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 a Chicago Resident (or a Cook County Resident on a case by case basis) and are interested in becoming a foster caregiver to one of CACC’s animals. Email your application or any questions to

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CACC’s Doggie Day Out Program (DDO) is designed to allow CACC’s volunteers to give long-term dogs (over 30 days in the shelter) in our care an opportunity to get out of the shelter environment and spend time out in the world. This Program will help relieve the stress that many dogs feel living in the shelter environment, and it will allow the dogs to be seen / marketed while out on their Doggie Day Out. Doggie Day Out Program Volunteers are encouraged to help the dogs in our care experience life outside of the shelter and to promote adoption / rescue of the dog (social media, pictures) in order to help the dog find its forever home!  Doggie Day Out Program Volunteers may bring the dog to any local, public location which allows dogs or to the volunteers private residence; however, interaction with other animals should be avoided.   Doggie Day Out Program Volunteers are allowed to check a dog out for the day Monday through Friday for up to 5 hours.  You must be a current Volunteer with Chicago Animal Care and Control, have a valid ID reflecting your current address and provide cell phone number, make an appointment by emailing at least 24 hours in advance, and sign a DDO agreement.  You will check out your dog no earlier than 11a.m. and return the dog the same day no later than 4 p.m.  When you return the dog, you will also be asked to complete a DDO Questionnaire regarding your day with the dog.  Please note that this program is not open to the general public at this time, only current CACC Volunteers can participate.

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