City’s Animal Care Unit Urgently Needs Funds

Target: Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago

Goal: Release funds to Animal Care Unit desperately in need of resources to properly care for its animals.

Chicago’s Animal Care and Control facility (CACC) is reportedly struggling to give its resident animals proper care. Volunteers have said that animals’ basic needs are not being met because the agency is understaffed and underfunded.

According to media reports, many dogs and cats at the facility are sick or neglected, forgotten in filthy cages and not given adequate walks. Heather Owen from animal charity One Tail at a Time has called the CACC “an understaffed, under-resourced place,” yet it is the city’s only animal pound. The shelter reportedly only has a $5.7 million budget, whereas other similar-sized cities have budgets of nearly $15 million for their animal care units.

Urge Chicago authorities to make more funds available to its Animal Care and Control facility so that animals receive the care they desperately need.


Dear Mayor Emanuel,

Chicago’s Animal Care and Control facility (CACC) is reportedly struggling to properly care for its resident animals. This is apparently due to the facility being understaffed and underfunded. Dogs and cats there are sick, neglected and forgotten. They languish in filthy cages and are not given adequate walks, according to volunteers.

Animal Care units in cities of a similar size as Chicago are typically given a $15 million budget, but the CACC only has $5.7 million, despite being the city’s only animal pound. I urge you to make more funds available to the facility so that its animals can receive the care they desperately need.


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  1. Shelli Schmidt says:

    It’s a shame that a animal shelter is underfunded, espcially this severe.Can we count on the city to grant more funding? Has to be generous people with pocket change that could help, i wonder how much money the click to donate sites bring in?!

  2. Chicago animal Care and control, does the CONTROL part very well. Tax payers insists the CARE for animals be included in the budget and the FLU finally be treated seriously so dogs will stop suffering and dying in cages. The Flu will continue to move out into the community and infected more DOGS!

  3. Carol Albright says:

    Not enough vets , Supplys or medication for these animals. New dogs come in not infected, but catch the flu after being there, then they need ISO to be rescued which makes it even harder to get them out!!! They need proper ventilation to extract the germs. Dogs need to get outside more often. CACC needs to let the veterinary school students do their internship there, for extra help. Free medical supplies for the flu was offered, but turned down by upper management… why?

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