Welcome Friends!

Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC) is the nonprofit group committed exclusively to helping save the lives of over 19,000 animals that come into custody of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) at 2741 S. Western each year.

Please take a look around this website to learn about us and discover ways you might want to get involved helping Chicago’s neediest animals. Or click on one of the buttons for a quick link to view our animals available for adoption or find out more information about our upcoming events.

Our Mission

The City of Chicago takes in thousands of unwanted animals every year from citizens, brings stray animals in off the streets, and provides care for evidence animals in court cases.  Contrary to perception, most of these animals are wonderful, loving companion animals–they simply have nowhere else to go.

And that’s why Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control was founded.  We’re here to provide help for as many of those unfortunate animals as we possibly can.  We do that by:

  • Providing food, medical care and adoption opportunities for ACC animals in our foster program
  • Spreading awareness about Chicago Animal Care and Control at  2741 South Western and promoting the great animals who are available for adoption there.
  • Educating people about the proper care of their animals
  • Advocating humane treatment of all animals
  • Gifting the city shelter with resources the city budget doesn’t cover.

And YOU can help!

Please visit our Volunteer Page!

Providing foster care in your own home for animals transferred to us from ACC is our most critical need –and possible the most rewarding for any person passionate about animals. View our Foster Page Here.

At the shelter volunteers are needed to walk the dogs and help the adopting public get to know these wonderful animals.  At adoption events like the Chicago Wolves games, for one example volunteers are needed to chaperone each dog attending.  At social, educational, and fundraising events we need you for everything from graphic design to taking tickets, from recruiting sponsors to post-event clean up.

Your donations support our efforts to help the City’s neediest animals.  Our programs include Pets For Life (bringing free vaccines and spay/neuter surgery to one of Chicago’s most under-served neighborhoods), After Hours Crisis Care (providing emergency medical care for animals arriving at CACC after staff veterinarians have left for the day), Essential Equipment (filling the gap in medical equipment for CACC not provided for in the city budget ), Foster Care (through to adoption for roughly 300 CACC animals each year), and more. You can donate online here or send check or money order via mail to FCACC, P.O. Box 4414, Chicago IL 60680-4255