Get to Know Chicago-Area Shelters Participating in Clear the Shelters

The pet adoption initiative takes place nationwide from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17

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 League is 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

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

Wheeling: Pet Smart: 101 Euclid Ave. Mount. Prospect, IL. 60056

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

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 Society allows 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 Shore helped 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 Services helps 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

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

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