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Animal Control Volunteers Plea For Help Finding Homes For 45 Dogs As ‘Thanksgiving Wish’

The group says its "Thanksgiving wish" is that Chicagoans help them find homes and foster families for about 45 dogs who are at risk of being put down.

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DOWNTOWN — Volunteers at Chicago Animal Care and Control are asking for help finding homes for 45 dogs in need.

The CACC Dog Transfer Team, a group of volunteers who work to find foster homes for dogs held at Animal Control, posted on Facebook that it has about 45 dogs who are on its “urgent list” — meaning they face being euthanized if they can’t find homes soon.

“Our wish is that every one of them MAKE IT OUT,” the group wrote on Facebook last week. “Please help!”

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Animal Care and Control has taken in more dogs than it did last year, but that means space has been limited, according to the post, which was later taken down.

The post also noted Animal Care took in 21 dogs during one night last week and ended up having to put seven of them down. Photos of those pups accompanied the group’s plea for help.

“It’s not anything we’re not doing as volunteers … all involved are working their butts off to give every animal that comes in the VERY BEST SHOT … but this is the SAD REALITY of what goes on in this country, and in your city, Chicago, when there are simply MORE animals available than space available (we are FULL), willing fosters, backyard breeding & open homes & hearts available,” the group wrote.

The post provided links to dogs who can be adopted or fostered and how people can help them.

In late September, when volunteers were talking about quitting because they said too many dogs were being euthanized too quickly, Animal Care and Control said its space was extremely limited. The new director of the department, Kelly Gandurski, said then that since she took over in July the shelter has taken in more dogs and experienced more “live outcomes” than over the same period last year.

Animal Care and Control did not respond to a request for comment.