescuers. 

Schenley Hutson Kirk, who co-founded HOUND Rescue and Sanctuary, helped rescue Gregory before the dog was euthanized. She shared a photo of the pooch leaving what could have been its final home.

"’Gregory’ is one thankful and appreciative Beagle!” her Facebook post read. “He KNOWS he is SAFE! He is Heartworm Positive and will be going through treatment, but he knows he is in good hands! We will get him healthy and provide him all the love he so deserves and a wonderful future!!”

The caption was accompanied by a photo of Kirk’s husband, Joe, driving Gregory on a “freedom ride.” In the image, Gregory is seen nuzzling Joe’s shoulder with a paw on Joe’s arm.

Joe told "Today" he drove two hours to pick up the dog, saying the moment he met Gregory it felt like they "known each other for years." 

Normally, the shelter transports dogs in crates, but Joe told "Today" he felt Gregory had been caged up for too long and chose to instead tether him in the back seat. 

“This is what makes it all worthwhile!” Kirk wrote. “This is why we rescue.”

The post has been shared more than 9,000 times since it was posted at the start of the month. Kirk has asked for donations to help with Gregory’s treatment, which can be made here.

The couple said the shelter already has an adoption offer for Gregory since the post went viral. Once the dog is cleared by a vet, the adopters will have their first meet and greet with what could be the newest member of their family. 



Photo Credit: Schenley Hutson Kirk/Facebook
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 6, 2018]]>481859321Sun, 06 May 2018 09:56:57 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cat47.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on two playful cats looking for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday May 5, 2018]]>481822791Sat, 05 May 2018 14:28:39 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearpuppies.jpg

Two puppies need a new home, maybe you can help out. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday April 29, 2018]]>481176661Sun, 29 Apr 2018 12:30:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puppies20.jpg

Two puppies are looking to stay together while searching for a new home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday April 28, 2018]]>481144561Sat, 28 Apr 2018 11:32:48 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clearcats.jpgTwo adorable cat brothers hoping to stay together, are looking for a home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details.
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<![CDATA[Adorable Pooch Searching for New Home]]>480485211Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:29:53 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_131688696094680000.jpg

This morning, a dog who is ready to call a new family "his" and their house his home. NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details in this morning's Clear the Shelters segment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday April 21, 2018]]>480452291Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:42:13 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kittens3.jpg

PAWS is extending its hours from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. in Lincoln Park, in hopes that someone takes home a new friend! Saturday wraps up its annual spring Adopt-A-Thon and NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on five kittens looking for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday April 15. 2018]]>479804833Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:21:27 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cat46.jpg

NBC's Andy Avalos has details on two cats looking for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday April 1, 2018]]>478483263Sun, 01 Apr 2018 10:08:31 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puppies1.png

NBC Andy Avalos has the details on two puppies looking to for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday March 31, 2018]]>478455793Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:32:38 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/clcat.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two kittens looking to be paired into a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday March 25, 2018]]>477850933Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:23:42 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dog13.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has the details on 9-month-old fitbit who is in search of a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Feb. 3, 2018]]>472507803Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:56:29 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180203.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on an adorable cat and a cute puppy searching for a new home.]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Found 10 Years After Family Was Told It Died]]>471760474Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:09:22 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ollie+the+cat.png

It has been 10 years since Oliver the cat accidentally got out of his home in suburban Lake Zurich.

After weeks of searching, his owners were told by their microchip company that Oliver had passed away. 

Now, "Oliie," as he's affectionately called, has been reunited with his family in an unexpected Chicago surprise.

Oliver had somehow managed to travel from Lake Zurich to downtown Chicago, where he was being cared for by a "cat colony caretaker," PAWS Chicago wrote on Instagram.

He was brought to PAWS Chicago over the weekend for a "trap neuter and release" appointment by that caretaker. 

"When we scanned for a microchip, we found out that it was registered to a family in Lake Zurich and he had been missing for 10 years," PAWS Chicago wrote. "The microchip company reported that the animal had passed away. We gave his family the unexpected call of a lifetime and they were overjoyed!"

Oliver's owners picked him up soon after, with the shelter reporting they were "overjoyed."

"As you can imagine, Ollie’s family is over the moon about his safe return," the post read. "Their daughter Laura had picked Oliver to be part of their family 10 years ago and reunited with him [Monday]!"

The shelter said the story amplifies the importance of microchipping animals. 

"Ollie is proof of how lifechanging microchips truly are!" PAWS Chicago wrote.



Photo Credit: Paws Chicago/Facebook
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018]]>471525744Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:46:11 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180128.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two kittens searching for a loveable home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday Jan. 27, 2018]]>471424324Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:02:44 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180127.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two dogs searching for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018]]>470374593Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:34:53 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180121.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two kittens searching for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018]]>470270073Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:25:27 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_170120.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[CACC: Adoptions More Than Doubled After Call for Help]]>469581393Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:53:46 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Animal+Control+Exteriors+2741+S+Western+-+00002409_30479816.jpg

Less than a week after Chicago's Animal Care and Control said it may be forced to euthanize animals as the shelter filled to capacity during this month's brutally cold temperatures, the agency said adoptions have more than doubled as it offers new incentives for potential pet owners - but the struggle is far from over. 

In the first two weeks of this year, at least 61 dogs have found new homes, a 154 percent increase over 2017, officials announced Tuesday. Still, new dogs continue to arrive at the shelter daily as temperatures hover in the 20s with wind chill values in the single digits and below-zero. 

"Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) wants to sincerely thank Chicago residents, our valued partners, and everyone who has adopted a dog from CACC during the first two weeks of 2018," the shelter said in a statement. "While there is more work to be done and new dogs and cats arrive at the shelter daily, many kind, compassionate people shared information about CACC animals with their communities, dropped off donations, and best of all, came to adopt a dog."

Through the end of January, Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control is offering $100 to $200 incentives for rescue partners to transfer 50 "long-term" dogs, or dogs that have been at the shelter for 30 days or more, out of its facility.

In addition, Pets and Vets USA is offering a $100 training rebate incentive for up to 50 dogs through Feb. 18. Anyone who shows proof they completed a dog training course can receive up to $100 in reimbursements. 

"As the city’s only municipal shelter that must take all animals that come to its doors, [CACC] is committed to working to provide the best possible outcomes and find forever homes for all adoptable pets," the shelter said in a statement. 

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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018]]>469126703Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:46:47 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180113.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018]]>469234033Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:35:05 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180114.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two adorable pets who are looking for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018]]>468210893Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:51:41 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_180106.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets looking for their forever homes in today's Clear the Shelters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017]]>466258573Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:22:48 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171224.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has details on two pets looking for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017]]>466098863Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:21:05 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_70_8VSB_Ch5_1_131585051906340000.png

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has details on two pets searching for their forever homes this holiday season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, December 17, 2017]]>464746613Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:47:20 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171217.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two adorable pets in search of a new leash on life. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, December 16, 2017]]>464592543Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:56:27 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAT+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+-+00003122_30095576.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to a cat and a puppy in search of their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017]]>463174123Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:21:38 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6A+PKG+SUN+CLEAR+THE+SHELTERS+-+00003017_30007353.png

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two sweet pets looking for new homes this holiday season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017]]>461473113Sat, 02 Dec 2017 10:18:05 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171202.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two dogs in need of a loving home together. ]]>
<![CDATA['Pets for Vets' Waives Cat and Dog Adoption Fee for Veterans]]>456864983Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:56:39 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/paws+chicago+pets+for+vets.png

Military veterans who adopt a cat or dog Saturday at a designated shelter can skip the adoption fee thanks to the "Pets for Vets " program.

PAWS Chicago and state Comptroller Susana Mendoza are offering the Veterans Day program with the help several sponsors. 

The program is part of "Comptroller's Critters" begun under late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. It aims to find adoptive homes for companion animals and reduce state and local animal-control costs.

Sponsors are Fifth Third Bank, Ariel Investments, Bentley's Pet Stuff, Blue Dog Bakery, Bourbon on Division, Choose Chicago, SP-plus, State Farm, Testa Produce, The John Buck Co. Foundation, and Tradition Gastro Pub and Bar.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago



Photo Credit: facebook.com/pawschicago]]>
<![CDATA[47 Dogs Rescued From Suburban Hoarder's Home]]>455191923Sun, 05 Nov 2017 16:01:16 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/south+suburban+humane+society+thumb.pngThe South Suburban Humane Society is asking for help after saving nearly four dozen dogs from the squalor of a hoarder’s home.

Photo Credit: facebook.com/SouthSuburbanHumane]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, November 4, 2017]]>455158883Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:01:33 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171104.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, October 29, 2017]]>453974353Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:47:35 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171029.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, October 28, 2017]]>453822153Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:18:35 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171028.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two pets searching for forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, October 22, 2017]]>452251643Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:27:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet_171022.jpg

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Colette Bradley has details on two furry friends looking for a new home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, October 21, 2017]]>452094493Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:33:20 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_6A_Adopt_a_Pet.jpg

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Colette Bradley has details on two furry friends looking for forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, October 14, 2017]]>450888433Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:14:54 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_6A_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_AVALOS.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos has details on two adorable pets who need to find a good home in this morning's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, September 24, 2017]]>447366023Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:55:09 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_170924.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two adorable pets who need to find a new home together.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, September 23, 2017]]>447102193Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:03:32 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_170923.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets in need of loving homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, September 17, 2017]]>445041053Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:52:38 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SUN_6A_Adopt_a_Pet.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to pets in search of their forever homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017]]>444838883Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:58:27 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_SAT_Adopt_a_Pet_170916.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets looking for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Help Animals Affected By Hurricanes Harvey, Irma]]>442933993Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:49:26 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/harvey+dog.jpg

Animal shelters across the Chicago area and northwest Indiana are banding together to help animals affected in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Just as you helped Clear the Shelters in the Chicago area this summer, many of these local shelters helped rescue dogs and cats in Texas to make room for pets displaced in the storms.

Now they need your help again. If you are considering fostering or adopting an animal, check the list below for opportunities. Donations are welcomed too as shelters pay for vet checkups and supplies for animals who just arrived from Texas.

Fetching Tails: Foster homes, donations needed
PO Box 463, Itasca, 60143

Volunteers from Fetching Tails, along with Players for Pits and One Tail at a Time, are heading to Houston to help with rebuilding efforts at area shelters and bring much-needed supplies.

They also will bring back "as many dogs in need of homes as possible, but we need foster homes to do so."

If you are considering fostering a pet, you can fill out an application here.

If you can't foster, consider a donation for the purchase of more supplies like collars, leashes, crates and flea/tick preventatives, and to provide medical care for rescued dogs. Click here to donate.

One Tail at a Time is also raising funds to care for the animals rescued during Harvey through its fundraising event Dog Restaurant Week 2017.


The Anti-Cruelty Society: Foster homes, volunteers, donations needed
169 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, 60654

The Anti-Cruelty Society teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States and Wings of Rescue to take pets in shelters prior to the storms and bring them to local shelters for adoption.

"This will help open up the Houston-area shelters to take in pets displaced by the storm and hopefully reunited with their families when things settle down," the shelter said.

If you are considering fostering, especially large breed dogs, head to the Anti-Cruelty website for more information. Those looking to volunteer once the animals arrive, can fill out an application here. Donations can be made here.

PAWS Chicago: Forever homes, donations needed
1997 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, 60614

Four vans filled with pets rescued from flood-stricken Texas arrived in Chicago Sunday, thanks to the efforts of PAWS Chicago animal shelter. In total, 43 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies made the 21-hour drive to Chicago, arriving at the organization’s medical center where they’ll be checked out and treated. Eventually, PAWS plans to put each of the pets up for adoption in hopes that they can find their forever homes in Chicago.

For details on adoption and how to make a donation, click here.

REGAP of Illinois, Inc.:Donations needed
4107 E. 3rd Road, Mendota, 61342 

The adoption group is running an online auction, going on now, to raise money for REGAP and a Texas-area greyhound adoption group. Donations can also be made to Hurricane Harvey relief.

