Animal Welfare League

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  • 10305 SW Hwy

    Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

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THIS IS MY SUGGESTION TO YOU. PLEASE ADOPT FROM AWL!!! THERE ARE SO MANY DOGS THAT NEED TO BE RESCUED FROM THAT PLACE!!!! They deserve a chance in a loving home!!!! BUT DO NOT let their vets TREAT your animal!!! You have to let them spay or neuter but otherwise do not take your pet their....or at least don't let them out of your sight!!!
We got my dog PeeWee who is now 11 from AWL in Chicago Ridge. We told the lady who was showing animals that we were looking for a dog. She immediately pulled PeeWee from the CAT cages and put her in my husbands arms saying, he is such a beautiful, loving sweet little thing and i hate to see him in this cage. For some reason no one pays attention to him. It was love at first sight for my husband and for PeeWee who immediately licked his face and settled into his arms.
We had recently had our dog of 14 die and were heartbroken. Mu husband's heart just wasn't into getting a new dog, but he did love PeeWee. He said we should still look at the other dogs.
We went into the shelter area which they had just "cleaned"- which consists of spraying the cages (and often the animals) down with a high power hose. There was often 2 or more dogs per cage and they were wet, smelly and terrified of the hose. The stench was awful. We wanted to rescue every dog we saw! But many were coughing, some were wheezing and many looked sick. We were disheartened by their condition and left the main kennel. We prepared to leave and I had them bring PeeWee into a room who ran to my husband and kissed him, then came to each of us in similar fashion. Our decision was made. he had our hearts.
We were apprised of the situation...they were badly overcrorwded even in this, at that time, new, larger and more up to date location. They do not have the funds to fully care for the animals and they depend on volunteers and donations. Many of the staff were volunteers, or underpaid and overworked. The lady at the front desk was curt, all business and obviously overwhelmed and extremely busy. I honestly feel for the staff and volunteers and I do believe they do their best.
My biggest issue was with the clinic. PeeWee was a victim of kennel cough which we did not discover until about a week after we brought him home. For those that don't know kennel cough is a curable disease that runs rampant through these over crowded clinic. At the time we adopted our dog it was on the news that it had reached epidemic proportions in all the shelters in Chicagos and some shelters were closing until it could be brought under control.
The contract you sign states that you have to bring your pet back for medical treatment so we did. They said they had to keep him to treat him. We weren't allowed to see him for 3 days and calls to the vet produced different on his condition every time we called. I then raised holy hell because they told us we could see him everyday during certain hours. They finally agreed they would let us see him. I went back with the assistant to his cage which was right next to the operating suite by a set of cages which were holding for the OR. The miserable animals were laying in their feces and urine...how could they possibly go to surgery like that!
PeeWee was lethargic, sick, and looked so sad -barely recognizable from the dog I brought in. I demanded that he be immediately released into our custody. They tried to make me leave him there and there was no way that was going to happen. I raised hell again and started hollering until they finally had me sign a release and released him to my care. I immediately took him to our vet who diagnosed him(I had never gotten a diagnosis from AWL), treated him with iv fluids as he was badly dehydrated and IV antibiotics. She said he would recover much better in the home environment and sent us home with him. She called every day to check on him. She made sure he got well and thrived and he is still going strong 11 years latter.

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THIS IS MY SUGGESTION TO YOU. PLEASE ADOPT FROM AWL!!! THERE ARE SO MANY DOGS THAT NEED TO BE RESCUED FROM THAT PLACE!!!! They deserve a chance in a loving home!!!! BUT DO NOT let their vets TREAT your animal!!! You have to let them spay or neuter but otherwise do not take your pet their....or at least don't let them out of your sight!!!
We got my dog PeeWee who is now 11 from AWL in Chicago Ridge. We told the lady who was showing animals that we were looking for a dog. She immediately pulled PeeWee from the CAT cages and put her in my husbands arms saying, he is such a beautiful, loving sweet little thing and i hate to see him in this cage. For some reason no one pays attention to him. It was love at first sight for my husband and for PeeWee who immediately licked his face and settled into his arms.
We had recently had our dog of 14 die and were heartbroken. Mu husband's heart just wasn't into getting a new dog, but he did love PeeWee. He said we should still look at the other dogs.
We went into the shelter area which they had just "cleaned"- which consists of spraying the cages (and often the animals) down with a high power hose. There was often 2 or more dogs per cage and they were wet, smelly and terrified of the hose. The stench was awful. We wanted to rescue every dog we saw! But many were coughing, some were wheezing and many looked sick. We were disheartened by their condition and left the main kennel. We prepared to leave and I had them bring PeeWee into a room who ran to my husband and kissed him, then came to each of us in similar fashion. Our decision was made. he had our hearts.
We were apprised of the situation...they were badly overcrorwded even in this, at that time, new, larger and more up to date location. They do not have the funds to fully care for the animals and they depend on volunteers and donations. Many of the staff were volunteers, or underpaid and overworked. The lady at the front desk was curt, all business and obviously overwhelmed and extremely busy. I honestly feel for the staff and volunteers and I do believe they do their best.
My biggest issue was with the clinic. PeeWee was a victim of kennel cough which we did not discover until about a week after we brought him home. For those that don't know kennel cough is a curable disease that runs rampant through these over crowded clinic. At the time we adopted our dog it was on the news that it had reached epidemic proportions in all the shelters in Chicagos and some shelters were closing until it could be brought under control.
The contract you sign states that you have to bring your pet back for medical treatment so we did. They said they had to keep him to treat him. We weren't allowed to see him for 3 days and calls to the vet produced different on his condition every time we called. I then raised holy hell because they told us we could see him everyday during certain hours. They finally agreed they would let us see him. I went back with the assistant to his cage which was right next to the operating suite by a set of cages which were holding for the OR. The miserable animals were laying in their feces and urine...how could they possibly go to surgery like that!
PeeWee was lethargic, sick, and looked so sad -barely recognizable from the dog I brought in. I demanded that he be immediately released into our custody. They tried to make me leave him there and there was no way that was going to happen. I raised hell again and started hollering until they finally had me sign a release and released him to my care. I immediately took him to our vet who diagnosed him(I had never gotten a diagnosis from AWL), treated him with iv fluids as he was badly dehydrated and IV antibiotics. She said he would recover much better in the home environment and sent us home with him. She called every day to check on him. She made sure he got well and thrived and he is still going strong 11 years latter.

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One review (the long one) states that the Animal Welfare League is a no kill shelter. If this is true, they must have recently changed their policy and not put that information on their website. (I still remember the huskies they put down and lied about until public pressure became too much.)

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One review (the long one) states that the Animal Welfare League is a no kill shelter. If this is true, they must have recently changed their policy and not put that information on their website. (I still remember the huskies they put down and lied about until public pressure became too much.)

