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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Animal Care League is a non-profit organization located in Oak Park, IL, that works to shelter and re-home in-need animals, provides low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine services, and acts as a resource for the community.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at ACL for some 7 yrs. I enjoy socializing Cats, volunteering at offsite events and working in the office. 2 of my own cats came from ACL and both are important part of my family. ACL does a great job finding homes for these adoptable pets, is well run by very good staff. Also some great volunteers put in a lot of time there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 of my current cats from the ACL after my former cat, also an ACL alum, has passed away. I found the shelter extremely clean, the staff friendly and willing to help and also willing to give my husband and I the time and space to find the right match for us. Of course we went in thinking about what we wanted to adopt, and, of course, the 2 that we brought home "adopted" us. My husband laid down on the floor and one cat came over, walked up his leg and feel asleep on his side. Okay, we knew she was coming home with us!! Then a orange tabby walked over and laid down right next to his outstretched hand to be scratched and started purring loudly. The rest of the cats just kind of walked around us and played and then left. We knew the 2 that had "picked" us were coming home with us. That was 10 years ago. I've been involved with the ACL as a volunteer for over 30 years. Trust me, if I didn't believe in their mission and the thousands of animals they've helped, I wouldn't still be volunteering. There is now a Low Cost Spay/Neuter clinic, off-site adoption programs, mobile clinic, resale shop and lots of events. Things for the entire family. Stop by to volunteer, you won't regret it and you'll be making the live of a cat, dog, rabbit, rat, bird or mouse better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 4 years and have done many things with the Animal Care League. I have walked the dogs,played with the cats, worked at the 2nd chance shop-which always need volunteers to help! It is fun way to support the organization. You should go and visit the 2nd chance shop in Oak Park.
I have helped with many events. I know they have many events that directly support the animals.
I got involved by visiting their website www.animalcareleague.org.
Come be involved and help the animals like I did.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Happy 40th Birthday to the Animal Care League. WOW they have placed so many animals of all types in FOREVER homes. I know they are always looking for volunteers to help at their 2nd Chance Shop/Resale Shop and helping out in the office. These areas help the animals in such a different way. This is such a great organization.
Come to our BABY SHOWER-February 24th 12-3pm. It will be held at the shelter.1011 Garfield, Oak Park,IL.
search our website www.animalcareleague.org for items we need for the arrival of all the Puppies and Kitties that will come to us this SPRING. What a fun day for ALL.
Visit us or look on the website for descriptions of all the animals available.
See you soon

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter, my niece and myself volunteer at the Animal Care League. The experience is great! The girls are teens and love every aspect. The staff is friendly, the shelter is clean and they allow us the opportunity to share with cleaning, feeding, friendly times and walking the dogs . Of course much much ore. I recently adopted a dog amed "Bullet" who came from the south, was shot in the left eye with a bgun and Is blind. My daughter and I quickly fell in love with him and adopted him. Adoption is awesome! Thank you Animal Care League for rescuing him and allowing us to make him a par t ofour family forever!! Even volunteers can rescue an animal in need. Bullet now known as Griffin is smart, intelligent ,playful ,loving, kind, full of energy and loyal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the seven years I've been a volunteer, I have come to believe that the animal or person who finds their way to the Animal Care League has found a place of hope and reward. All the animals who arrive are in need of basic comfort and shelter and some are in need of additional medical care, training, and proof that people are to be trusted. No matter what an animal needs, the Animal Care League staff, foster families, and volunteers strive to meet those needs. The staff is dedicated to helping each animal reach its full healthy and happy potential to speed it on its way to a permanent home. Foster families comfort and nurture the neediest animals. Volunteers help the staff by socializing animals and assisting in a multitude of daily chores that make the animals comfortable and the shelter clean and welcoming. Potential adopters are counseled by staff and given insightful information about an animal’s personality to help facilitate a good adoption match. The work going on at the Animal Care League is clearly a labor of love. It is a place that enriches not only the lives of the animals it shelters but also of the people who work, volunteer, and visit to adopt an animal companion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have supported the Animal Care League for almost fifteen years, in a variety of roles. Their dedication to the animals is always first. The growth of the shelter and the services it provides continues to expand: off site adoption,, animal control , low cost spay/neuter clinic, edcudating people on TNR and developing programs, food pantry, training.. It goes on, but you get the picture. Animal Care League is the best stop on the way to a forever home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Animal Care League for over 25 years. The organization continues to grow and has helped thousands of pets find their forever home. While they are housed at the shelter, they are cared for by the most dedicated and skilled staff I have ever encountered. They continue to reach out to the community with humane education programs, and low cost spay/neutering. Stray and homeless pets have many more opportunities to find their forever home because of this organization. I am proud to be a part of this group and a supporter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Animal Care League and found the staff and facility to be superb. The facility is clean and the animals are very well taken care of. The staff are very busy, but they are always willing to answer questions and help out customers. The staff are clear to stress that the Animal Care League is not a no kill shelter. Rather it is a limited intake shelter which means that they only take animals that they have space for and they never euthanize an animal to make space for another animal. They only euthanize animals that are sick beyond repair or dangerous to potential adopters. Many animal shelters get a bad reputation for not being a no kill shelter, but the Animal Care League does everything they can to rehabilitate or train their animals before euthanizing them. They take the decision very seriously and never euthanize animals out of convenience. Overall I have had an excellent experience volunteering at the Animal Care League and I know plenty of people with happy pets that they have adopted from the ACL.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Our rescue was bringing the ACL fully vetted dogs from the south in an attempt to help them. We thought we were a collaberative group of people working together towards the same goals. We repeatedly told the ACL if they ever deemed one of our dogs unadoptable we would happily pick them up. We found out that they killed our dog "Cookie" for food aggression. They preferred killing to returning. Cookie was a good girl and the "no kill philosophy" that they claim is just not true. There are other organizations that truly "help" animals that are more worthy of donations. All they had to do was pick up the phone to save a life but instead they made an incredibly bad decision that cost Cookie her life. So sad.