Adult Dogs and Cats: Waived Adoption Fees at Chicago Animal Control (CACC)


Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is hosting a fee-waived adoption event on Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th  to make it easier than ever for Chicago-area animal-lovers to find a new friend to help them meet their goals. Adoption fees will be waived for all pets six months or older and bonded pairs.

 “We have so many wonderful dogs and cats to choose from, and the beginning of the year is a great time to add to your family.” said Kelley Gandurski, CACC Executive Director.  “CACC always has plenty of loving animals who are more than ready for new homes.”

 As always, extra matchmakers will be on hand this weekend to introduce visitors to cats and dogs and to help them through the application process, so they can take them home and get them settled as soon as possible. Animals adopted this weekend will also leave with lots of goodies including new collars, leashes, and toys for both dogs and cats thanks to Friends of CACC, Rescue Chicago, and The Catnip Project.

 CACC reached a record-high adoption and save rate (live release rate) for 2019.  Despite having taken in over 1,000 more animals in 2019 over 2018, CACC still managed to perform over 1,200 more adoptions in 2019 than in 2018.  Additionally, almost 100 more stray animals were reunited with their owners in 2019.  Most notably, CACC’s live release rate increased to 92% for 2019, over the 91% in 2018. 

 “I am tremendously proud of the hard work my team, the volunteers and our rescue partners put in to place more animals than ever in homes,” said Kelley Gandurski, CACC Executive Director.  “Despite the increase in animal intake in 2019, CACC has proven that with hard work, partnerships and dedication, great results are possible.”

 Gandurski attributes CACC’s accomplishments due to a variety of factors.  CACC revamped its intake protocols and have made more animals than ever available for adoption.  Additionally, innovative marketing and programming such as Doggie Day Out, a program where members of the public can take a dog on a field trip for the day, have brought more positive attention to the shelter.  Other factors attributing to CACC’s success are more frequently-held, and creatively-themed adoption events, its medical center renovation, consultation with shelter medicine experts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, increased volunteer networking and combined efforts of rescue partners.  

  • The City Shelter is located at 2741 S. Western Ave.
  • Adoption Hours are 12 – 7 p.m. (applications must be in by 6 p.m.)
  • List of ALL adoptable pets:
  • Photos, video, bios: @caccadoptablepets (Facebook)
  • Adopters should expect the process to take several hours, so please plan accordingly
  • All regular adoption requirements apply:
    • You must be 18 years or older
    • Bring photo ID and a second form of address
    • Renters: Bring your lease or a note from your landlord
    • Current pet owners: Bring your pet’s vaccination records
    • We prefer that all family members meet the pet
    • We can arrange for a future meet-and-greet with your pet

 All dogs and cats available for adoption at CACC are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped prior to adoption.

 CACC is the city’s only municipally-run, open-admission animal shelter, open to the public 365 days of the year. Its mission is to protect public safety and promote the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement. During its business hours, CACC impounds stray, owner-surrendered and confiscated animals, as well as wildlife.