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AWL is overwhelmed and need money, effective volunteers and donations. The reason some shelters are overwhelmed is because they are trying to help every animal in need that they come across. Other shelters are more ""picky"" about what animals they will accomodate and therefore seem more orderly. The fact is, the people at AWL are animal lovers and dealing around the clock with the consequences of ignorant animal neglecters and abusers. We have 2 precious, perfect, healthy, beautiful cats from AWL that are the center of our lives. We also had one horrible experience, adopting a kitten from AWL that had been scheduled to have all her vaccinations but never received her vaccinations and died a week after we got her, devasting us to the core. DO ADOPT FROM AWL. The animals need homes and AWL needs your support. Before adopting make sure the animal's papers are in order and make sense to you. Have a vet appointment made at the get-go, and after the vet at AWL is finished take your new pet to your own vet as quickly as you can, ideally straight from there. I am an occassional volunteer at AWL and if anyone wants any help in adopting or advice, I am happy to try to help. Email me at cloudninesterling@hotm....\r\n\r\nJenny Pruim\r\nMorgan Park, Chicago\r\n\r\n* DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS SUFFER FROM BROKEN-HEARTS * \r\n

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AWL is overwhelmed and need money, effective volunteers and donations. The reason some shelters are overwhelmed is because they are trying to help every animal in need that they come across. Other shelters are more ""picky"" about what animals they will accomodate and therefore seem more orderly. The fact is, the people at AWL are animal lovers and dealing around the clock with the consequences of ignorant animal neglecters and abusers. We have 2 precious, perfect, healthy, beautiful cats from AWL that are the center of our lives. We also had one horrible experience, adopting a kitten from AWL that had been scheduled to have all her vaccinations but never received her vaccinations and died a week after we got her, devasting us to the core. DO ADOPT FROM AWL. The animals need homes and AWL needs your support. Before adopting make sure the animal's papers are in order and make sense to you. Have a vet appointment made at the get-go, and after the vet at AWL is finished take your new pet to your own vet as quickly as you can, ideally straight from there. I am an occassional volunteer at AWL and if anyone wants any help in adopting or advice, I am happy to try to help. Email me at cloudninesterling@hotm....\r\n\r\nJenny Pruim\r\nMorgan Park, Chicago\r\n\r\n* DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS SUFFER FROM BROKEN-HEARTS * \r\n

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i also volunteer there, i have been there everyday for about 2 weeks straight now besides weekends. i can personally tell you i walk around there and clean out cages along with numerous volunteers and employees of the awl, they do the best they can with what they have, keep in mind that are a non profit shelter. they take very good care of the animals i have seen,they are fed,always have water,taken out for walks and generally socialized daily! i can tell you i cleaned out the same dogs cage today about 5 times in 3 hours, we do what we can to stay on top of it and they are never sitting in their own feces and urine for more than a few minutes if we are busy cleaning out other cages, as another volunteer below stated, their are 500+ animals at that shelter and there can NEVER be enough help and donations. instead of criticizing the AWL maybe some of you should step up and volunteer so you can help us give these loving, beautiful animals the chance at the best life we can give them in the shelter until they are adopted.they do have strict policies but you have to keep in mind that they HAVE TO in order not to get these animals back possibly in worse condition then they ever came in with in the first place. also remember that simple mistakes can be made, we are only human and ya know what, i think for being a non profit,no kill,understaffed shelter, we do a pretty darn good job. but like i said if it isnt up to the conditions you think it should be then please, step up and help us out, we can use all the help! i also read a comment about kennel cough, that is very common and very contagious, it can be helped with medicine but a lot of dogs get it, its very treatable! i cannot say sorry for everyone that has a bad expierence in the past at the AWL but i can ask you to please try again. these animals deserve a great loving home and dont let 1 person who was rude to you or that you didnt like, ruin it for an animal that deserves your love and care! remember, awl is always accepting volunteer applications and donations (not just of money)...blankets,newspaper,rubbing alcohol and more! so for those who have had a not so great expierence, please try again! thanks everyone!...i am about to post a poem for everyone to read and think about!.....

Stray's Prayer
Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care!
I'm tired of running, I'm sick with despair.
My body is aching, it's so racked with pain,
and dear God I pray, as I run in the rain.
That someone will love me and give me a home,
a warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.

My last owner tied me all day in the yard
Sometimes with no water, and god that was hard.
So I chewed my leash, and God I ran away.
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now God, I'm tired and hungry and cold,
and I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.

They've chased me with sticks and hit me with stones,
while I run the streets just looking for bones!
I'm not really bad, God, please help if you can,
or I have become just a "Victim of Man!"
I'm wormy dear God and I'm ridden with fleas,
and all that I want is an Owner to please!

If you find one for me God, I'll try to be good,
and I won't chew their shoes, and I'll do as I should.
I'll love them, protect them and try to obey....
when they tell me to sit, to lie down or to stay!
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
cause I'm getting so weak and I'm so all alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
cause I'm so afraid God, that I'm gonna die.
And I've got so much love and devotion to give,
that I should be given a new chance to Live!
So dear God, please answer my prayer,
and send me someone who will REALLY care..

That is, dear God, if YOU'RE REALLY there!

another one...
The Canine Bill of Rights
I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.
I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.
I have the right to be trained so I do not become the prisoner of my own misbehavior.
I have the right to adequate food and medical care.
I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside of my family.
I have the right to have my needs and wants respected.
I have the right to special time with my people.
I have the right to only be bred responsibly - if not at all.
I have the right to some time and space all my own.
I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.
I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.
I have the right to be forgiven.
I have the right to die with dignity.
- Carolyn Krause -

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i also volunteer there, i have been there everyday for about 2 weeks straight now besides weekends. i can personally tell you i walk around there and clean out cages along with numerous volunteers and employees of the awl, they do the best they can with what they have, keep in mind that are a non profit shelter. they take very good care of the animals i have seen,they are fed,always have water,taken out for walks and generally socialized daily! i can tell you i cleaned out the same dogs cage today about 5 times in 3 hours, we do what we can to stay on top of it and they are never sitting in their own feces and urine for more than a few minutes if we are busy cleaning out other cages, as another volunteer below stated, their are 500+ animals at that shelter and there can NEVER be enough help and donations. instead of criticizing the AWL maybe some of you should step up and volunteer so you can help us give these loving, beautiful animals the chance at the best life we can give them in the shelter until they are adopted.they do have strict policies but you have to keep in mind that they HAVE TO in order not to get these animals back possibly in worse condition then they ever came in with in the first place. also remember that simple mistakes can be made, we are only human and ya know what, i think for being a non profit,no kill,understaffed shelter, we do a pretty darn good job. but like i said if it isnt up to the conditions you think it should be then please, step up and help us out, we can use all the help! i also read a comment about kennel cough, that is very common and very contagious, it can be helped with medicine but a lot of dogs get it, its very treatable! i cannot say sorry for everyone that has a bad expierence in the past at the AWL but i can ask you to please try again. these animals deserve a great loving home and dont let 1 person who was rude to you or that you didnt like, ruin it for an animal that deserves your love and care! remember, awl is always accepting volunteer applications and donations (not just of money)...blankets,newspaper,rubbing alcohol and more! so for those who have had a not so great expierence, please try again! thanks everyone!...i am about to post a poem for everyone to read and think about!.....

Stray's Prayer
Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care!
I'm tired of running, I'm sick with despair.
My body is aching, it's so racked with pain,
and dear God I pray, as I run in the rain.
That someone will love me and give me a home,
a warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.

My last owner tied me all day in the yard
Sometimes with no water, and god that was hard.
So I chewed my leash, and God I ran away.
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now God, I'm tired and hungry and cold,
and I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.

