CACC Data Statistics
View the CACC Data Statistics for Impoundments, Animal Placements, Animal Transfers and Euthanasia.
Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA)
Animal Care and Control is also a proud member of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA), which was formed in 2003 with the belief that the power of many organizations working together can change the future for the thousands of homeless companion animals euthanized in the City of Chicago each year.
Cold Weather Pet Care
In Chicago, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following simple guidelines.
Commission on Animal Care and Control, City of Chicago Board - Meeting Dates
2021 meeting dates for the CACC advisory board.
Dog Friendly Area (DFA) Frequently Asked Questions
Friendly asked questions about Dog Friendly Area (DFA)
Emergency Preparedness for Pet Owners
Necessary precautionary steps in the case of floods, fires, blizzards, terrorism.
File an Animal Care and Control FOIA Request
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state law that provides citizens with access to public records. Each City department is a separate agency responsible for maintaining its own records, so requests should be submitted to the department that maintains the records you want.
Foster Care/Doggie Day Out Program
CACC’s foster program is designed to allow CACC’s most at-risk animals to be directly placed into short-term foster care allowing for quiet recovery, medical isolation while animals await transfer to a rescue, a calm environment for fearful or under-socialized animals, and / or urgent care for neonate kittens, puppies under eight (8) weeks, and senior animals. CACC’s goal for its foster program is also to provide a direct resource to its Homeward Bound Rescue Partners for more foster homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster caregiver to one of CACC’s animals, please fill out the application here and email it to CACCFoster@cityofchicago.org. Once CACC receives your application, a staff member will email you with the next steps. Thank you for helping CACC’s animals!
Homeward Bound Animal Placement Program
Transferring animals to other State Licensed animal shelters or breed rescue groups often provides them a much better chance of being adopted than remaining at our shelter. Through the Homeward Bound Program, nearly 7,000 animals are transferred out to partnering shelters each year!
Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic Dates
Chicago Animal Care & Control is hosting Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics for City of Chicago residents.
Maddie's® Community Shelter Data Grant supported the collection and publication of shelter statistics from community coalitions comprised of animal control agencies, traditional shelters and adoption guarantee organizations.
Chicago Animal Care and Control strongly recommends that all pet owners microchip and obtain a collar and tag for your pets. Cats that get lost are 9 times more likely to be reunited to their home if they arrive at a shelter with a collar and tag or microchip. Dogs are 5 times more likely to be returned home to their owner if they have a collar and tag or microchip. It is also the law for all dogs to have a city dog license. If your pet gets lost and is found by our shelter we will research the tag and microchip information and contact you as soon as possible to let you know your pet is with us.
Other Ways To Help
Want to open your home to an animal in need? Though Chicago Animal Care & Control does not have a foster program, we can put you in contact with local organizations that do.
Owner Surrender Information
Surrendering Your Pet Surrendering a pet is a difficult decision for any pet owner. If you are considering surrendering your pet to Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), please consider re-homing your pet first if you are able to do so. CACC is an open-admission municipal animal control and sheltering facility. Because CACC houses strays, animals confiscated for abuse/neglect, dogs deemed dangerous under the law, as well as owner-surrendered pets, the shelter can fill up quickly, especially in the summer months. In partnership with animal rescue organizations and through CACC's adoption program, CACC attempts to find homes for animals that are not irremediably suffering or exhibiting behavior that could pose a danger to the public.
Pet Responsibility Portal
Pet ownership is a very rewarding privilege that requires a high level of responsibility and investment on the animal owner's behalf.
Plan for Continual Improvement
Chicago Animal Care and Control's (CACC) Plan for Continual Improvement will enable CACC to help more of the city's people and pets. CACC developed this plan in consultation with key stakeholders, including alderman, rescue partners, and animal welfare and community leaders to enhance community services and improve overall performance.
Regular hours for viewing of lost pets and viewing of adoptable animals.
Temporary Animal Exhibition Permits
Effective January 1, 2013, all Animal Exhibitions, 30 days or less, will no longer require an Animal Care License issued by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Instead, Temporary Animal Exhibitions will require a permit issued by the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control (CACC)
Volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control
Animal Care & Control welcomes volunteers to assist in the socialization and adoption of animals housed at Animal Care & Control.
You can help the animals at ACC by helping us stretch our dollars. There are many common and specialty items that we can always use.