The Animal Welfare League was founded in 1935 by compassionate humanitarians to “relieve the suffering among animals.” Today, the League operates two shelters in the Chicago area. Our facilities care for more than 20,000 homeless and abandoned animals each year.
Our founding shelter, located on Wabash Avenue in Chicago, receives unwanted and stray animals in an extremely impoverished area of the City. The shelter also conducts cruelty investigations, rescues animals and picks up stray animals in the community.
Our facility in Chicago Ridge is a full-service shelter open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to receive stray animals. This shelter can house more than 1,200 animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, ferrets, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, wild and farm animals. Both facilities accept all species of animals who come through its doors. In accordance with our mission, no animal is ever refused.
The League believes that all animals deserve a second chance at life with caring and compassionate owners.
We offer a multitude of programs and services for our community... both two-legged and four-legged.
Learn more about our programs with the links on the left side of our site.