They've chased me with sticks and hit me with stones,
while I run the streets just looking for bones!
I'm not really bad, God, please help if you can,
or I have become just a "Victim of Man!"
I'm wormy dear God and I'm ridden with fleas,
and all that I want is an Owner to please!

If you find one for me God, I'll try to be good,
and I won't chew their shoes, and I'll do as I should.
I'll love them, protect them and try to obey....
when they tell me to sit, to lie down or to stay!
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
cause I'm getting so weak and I'm so all alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
cause I'm so afraid God, that I'm gonna die.
And I've got so much love and devotion to give,
that I should be given a new chance to Live!
So dear God, please answer my prayer,
and send me someone who will REALLY care..

That is, dear God, if YOU'RE REALLY there!

another one...
The Canine Bill of Rights
I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.
I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.
I have the right to be trained so I do not become the prisoner of my own misbehavior.
I have the right to adequate food and medical care.
I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside of my family.
I have the right to have my needs and wants respected.
I have the right to special time with my people.
I have the right to only be bred responsibly - if not at all.
I have the right to some time and space all my own.
I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.
I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.
I have the right to be forgiven.
I have the right to die with dignity.
- Carolyn Krause -

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Me and my daughter was told to go here to find a dog the first visit was a slow process staff not to friendly.did not want to explain procedure on how the program went but we got threw that.we found a dog she like so they told her she needed a least she gave them the least we call just about every other day checking on the dog they told us one person was a head of us waiting on the dog.then we call back they say now two people ahead,so we decide to go down there the following week to see if dog was still there.the staff very unprofessional with a bad attitude,also talk to supervisor about a staff member who ran up to my daughter and call her stupid,because they did not want to explain the procedure how the adoption go.bottom line they told my daughter she fell the inspection because she did not have a fence up but they went to the wrong address which was my address and they lied because I do have a fence.and we tried to explain the address on my daughter license was not where she live we gave them a least stating her correct address.I felt like they never told us correct information over the phone,did not check for the right dog,inspection was not done write.and need to learn how to talk to people,and need to clean the outside coming into the place dog mess all over.I could not believe the treatment we recieve to get a pet.they will push people away

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Me and my daughter was told to go here to find a dog the first visit was a slow process staff not to friendly.did not want to explain procedure on how the program went but we got threw that.we found a dog she like so they told her she needed a least she gave them the least we call just about every other day checking on the dog they told us one person was a head of us waiting on the dog.then we call back they say now two people ahead,so we decide to go down there the following week to see if dog was still there.the staff very unprofessional with a bad attitude,also talk to supervisor about a staff member who ran up to my daughter and call her stupid,because they did not want to explain the procedure how the adoption go.bottom line they told my daughter she fell the inspection because she did not have a fence up but they went to the wrong address which was my address and they lied because I do have a fence.and we tried to explain the address on my daughter license was not where she live we gave them a least stating her correct address.I felt like they never told us correct information over the phone,did not check for the right dog,inspection was not done write.and need to learn how to talk to people,and need to clean the outside coming into the place dog mess all over.I could not believe the treatment we recieve to get a pet.they will push people away

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Understaffed and underfunded is no excuse for poor care, or for unnprofessional behavior. And I take exception with the people who comment about me not doing anything to help the situation because I care enough about my pet to write a negative review. My financial situation has only recently changed; up until then I regularly donated money, food, litter and toys to my local shelter. I also have adopted or rescued all of my pets and have been a responsible pet owner for nearly 35 years. Unfortunately I could lose my beloved 3 year old cat due to the conditions of this clinic. This is the first time I have ever asked for any kind of financial help for any of my pets, and the last. I have learned that discounted care means marginal care and that you have no say in the kind of medical treatment your pet recieves. Getting discounted or donated services in no way gives any facility the right to provide marginal health care. If they cannot provide adequate services they need to refuse new patients or solicit more funds. Although much of the staff were caring and went out of their way to be helpful it was very evident that they were fighting an uphill battle, They couldn't make up for the numerous mistakes, general confusion or unsanitary conditions that were always present. This facility cannot provide adequate basic care for the animals they are supposed to be serving. It does no one any good when that care causes harm.

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Understaffed and underfunded is no excuse for poor care, or for unnprofessional behavior. And I take exception with the people who comment about me not doing anything to help the situation because I care enough about my pet to write a negative review. My financial situation has only recently changed; up until then I regularly donated money, food, litter and toys to my local shelter. I also have adopted or rescued all of my pets and have been a responsible pet owner for nearly 35 years. Unfortunately I could lose my beloved 3 year old cat due to the conditions of this clinic. This is the first time I have ever asked for any kind of financial help for any of my pets, and the last. I have learned that discounted care means marginal care and that you have no say in the kind of medical treatment your pet recieves. Getting discounted or donated services in no way gives any facility the right to provide marginal health care. If they cannot provide adequate services they need to refuse new patients or solicit more funds. Although much of the staff were caring and went out of their way to be helpful it was very evident that they were fighting an uphill battle, They couldn't make up for the numerous mistakes, general confusion or unsanitary conditions that were always present. This facility cannot provide adequate basic care for the animals they are supposed to be serving. It does no one any good when that care causes harm.

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I understand that this place is overcrowded and understaffed, however that is an issue that they should address. It is not fair to the animals to be left in such conditions. I found two dogs I wanted to adopt from a shelter in Niles, however, before I could adopt them they were shipped off to AWL. I drove well over an hour to this shelter to adopt the two dogs. When I arrived and started viewing all of the dogs I wanted to cry. It is a sad scene. I finally found the two dogs from the shelter in Niles which I was thrilled about. We brought them into a room to visit with them once again. While there both dogs were dirty, their fur was matted and sticky - however just two days earlier at the other shelter they were clean as could be.
Being compasionate that this shelter is attempting to help animals and that they lack funds is understandable - however, the woman at the front desks attitude is not. This woman was a complete nightmare. I witnessed her being rude to the family in front on me. When it was my turn I explained to her that I was thrilled to have found these two dogs at this shelter being that they were removed from the shelter in NIles. This is when all the fun started. She said that the dogs were released by their owner and they were never in another shelter. I tried explaining to her that the paperwork was incorrect, however all she did was sit there and give me a dirty looks. She was rude, unprofessional, sour & down right misrable. If she is unhappy in her position then she should work somewhere else. She made the entire experience negative.
The younger employees were extremely nice & helpful. However, this one woman completely destroyed any good vibes they were putting out.
I am thrilled that I have found those two dogs for a second time and hope that when I pick them up on Wednesday that they are still healthy. I hope that more people realize the amount of loving animals that need homes as well as how much this place needs donations. I also hope that that misrable woman leaves & allows someone with a better attitude to take over her job.

