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 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.
Get to know this year's participating animal shelters below. Adoption policies for each shelter still apply during the Clear the Shelters event.
A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter has placed over 20,000 dogs and cats into permanent and loving homes since its inception in 1989.
420 Industrial Drive, Naperville, IL 60563
A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife's mission is to educate the public along with avian rescue groups, in order to eliminate the need for rescues.
2720 Dundee Road, Suite 229, Northbrook, IL 60062
Anderson Animal Shelter | North Aurora Adoption receives no federal or state funding. Instead, the shelter relies on the generosity of adopters, foster caregivers, staff, volunteers, community members and businesses to support their life-saving mission.
180 N. Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60542
(847) 697-2880 ext. 80
Animal Outreach Humane 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, IL 60051
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.
19309 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Marengo, IL 60152
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, IL 60506
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., LaGrange Park, IL 60526
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, IL 60608
Cicero Waggin' Tails Animal Shelter contains animals that have already been checked by a vet--temperament tested, have had a parvo test, been de-wormed and given their distemper, Bordetella and rabies shots. All pets are also spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before leaving the shelter with their new, adoptive family.
1800 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL 60804
DuPage County Animal Care & Control is a self-supporting shelter for stray and owner-relinquished non-native animals. They rescue animals that are lost, diseased, injured, or in peril. They also aim to prevent and control rabies through vaccinations prior to being adopted out to their new families.
120 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
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, IL 60195
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, IL 60062
Help Save Pets in Chicago and Downers Grove are 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.
511 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610
941 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516
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.
22 N. Elm, Hinsdale, IL 60521
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
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
Magnificient Mutts and Meows(mutts) is a licensed, non-profit animal shelter dedicated to caring for and finding loving homes for any breed of dog that was abandoned, abused, or neglected. Their goal is to reduce the number of dogs in kill-shelters by educating the public on the importance of proper training, animal health, and puppy mills through public outreach and training programs.
720 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563
Magnificient Mutts and Meows (meows) is a licensed, non-profit animal shelter dedicated to caring for and finding loving homes for any cat in need of assistance, for any reason. Part of their mission is to educate the public on issues involving animal health and training.
198 North Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181
McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Ctr. 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, IL 60014
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 IN-212, Michigan City, IN 46360
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, IL 60563
New Beginnings for Cats is a non-profit, cage less cat shelter and sanctuary. They turn no cat away, regardless of health conditions. They wholeheartedly feel that every cat deserves a second chance and are committed to helping the cats that are in need.
7701 E. 3500N Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
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
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, IL 60614
Rover Rescue of Illinois 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, IL 60134
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, IL 60411
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.
555 E. Townline Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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, IL 60115
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.
157 W. Grand Ave., IL 60654
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, IL 60645
Wheeling Animal Group Saves has access to doctors from Wheeling Animal Hospital who donate their skills as well as the supplies and vaccines to ready their pets for adoption. All donations to WAGS are gratefully accepted and aim to help to find loving homes for many abandoned pets.
532 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling, IL 60090
Winnebego 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, IL 61103
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