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 24 years, A.D.O.P.T. has placed more than 28,000 animals into permanent homes. In 2013, 714 animals found homes through the tireless efforts of our volunteers and staff.
  • Every animal accepted into A.D.O.P.T.'s program is spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
  • 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 2013, a total of 1083 animals were altered, preventing future litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. Volunteers donated over 2,000 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.
  • All animals are microchipped for prompt and permanent identification.
  • 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.
  • Dogs suffering with heartworm are routinely accepted and provided exceptional care, enabling them to heal and find loving homes.
  • Dental cleanings and extractions can be performed on-site as part of our veterinary care program.
  • 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 and camps 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. In 2013 26 animals were served by the Blessed Bonds program.
  • In early 2012, one of the shelter's animal care rooms was dedicated to the rescue and care of FIV cats, who otherwise would not have a chance at a forever home.


  • 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 twenty-one 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. A total $940,198 in pledges have been raised from this fundraiser.
  • Over 800 donors and 200 volunteers currently support A.D.O.P.T.’s work.
  • On October 31 of this year, A.D.O.P.T. celebrates 25 years of saving the lives of homeless animals, many of whom have special medical and behavorial needs!!

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