A.D.O.P.T.’s mission shall be to improve the quality of life of animals and to place them into loving and permanent homes through rescue, extraordinary and compassionate care and humane education.



  • Over the past 23 years, A.D.O.P.T. has placed more than 27,000 animals into permanent homes. In 2012, 801 animals found homes through the tireless efforts of our volunteers.
  • Every animal accepted into A.D.O.P.T.'s program is spayed/neutered.
  • In 2009 A.D.O.P.T. opened the first low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the western suburbs, serving the needs of other animal rescue organizations.
  • In 2010 A.D.O.P.T.'s Spay/Neuter Program was expanded to include a low-income clinic for residents on unemployment, disability, social security and state aid.
  • In 2012, a total of 1723 animals were altered, preventing future litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. Volunteers donated over 2,500 hours assisting with surgeries.
  • A.D.O.P.T. participates as a provider in DuPage County’s Low Income Spay/Neuter Program.


  • A.D.O.P.T. is a no-kill organization.
  • Comprehensive health care is provided to all animals entering the program.
  • Extraordinary medical care is provided for any cat or dog in need.
  • Special-needs and elderly animals are accepted into our program and provided specialized medical treatment as needed.
  • Dental cleanings and extractions can be performed on-site as part of our veterinary care program.
  • All animals are microchipped for prompt and permanent identification.
  • A healthy, stimulating environment is provided for feline residents via spacious communal rooms.
  • Dog walking and supervised playgroups provide a stimulating environment for canine residents, day and evening.
  • Dog-behavioral training programs are in place to increase adoptability for behaviorally challenged dogs.
  • An extensive foster network has been created to care for puppies, kittens, and special needs animals.
  • In 2011, the Blessed Bonds foster organization joined forces with A.D.O.P.T.  Blessed Bonds provides short-term foster care for people in temporary crisis so people can keep their pets.
  • A cat FIV room was opened in early 2012 to provide quality of life for cats with special medical needs.
  • In 2012 A.D.O.P.T. provided exceptional care to dogs suffering with heartworm and cats afflicted by ringworm, enabling them to heal and find loving homes.


  • In October 1989 A.D.O.P.T. was incorporated as an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
  • Prior to opening an 11,000 sq. ft. shelter in March 2003, A.D.O.P.T. operated as a foster home network for 13 years.
  • The shelter has the capacity to care for 40 dogs, numerous litters of puppies, and 100 cats and kittens.
  • In 2007 A.D.O.P.T. began providing on-site veterinary care for all shelter animals and expanded overall veterinary care to include on-site surgeries in 2008.
  • Over the last nineteen years, A.D.O.P.T.’s "Makin’ Strides for Strays" Walk-A-Thon has grown to attract 800 human participants and 400 canine participants annually.
  • Over 800 donors and 200 volunteers currently support A.D.O.P.T.’s work.

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