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I understand that this place is overcrowded and understaffed, however that is an issue that they should address. It is not fair to the animals to be left in such conditions. I found two dogs I wanted to adopt from a shelter in Niles, however, before I could adopt them they were shipped off to AWL. I drove well over an hour to this shelter to adopt the two dogs. When I arrived and started viewing all of the dogs I wanted to cry. It is a sad scene. I finally found the two dogs from the shelter in Niles which I was thrilled about. We brought them into a room to visit with them once again. While there both dogs were dirty, their fur was matted and sticky - however just two days earlier at the other shelter they were clean as could be.
Being compasionate that this shelter is attempting to help animals and that they lack funds is understandable - however, the woman at the front desks attitude is not. This woman was a complete nightmare. I witnessed her being rude to the family in front on me. When it was my turn I explained to her that I was thrilled to have found these two dogs at this shelter being that they were removed from the shelter in NIles. This is when all the fun started. She said that the dogs were released by their owner and they were never in another shelter. I tried explaining to her that the paperwork was incorrect, however all she did was sit there and give me a dirty looks. She was rude, unprofessional, sour & down right misrable. If she is unhappy in her position then she should work somewhere else. She made the entire experience negative.
The younger employees were extremely nice & helpful. However, this one woman completely destroyed any good vibes they were putting out.
I am thrilled that I have found those two dogs for a second time and hope that when I pick them up on Wednesday that they are still healthy. I hope that more people realize the amount of loving animals that need homes as well as how much this place needs donations. I also hope that that misrable woman leaves & allows someone with a better attitude to take over her job.

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I don't know much about the Veterinary clinic, but I know as a volunteer and from personal experience, the staff here is VERY overwhelmed, and they are on a stretched budget. People complain about the smell and how dirty it is, but people have to understand that there are almost 500 animals (maybe more) that they have to take care of. If more people donated,fixed their animals, and didn't buy they wouldn't have as many animals and they would have quality care for all of them. Next time someone complains about the smell, they should do something about it, like donate some money or volunteer.

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I don't know much about the Veterinary clinic, but I know as a volunteer and from personal experience, the staff here is VERY overwhelmed, and they are on a stretched budget. People complain about the smell and how dirty it is, but people have to understand that there are almost 500 animals (maybe more) that they have to take care of. If more people donated,fixed their animals, and didn't buy they wouldn't have as many animals and they would have quality care for all of them. Next time someone complains about the smell, they should do something about it, like donate some money or volunteer.

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I adopted a german shepherd/lab mix puppy from AWL last year. The adoption process went smoothly and he is a joy to have and the best companion I've ever had. I decided to take my dog there earlier this year for his yearly vaccination because of the low cost and I could not afford vaccinations from other clinics at the time. The vet who was to give his shots wanted to take him into the back of the clinic alone whilst (after watching others that went before me) other patients' owners went in with them. Because of this, I demanded that I go with my dog. The vet insisted that I stay in the waiting room and wait but I wouldn't let her go with my dog, especially if he was only there for a shot and not being left for surgery. (What was up with that, anyway?) She stopped arguing with me when I brought up that I have never let my dog go alone at other vets and that it's unprofessional of them to take the animals alone without the owners' consent (after all, some animals behave better with their owners with them and others could end up attacking the vet w/o their owner in sight). The vaccination, of course, was done within a minute--no reason to take my dog alone. I can't say if they really take the pets without the owners for such a routine thing, but that in itself made me lose trust in them. It made me wonder what they were really going to do with my dog...

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I adopted a german shepherd/lab mix puppy from AWL last year. The adoption process went smoothly and he is a joy to have and the best companion I've ever had. I decided to take my dog there earlier this year for his yearly vaccination because of the low cost and I could not afford vaccinations from other clinics at the time. The vet who was to give his shots wanted to take him into the back of the clinic alone whilst (after watching others that went before me) other patients' owners went in with them. Because of this, I demanded that I go with my dog. The vet insisted that I stay in the waiting room and wait but I wouldn't let her go with my dog, especially if he was only there for a shot and not being left for surgery. (What was up with that, anyway?) She stopped arguing with me when I brought up that I have never let my dog go alone at other vets and that it's unprofessional of them to take the animals alone without the owners' consent (after all, some animals behave better with their owners with them and others could end up attacking the vet w/o their owner in sight). The vaccination, of course, was done within a minute--no reason to take my dog alone. I can't say if they really take the pets without the owners for such a routine thing, but that in itself made me lose trust in them. It made me wonder what they were really going to do with my dog...

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i took my cat in to get his shots and nuetered he caught parvo(feline distemper) and the poor guy got really sick and had to have him put down. i gave them 2 stars because on the budget they have the staff really try and mean well but too many animals in and out but if u have a fixed income its better then nothing just make sure ur feline is up to date on theirshot s before u take it anywhere near this place!!!!! RIP MAX

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i took my cat in to get his shots and nuetered he caught parvo(feline distemper) and the poor guy got really sick and had to have him put down. i gave them 2 stars because on the budget they have the staff really try and mean well but too many animals in and out but if u have a fixed income its better then nothing just make sure ur feline is up to date on theirshot s before u take it anywhere near this place!!!!! RIP MAX

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I recently bought a new Fox Terrier for my family. We took him home and he immediately started coughing. We brought him back and he was diagnosed with Kennel cough. He spent the next few days there and we finally brought him home, but little had changed. When we went to bring him to get his stitches out, he was still running a temperature and Dr. Barnes said he should stay. Over the next week and a half we would visit him almost everyday and he never seemed to get better. We noticed that a dog in a cage below him had died of Parvo. I finally asked to take the dog home to take him to a real vet. When we got home, he was lethargic and had uncontrollable bowel movement. I took him to the vet the next morning and he had a temperature of 105.9 and had to be put to sleep. I appreciate the hard work the volunteers do there, but if Dr. Barnes gets paid for what she does, she should get her license revoked, because she seriously neglected my dog and this whole situation could be avoided and my dog would be alive.

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I recently bought a new Fox Terrier for my family. We took him home and he immediately started coughing. We brought him back and he was diagnosed with Kennel cough. He spent the next few days there and we finally brought him home, but little had changed. When we went to bring him to get his stitches out, he was still running a temperature and Dr. Barnes said he should stay. Over the next week and a half we would visit him almost everyday and he never seemed to get better. We noticed that a dog in a cage below him had died of Parvo. I finally asked to take the dog home to take him to a real vet. When we got home, he was lethargic and had uncontrollable bowel movement. I took him to the vet the next morning and he had a temperature of 105.9 and had to be put to sleep. I appreciate the hard work the volunteers do there, but if Dr. Barnes gets paid for what she does, she should get her license revoked, because she seriously neglected my dog and this whole situation could be avoided and my dog would be alive.

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I found an animal at this shelter 6 years ago, a Newfoundland mix, that is still a loyal companion. I recommend them, or any animal shelter, when searching for a pet. With an open mind, and a strong dose of reality, these animals are best friends waiting to happen. It has been my experience that this shelter does a fine job in spite of funding and staffing issues. If you do choose to select a pet at full-price pet stores or breeders, you can still buy pet supplies and food at the shelter, and give their animals a monetary boost for food and care while they wait their turn for a loving home.

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I found an animal at this shelter 6 years ago, a Newfoundland mix, that is still a loyal companion. I recommend them, or any animal shelter, when searching for a pet. With an open mind, and a strong dose of reality, these animals are best friends waiting to happen. It has been my experience that this shelter does a fine job in spite of funding and staffing issues. If you do choose to select a pet at full-price pet stores or breeders, you can still buy pet supplies and food at the shelter, and give their animals a monetary boost for food and care while they wait their turn for a loving home.

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At the end of a long day at the shelter and after signing papers and paying an adoption fee, our new puppy was to go to be microchipped (there on the premises) before we could take him home. The personnel could not find him, and at last told us the dog must have been stolen. What are they doing about it? They gave me a refund, but I'd really prefer they be committed to search vigorously for MY dog. Heartbroken.

