... Creating Families,
            4 Paws At A Time

Every day innocent pets are left homeless and abandoned in Chicagoland. Adopt-A-Pet has found loving homes for over 15,000 of those cats and dogs.

If you are looking for a family pet, consider adopting a wonderful pet from Adopt-A-Pet. Most of our cats and dogs are kept in foster homes, where they live as part of a family. Not only is this beneficial for the animal, but it also helps us create a purrfect match between an animal and a prospective adopter.


More pets go missing during the 4th of July holiday than any other time of the year. Animal shelters across the country see a surge in lost pets each year between July 3rd and 6th, the busiest day of the year being July 5th, and a record number of animals are killed or hurt by cars. Why?

The noise and bright flashes that come with fireworks and neighborhood festivities can be scary for your pets. Though this may be a fun weekend for you of get-togethers and fireworks displays, please remember that dogs don't associate fireworks with a celebration. To your dog, this can be a very scary time with loud noises, vibrations and flashes of light.

Spooked pets often become frantic and will dart out doors, wiggle out of collars, tear through or push out screens, dig holes under fences, bolt through electronic fences, or do whatever they can to get away from whatever the scary noise is in search of a safe haven. This Independence Day be prepared and help your pets get through the holiday free of anxiety and fear:

  • Don’t leave your dog outside. Remember that a dog's hearing is acute - four times more sensitive than yours. Keep your pets safely inside and make sure they have access to their crate or a "safe place" to retreat to should noises or vibrations cause them to become anxious.
  • Secure all doors, close all windows, and close the curtains to minimize noise and light flashes.
  • Play soothing music or turn on the TV to distract your dog and help drown out the noise.
  • If possible, stay with your dog. He will feel more protected if you are with him.
  • Talk to your vet or pet retailer about calming aids (such as Comfort Zone diffusers) and devices (such as Thundershirts).
  • When walking your dog outside, always keep him leashed and make sure he's wearing a martingale or choke collar, one he can't wiggle out of. Check leashes for fraying materials that could snap if tugged on sharply.
  • Always have your pet wear a visible, readable ID tag just in case your dog gets loose.
  • Though it might be tempting to take your dog with you when heading out to see fireworks, this is one celebration where you should leave Fido safe at home. Only a very small percentage of dogs can tolerate the commotion. Even dogs who are not afraid of thunder will be agitated by fireworks. While you get to enjoy a spectacular light show with blasts you can feel, your pet experiences terrifying explosions attacking their senses. Do both of you a favor and leave Fido at home where he’ll feel safer and more comfortable. Scared dogs in a crowd can spell disaster!
  • Before leaving for the festivities, exercise your dog. A tired dog will be less anxious.
  • Don't leave your pets in a car while you attend a fireworks display. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels within minutes. On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car even with the windows cracked open can reach 102 degrees within just 10 minutes; after 30 minutes the temperature will reach 120 degrees.

Make it a safe 4th of July for you and your pets!

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Adopt-A-Pet has a new dog-walking program for our dogs fostered at Wilmette Pet.

If you like dogs and like walking, this program is for you! If you are under 18, ask a parent to do this with you ... it’s a fun thing to do together. To volunteer, just attend a Dog-Walking Orientation. They are held the first Saturday of each month at:

Wilmette Pet Center
625 Green Bay Rd.
12:00-1:00 pm.

​​Sign up by emailing Marion at:redmarion77@comcast.net.

(Note: This orientation is for dog-walking volunteers only. If you are interested in becoming a full-fledged Adopt-A-Pet volunteer and helping with events, adoptions, or becoming a foster home, please see below for New Volunteer Orientation dates.)


Don’t throw it away!

Recycle paper and pets by bringing paper shreds to Wilmette Pet Center – Your Adopt-A-Pet Center!

625 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette, IL
Call 847-251-6750 for store hours and more info.

Help! Anyone who has access to paper shreds for Adopt-A-Pet dogs and cats fostered at Wilmette Pet Center!

Do you shred your personal mail at home? Does your school or business shred documents? Wilmette Pet Center devotes their entire cage space, staff and resources to shelter dogs and cats - effectively becoming a satellite adoption center for Adopt-A-Pet.

Wilmette Pet Center averages 10 rescued dogs and cats weekly and paper shreds keep them safe clean, and warm!

We would appreciate any shredded material that you can donate that:

  • Does not contain staples or other non-digestible debris
  • Is not newspaper, as the print comes off and dirties the cages and animals
  • Long single cut strands are preferred, cross-cut tends to be too dusty for bedding

Please pass this along to anyone you may know that can help!

If getting the shreds to the store is logistically impossible for you, please email Info@adoptapet-il.org and we will try to arrange a closer drop-off point or a pickup.

Thank you!

Next New Volunteer Orientation:

Sat. May 30, 2015 - 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd.

Sat. June 27, 2015 - 1:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire

Sun. Aug. 2, 2015 - 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Ct.

For more info click here: Volunteering flier

Registration required. Email:volunteer@adoptapet-il.org.

Adopt-A-Pet is an all-volunteer group. We are always in need of more dedicated volunteers. Come spend a morning to learn about volunteer opportunities and how you can join with us to help save more animals' lives. Email us to register or to be put on our email reminder list.

Adorable Cartoon Animal Rescue Shirts for the Crazy Dog Guys and the Crazy Cat Ladies in your life!  Tee’s, Tanks, Sweats, Hoodies!     


$5 of every item sold goes to our animals!  Over 30 awesome designs – be sure to scroll down and check out the backs – they’re all two-sided, with different sayings!

Get them here!   http://www.lacroixtees.com/animal-rescue/AdoptAPetInc/

(if link does not work, copy and paste into your address bar)

Wondering how can you help??? ... please take a moment to watch this short inspirational video.

Unconditional Love

Can you offer temporary space and a little TLC to a dog, cat, puppy or kitten awaiting its permanent home?

Adopt-A-Pet seeks interim foster care for orphaned pets, many urgently needing rescue from death row at high-kill pounds.  

Medical expenses are fully paid.
Food and supplies provided.
A close match to your preference is attempted.

Sadly, the number we can assist is limited to the availability of foster people willing to open their hearts and their homes.

Your help can literally save a precious life!
Call 847-550-9690 or email:   volunteer@adoptapet-il.org

Click here for more info!

Please note our new phone number:  847-550-9690.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:         

1. Drop off your shredded paper for cage bedding for our pets fostered at Wilmette Pet Center (no staples or newsprint, please.)

2.  Check out our Wish List under the How To Help tab.

3. Donate your time.  Attend a New Volunteer Orientation.

4. Foster a Pet! Help save one more life by welcoming a foster dog or cat into your family.

5. Buy a  t-shirt and raise funds for our homeless pets.