Need Help in Finding Your Lost Pet?

Unfortunately, sometimes even the best trained pets get lost. If your pet isn't found by searching the immediate vicinity, here are some helpful hints to help you locate your animal:

  • Contact your local police department.

    •  Often lost pets are kept at the precinct before they are turned over to the nearest shelter. If the animal appears to be injured, most police officers will take it to a local veterinarian.

  • Visit shelters in your area starting with the closest and working your way out.

    •  Look in the downloads section of this page for a link where you will find a list of area shelters that accept strays, including telephone numbers and hours of operation.

    • If possible, it is always better to go and look for your pet in person rather than giving a description over the phone.

  • Post pictures of your animal in public places.

If all the other options have been tried, post pictures of your pet with your surrounding veterinarians and on lost pet websites, such as Lost Dogs Illinois.

Remember the best way to prevent losing a pet is to walk them on secure leashes, never let them roam and supervise their off-leash activity even in the most secure fenced in areas.

Area Animal Shelters


Animal Care League

1011 Garfield St., | Oak Park IL 60304 | Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm | 708.848.8155 ex.122

Animal Welfare League (AWL)

10305 Southwest Hwy, | Chicago Ridge IL 60415 | Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, | Sat. 9am-9pm, | Sun 9am-6pm. | 24hr Intake | Police escort required if after hours. | 708.636.8586

Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave. | Chicago IL 60608 | Mon-Sun 7am-11pm | 312.744.5000

Evanston Animal Shelter & Animal Control

2310 Oakton | Evanston IL 60202 | Call contact number for shelter related inquiries. 847.866.5082 | If no answer call Evanston Police Dept. at 847.866.5000

Golf Rose Animal Hospital

1375 N. Roselle Rd., | Schaumburg IL 60195 | M-F 8am-7pm, | Sat 9am-2pm | Sun open for emergencies only | 847.885.3344

Kings Kennel

238 Saunders Rd., | Riverwood IL 60015 | M-F , 8am-6pm | Sat, 8am-12 | 847.945.9592

Paws Tinley Park

8301 191st St. | Tinley Park IL 60487 | M,W,F 7pm-9pm, | Tues,Thurs, Sat, Sun 12pm-4pm | Contact the local Police Department for lost pets, prior to contacting shelter. | 815.464.7298

Skokie Animal Control

5127 Oakton St. | Skokie IL 60077 | If unable to reach Animal Control call: 847.933.8484 | Skokie Police Dept. non-emergency 847.982.5900

South Surburban Humane Society

1103 W. End Ave., | Chicago Heights IL 60411 | Mon, Weds, Fri. 1pm-7pm, | Tues Closed, | Sat/Sun 12pm-5pm | 708.755.7387

Waggin Tails

1634 S. Laramie Ave., Bldg B., | Cicero IL 60804 | Mon-Fri, 1pm-6pm | Sat, 10am-2pm | 708.652.0825

Dupage County Animal Hospital

120 N. County Farm Rd. | Wheaton IL 60187 | M & Thurs 8am-7:30pm, | Tues, Weds, Fri 8am-5pm, | Sat 10am-3pm | 630.407.2800

Lake County Animal Care and Control

18736 W. Peterson Rd. | Libertyville IL 60048 | M-F 9am-4:30pm, | Sat 9am-12:30pm | 847.377.4700