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At the end of a long day at the shelter and after signing papers and paying an adoption fee, our new puppy was to go to be microchipped (there on the premises) before we could take him home. The personnel could not find him, and at last told us the dog must have been stolen. What are they doing about it? They gave me a refund, but I'd really prefer they be committed to search vigorously for MY dog. Heartbroken.

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We adopted the best little Shih Tzu in the world from the Animal Welfare League. He was a stray that they had to treat and was in pretty bad shape. But I knew he was to be our dog. He is fully recovered from his illness and totally bonded to us. He's my shadow! I couldn't have asked for a better dog.

The Animal Welfare League is in the front lines of trying to help animals who have been rejected or mistreated by people. Instead of maligning them, volunteer or donate to help out. They are the ones picking up the pieces as a result of people who view animals as unfeeling objects that can be thrown away or mistreated.

Don't buy a puppy mill dog from a pet store. Adopt a friend for life from a caring shelter like the Animal Welfare League.

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We adopted the best little Shih Tzu in the world from the Animal Welfare League. He was a stray that they had to treat and was in pretty bad shape. But I knew he was to be our dog. He is fully recovered from his illness and totally bonded to us. He's my shadow! I couldn't have asked for a better dog.

The Animal Welfare League is in the front lines of trying to help animals who have been rejected or mistreated by people. Instead of maligning them, volunteer or donate to help out. They are the ones picking up the pieces as a result of people who view animals as unfeeling objects that can be thrown away or mistreated.

Don't buy a puppy mill dog from a pet store. Adopt a friend for life from a caring shelter like the Animal Welfare League.

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I adopted a stray terrier mix from them. She is a wonderful dog. I have taken her to the clinic three times and have had nothing but good experiences there. I have called on the phone to ask questions and found the staff to be very helpful. To the people that are complaining why don't you donate some money or some of your time to help out the shelter.

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I adopted a stray terrier mix from them. She is a wonderful dog. I have taken her to the clinic three times and have had nothing but good experiences there. I have called on the phone to ask questions and found the staff to be very helpful. To the people that are complaining why don't you donate some money or some of your time to help out the shelter.

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I had a female Beagle/Pekineses mix who is 15 yrs. old. A few days ago Cookie, my dog, was yelping and crying out in pain, I had no idea what was wrong with her, or what I should do to help relieve her pain. My mother told me to call the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge and ask them what I should do, so I did.

A woman answered the phone and I told her about my dog, explaining that she had been showing signs of weakness, pain and that she was hardly able to walk. The woman then asked me how old Cookie was, I answered 15, maybe 16 years old, she told me that because of the dogs age that it would be in Cookies best interest to be put down. The woman explained that a dog that age was probably going to die soon anyhow, and spending any kind of money on her would be a waist. She then proceeded to give me the hours that the shelter would be open that night and the price to have Cookie euthanized. I took Cookie in, paid the fee of $69.50 to have her put down, and said my goodbyes. About 1 hour later I received a phone call from a woman who called herself Dr. Judy, a vet from the shelter. She said she had examined Cookie and there was absolutely nothing wrong with her, and she wanted to know why we wanted to euthanize her. I again explained what Cookie had been going through in the past few days. Dr. Judy then said, "Well, there's a woman here who has fallen in love with Cookie, and since there is nothing wrong with her she was wondering if she could have her."

I was shocked! I of course told Dr. Judy that I wanted Cookie back, she has been my dog since she was 3 weeks old, and if nothing was wrong with my dog then I was coming to pick her up...I didn't even think about asking for the money that I had spent to have her euthanized, I figured that it could be used as a donation...Well, to my surprise Dr. Judy said, "I'm sorry but you have already signed a paper that states, Cookie is to be euthanized, and if you refuse to give her up then we will have to put her down."

So, I'm stuck, I cant have my dog back because of a piece of paper, and come to find out that this "woman" who fell in love with Cookie was Dr. Judy, the vet. I was never given any other option. I was told to bring Cookie in to have her put down, and now I have to give her up to a stranger because I'm not going to have her put down if there's nothing wrong, that's just cruel, and I love Cookie more then anything.

I feel that Dr. Judy took advantage of me and my situation, she made remarks about how Cookie would be well taken care of and that she could afford to pay for any surgeries or procedures that Cookie needed, making me feel as if I wasn't good enough for Cookie and that I wasn't taking care of her. Dr. Judy had NO RIGHT to examine Cookie in the first place. I paid the AWL to euthanize my dog because I was told that there was nothing else that could or would be done to her because of her age.In the end, Cookie now lives with someone she has never met, I don't have my best friend and I feel that the AWL is full of BS. I will continue to fight in order to get Cookie back, and I will continue to tell everyone that I know about what happened. I will also continue to go on each and every website that allows me to tell my story. I was treated unfair. I was taken advantage of and like I stated before, I paid to have Cookie euthanized, and this so called vet, someone who claims to be a professional, took it upon herself to examine my dog...If I can help someone out there and stop this place from taking advantage of the little guy, then my job is done and I will be satisfied, until then, I won't stop telling my story.

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I had a female Beagle/Pekineses mix who is 15 yrs. old. A few days ago Cookie, my dog, was yelping and crying out in pain, I had no idea what was wrong with her, or what I should do to help relieve her pain. My mother told me to call the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge and ask them what I should do, so I did.

A woman answered the phone and I told her about my dog, explaining that she had been showing signs of weakness, pain and that she was hardly able to walk. The woman then asked me how old Cookie was, I answered 15, maybe 16 years old, she told me that because of the dogs age that it would be in Cookies best interest to be put down. The woman explained that a dog that age was probably going to die soon anyhow, and spending any kind of money on her would be a waist. She then proceeded to give me the hours that the shelter would be open that night and the price to have Cookie euthanized. I took Cookie in, paid the fee of $69.50 to have her put down, and said my goodbyes. About 1 hour later I received a phone call from a woman who called herself Dr. Judy, a vet from the shelter. She said she had examined Cookie and there was absolutely nothing wrong with her, and she wanted to know why we wanted to euthanize her. I again explained what Cookie had been going through in the past few days. Dr. Judy then said, "Well, there's a woman here who has fallen in love with Cookie, and since there is nothing wrong with her she was wondering if she could have her."

I was shocked! I of course told Dr. Judy that I wanted Cookie back, she has been my dog since she was 3 weeks old, and if nothing was wrong with my dog then I was coming to pick her up...I didn't even think about asking for the money that I had spent to have her euthanized, I figured that it could be used as a donation...Well, to my surprise Dr. Judy said, "I'm sorry but you have already signed a paper that states, Cookie is to be euthanized, and if you refuse to give her up then we will have to put her down."

So, I'm stuck, I cant have my dog back because of a piece of paper, and come to find out that this "woman" who fell in love with Cookie was Dr. Judy, the vet. I was never given any other option. I was told to bring Cookie in to have her put down, and now I have to give her up to a stranger because I'm not going to have her put down if there's nothing wrong, that's just cruel, and I love Cookie more then anything.

