Illinois Week for the Animals
  Returning in 2024 -after COVID-19 guidelines lifted !
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Join us now in planning this exciting  week for Illinois animals!

We are thrilled to announce h Illinois Week for the Animals presented by Animal World USA will kick off again in 2024.

See how other Animal World USA International Weeks for the Animals have been celebrated at

Calendar of Events page (there are 2 pages) is for events taking place across Illinois during this  exciting  Illinois Week for the Animals.  

Throughout the week, educational institutions, animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane organizations across the state will be spotlighted with scores of wonderful animal-related special events.  Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens will be joining in, creating and planning exciting activities to celebrate and help all animals.  

Events will include adoption fairs, spay/neuter awareness events, shelter  days, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, activities for the farm animals and therapy dogs visiting hospitals and living-assisted homes.

Also to be included are a salute to our K-9 military and police dogs, ways to help chained dogs, advocacy events, educational programs, Blessings for the Animals, and fun-filled festival days for families to come and enjoy food, music and the always amazing animals!

Please become involved! Events are being planned now, and we need animal lovers everywhere to plan so we can all collectively participate!  See the page "Become Involved" on this website for great ideas and suggestions.

See the Calendar of Events. Please note we will be adding events and activities even through the exciting week. Please do not hesitate to call or email us!

