• David R. Lee Animal Care Shelter David R. Lee Animal Care Shelter


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Mission Statement

The commission on Animal Care and Control endeavors to respond promptly to the requests for service from the public, to enforce chapter 7-12 of the Municipal Code of Chicago for the safety of our neighborhoods, and to demonstrate a dedication to the humane treatment of all the animals in our city.


This city department houses all the stray and unwanted animals brought to the facility or picked up by City of Chicago Animal Control officers. The David R. Lee Animal Care Shelter is the largest animal shelter in Illinois and one of the largest in the US. We operate an adoption center open daily, a medical center to care for all animals in the facility and provide humane education programs to the citizens of Chicago.



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Would you recommend David R. Lee Animal Care Shelter?

by Janet W. (January 6, 2009)
This shelter is the one that needs volunteers the most in all of Chicago. I volunteer there and it is a great place to volunteer to help animals get adopted. I know many other volunteers who find it very fulfilling work. The more volunteers are there, the more animals find good homes. If you volunteer you are working showing the dogs and cats in the adoption pavillions to prospective adopters, exercising dogs in the big yard, or doing data entry. The volunteer orientation is very informative and held each month. Most people know this shelter by the name Chicago Animal Care and Control. On the website are the orientation dates. It is also a great place to find a new dog or cat member of your family. 30,000 animals come through their doors every year. Give them a try! An easier to remember web address for them is http://www.cityofchicago.org/animalcarecontrol