Oak Park's Animal Care League celebrates four decades of care

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

Forty years ago, a group of people in Oak Park opened their homes to stray dogs and cats. Today, the Animal Care League operates a 9,000-square-foot shelter that houses 50 dogs, 100 cats and various other animals with 24 staff members and more than 200 volunteers.

As the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary, staff members continue to look for ways to grow.

"The organization needs to grow because the number of animals needing help is higher than we can meet," Executive Director Tom Van Winkle said. "We want to be able to help all homeless animals with a safe place until they get a home. Until we can take every single one of them in, we need to do more."

Last year, the Animal Care League found new homes for 779 animals and returned 152 lost animals to their owners.

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and RiverForest.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

2 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Pat D. from Oak Park  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 3:35 PM

As dog & cat lovers we've been supporting them for several years in different ways. One of the best charitable organizations around.

Terry Mueller  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 12:54 PM

ACL is getting all my charitable donations this year. Yeshe ended up there one cold night when she escaped the yard and they took very good care of her and me. Stayed late on a holiday weekend to help process the paperwork so I could get her back. I will never forget their kindness. Thank you!

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad