Animal Care League helps local homeless animals find brighter futures, no matter their situation. Each year, more than 1,300 animals from local communities and beyond come through the doors of the Oak Park shelter, and many of them, like Mittens the cat, need urgent medical attention.

In early September, Mittens was found by Oak Park Animal Control in a difficult position: multiple rubber bands had been stretched tightly around each of his front paws, digging in and cutting off his circulation. Although saving his paws was far from a sure thing when he first arrived at ACL’s clinic, Mittens was a trooper. He met his challenge with love and happiness, and soon enough, there was good news. After those first uncertain days at the clinic, it became clear that the shelter’s medical staff would be able to get him back to his old self, four paws and all. 

Animals like Mittens depend on Animal Care League to help them overcome their circumstances and live the lives they deserve. But ACL couldn’t do that alone. Being there for animals in need is a team effort — with foster families like the one which will soon be Mittens’ forever family, with local police, with volunteers, and of course with its generous supporters. Every animal deserves a second chance like the one Mittens got. As ACL expands its reach, support from the community will allow the organization to continue doing more for the animals who depend on it for shelter, care, and comfort.

Animal Care League 

Animal Care League offers a safe haven for pets in need.  Rooted in the community since 1973, Animal Care League takes a proactive approach to animal care and adoption as well as preventative measures to help reduce the number of homeless animals in our communities.  With over 1,300 pets coming to our doors each year, Animal Care League counts on supporters to ensure that we can provide what is needed from routine vaccinations to life saving surgery.

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