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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Friday, October 7, 2022

DuPage County Animal Services Offers No-Fee Adoptions for Large Dogs on Oct. 15

DuPage County Animal Services will waive adoption fees for large breed dogs in its shelter, including dogs over 40 lbs. during a special adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 15. The event is part of a month-long regional promotion to bring attention to the growing number of large dogs in animal shelters throughout the Chicagoland area.

“We’ve joined with eleven other organizations in the area to champion the large breed dogs that spend a longer time in shelters, leading to increased stress on the dogs and limiting the number of animals we can serve. Our goal is to shine a light on these dogs and showcase what great pets they can be, while providing the important education that potential owners need to make each adoption a success story,” said Brian Krajewski, Chairman of the DuPage County Animal Services Committee.

The ”Chicago Dog Campaign” is a collaborative effort between 12 area shelters to celebrate large breed dogs while accelerating their placement across Chicagoland. This special initiative calls upon the community to join forces with local shelters to champion dogs who are 40 pounds or larger, through adoption, fostering, and advocacy. “Chicago Dogs” are defined as canines who are 40 pounds and over, living anywhere in the Chicago region. Many of these dogs have been overlooked and stigmatized at shelters due to their size and breed. The campaign runs through Nov. 30. For more information visit: