Donation Options

Cash and other gifts

Cash is the most common form of giving. Contributors provide the yearly financial resources to operate two animal care facilities. Some contributors may elect to give us stock, securities, real estate or life insurance policies. More information on these types of donations may be obtained through the development department. Make a donation now, using our secure online e-commerce system! A safe and secure way to donate to our shelter. Click Here to proceed.

Material Item Donations

We are always in need of newspapers! Please, NO SHREDDED PAPER at this time. You can pull up out front of our Chicago Ridge location and come inside for help. We'll gladly unload for you. Papers can also be left under the front awning any time.

For additional Items, Please Visit our WishList!
Or, Check out our Wish List on featuring some of the items that are most critical for our shelter.



Our Thoughtful Place - Commerative Brick

The Animal Welfare League offers a way to remember a special pet or honor those who are committed to the humane care and treatment of animals in need. "Our Thoughtful Place" is a garden located on the grounds of the League’s Chicago Ridge shelter. It features a beautiful garden setting with a patchwork of engraved bricks. The bricks are inscribed with names and messages chosen by people who truly love animals. Help support the League by giving a lasting tribute to a loved one.

You can order online, or download an Order Form!

Sponsor A Cage Program


The AWL offers you the chance to show your support of our shelter and the work we do by Sponsoring a Cage in our building. Your name and/or company name will be displayed on your choice of dog, cat or small mammal cage. The funds raised from this program help us to continue to care for these animals while they wait for their forever home.

Download an Order Form here


Annual Membership


One great way to support the Animal Welfare League is to become a member.  Your annual membership allows us to help the animals by continuing our programs and services.  By becoming a member of the AWL, you will enable us to further enrich the lives of numerous abandoned, stray, neglected and unwanted animals in our community by providing not only financial support, but compassion for our cause and for the animals we are trying to save.  Please consider becoming a member of our organization to help ensure the future success of our shelter and our commitment to the community. 

Download an Order form here


Kuranda Beds for Our Dogs

Give the gift of comfort for our dogs while they wait for their forever home. Click on image below to order directly from manufacturer and ship to our shelter.



Stretch & Scratches for our Cats

Stretch & Scratches help relieve stress for our cats by providing entertainment and exercise. Click on image below to order directly from manufacturer and ship to our shelter.



Matching Gifts
This method goes hand-in-hand with cash gifts. If your company is participating in a matching gift program, your donation is matched to some percentage by your employer. More information on these types of donations may be obtained through the development department.

Endowment / Trust
The interest earned from these major gifts (that can be named in honor of the donor) helps secure the longevity of the Animal Welfare League.

Planned and Estate Gifts
Contributors can make life income arrangements and donate monies using trusts, gift annuities, pooled income funds, etc. Individuals can choose to make provisions in their estates for the support of the Animal Welfare League using a variety of gift vehicles. These gifts can provide present and future program support for growth and organizational stability and can offer you valuable tax advantages and income benefits. If you are willing to include the Animal Welfare League in your estate plan, we have our own team of outside counsel who will meet with you and prepare a Will for you.  Depending on the bequest, the Animal Welfare League would be willing to cover the costs.

Memorial Donations
Donations given to pay respect to the memory of a deceased pet, relative or friend who cared about animals. Notifications can be sent to the family with a minimum gift of $25 or more. Click here to make a Memorial Donation.

Honorary/Tribute Donations
Donations given to honor a pet, someone special or one of life's special occasions.  Notifications can be sent to the family with a minimum gift of $25 or more. Click here to make an Honorary Donation.


Make Checks Payable to Animal Welfare League and mail to:

Animal Welfare League
Development Office
10305 Southwest Highway
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415


Thank You for Your Support!

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