Friends of DuPage County Animal Care & Control Foundation

Our Mission: DuPage Animal Friends strengthens the life-saving, compassionate and innovative initiatives at the county shelter. We partner with the shelter to understand the needs of our community's animals, providing financial resources and advocacy on their behalf.

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Do you know?

How many people help care for DCACC's animals?

Did you know?

DCACC’s animals are cared for by 20 expert staff members and over 200 dedicated volunteers!

Reese in a scarfDCACC is the only Open Admission shelter in DuPage County.  No animal is turned away.

The number of animals taken in by DCACC last year.
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Do You Know?

Where DCACC gets its revenue from?

NO TAX PAYER DOLLARS FUND THE SHELTER. They operate solely on revenues from the sale of rabies registration tags, surrender and adoption fees, fines and PRIVATE DONATIONS FROM CARING PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

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Paulie’s Pals Walk to Save Senior Pets

Paulie’s story is one that started the same way for so many homeless pets in DuPage County. His owner passed away and he became the property of DuPage County Animal Care and Control (DCACC) in Wheaton. Understandably, Paulie, an 8-year-old, was frightened because his whole world was turned upside down. [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth & Rich Byrne

Spotlight Saturday is here! Each Saturday we will feature one of the many DCACC Volunteers. This week we are in for a treat. Not one, but two DCACC volunteers are featured! This week's volunteers are Ruth & Rich Byrne. Ruth and Rich have been volunteering at DCACC for 5 years. [...]

Spotlight Saturday

Spotlight Saturday is here! Each Saturday we will feature one of the many DCACC Volunteers. Volunteers at DCACC can fill many roles but the goal of all volunteers is to love on the animals. This week's volunteer is Anne. Anne is an amazing person with a golden heart! [...]

Secret Life of Pets DCACC Meet & Greet

Saturday, July 9th 4pm to 6pm and Sunday, July 10th 2pm-5pm Come out to Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton and meet adoption dogs and hear what's going on at DuPage County Animal Care & Control!  SMG is at 301 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton. Stop by and say hi! Watch [...]

Pup’s & Pancakes / Shelter Dog Walk

Sunday, July 10th 2016  9:30am -11:00am Dick Pond Athletics 26W515 St. Charles Road Carol Stream, IL $5 suggested donation ~ 100% of proceeds benefits homeless pets! The walk/run kicks off at 9:30am sharp, rain or shine! Join us immediately afterwards for a pancake breakfast.  Leashed and socialized dogs only please. [...]

Clear The Shelters Adoption Event

Saturday, July 23rd from 11:00am until 4:00pm Location: DCACC 120 N. County Farm Road Wheaton, IL 60187 On Saturday, July 23rd DuPage County Animal Care and Control will be participating in the Clear the Shelters event. Adoption fees for adult dogs and cats will be paid for by the DuPage Animal [...]

Bullied Breed Education Event

Wednesday, August 3rd from 9:00am to 3:30pm join Humane Educator Andy Salis at DuPage County Animal Care & Control  for the Bullied Breed educational event. Explore the history of breed discrimination and the damage that stereotyping has caused. Pits for Patriots will be presenting on the use of Pit Bulls [...]

Scooter’s Squad Car Wash

Saturday, August 6th 2016 9:00am - Noon Wheaton bowl 2031 N. Gary Avenue Carol Stream, IL $5 per car and $10 per van or SUV 100% of the proceeds directly benefits homeless pets at DCACC. Scooter's Squad will be at the corner of Geneva and Gary in Wheaton at Wheaton Bowl [...]

Fall Festival Pet Expo & Open House

Saturday, September 17 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm DuPage County Animal Care & Control 120 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 Cost: FREE Bring your family to DuPage County Animal Care & Control to meet dozens of rescue groups, pet related businesses, visit with adoptable animals, tour the newly renovated [...]