Animal Welfare League


Giving Tuesday

Our Special Angel
My name is Angel and I am a special needs dog being cared for at the Animal Welfare League shelter in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. I am a senior and approximately 10 years old.  I was given up by my owner, who no longer wanted me. 

I was brought to the shelter smashed in a small cardboard box which was way too small for my size and in desperate need of medical attention.  Upon intake, my needs were immediately assessed.  I saw the shelter’s staff veterinarian and promptly received medical care.  I was extremely malnourished, covered in open wounds, suffered from a severe infection and lost almost all of my fur, prior to my arrival.   X-rays and testing was performed.  I was given numerous treatments and medications.

After many weeks of being in the shelter’s care, my condition has begun to improve.  I am still under medical care, however, I now eat many yummy meals, take my meds daily, receive medicated baths and receive so much love and attention from everyone.  I am just one example of the hundreds of animals that the shelter cares for on a daily basis. 

This is only made possible through the support we receive from our donors.  Would you please consider supporting our mission by making a donation this Giving Tuesday which will allow us to continue to care for hundreds of animals each and every day.

Where would these animals be without us?

Donations can be made online at:

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Donations can be sent to:
Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
(708) 636-8586

Our Top Services

The Animal Welfare League is a full-service facility dedicated to bettering the lives of the animals who come through our doors, in accordance with our mission. Among the variety of services we offer, these four are the foundation on which AWL and its mission are based:


The heart and soul of our work here at the Animal Welfare League is placing animals in forever homes with those who will care for them with the love and devotion they deserve. We maintain a stringent vetting process for adoption to ensure that each animal has the best opportunity for a happy life once it leaves our care. All breeds and all ages are available! (Note: Adoptions available at Chicago Ridge location only.)

Stray Intake

We accept stray and abandoned animals whenever possible. We evaluate and care for each and every animal and attempt to reunite it or find it a proper and loving home environment.


The Animal Welfare League runs a low-cost clinic that is open to the public, offering a broad variety of services to care for your pets as well as for the animals in our own care. Services include general exams, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, X-rays, AVID microchipping, dental cleanings and more.

Special Needs Animals

At the Animal Welfare League, we go the extra mile for animals requiring extra care with our Special Needs Animals program, enabling the less fortunate animals in our care to live the fullest life they can.

Animal Welfare League Giving Tuesday 2021