Magnificent Mutts:Forever homes, foster homes needed
755 N. Wolf Road, Hillside, 60162

Magnificent Mutts collected items to send to Texas and are bringing in about 35 dogs that need foster homes. Those interested in fostering can fill out an application here.

Felines and Canines:Forever homes, foster homes, donations needed
6379 N Paulina St, Chicago, 60660

Cats aren't forgotten by this Chicago shelter that took in dozens of kittys in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Foster and adoptive families are needed to find homes for the cats. Donations also are welcomed to offset the cost to the facility. More information can be found here.

CatNap from the Heart:Forever homes, foster homes needed
1101 Beach Ave., La Grange Park, 60526

"We are reaching out to area shelters that will be bringing back cats for adoption to see if we can take any of them when they arrive," the shelter says.

CatNap from the Heart is looking for families who want to foster or adopt cats to help make room for animals coming in from Texas. Click here for more information.

Naperville Area Humane Society: Donations needed
1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, 60563

Donations can be made locally to the Naperville Area Humane Society and to the Houston SPCA through their website.

ALIVE Rescue:
Foster homes, donations needed
2227 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 60618

ALIVE Rescue is heading to Texas on Sept. 18 with supplies and will bring back cats and dogs. Donations can be made here. If you are interested in fostering or adoptiong, click here for more information.

Michiana Humane Society: Donations needed for Houston SPCA
722 Indiana 212, Michigan City, Ind., 46360

The Michiana Humane Society will raise money over the weekend to send to the Houston SPCA, "which is acting as a distribution hub for shelters, rescues and individuals working to save pets and reunite them with their families."

Donations can also be made at Michiana Humane Society and at the opening night of the Outsiders Outside Art Fair in Harbert, Mich. Click here for details.

One Tail at a Time:Foster homes, forever homes, volunteers and donations needed
2144 N. Wood St., Chicago, 60614

The Chicago shelter mobilized to Texas to bring supplies to Texas shelters and continue to take in animals from shelters there to help make room for those displaced by the hurricane.

"Our hearts are with Texas and the trauma being endured there. While we’ve sent crates, beds, blankets, towels and other supplies with rescue groups heading there, we’ll also be opening our doors to help those animals in need," the shelter said.

"Our understanding is that the best thing for friends of our shelter to do is to donate to shelters in Southeast Texas. Donating to the HSUS allows them to continue their massive rescue efforts."

Adopting from One Tail at a Time also helps make room for more animals in need. Fostering is needed "more than ever at a time like this." For information on adopting and fostering, click here. For information on volunteering, click here.

On Angels' Wings:Forever homes needed
5186 Northwest Hwy # 133, Crystal Lake, 60014

The shelter is working with the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago and GROWL from Indiana to bring back pets that have been waiting for homes in Texas shelters.

"We will be helping adopt out as many dogs and cats as we can from this sad situation." For more information, click here.



Photo Credit: PAWS Chicago]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017]]>442585623Sun, 03 Sep 2017 17:36:45 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SUN_Adobt_a_Pet_170903.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to two pets searching for their forever homes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017]]>442542023Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:00:52 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adotpt_a_pet_170902.jpg

NBC 5's Andy Avalos introduces us to pets searching for their forever homes in this week's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Sunday, August 27. 2017]]>441868433Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:44:53 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adopt_a_Pet_170827.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter introduces us to two adorable pets looking for a new home in today's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Saturday, August 26, 2017]]>441804273Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:47:54 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SAT_Adopt_a_Pet_170826.jpg

NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has details on a dog and a kitten that are in need of loving homes in this week's Clear The Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Pets Find New Homes in Chicago Area for Clear the Shelters]]>441080853Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:09:28 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DHnKg0TXgAIBivk.png

Within minutes of doors opening at animal shelters across the Chicago area Saturday for Clear the Shelters, several animals had already found their forever homes. 

Just 30 minutes into the big adoption event, the first pet adoptions had been reported at PAWS Chicago, the DuPage County Animal Care & Control, Tails Humane Society in DeKalb and many more. 

Several hours later, success stories continued to pour in from dozens of shelters as long lines of people remained hopeful they would find a new family member to take home. 

