Articles: Chicago Animal Care and Control

Chicago Animal Control Orphans Need a Change

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control on June 29. Consider: If Russell’s primary mission was to save animals, she was doing just that. Live release numbers in just over two years swung from just under 70 percent for cats and just 70 percent for dogs to…

Alderman Lopez, Are You Kidding? Lopez Statement on Susan Russell’s Dismissal

Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) for just over two years was asked to resign Friday (June 29). When she refused to do so, she was fired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I’ve described the background and offered my view of the city’s explanation, an explanation yes. A valid one, not…

Aldermen Face-Off on Animal Control

People didn’t believe me when I said Alderman Ray Lopez (15th Ward) said this on Chicago Tonight on Ch. 11. I know, it’s outrageous but watch and listen for yourself. It’s hard to believe that the Alderman, who since Executive Director Susan Russell began has been targeting her, offers this solution: “I think as we…

Chicago Offers Explanation for Animal Control Director’s Firing: Do You Buy It?

Pound director fired for ‘warehousing’ dogs is the sad and shocking headline in the Chicago Sun-Times. Sad because it’s not true. and sad because the City of Chicago Animal Care & Control (CACC) facility is not a “pound” but an animal shelter, a place to save lives of healthy and treatable animals. Most animals are…

Chicago Alderman Sposato Comments on the Firing of CACC Executive Director Susan Russell

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual fired Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC)  after just over two years on the job. While the Mayor has the right to fire any city department head without consulting with anyone, none of the 50 aldermen had any idea until they read about it online (likely my…

Susan Russell Fired as Executive Director Chicago Animal Care & Control

There isn’t a City in America that wouldn’t be happy with a live release rate of dogs and cats of just over 90 percent at a municipal animal shelter. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) executive director Susan Russell Friday (June 29) after 2 years and 2 months on the…

Free Pet Adoption Event Today at Chicago Animal Care & Control

CHICAGO ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL HOSTS CHICAGO HEROES FOR CHICAGO’S PETS, the city’s first responders, those in active military, government employees and teachers are all among those eligible:            Chicago Animal Care and Control is celebrating “Chicago Heroes for Chicago’s Pets” with a FREE adoption event! Meet your new best friend…

Chicago Animal Care & Control Does Have a Euthanasia Policy

I don’t understand why Chicago Animal Care & Control (CACC) and Executive Director Susan Russell continue to be targeted by Alderman Raymond Lopez (15th Ward). According to a Chicago Sun Times story from February 26, Ald. Lopez offers a new addition to the ordinance regarding animal control and said, “This ordinance requires that Animal Care and…

Chicago Animal Control Waives Adoption Fees for Veterans

Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) will waive adoption fees on Veteran’s Day—Saturday, November 11—to encourage Chicago-area military veterans to adopt a pet, as part of the statewide Pets for Vets initiative. “Many veterans who return from service may be coping with physical and emotional wounds that make it difficult to transition back into civilian…

Happy Needs to Find a Happy Home: Adopt-A-Dog Segment on WGN

How can a dog named Happy be at Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) for three months? That’s wrong, and Steve Cochran and Steve Dale plan to do something about that on Wednesday at 9:35 a.m. CDT in our monthly pet adoption segment on WGN Radio. Listen at 720AM or online here. Happy is about a year…

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