What is an open admission shelter?
DuPage County Animal Services (DCAS) is the only open admission shelter in the western suburbs. This means that no animal that is brought through the shelter’s doors is ever turned away.
Sometimes DuPage County Animal Services is wrongly stereotyped as “The Pound” where animals enter and never leave. The reality is that unlike most shelters and rescue groups, DCAS is required by law to take in all animals regardless of their species, temperament and medical condition.
As a result, there are times that the DCAS staff is forced to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the diseased, injured, neglected and dangerous animals.
We at DuPage Animal Friends, together with the staff at DCAS, work diligently to see a day when every pet has a home.