Lines formed outside numerous shelters hours before doors opened for the massive event with families hoping to bring home a new furry friend. 

Outside the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, nearly a dozen people were waiting just after 9 a.m. for their chance to meet the 48 cats and 24 dogs available for adoption Saturday. 

At the DuPage County Animal Care & Control, lines of people had formed with just 30 minutes until the start of the event. 

Shelters across the city, the suburbs and northwest Indiana opened at 11 a.m. for Clear the Shelters, which continues until 4 p.m. 

As of 5 p.m., 660 animals had been adopted and at least one shelter - Magnificent Mutts Animal Rescue in Hillside - was cleared, with numbers expected to grow. 

Last year, 53,000 animals were adopted during the nationwide adoption campaign, with more than 1,000 of them being from the Chicago area. In total, six of the participating shelters were completely cleared.

This year, nearly 30 Chicago-area shelters are participating, with hundreds of animals available for adoption. 



Photo Credit: Allison Rosati
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Pets Find New Homes in the Chicago Area]]>441079983Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:58:04 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/first+adoption+main.jpgThe big day is finally here - pets in need are finding new homes left and right during Clear the Shelters! Dozens of shelters in Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana are waiving or discounting fees as part of the one-day adoption event.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Set for This Weekend]]>441051093Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:41:09 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_430P_PKG_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_TROTTER.jpg

We're less than 24 hours away from the annual NBC and Telemundo clear the shelters event! the goal - to help match needy pets with their perfect forever homes. Animal shelters across the country will be participating - including more than a dozen in the Chicago area. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter takes a look at what potential adopters can expect.]]>
<![CDATA[Marley Kayden Shares Her Incredible Pet Adoption Story]]>440932913Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:04:18 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/marley+chance.jpg

Chance came into my life 12 and a half years ago as a "special needs" rescue.

To elaborate on why he was considered "special needs" would bring tears to your eyes and rage to the soul of any animal lover, so I will simply say that he was abused. In just his few short months of life (the vet estimated him to be between 3 and 6 months of age at the time of his adoption), he had suffered such unthinkable treatment that the shelter had basically given up on him.

From the moment I first saw my sweet little red dog, with the most beautiful, crystal-clear, cognac-colored eyes, I knew I would do anything and everything I could to keep him safe and happy. More than a decade later, Chance is the BEST dog a fur parent could ask for! He is affectionate, intuitive, kind, playful, intelligent and appropriately protective.

Notice how I led with "a decade later..." 

Owning a rescue is not always the easiest and most fun path. Along the way I had to deal with food aggression, anxiety issues, and urinating at the sight of a man (the taller the man, the more I had to clean), to name a few. Some of these things are to be expected, and often already known when you adopt a rescue, but there are occasionally other unforeseen issues.

When I first got Chance, I thought I was just dealing with the mental issues stemming from his abuse. Little did I know that the head trauma he had suffered at the hands of his previous owner would lead him to have seizures. (Honestly, they upset me more than they do him).

I say this not to scare anyone, but to let you know that adopting a pet is a huge commitment. They become a member of your family, much like a child, and you are responsible for caring for them until their last day.

My husband and I always say that Chance makes us a family and not just a couple. There is so much joy added to your life when you allow a rescue to be a part of it. They are so grateful to be with you and they will never let you forget that you saved them. They'll also show their love by stealing your spot on the couch, taking up your entire side of the bed, and occasionally sneaking some food off your plate (my fault for leaving the plate where he could reach it!). Chance usually makes up for that with kisses though.

I can't imagine a world without Chance and wouldn't change a single thing about our life together. He brings me immeasurable happiness.

Hopefully reading this will inspire you to help us "Clear the Shelters" on Aug. 19 or simply reaffirm your decision to adopt. Please give a shelter animal a second "Chance." It will be one of the best things you ever do. I promise.

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<![CDATA[PAWS Chicago in 'Urgent Need' of Foster Families]]>440815293Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:41:19 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/benton+PAWS.jpgPAWS Chicago Medical Center is at capacity and is in need of foster families.

