City Waives Adoption Fees As Dog Population Grows At Shelter

June 26, 2018 - 7:53 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The dog population has exploded at Chicago Animal Care and Control and the animal shelter is waiving fees in an attempt to avoid euthanizing dogs.

Safe Humane Chicago Executive Director Cynthia Bathurst says she could have predicted this weeks ago.

"It happens every summer," she said.

Bathurst says that every summer some people go on vacation, or move to new apartments and simply leave pets at Chicago Animal Care or on the streets to fend for themselves.

Animal Care has room for 300 dogs. At last count, it had 312. Bathurst says that is when officials begin the winnowing process, generally picking to euthanize those that are ailing or are thought to have behavioral problems.

Animal Care is located at 2741 S. Western Av., and is open daily. Bathurst says Animal Care has waived adoption fees, which include spaying and neutering, until the dog population is well below 300. She says it has done so only a handful of times.

The offer is open to city dwellers and suburbanites as well.