I feel that Dr. Judy took advantage of me and my situation, she made remarks about how Cookie would be well taken care of and that she could afford to pay for any surgeries or procedures that Cookie needed, making me feel as if I wasn't good enough for Cookie and that I wasn't taking care of her. Dr. Judy had NO RIGHT to examine Cookie in the first place. I paid the AWL to euthanize my dog because I was told that there was nothing else that could or would be done to her because of her age.In the end, Cookie now lives with someone she has never met, I don't have my best friend and I feel that the AWL is full of BS. I will continue to fight in order to get Cookie back, and I will continue to tell everyone that I know about what happened. I will also continue to go on each and every website that allows me to tell my story. I was treated unfair. I was taken advantage of and like I stated before, I paid to have Cookie euthanized, and this so called vet, someone who claims to be a professional, took it upon herself to examine my dog...If I can help someone out there and stop this place from taking advantage of the little guy, then my job is done and I will be satisfied, until then, I won't stop telling my story.

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This place was once a shining star for unwanted animals... now I would steer so far from here it's not funny. In my opinion, this shelter is underfunded, poorly managed and a germ bed! There is no guarantee that your animal is disease-free, despite the fact that they claim to run a battery of tests. This is not to say that the volunteers at this facility are not dedicated - I think this place is so overwhelmed that it can no longer send animals out the door where a new pet owner can feel fairly sure that the animal will not die on them. We adopted two kittens from here and one died yesterday of a bacterial infection that had been present at the time of the adoption. The other kitten is losing fur and will be taken to a different clinic to make sure she gets acceptable care.

We have yet to tell our eight-year-old daughter that the kitten she bought for her grandmother's Christmas present is dead.

As far as volunteering there, I'd be afraid of what I may transmit to my own pets!

In my opinion, this place should be closed down until it gets its act together. It gets one star for the dedicated people there who are trying to help these poor animals despite the mismanagement and indifference one quickly detects when walking through the door.

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This place was once a shining star for unwanted animals... now I would steer so far from here it's not funny. In my opinion, this shelter is underfunded, poorly managed and a germ bed! There is no guarantee that your animal is disease-free, despite the fact that they claim to run a battery of tests. This is not to say that the volunteers at this facility are not dedicated - I think this place is so overwhelmed that it can no longer send animals out the door where a new pet owner can feel fairly sure that the animal will not die on them. We adopted two kittens from here and one died yesterday of a bacterial infection that had been present at the time of the adoption. The other kitten is losing fur and will be taken to a different clinic to make sure she gets acceptable care.

We have yet to tell our eight-year-old daughter that the kitten she bought for her grandmother's Christmas present is dead.

As far as volunteering there, I'd be afraid of what I may transmit to my own pets!

In my opinion, this place should be closed down until it gets its act together. It gets one star for the dedicated people there who are trying to help these poor animals despite the mismanagement and indifference one quickly detects when walking through the door.

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I am a volunteer at the shelter and I am disgusted by the people on here that are so fast to criticize but put no effort out to help. I have adopted a pure breed Miniature Pincer and a Chocolate Lab that are wonderful dogs. Before I got these dogs they had been turned over by owners who abandoned them. Needless to say they we not well groomed and needed much training to get them where they are now.

The shelter runs on such a stretched budget. They provide services to owners at a very reduced price. If you have problems with the shelter then get in there like I do and volunteer 1 or 2 hours (even each month) a week and see how things work and make it better. Other things you can do is to discourage needless breeding of these animals and have your pets spayed and nutured. Above all don't buy pets from pet stores and realize that a pet is a lifetime commitment.

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I am a volunteer at the shelter and I am disgusted by the people on here that are so fast to criticize but put no effort out to help. I have adopted a pure breed Miniature Pincer and a Chocolate Lab that are wonderful dogs. Before I got these dogs they had been turned over by owners who abandoned them. Needless to say they we not well groomed and needed much training to get them where they are now.

The shelter runs on such a stretched budget. They provide services to owners at a very reduced price. If you have problems with the shelter then get in there like I do and volunteer 1 or 2 hours (even each month) a week and see how things work and make it better. Other things you can do is to discourage needless breeding of these animals and have your pets spayed and nutured. Above all don't buy pets from pet stores and realize that a pet is a lifetime commitment.

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This place is sooooooooo overwhelmed, under funded, disorganized & under staffed it was truly one of the saddest things I've ever seen. After adopting 2 kits from this place, I've spent over $1000.00 getting them healthy. There are so many sick diseased animals in there, I'm sure it's impossible to keep the majority of them remotely healthy w/o the funds & help needed. If you're looking for a pet, there are soooooo many here to be adopted and although I had to put out a chunk of change to get them healthy, it was well worth it. I now have 2 of the cutest little guys in the world and hope what I paid for the adoption (& then some) goes to making this place a more suitable environment for all parties involved. If you can....donate. THEY NEED IT!

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This place is sooooooooo overwhelmed, under funded, disorganized & under staffed it was truly one of the saddest things I've ever seen. After adopting 2 kits from this place, I've spent over $1000.00 getting them healthy. There are so many sick diseased animals in there, I'm sure it's impossible to keep the majority of them remotely healthy w/o the funds & help needed. If you're looking for a pet, there are soooooo many here to be adopted and although I had to put out a chunk of change to get them healthy, it was well worth it. I now have 2 of the cutest little guys in the world and hope what I paid for the adoption (& then some) goes to making this place a more suitable environment for all parties involved. If you can....donate. THEY NEED IT!

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So of course ALL shelters are great. They do try their best to take care of the unwanted animals. BUT I spent 3 hrs there w/ my 4 children trying to find a dog. After meeting the BEST DOG EVER that was so gentle with ALL my children, comes to find out, after waiting and asking and waiting and searching for papers and searching for the dogs I.D. that it was ALREADY ADOPTED! My kids heart sank so fast I wanted to cry. The dog was perfect. So we asked a volunteer to show us a few more dogs, well - the "kid" must have been afraid of dogs, cuz once we got into the room to view the dog(s) he'd unleash them and let them jump all over my and the kids. The kid basically backed himself into the corner and knew nothing about the dogs and wouldn't talk.
THE ONLY GOOD THING HERE IS A GIRL NAMED ALLI (may be spelled wrong) that was extremely patient and extremely helpful. When a family wants a dog, it is tough to view each dog, have them taken out of the cage, etc etc etc. But that girl was very nice and tried her best, and also kept the dogs contained when we wanted to look at him/her. So all in all. They need to brush up on their filing and paperwork. Also, most of the office staff were in the back on smoke break for a long time.
Kinda disappointed!! But thanks, Alli, for helping us!

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So of course ALL shelters are great. They do try their best to take care of the unwanted animals. BUT I spent 3 hrs there w/ my 4 children trying to find a dog. After meeting the BEST DOG EVER that was so gentle with ALL my children, comes to find out, after waiting and asking and waiting and searching for papers and searching for the dogs I.D. that it was ALREADY ADOPTED! My kids heart sank so fast I wanted to cry. The dog was perfect. So we asked a volunteer to show us a few more dogs, well - the "kid" must have been afraid of dogs, cuz once we got into the room to view the dog(s) he'd unleash them and let them jump all over my and the kids. The kid basically backed himself into the corner and knew nothing about the dogs and wouldn't talk.
THE ONLY GOOD THING HERE IS A GIRL NAMED ALLI (may be spelled wrong) that was extremely patient and extremely helpful. When a family wants a dog, it is tough to view each dog, have them taken out of the cage, etc etc etc. But that girl was very nice and tried her best, and also kept the dogs contained when we wanted to look at him/her. So all in all. They need to brush up on their filing and paperwork. Also, most of the office staff were in the back on smoke break for a long time.
Kinda disappointed!! But thanks, Alli, for helping us!

