Stray or Found Animals

Tips For Finding Lost Pets

When a beloved pet strays from home, it can be a traumatic experience for the owner and the animal alike. The Animal Welfare League offers these tips to help pet owners find their lost companions.

Contact Animal Agencies

Immediately telephone all humane societies, animal care & control agencies and animal protection organizations within a large radius to file a lost-pet report.  Pets often stray farther from home than their owners believe possible.  If there is no shelter in your area, contact your local police department.  Visit your local shelter every 24 hours to search. See our list of facilities below.

Search the Neighborhood

Walk and/or drive through your neighborhood several times every day.  The early morning hours and sunset are prime times for finding lost pets.  Question neighbors, joggers, postal carriers, garbage collectors and newspaper carriers and ask them to keep an eye out for your pet.

Use the Power of Scent

Place a recently-worn article of clothing in your yard; for cats which usually stay indoors, place their litter box outside.  Familiar scents can bring them home.


Post flyers at all public places - grocery stores, community centers, churches, etc.  Place an ad in the classified section of your local paper.  Offer a reward if possible.  Caution: To protect your self from pet-recovery scams, leave out one of your pet's identifying characteristics so you can verify the honesty of any caller who claims to have found your pet.

Get a free lost flyer at: or  Dogs will be posted on Lost Dogs Illinois Facebook page and twitter, a resource center for people who have lost or found dogs.

Notify Others

Call your local veterinary clinics, especially those that offer boarding.  Injured pets are often taken directly to a veterinarian for care prior to transfer to an animal shelter.

File a report

Even if there have been suspected cases of pet theft in your area, don’t assume that your pet is the latest victim.  Pets are far more likely to stray from home and get lost than be stolen.  However, if you have evidence that leads you to believe your pet has been stolen, notify your local police and animal control departments immediately.

Don’t Give Up!

Keep searching even when you have little hope left.  Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.

And the Next Time...

Protect your pet from getting lost again.  Always keep a collar and identification tag on your pet.  An ID tag is a lost pet-s ticket home.  Ask your local animal care and control agency if permanent methods of pet identification such as microchips are available in your area. (The Animal Welfare League offers AVID microchips).  License your pet as local law requires.  Other important steps include keeping your pets supervised at all times and having them spayed or neutered.  Finally, keep a photo of your pet on file in the event he or she strays again.

Animal Welfare League requires proof of current rabies vaccinations upon redemption of any animal. Be sure to bring this information with you when visiting our facility.

A current rabies vaccination will be administered at owner’s cost if proof is not available. Other fees that will be incurred at time of redemption: Impoundment, vaccination(s), daily boarding fees and microchip.

Animal Welfare League    
10305 Southwest Highway    
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415      
(708) 636-8586

Hours to view strays at Chicago Ridge Location:
Monday – Friday 1pm – 9pm
Saturdays 12pm - 7pm
Sundays 12pm – 6pm

Animal Welfare League
6224 S. Wabash Avenue     .
Chicago, IL 60637      
(773) 667-0088

Hours to view strays at Chicago Location:
Monday – Friday 12pm – 5pm
Saturdays 12pm -3pm
Sundays Closed to Public

Cook County Animal Control and Stray Holding Facilities

Broadview Animal Hospital
2128 S. 17th Ave.
Broadview, IL 60155

Glencoe Animal Hospital
1820 Skokie Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 835-1302

Preiser Animal Hospital
2975 Milwaukee Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 827-5200

Brookfield Police Department
8820 Brookfield Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513

Golf Rose Animal Hospital
1375 N Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60195
(847) 885-3344

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 W End Ave.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 755-7387

Calumet City Animal Control
P.O. Box 1519
Calumet City, IL 60409

Glencoe Public Safety
325 Hazel Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022

Thornton Police Department
700 Park Ave.
Thornton, IL 60476

Chicago Animal Care & Control
2741 S. Western
Chicago, IL 60608

Hanover Park Police Department
2011 Lake Street
Hanover Park, IL 60133

VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital
2845 S. Harlem Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402

Cicero Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter
1634 Laramie
Cicero, IL 60804

Niles Animal Pound
7000 W. Touhy Ave.
Niles, IL 60714

Village of Bellwood
3200 Washington
Bellwood, IL 60104

Evanston Animal Shelter
2310 Oakton
Evanston, IL 60202

Norridge Police Department
4020 N. Olcott
Norridge, IL 60706

Village of Stickney
6533 W. Pershing Rd.
Stickney, IL 60402

Forest View Police Department
7000 W. 46th St.
Forest View, IL 60402

Northwest Animal Hospital
2024 S. River Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018


Will County

Anderson Animal Shelter
1000 S. La Fox Rd.
South Elgin, IL 60177

Joliet Township Animal Control Center
2807 McDonough St.
Joliet, IL 60436

Village of Romeoville
1050 W. Romeo St.
Romeoville, IL 60446

Bolingbrook Animal Control & Care
145 Royce Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Plum Creek Regional Animal Medical Center
1751 East Exchange St.
Crete, Il 60417

Will County Animal Control
1200 S. Cedar Road Unit 1D
New Lenox, IL 60451

Frankfort Township Animal Control
9434 W. La Porte Road
Mokena, IL 60448
(815)469-4907 x.3712

Tender Loving Care (TLC)
13016 West 151st Street
Homer Glen IL 60491



Dupage County

Dupage County Animal Care & Control
130 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Warrenville Animal Control
3S245 Warren Ave.
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 393-2131

Greater O’Hare Animal Control
6 N 441 Catalpa Ave.
Wood Dale, IL 60191

Naperville Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563



Lake County

Lake County Animal Control
29278 N. Highway 83
Mundelein, IL 60060

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods (Deerfield), IL 60015

Save A Pet
31664 N Fairfield Rd.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 740-7788









Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Phone: 708.636.8586
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