Please Join Together With:
the Governor  & Chicago Mayor 

Animal World USA
ADOPT Until Every Animal Has a Home
Africa Weeks for the Animals
AHA! Alliance for Humane Action
Alive Rescue Chicago
Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs
Alliance Tackling Animal Crimes -Advocates response to animal crimes by police.
Almost Home Foundation
Angels On Wheels Animal Rescue
Animal Education and Rescue
Animal House Shelter
Animal Outreach Humane Society 
Animal Rescue in Mendota, Illinois 
Animal Protective League
Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois
Anderson Animal Shelter
APA of Southern Illinois Centralia, Illinois (618) 532-5309
Arabian Horse Rescue -
Assisi Animal Foundation 
Association for the Protection of Animals Granite City, Illinois (618) 931-7030
Athletes for Animals
Belleville Area Humane Society
Benld Adopt-A-Pet
Bertell Farms, Horse Rescue
Big Bark (312) 961-3032 •
Bolingbrook Animal Shelters
BrightSide Animal Shelter
CARA NO KILL Animal Shelter and Adoptions
Cache Creek Animal Rescue
Canter USA, Illinois Horse Adoption
Centralian Humane Society  Centralia, Illinois (618) 533-2011
Champaign County Humane Society 
Chicago Animal Care & Control 
Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA)
Chicago Bar Association. Animal Law
Chicago Public Library System 
Chicago Vegan Mania 
Chicagoland Stray Cat Coalition
Chicagoland Dog Rescue 
CISAR (Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue & Care Center)
City of Chicago : Animal Care and Control
Companion Animal Parasite Council
COPE Animal Rescue
Crosswinds Equine Rescue
Companion Animal Protection Society
D.A.W.G. Dog Advisory Work Group
D.A.W.G.’s Court Advocacy Program
D.A.W.G.’s hotline – (312) 409-2169
Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter 
Decatur IL Vegetarian Society 
Delta Rescue
DeKalb County Animal Shelter
Diana's Grove Dog Rescue 
Dog Pen Adoptions
DuPage County IL  - Animal Control
Earth Animal Sanctuary
Equamore Horse Rescue -
Equine Now
Field of Dreams
Fix It Foundation
Fixin Feral Felines   (815) 751-8227 • (815) 756-9330
Four PAws Forever
Fox Valley Animal Welfare League
Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation
Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue 
Fresh Start Animal Rescue, Inc
Friends Forever Humane Society
Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary
(Low-cost spay/neuter for DeKalb and Kane Counties)
Galloping Out | Illinois Horse Rescue | Horse Adoption
GAP: Gifted Animal Placement  (773) 771-0677 
(Teaches volunteers to identify shelter dogs who are good candidates for law enforcement and other types of service work.)
Greys Only
Gryphon Press Award Winning Children's Books
Happy Hooves Equine Rescue
Heartland Animal Shelter Home
Help-A-Pet    Offers financial aid for vet bills to qualifyers.
Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo
Highland Animal Shelter
Hinsdale Humane Society
Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Illinois
Homeward Bound Pet Shelter
Horse Rescue. ... Operation Feed a Horse for a Day Emergency Fund ... to re-home 75 recently abandoned registered Quarter Horses  in Hampshire, IL.
Crosswinds Equine Rescue
Hope Animal Rescues
House Rabbit Society- Chicago
Humane Haven Animal Shelter
Humane Society of Central Illinois
Humane Society of Fulton County
Humane Society of Logan County
Humane Society of McDonough County
Illinois Alliance for Animal    Owner’s Rights •
Illinois Animal Rescue Inc
Illinois Animal Welfare Networker’s Association   (847) 274-6800
Illinois BirdDog Rescue
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Equine Humane Center - Home
Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County Inc
Just Animals Shelter
Kane County Animal Control
Kankakee County Animal Control and Adoption Center
Kendall County Animal Control 
Knox County Humane Society
Liv Cty Humane Society
Logan County Animal Rescue 
Mayor Rahm Emanual
Marion Regional Humane Society Marion, Illinois (618) 964-9999
McLean County Health, IL -  Animal Adoption
Mercy for Animals •
Metro East Humane Society - MEHS
Naperville Humane Society
N.A.V.S.–National Anti-Vivisection Society (312) 427-6065    
NAWS Pet Campus
Noah's Ark Pet Sanctuary
Northbrook Animal Shelter 
Northeast Animal Shelter
Oak Lawn Humane Law Enforcement & Animal Care • (708) 499-7092
One Tail at a Time
Opaw Time 
Orphans of the Storm
PACT Humane Society
Passion for Paws - Adopt a rescue dog 
Paws Chicago   Chicago's Largest No Kill      773-935-7297 (PAWS)
PAWS Humane Society 
PAWS    Anna, Illinois (618) 833-3647
P.A.W.S – Tinley Park, IL
Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort, Chicago Ridge, Illinois  708-636-DOGS (3647)
Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter
Peoria County Government :: Animal Protection Services
Peoria Humane Society 
Perry County Humane Society  DuQuoin, Illinois (618) 542-3647
Pet Project Inc - No-Kill Animal Shelter in Marseilles, IL
Petersburg, IL Vegetarian Assocation
Pike County Illinois Animal Shelter
Placing Paws "In The Heart's of Their Forever Homes"
Project Hope Humane Society of Metropolis
Quad City Animal Welfare Center
Quincy, Ill Animal Shelter 
RAIN of Central Illinois
Randolph County Humane Society  Sparta, Illinois (618) 443-3363
Realtors to the Rescue
(A local group of realtors and agents committed to promoting animal welfare.)
Rescue the Birds
Rock Island County - Animal Care & Control Center
Romeoville Humane Society
Rooterville for Farmed Animals
Rover Rescue | Volunteers Giving Homeless Dogs Happy 
Safe Haven Humane Society of Jo Daviess County
Safe Humane Chicago
(A coalition of groups and organizations dedicated to ending violence against people and animals.)
Sangamon County, Illinois - Animal Control Center
Second Chance for Pets
SHARE : Society for Hooved Animals' Rescue and Emergency
St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter  (618) 614-4877
St. Francis Careals Respect & Kindness (630) 557-0176  
South Suburban Humane Society
SPAY Illinois
Spay and Stay • (847) 289-4557 A group dedicated to spaying, neuter stray cats.
S.P.E.A.K.–Supporting & Promoting Ethics in the Animal Kingdom • (773) 925-8227  Offers presentations and humane education 
Springfield Vegetarian Association
Starfish Animal Rescue  
Susan McCauley Jewelry
Tabby's Place
TAILS Humane Society-DeKalb
Taps No Kill Animal Shelter
TLC Animal Shelter
Vegetarian Education Group  at NIU
Vegetarians In Motion (VIM)
Western Illinois Animal Rescue
West Suburban Humane Society
WetNose Pet Food Pantry  -Helping those in need feed the 4-legged members
Wheaton Park District
Will County Humane Society
Winnebago County Animal Services
Wright-Way Rescue

Please support our compassionate
 Illinois Week  for the Animals partners!
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Proclamation!
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Proclamation!
"State Sovereignty, National Union."  
Governor J.B. Pritzker 
Chicago Mayor 
Mayor Brandon Johnson
Heartfelt thank you to the Illinois Governors for officially proclaiming Illinois Week for the Animals through the years.

Governor Bruce Rauner
Governor Pat Quinn