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I would say you can't trust them. My friends ex husband turned in her 2 dogs to them in the morning, called her later in the day to let her know. She called them immediately. They said they didn't have them. She stayed on the line through numerous b.s. stories including one about them both being adopted "right now". After saying that she'd have to get a lawyer to find out what happened to her dogs, she was put on hold, then told that the dogs were there - they found them in the "gray" room. Both these dogs were originally adopted from this shelter and both had microchips identifying her, not him as the owner. They never checked. They charged her to get them back. Shelters have intake paperwork, it's no mystery when a dog is turned in. Surrendered dogs can be killed immediately. (Which they also have paperwork for.) They are suppose to scan for microchips! Adopt from there, sure, they're overloaded with nice animals. But if you've lost a dog, make them check every room, don't believe the first 6 answers they give you.

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I would say you can't trust them. My friends ex husband turned in her 2 dogs to them in the morning, called her later in the day to let her know. She called them immediately. They said they didn't have them. She stayed on the line through numerous b.s. stories including one about them both being adopted "right now". After saying that she'd have to get a lawyer to find out what happened to her dogs, she was put on hold, then told that the dogs were there - they found them in the "gray" room. Both these dogs were originally adopted from this shelter and both had microchips identifying her, not him as the owner. They never checked. They charged her to get them back. Shelters have intake paperwork, it's no mystery when a dog is turned in. Surrendered dogs can be killed immediately. (Which they also have paperwork for.) They are suppose to scan for microchips! Adopt from there, sure, they're overloaded with nice animals. But if you've lost a dog, make them check every room, don't believe the first 6 answers they give you.

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I went to the hostipal left my dog with a friend who gave him to someone else and this person took him to this shelter.I went to this shelter looked thru that shithole and no dog.who knows what to believe did this guy take him or someone from the shelter. This is a high priced dog..so you know what that means...maybe someone from that place..who knows...but i was very disappointed on how they perform the business..and for animals...they seemed very confused..just heart broken

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I went to the hostipal left my dog with a friend who gave him to someone else and this person took him to this shelter.I went to this shelter looked thru that shithole and no dog.who knows what to believe did this guy take him or someone from the shelter. This is a high priced dog..so you know what that means...maybe someone from that place..who knows...but i was very disappointed on how they perform the business..and for animals...they seemed very confused..just heart broken

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We found a great dog there - yes the place is crowded because many people once they get a pet do not take care of it and it ends up at the shelter. People should take responsibility for their pets.

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We found a great dog there - yes the place is crowded because many people once they get a pet do not take care of it and it ends up at the shelter. People should take responsibility for their pets.

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i'm a 19 year old vet tech student that's been working at animal shelters since i was in 8th grade. i started out at chicago's animal care and control and have been to many others. i can't stand to hear people complain about how dirty a shelter is and not do anything about it. do u realize that these shelters are working on little or no money? yes, they do smell, but that's not their fault! if u care so much to complain, how about u do something better like volunteering. with that said, i recently moved to the justice, il area. so the closest shelter to my apartment is this one. i have been there about 3 times with my animals, but that was the clinic. i have 2 cats of my own and right now i'm also taking care of a stray cat and her kittens. the clinic is really focused on prevention if they can help it, but to be completely honest, i wouldn't take my cats here if they had a major problem. but, whenever there's going to be a surgry, they make sure the animal is tested for everything and has up to date shots. they seem to care in a small amount due to the fact that there's a lot of other people waiting out in the waiting area. i also can't stand how people in the waiting area complain that they have to wait. if u don't want to wait, take ur animal some place else, but don't complain when someone's trying to help u. lastly, ask all possible questions u may have. these vets are mostly focused on the cheif complaint. a chief complaint is the reason u brought the animal in. and NEVER NEVER NEVER let them go back there with your animal without you. my 11 year old cat went in there for a flea suspicion, which is something a vet tech can look for. so me knowing that, let them take her back and once they came ou,t the tech told me that she found no fleas and that they gave her an allergy shot. i freaked when they said that because the last time she got one of those, it Abscessed! and she need surgery. i told the tech that and she had fear running through her mind as she walked back to tell the doctor. she told me to watch it and if it did it again to bring her back in. well she hasn't abscessed, but she's still scratching like she was the day i brought her in. so i'll just go to a regular vet. I ONLY RECOMMED THIS CLINIC TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THE MONEY, AND IF THE PROBLEM IS SOMETHING MINOR. NOTHING MAJOR! however, the shelter itself is just like any other. there's animals there and the people there are trying to make their lives better. so go and adopt an animal from a shelter, even if it's not that one

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i'm a 19 year old vet tech student that's been working at animal shelters since i was in 8th grade. i started out at chicago's animal care and control and have been to many others. i can't stand to hear people complain about how dirty a shelter is and not do anything about it. do u realize that these shelters are working on little or no money? yes, they do smell, but that's not their fault! if u care so much to complain, how about u do something better like volunteering. with that said, i recently moved to the justice, il area. so the closest shelter to my apartment is this one. i have been there about 3 times with my animals, but that was the clinic. i have 2 cats of my own and right now i'm also taking care of a stray cat and her kittens. the clinic is really focused on prevention if they can help it, but to be completely honest, i wouldn't take my cats here if they had a major problem. but, whenever there's going to be a surgry, they make sure the animal is tested for everything and has up to date shots. they seem to care in a small amount due to the fact that there's a lot of other people waiting out in the waiting area. i also can't stand how people in the waiting area complain that they have to wait. if u don't want to wait, take ur animal some place else, but don't complain when someone's trying to help u. lastly, ask all possible questions u may have. these vets are mostly focused on the cheif complaint. a chief complaint is the reason u brought the animal in. and NEVER NEVER NEVER let them go back there with your animal without you. my 11 year old cat went in there for a flea suspicion, which is something a vet tech can look for. so me knowing that, let them take her back and once they came ou,t the tech told me that she found no fleas and that they gave her an allergy shot. i freaked when they said that because the last time she got one of those, it Abscessed! and she need surgery. i told the tech that and she had fear running through her mind as she walked back to tell the doctor. she told me to watch it and if it did it again to bring her back in. well she hasn't abscessed, but she's still scratching like she was the day i brought her in. so i'll just go to a regular vet. I ONLY RECOMMED THIS CLINIC TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THE MONEY, AND IF THE PROBLEM IS SOMETHING MINOR. NOTHING MAJOR! however, the shelter itself is just like any other. there's animals there and the people there are trying to make their lives better. so go and adopt an animal from a shelter, even if it's not that one

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I read the previous reviews and disagree with the person that adopted a kitten. They gave me antibiotics for the kitten I just adopted. I payed extra for pain meds. If there was a problem with her kitten they would have covered it for free. If you choose to take an animal to your own vet then you choose to pay--don't blame the shelter because you didn't make sure you had your antibiotics. I have adopted from them a few times now and they are wonderful. As for the cleanliness of the shelter they work very hard to stay up on the cleaning--animals are continually eliminating and there is always cleaning to be done. Instead of complaining, maybe consider becoming a volunteer and be part of the solution.

