Fix Chicago is an all-volunteer grass roots initiative founded to help Chicagoland create and sustain a no-kill shelter system by building the infrastructure and programs necessary to fill the existing gaps in our local communities. What are these gaps?
First, and despite tremendous progress over the years, Chicago still lacks a no-kill ordinance that would help its shelters achieve optimal live release rates. Second, there is still a huge need to focus on solving the root problems that contributed to more than 16,000 animals entering just one of Chicago’s two open admission shelters in 2018, which is a 7.5% increase from 2017.* While intake increases, shelter capacity does not – and this means that more animals are euthanized simply due to lack of space.
Our goal is for all healthy and treatable dogs and cats to leave shelters by finding loving homes through foster care and/or permanent adoption, or better yet – never enter a shelter to begin with.
*Source: Chicago Animal Care and Control 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Annual Report
Our mission is to end the killing of all healthy and treatable animals in Chicago and Cook County–including the most at-risk animals entering our shelters. We will do this by:
1. Raising awareness for Chicagoland’s shelter system among local communities and city officials
2. Passing an ordinance that saves the lives of all treatable and healthy shelter animals in Chicagoland
3. Developing innovative community-based programs that help reduce shelter intake while also increasing fostering and adoptions
With these efforts working in unison, not only will we keep more animals out of Cook County’s shelter system – we will ensure that there is always space for necessary intakes without having the euthanize healthy and treatable animals.
If you have suggestions on how we can best support Chicagoland’s shelter animals, feel free to message us. We need your support more than ever.