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.
MAKING THE DIFFERENCE IN ANIMAL POPULATION:
- 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.
EXTRAORDINARY AND COMPASSIONATE CARE
- 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.
CELEBRATING 23 YEARS OF HUMANE HISTORY
- 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!!