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I read the previous reviews and disagree with the person that adopted a kitten. They gave me antibiotics for the kitten I just adopted. I payed extra for pain meds. If there was a problem with her kitten they would have covered it for free. If you choose to take an animal to your own vet then you choose to pay--don't blame the shelter because you didn't make sure you had your antibiotics. I have adopted from them a few times now and they are wonderful. As for the cleanliness of the shelter they work very hard to stay up on the cleaning--animals are continually eliminating and there is always cleaning to be done. Instead of complaining, maybe consider becoming a volunteer and be part of the solution.

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I wouldn't want to come on here and bad mouth a shelter because I firmly believe in what all animal shelters are out to do. I went there to find a kitten about 3 weeks ago and I found one and wanted to bring her home. They wouldn't let me take her that day because they wanted to spay her, which I could appreciate, but I asked them if I could put a doposit down and get her spayed at my vet whom I trusted and come back with paper work, but they wouldn't allow it. So now I have had her for 3 weeks and her surgery is infected because they did not give me any antibiotics to giver her after the surgery, which according to my vet it should always be given to the kittens, and I find out that she had ear mites and they plugged it. They did not let me know they did this and after that is done you are suppose to clean out her ears twice a week for the next month but they did not tell me that. So not only is my poor baby's ears a disaster but her surgery is infected. This has cost me twice the amount that it would have cost me if I let my vet do the surgery in the first place. I would never go back, I have been to shelters that have been much cleaner and more helpful!

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I wouldn't want to come on here and bad mouth a shelter because I firmly believe in what all animal shelters are out to do. I went there to find a kitten about 3 weeks ago and I found one and wanted to bring her home. They wouldn't let me take her that day because they wanted to spay her, which I could appreciate, but I asked them if I could put a doposit down and get her spayed at my vet whom I trusted and come back with paper work, but they wouldn't allow it. So now I have had her for 3 weeks and her surgery is infected because they did not give me any antibiotics to giver her after the surgery, which according to my vet it should always be given to the kittens, and I find out that she had ear mites and they plugged it. They did not let me know they did this and after that is done you are suppose to clean out her ears twice a week for the next month but they did not tell me that. So not only is my poor baby's ears a disaster but her surgery is infected. This has cost me twice the amount that it would have cost me if I let my vet do the surgery in the first place. I would never go back, I have been to shelters that have been much cleaner and more helpful!

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I found our pug mix last year, and adopting was one of the best decision I ever made. He came in our home that first day like it was always his home and became a member of our family instantly. the animal welfare league even took care of a cherry eye surgery for us at no charge. we love our Bugsy and are thinking about adopting another dog.

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I found our pug mix last year, and adopting was one of the best decision I ever made. He came in our home that first day like it was always his home and became a member of our family instantly. the animal welfare league even took care of a cherry eye surgery for us at no charge. we love our Bugsy and are thinking about adopting another dog.

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I have adopted three wondeful cats from Animal Welfare Legaue.

I adopted my precious Penny from there when she was 5 years old. After going to 7 homes, I finally took her home and kept her for a loving 11 years. I had to put her down a few weeks ago when she was 16, due to severe renal failure. It was terrible to let her go, but it was the humane thing to do.

I currently have two other adoped female long hair cats from there and I love them so much.

Please consider adopting, espcailly an older cat. The 11 years I had with Penny were unbeleivable and while she is no longer with me here on earth I know she is in a better place and is looking down on us all.

If you cannot adopt, consider making a donation. It is a great organization with A LOT of animals. They need your help.

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I have adopted three wondeful cats from Animal Welfare Legaue.

I adopted my precious Penny from there when she was 5 years old. After going to 7 homes, I finally took her home and kept her for a loving 11 years. I had to put her down a few weeks ago when she was 16, due to severe renal failure. It was terrible to let her go, but it was the humane thing to do.

I currently have two other adoped female long hair cats from there and I love them so much.

Please consider adopting, espcailly an older cat. The 11 years I had with Penny were unbeleivable and while she is no longer with me here on earth I know she is in a better place and is looking down on us all.

If you cannot adopt, consider making a donation. It is a great organization with A LOT of animals. They need your help.

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this animal welfare is by far the dirtiest, worst animal place i have ever seen. dont get me wrong the staff (for the most past) is very friendly and helpful. however, the places stinks and its completely filthy. last time i walked in and it smelled very fowl and there were even spots of blood all over the floor and 2 woman sat behind the desk doing nothing to clean up the mess all over the floor. i also brought my cat there and was told he didnt have fleas but upon further checking and a visit to another vet he was actually covered in fleas!!! i would NEVER go back there!

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this animal welfare is by far the dirtiest, worst animal place i have ever seen. dont get me wrong the staff (for the most past) is very friendly and helpful. however, the places stinks and its completely filthy. last time i walked in and it smelled very fowl and there were even spots of blood all over the floor and 2 woman sat behind the desk doing nothing to clean up the mess all over the floor. i also brought my cat there and was told he didnt have fleas but upon further checking and a visit to another vet he was actually covered in fleas!!! i would NEVER go back there!

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I went to this clinic with my new puppy. I recieved excellent service, very caring staff members but do make sure you get there early! There are many pets that need attention. Ask all your questions when you are in the vets office because this will be the only chance you get due to the heavy traffic that is waiting in the waiting room!

PROS: Caring and affordable
CONS: LONG wait time!

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I went to this clinic with my new puppy. I recieved excellent service, very caring staff members but do make sure you get there early! There are many pets that need attention. Ask all your questions when you are in the vets office because this will be the only chance you get due to the heavy traffic that is waiting in the waiting room!

PROS: Caring and affordable
CONS: LONG wait time!

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We have been very happy with this facility and the two kittens that we adopted from them this spring. They have a health clinic on site that we were able to bring them to to get fixed, etc.

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We have been very happy with this facility and the two kittens that we adopted from them this spring. They have a health clinic on site that we were able to bring them to to get fixed, etc.

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No matter what time of night it is when you find a animal in need, AWL will open its doors to you. I love the fact that they have a vet on staff. But when you go to view the animals, it's almost like visiting someone in prison. First you have to fill out an application and be approved before sitting in the waiting area for a staff member to walk back with you. Although they are tight, I think they have reasonable fees and do great work.

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No matter what time of night it is when you find a animal in need, AWL will open its doors to you. I love the fact that they have a vet on staff. But when you go to view the animals, it's almost like visiting someone in prison. First you have to fill out an application and be approved before sitting in the waiting area for a staff member to walk back with you. Although they are tight, I think they have reasonable fees and do great work.

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When I went to turn in my pet it was no hassle at all. The staff there were very pleasant and the place was clean. They always have a variety of animals to choose from.

I did not like the fact that a lady there wanted Lady, my dog, and the shelter wanted me to pay a $75 fee to redeem her and right around and give her to the lady for another $75 fee.

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When I went to turn in my pet it was no hassle at all. The staff there were very pleasant and the place was clean. They always have a variety of animals to choose from.

I did not like the fact that a lady there wanted Lady, my dog, and the shelter wanted me to pay a $75 fee to redeem her and right around and give her to the lady for another $75 fee.

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