Need More Adorable Animal Pics? 9 Chicago Pet Instagram Accounts to Follow

Follow these Chicago shelters and pets before Clear the Shelters on July 23

What's better than a bunch of food pictures and selfies on your Instagram feed? Adorable animals. 

With Clear the Shelters just one week away, we've put together a list of local shelters and famous pet Instagram pages leading up to the nationwide adoption event hosted on July 23.

Below is a list of fun pages to help you get your fix of local animal social media stars and shelters dedicated to finding adorable animals a happy, caring home.

Chicago’s Favorite Pets

Manny the Frenchie

Manny is an all-around philanthropist in the Chicagoland area. He is a five year old Frenchie dedicated to giving back to the community, traveling and making new friends.

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Blind Dog Jack’s Family

Jack-Jack, an adopted Pomeranian, lived his life at an Indiana puppy mill before being rescued by his owner. Upon getting him, she realized that Jack-Jack was completely blind from Progressive Retinal Atrophy and was later diagnosed with a Maxillary Plasma Cell Tumor. According to the Blind Dog Jack’s Family Facebook page, Jack-Jack went through 20 radiation treatments before passing in 2014.

His three siblings carry on his legacy and raise money for canine cancer while teaching the community about the dangers of puppy mills.

Gretchen & Leo

Twins Gretchen & Leo are twin cats from Garfield Park that were adopted three years ago. The duo enjoys lots of fun, hiding and relaxing, which is evident through their page!

Pudge the Cat

Pudge was adopted in Chicago over five years ago and is famously known for her distinct white mustache, and two-toned face. She is a huge fan of donuts and enjoys spending her free time sleeping.


Josh Feeney

Josh Feeney is a Chicago photographer who aims to change "the perception of shelter animals through photography." On his page, you will see stunning action shots and close ups of dogs that are looking for a happy home along with descriptions of where they can be rescued. He works often with Safe Humane Chicago and Chicago Animal Care & Control. 

Alive Rescue

Alive Rescue is located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood and is dedicated to promoting a healthy life for animals. On their page is a blend of photos featuring dogs and successful adoption stories. This shelter is one of many that will participate in Clear the Shelters in the Chicago area on July 23. 

Chicago Animal Care and Control

Get up close and personal with Chicago Animal Care and Control dogs. Each post is a photo with a description of the dog looking to be adopted. The array of photos will keep you smiling. Visit the shelter on July 23 during the nationwide event of Clear the Shelters.

PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago is dedicated to ending the killing of homeless pets. Their Instagram page shares posts featuring pets of all kinds, volunteers, care practices and more. Follow Chicago’s largest no-kill humane organization or pay them a visit on July 23 for the Clear the Shelters event.

The Anti-Cruelty Society

This is a feel good page for all animals looking for a happy home. Featuring a variety pets, coverage and fun times, the Anti-Cruelty Society is dedicated to educating the community and caring for pets in a sustainable manner. This shelter is also a participant in the local Clear the Shelters event.  

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