Love Connections found at City shelter

meet-your-match-1Little “Lulu” wasn’t adopted during the recent “Meet Your Match” event at Chicago Animal Care and Control but 19 animals DID find their forever families that day! Hundreds more loving dogs and kitties at the shelter are waiting for their own lucky breaks. Visit the shelter at 28th & S. Western Avenue between Noon and 7 pm any day of the week to find your special love.


meet-your-match-2Radio personality and pet expert Steve Dale did a live 1/2 hour broadcast on WGN the morning of the “Meet Your Match” event. He’s shown here in the company of Friends board member, Dee, and shelter cutie, Lulu.



meet-your-match-3Executive Director Sandra Alfred and volunteer Trisha check out the Friends pet boutique table during “Meet Your Match” day. In the background Deputy Director Ivan Capafalli and Supervising Veterinarian Dr. Brown are in heavy discussion.



meet-your-match-4Volunteer Jenny was on duty selling goodies to fund leashes and detergent, always welcome donations at the shelter.



meet-your-match-5Volunteers Anita and Cindy are specifically trained to screen potential adopters and help fill out the paperwork necessary for them to be approved as pet parents.





This visitor asked the folks from the visiting Chicago Herpetological Society if he could hold a snake to help him overcome his fear of them. Looks like it worked! (Yes, snakes, lizards, turtles and other mysterious creatures are among the animals impounded at the city shelter. They are turned over quickly to rescues like the Chicago Herpetological Society and Flint Creek Wildlife Sanctuary who can provide proper care.)


meet-your-match-7She hadn’t met her match by the end of the day, but we’re pretty sure this little darling will find her forever family very quickly.

12 Pups Go Home

12 pups go home from Wolves “Adopt-A-Dog Night”

Wolves Adopt a Dog Night ChicagoHildy’s funny underbite won this little Wolves fan’s heart! They both had a great night out at the last “Adopt-A-Dog Night” of the Chicago Wolves hockey season. Twelve great dogs found their forever families at the event–Browny, Coyote, Diamond, Geronimo, Gina, Indie, Junior, Kayla, Lucky, Montana, Sweet Pea, and Wrigley. For a look at the wonderful dogs available for adoption at the game, check out the additional photos we took. And be sure to join the crowd at the Allstate Arena this coming season! Thanks, again, Chicago Wolves!


Santa and Steve visit CACC


steve dale santaSanta hosted WGN radio personality, animal behaviorist and author, Steve Dale, at Chicago Animal Care And Control on Saturday December 14, the first day of our Howliday Boutique.




santa 2013Holding one pup for a good photo is hard. Holding THREE at one time and getting everybody in focus and looking happy is a miracle! Visitors were welcome to bring their pets for a photo with Santa for a donation of just $10.




santa 2013 1A few pups from the adoption pavillion at CACC were brought in to the Boutique to model some of the designer outfits available at deeply discounted prices. Volunteer Trish just couldn’t put little Scoobie down.




santa 2013 2Tables were piled high with all kinds of pet-related goodies–from Thunder Shirts to Bunny Booties–at bargain basement prices. All proceeds go to benefit the animals of CACC.




santa 2013 3These lovely old boys were ages 17 and 14–and still believe in Santa.




santa 2013 4Gracie, a CACC alum and Friends foster, is very wary of men, EVEN Santa, so Friends’ founder Charlie traded her camera for Santa’s jacket and hat. Gracie calmed down and Santa, wearing his civilian clothes, got the shot of the pup and her mum.


Thank You Chicago!

big-night-2013-1Hundreds of animal-loving Chicagoans made their way up the grand staircase to Preston Bradley Hall in the Cultural Center for the 8th annual “Big Night” charity extravaganza on Wednesday night, September 19. The event was emceed by Jim and Lakesha Rose, catered by a dozen of Chicago’s finest chefs, and featured a mini concert by Jesse Campbell, star of The Voice. This year, nearly 50 original artworks were offered to bid on and so was a live auction of a dinner cooked in your home for 8 people by the famous Jackie Shen. (Chef Shen originated the event to honor her dog Luke, adopted from Chicago Animal Care and Control.)

Girl Scouts surround pup with loads of love at Wolves Game

girls-scouts-jan-6Approximately 11,000 Girl Scouts turned out for the Chicago Wolves’ Adopt-A-Dog Night at the Allstate Arena on January 6. The 30 ft. “Animobile” van brought 13 pups to the game that night and 9 of them went home to their forever families. One experienced volunteer handles each dog brought to the game. Those of us on the other end of their leashes never see any hockey these nights, but every time an adoption is approved, our hearts are cheering like crazy. The Wolves have been responsible for over 1,000 dogs from Chicago Animal Care and Control finding their forever homes and have a good start on the second thousand. The dogs will be at the games again on February 16, March 30, and April 20. Check out for tickets and you just might leave a game with the dog of your dreams.

Snow White

Snow White was brought to Chicago Animal Care And Control when her owner was charged with cruel and neglectful treatment, leaving her with no food or water, living in her own waste. While her sunny disposition shined during her behavior evaluation, it was clear she had some serious health concerns. We shortly confirmed she had cancer. But, this fantastically carefree dog let us know she was a fighter, so we supported her on her path from victim to survivor. While Snow White is in foster and growing stronger, please consider donating today to help cover Snow White’s medical bills and live a full and healthy life.