What is an open admission shelter?
As a result, there are times that the DCACC staff is forced to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the diseased, injured, neglected and dangerous animals. Although it is never an easy decision to euthanize, it is DCACC’s position that euthanasia is more humane than the prospect of a long painful life as a stray or abandoned animal with a painful injury or chronic disease, or living permanently caged.
DCACC provides holding times for stray animals. This is the time allotted for owners to reclaim their pets, not the time between intake and death. After seven days, the shelter staff begin the process of temperament testing for aggression and spaying or neutering. Upon completion, the animals are available for adoption or transferred to one of many rescue partners.
To combat the problem of pet overpopulation that contributes to animals in shelters, DCACC implements a strong spay/neuter & micro-chipping program for dogs, cats and domestic rabbits. To complement the government mandated Animal Control duties, DCACC partners with local shelters and breed specific rescue groups, and provides public outreach and education programs.
As spay/neuter programs effectiveness increases, animal welfare legislation grows, and humane education spreads, we will continue to see a decline in unwanted and abandoned animals. As a result, there will be a decline in the need for euthanasia.
We at DuPage Animal Friends, together with the staff at DCACC, work diligently to see a day when every pet has a home. Help us move closer to realizing this goal.
120 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
All monetary donations to the animal shelter can be directed to the DuPage Animal Friends' foundation. Thank you for your generosity!