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.

All Freedom of Information requests submitted to City of Chicago departments must include the following information:

  1. The name, mailing address and contact information of the requester;
  2. A description of the records that are being requested.

Animal Care and Control FOIA Information:

For Animal Care and Control FOIA requests, write to:


Fax: 312.747.1409

Mail: 2741 South Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60608

Please note that all FOIA requests are posted online.  FOIA requests are public information, and when you submit a FOIA request, your name and information about the request will be made available on the City's website.


Please be specific about the information you are seeking, and indicate the exact locations and dates.  Please indicate in your request how you would like the information sent to you (via email, mail, or available to pick up at our office).

Due to our request volume, the most efficient way for us to respond to questions is via email:

Click here for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program & Initiative Page


The purpose of Chicago Animal Care and Control is to protect public safety and ensure the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement.  All CACC operations based out of our shelter located at 2741 S. Western Ave, Chicago, IL  60608.

Chicago Animal Care and Control maintains the following general categories of records:

  • Shelter records
  • Request for service records
  • Field response records
  • Departmental personnel records
  • Department budget records
  • Department Statistics

In 2013, CACC has an operating budget of $4,992,064.  CACC is currently budgeted for approximately 64 full time employees and 16 part time employees.  More detailed information on the department's budget can be found at Office of City Clerk - City Budget.

An organizational chart for the department can be found at CACC - Our Structure page.

The Commission on Animal Care and Control, City of Chicago is an advisory board Consisting of nine members appointed by the mayor, responsible for the promulgation of such administrative policies and rules as are ncessary to implement the enforcement of certain animal related provisions of the Municipal Code of Chicago.  A list of current commission members and future meeting dates can be found at Board of Commissions - CACC Board Information

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