Chicago Animal Care and Control protects public safety and ensures the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement.



The City of Chicago Department of Animal Care and Control is currently seeking applications for the position of Animal Care Clerk and Supervising Animal Care Clerk.  Please use the links below to apply:

Chicago Animal Care and Control is open for walk-in adoptions from 12 pm to 7 pm daily. If you are planning to adopt the day you visit, please plan to arrive before 5:30 pm. Visitors arriving after 5:30pm will still be able to view animals in Pavilions A-B-C & cat adopts until 7pm. 
Please view our adoption process for more information

 To look for your lost pet, please visit or visit CACC daily from 12pm to 6pm.  Proof of animal ownership is required at the time of redemption. 

  CACC is Open to the Public for Animal Intake by Appointment Only

Please email to schedule an appointment. 





CACC’s Facility:

  • CACC is a 54,000 square foot building, which houses approximately 500 animals in separate kennels.
  • CACC has a fully-equipped medical division to care for the animals in its care.
  • CACC houses a command center for Animal Control Officers and Inspectors and has a fleet of 18 trucks.
  • CACC has a shelter operations division to clean, feed and care for the animals.
  • CACC has offices for the Executive Director and administrative and management staff.


Operational Information:

  • All intake services at Chicago Animal Care and Control are by appointment only.  In order to make an appointment, you must email  This email is monitored from 12 pm to 7 pm daily.

  • To look for your lost pet, please visit or visit CACC daily from 12pm to 6pm.  Proof of animal ownership is required at the time of redemption. 

  • CACC does not accept owner surrendered pets from non-City of Chicago residents.  If you live outside of the City of Chicago and are surrendering a pet, please contact your local animal control or humane society.

  • City of Chicago residents may surrender their owned pets or drop off stray animals found in Chicago from 12 pm to 7 pm daily.  You must make an appointment to drop off animals by emailing . CACC will contact you back with available times. 

To view lost animals or animals available for adoption, please visit  

For information on 

Upcoming Commission on Animal Care & Control Board Meeting Dates




Coyotes are becoming increasingly common in cities. Even in densely populated areas, coyotes maintain an avoidance of humans so potential for interaction is low. To maintain a safe distance, homeowners are instructed to limit availability of food on their property and haze individual coyotes in the case of direct encounters. These techniques are outlined below. If followed by residents, the likelihood of negative interactions between coyotes and humans/pets is low and coexistence is possible. 


Coyote Tip Sheet                    For more information


In an effort to better serve Chicago’s residents and animals safely, Chicago Animal Care and Control is open by appointment only for all animal intake (strays and owner-surrenders). CACC will accept stray and owner-surrendered animals from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily.  All visitors must make an appointment for animal intake by emailing or calling 312-747-1406.  The Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Fire Department will still have 24-hour access to the facility to bring in stray animals that their officers find on duty.  CACC continues to work with partner organizations including, Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Cats Illinois, as well as local agencies including PAWS Chicago, the Animal Welfare League, The Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation, Tree House Humane Society, Harmony House for Cats and the Anti-Cruelty Society to provide services for stray animals. 


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