Big jump in lives saved at Chicago Animal Care & Control!

Big jump in lives saved at Chicago Animal Care & Control!

The statistics from Chicago Animal Care & Control today will shock you – pleasantly.

As of November 30, 2015:

  • 84% of cats and kittens are leaving alive
  • 80% of the non-pittie/non-Chihuahua-type dogs are leaving alive
  • 83% of Chihuahuas are leaving alive
  • 45% of pit bull-type dogs are leaving alive

(Pitbull-type dogs and Chihuahuas make up an unusually large portion of dogs coming into the shelter and are the most difficult to find adopters or rescues to take. That is why those numbers are important to look at separately from other dogs.)

FCACC has enlisted shelter medicine expert, Dr. Sandra Newbury, to serve as a consultant to the management of Chicago Animal Care and Care & Control (CACC). The goal is to reduce euthanasia. Dr. Newbury has been working closely with shelter management and staff for just short of two years to implement processes to do just that. Friends is more than pleased by the huge improvements made!

On Saturday, December 5th, the private nonprofit rescue groups who are helping make the reductions possible were invited to a meeting with Dr. Newbury at the shelter to talk about several topics. Covered in the discussion were:

  1. current statistics
  2. the status of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) that hit Chicago in April
  3. the importance of transferring animals to private rescues as soon as they come into the shelter

The onset of CIV in April threw a monkey wrench into CACC’s efforts to save more dogs. (Stats were on track with cats at that time.) Because it is a novel virus it is difficult to deal with. New knowledge about it is uncovered daily, changing the methodologies necessary to fight it.

In the meantime, there are two things that can be done:

  1. dog owners should vaccinate their pups as soon as the new vaccine is available (the old one won’t protect against this new virus)
  2. rescue groups should prepare to transfer dogs out of the city shelter as soon as possible after they arrive


Friends would like to thank everyone working hard to save more of Chicago’s neediest animals!

Photo: Shelter medicine expert, Dr. Sandra Newbury, and her team of veterinarians remodeled CACC cat kennels to reduce stress on the shelter’s feline population. When the shelter population is low, the new portals installed allow each cat to have two kennels, keeping litter pans separate from the food and sleeping area.

Wolves Game Adopt-A-Dog Night

March 12, 6pm – 10pm

Mascot Skates and the Wolves have teamed up with the City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control to help find loving families for Chicago’s homeless dogs. Known as Skates’ Sidekicks, select dogs will be available for adoption on Adopt-A-Dog game nights.

To meet these dogs visit Skates’ Sidekicks in the South Lobby.  Be a hero and save a sidekick!

For more information about how to adopt, fees, and requirements, CLICK HERE

12 Trees of Giving Fundraising Event

12 Trees of Giving Fundraising Event

It’s the Season of Generosity

November 23 – January 2

FCACC has joined Block 37’s first annual “12 Trees of Giving” competition for the most wonderfully decorated Christmas tree on display at 108 North State St., Chicago, IL.

You are invited to come marvel at our beautiful adornments and vote for your favorite tree by donating $10 to FCACC!

Simply text TREE FCACC to 27722.

(A $10 donation will be added to your phone bill.)

If you really love the decorations you can vote one additional time through social media by using the hashtag #GIVE37.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Trader Todd’s Big Jolly Christmas Bash – Friday, 12/18 @ 6pm

Trader Todd’s Big Jolly Christmas Bash

Join us for food, drink, karaoke and holiday cheer at our annual Christmas party extravaganza! Admission is free with a donation (any amount) at the door to Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. Enjoy beer, wine and cocktails, a holiday smorgasbord from our kitchen, and a free ticket for a holiday specialty drink to boot! Mrs. Claus will be making her traditional visit with door prizes and a free raffle for some awesome presents.

December 18th starting at 6pm!

Star-studded Big Night is almost here!

October 8, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Animal expert and WGN radio star Steve Dale is Honorary Chairman of this celebrity chefs event this year! Joining Steve as emcee will be Pete McMurray of NBC-5’s “24/7” and 97.1 FM “The Drive.” And of course they will be surrounded by Chicago’s best chefs cooking up a storm for you—all to help Chicago’s neediest animals.


08 de octubre 2015 de 6:00-21:00

Experto en animales y la estrella de radio WGN Steve Dale Presidente de Honor de este evento famosos chefs de este año! Junto a Steve como maestro de ceremonias será Pete McMurray de NBC 5 de ” 24/7 ” y 97.1 FM ” The Drive “. Y por supuesto que estarán rodeados de los mejores chefs de Chicago para cocinar un banquete para ti, todo esto para ayudar a los animales necesitados de Chicago.

ORDER TICKETS (para ordenar boletos)


Miles for Max Hits the Road Again in 2015

James and Sharon Pierce rode a 500-mile, 7-day journey across the state of Iowa in memory of their dog Max. In 2014, they raise $5,000 for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. Help them “MAXimize” their ride again this year. They’ve designated an amount for each stop along the way. Help make sure James and Sharon make it all the way and donate today!

Additional information can be found at Miles for Max 2015