It’s Not Animal Control’s Fault; Pet Poison Helpline


Listen HERE to Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio and Dr. Renee Schmid, Senior Toxicologist at Pet Poison Helpline, a 24/7 pet animal poison control center.  A wide range of concerns are discussed including rodenticides to insecticides; and what you can do if your pet ingests some. The truth about garlic in cats and dogs. Also discussed is Xylitol (or Birch Sugar) which can quickly kill, and this sugar substitute is now even in some products that aren’t sugar free.

Chicago Animal Control is Overcrowded

Charlie Propsom, founder of Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, talks HERE on how media has sometimes been critical for too many euthanasia’s at Chicago Animal Care and Control CACC). This conversation comes just after National Animal Control Week. Propsom talks about how finding foster homes and other local shelters to relieve the stress has helped a lot to relive the stress. However, the bottom line are the number of animals appearing at their door, and strays which end up at CACC. As Propsom explains CACC is by law mandated to accept an animal that appears that their facility (other shelters often turn them away). Right now, they can’t keep up, simply getting in far more animals than they can find homes for.

Each weekend in April adoption fees are waived.

After months of anticipation, CACC announces the grand reopening of its renovated lobby! The official unveiling is Saturday, April 27th at 12 p.m at 2741 S Western Ave. The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome the community. The new space, which has been under construction since August 2023, will serve as a welcoming hub for both adoptions and animal redemptions.

The modernized lobby boasts several key enhancements, including:

  • Two Dedicated Adoption Rooms: These private spaces offer potential adopters a comfortable setting to connect with their furry companions.
  • Improved Client Flow: The new layout facilitates a smoother experience for both adoptions and animal redemptions. Separate areas for intake and adoption, creates a more efficient workflow for staff and a quicker process for potential adopters.
  • Enhanced Interaction: The renovated space allows for staff and volunteers to interact with potential adopters; answering questions, providing information, helping people connect with the right pet.

Propsom also talks about the mission of the non-profit Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, which you can support.

Most Popular Dog Breeds

What are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S, at least according to the American Kennel Club, and although as explained these number may be less relevant than ever.