Lake Shore Animal Shelter

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The Home-to-Home Program Works to Re-home Precious Pets! From St. Bernards to kittens, this innovative program has proven to be very successful. Created to address the continuous overflow of pets in need of a space at no-kill shelters, it allows "soon-to-be-former" "Moms and Dads" to meet with potential adoptors, and help choose who gets the privilege of caring for their dog or cat in the future. NOTE: In order to help no-kill shelters help your four-legged friend get re-homed, please plan several months ahead if you are moving to a place that does not accept companion animals.

Who We Are

Lake Shore Animal Shelter, (LSAS), Chicago's pioneer no-kill shelter, has been serving the needs of Chicagoland families and their pets for nearly 50 years, since 1966 . Our Mission: LSAS works to reduce the needless killing of pets through adoption programs, foster care network, resource counseling for families finding it difficult to keep their pet, spay/neuter promotion, and public education efforts.

LSAS is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. Dedicated volunteers collectively donate many hours each year to help keep Lake Shore's mission a success As the number of shelters and rescues in the Chicago area has increased exponentially in recent years, resulting in dramatic reductions in the number of homeless pets euthanized, Lake Shore's mission has continued to evolve. Today, more of our efforts are concentrated working with harder-to-adopt animals, such as older animals and those with special needs. We have also partnered with a number of animal welfare organizations in under-served areas, such as Southern Illinois, to help increase the number of animals that are adopted from those areas.

Your donations are important to our success. We receive no state or federal funding. LSAS gives priority to pets who must be given up by their families due to illness, death, disability, financial or other difficulties. These animals are pets with a history, and are ready to be your best friend for life. They appreciate whatever help you can provide. We do take in a limited percentage of animals in real peril--those on the street, and those confiscated by the police to save them from harm. All our animals are temperment tested, vetted, and are given basic training where needed before being considered adoptable.

Adopting a Friend

Donations for adoption generally range from $125.00 to $150.00, but can occasionally be either higher or lower based on circumstances. These adoption donations are nowhere near the actual costs involved in the in-take, housing, rehabilitation, and care of these homeless and abandoned pets, but they do serve to help offset our costs. Our main concern is to ensure that potential adoptors have the resources and the commitment needed to properly care for their new adopted pet. You must be at least 21 years of age, have a photo ID and, if renting or in a condo, bring a copy of the section of your declaration or lease that states dogs or cats are allowed. Cat adoption fees include "FIV/FeLe" testing, all necessary vaccinations, and spaying or neutering. All dogs adopted from Lake Shore will have received all necessary vaccinations, a microchip, rabies & heartworm testing, and will have been spayed or neutered. Intake donations if you are forced to give-up a pet will vary depending on circumstances, although generally we ask for $100.

Volunteering and Donations

LSAS is always interested in making new friends who have an animal's best interest at heart. If you are at least 21 years of age and are a responsible person with animal handling experience, some of the opportunities to help include animal socialization, adoption counselor trainee work, dog walking, special event work, holiday bookwraps, foster care in your home, etc. If you have a special skill (artist, publicist, writer, webmaster, desktop publishing, dog trainer/walker), or a product you would like to donate to benefit the animals, please call our voicemail, 312.409.1162. Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated!

Come Visit Us!

If you see a great candidate for your new best friend on our website, and would like to meet him or her, please us at our voicemail line, 312 409 1162. Also, PLEASE TAKE NOTE of any SPECIAL CONTACT INSTRUCTIONS included in the description of the dog or cat you are considering. You can also email us at, or contact us via our "Contact Page" on our Website at

Please call between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM Central time, Monday through Saturday. We will arrange a specific appointment time, and let you know the address and contact information needed.
Meetings are typically held at daycare centers and/or foster home locations throughout Chicagoland. We look forward to seeing You!

Lake Shore Animal Shelter
POBox 40,Park Ridge,IL 60068
Phone: 312.409.1162

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