Photo Credit: PAWS Chicago]]>
<![CDATA[Everything to Know About This Weekend's Clear the Shelters]]>440754893Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:11:56 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cts+chicago.jpg

If you're planning to bring home a new furry friend during this year's Clear the Shelters in the Chicago area, you're not alone.

And if you have questions surrounding what you should do for the big event, you're probably also not alone. 

We've got you covered. 

See below for a complete guide to everything you need to know before you head out to a shelter this weekend.

What is Clear the Shelters?

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago have teamed up with animal shelters across the Chicago area and northwest Indiana to find forever homes for deserving animals. 

Dozens of shelters in Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption event.

When is it?

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Where is it? 

You can find a participating shelter near you with this interactive map or by using the full Chicago-area list here

Are all animals available?

The waived fees apply to animals ages 6 months and older. 

Has this event been successful?

Last year, more than 53,000 pets were adopted during the nationwide campaign. Several shelters were cleared across the country and many others nearly cleared. For a look at the event in the Chicago area, click here

If you'd like to know more about how some of the animals adopted during the 2016 Clear the Shelters are doing now, click here

Is this safe for the animals?

While many shelters will be waiving or discounting fees, the staff at each animal shelter will have complete control over who adopts the animals. Each shelter's adoption policy remains in effect throughout Clear the Shelters. 

When should I arrive?

Arrive early. In previous years, long lines have formed outside shelters ahead of the event, filled with people hoping to find their furry best friend.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society]]>440615403Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:41:22 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_4PM_PKG_CLEAR_THE_SHELTERS_TROTTER.jpg

We're just days away from NBC's Clear the Shelters event. This Saturday - animal shelters across the country and right here in Chicago will waive the adoption fees for animals six months and older. Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society is one of many taking part in the event. Here's NBC 5's LeecAnn Trotter.]]>
<![CDATA['Instantly in Love': Producer Shares Her Pet Adoption Story]]>440386603Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:11:49 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marlene+cats.jpg

I’m happy to say I’m the proud pet-parent to two adorable rescue cats: Sir Herschel Rupert and Lord Watson Willis Davenport.

We first rescued Sir Herschel in Kansas City, Kansas, on Jan. 20, 2009.

I remember the date because it was when President Obama was sworn in as the country’s first African-American Commander-in-Chief; it was also the day of a very terrible winter snow storm.

A co-worker had actually found Sir Herschel wedged inside the wheel well of his pick-up truck and brought him inside to shelter from the cold. That’s when I first met the tiny ball of fluff and fell instantly in love.

Since then he’s filled our lives with such great joy and love beyond measure. He’s very affectionate and loves belly rubs and snuggles. My sweet 17-pound Maine Coon Tabby is also a great host when friends, guests and foster animals come to visit. My husband and I like to joke that Sir Herschel is just a proper English gentleman trapped in a cat’s body.

When we moved to Chicago in 2012, I started to volunteer at Paws Chicago. That’s where we found Lord Watson Willis.

Our little Flame-point Siamese is quite the opposite of his big brother. Lord Watson is extremely curious, playful and adventurous. He’s also a happy chatter box and enjoys greeting everyone with a cheerful meow. But just like Sir Herschel, he’s very loving and loyal.

Both are now the best of friends and you can usually find them curled up together napping or chasing one another around the apartment.

I’m so thankful I get to come home to my two adorable fur-kids.

No matter how stressful life may get, they are always there to offer love and comfort. There have been many times where I’ve had a hard day and wanted to cry, but then one of them will jump in my lap and just want to snuggle, melting my worries away.

This simple act of affection makes all the difference in the world and I can’t imagine my life without them. I encourage anyone looking for a pet to please considering adopting. The ones we save may end up saving us as well.

Are you looking to take home a new furry best friend? There's no better time than this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption event Clear the Shelters.



Photo Credit: Marlene Dela Cruz]]>
<![CDATA[Your Amazing Stories of Pet Adoption]]>440375573Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:28:28 -0500https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pet+adoption+cts.jpgAs the Chicago area prepares for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago asked for your rescue stories. We are blown away by the touching statements of love and commitment to dogs and cats -- in many cases, older pets or those with special needs -- looking for a forever home.]]>