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Chicago Lost Pet Recovery

There are only two Chicago facilities approved to hold stray dogs:

Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave.

Animal Welfare League

6224 S. Wabash Ave.


The Animal Care and Control shelter is open daily from noon to 7pm for people to look for their lost pets. Typically strays are scanned on arrival for a microchip and checked for a dog license and/or rabies tag (If your pet has a microchip, is registered and/or is wearing their rabies tag, identification and reuniting them with YOU becomes simple). An identifiable pet owner will be notified by mail and phone. If an identified dog is not claimed by the owner within seven days, the dog becomes the city’s property. If a pet’s owner cannot be identified within five days, the animal becomes the property of the city. If deemed adoptable, the dog may be offered for adoption at Animal Care and Control or transferred to another shelter or rescue group.


If you have lost your pet, please contact Metro Vet and we will help get the word out!