Thank Mayor for Proposing to Speed Up Pet Adoptions


Target: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Goal: Thank Chicago mayor for proposing to speed up animal adoptions

Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, recommended policy changes targeted at accelerating animal adoptions to lessen the costly burden of sheltering thousands of animals for the city’s citizens. His plan will allow for dogs and cats to be transferred to animal shelters and facilities to be quickly adopted.

Presently, stray animals cannot be adopted from the pound for five days. Emanuel introduced a regulation that allowed Chicago to take in any animals that have not been claimed for three days and transfer them to Chicago’s Commission on Animal Care and Control.

Every year, the city pound is able to place about 1,000 animals in new homes, but they are still left with over 10,000 stray animals to place in shelters. With the current laws, families are not allowed to adopt strays for five whole days. Mayor Emanuel and directors of Animal Care and Control centers agree that moving the animals quickly will ensure that they will be adopted.

Making families wait to take home animals delays their chances of finding a “forever home.” This new ordinance will surely help animals get placed in loving homes faster. In the ordinance, Emanuel also wants animal shelters to increase micro chipping or tagging of animals so that their rightful owners can easily find them if they lose their pets.

Please sign this petition to thank Mayor Rahm Emanuel for recommending this new ordinance that will get animals into loving homes quicker.


Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel,

Chicago, Illinois has been dealing with a reoccurring issue when it comes to stray animals. Thousands of them are rescued by animal control every year, but only about 1,000 animals are actually getting adopted. Currently, Chicago has a five-day rule for the adoptions of abandoned animals. Thank you for proposing a new law that will speed up the process of transferring stray animals into animal shelters. Your proposed ordinance will change the five-day rule to three days. The two days will make a drastic difference in the adoption process.

There is no reason why families and animals have to wait a full five days to be adopted or given a good home. If these animals are available for adoption sooner, their chances of being adopted greatly increases. This ordinance will help facilitate the rescue of animals off the streets of Chicago and into loving homes.


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  1. caryl sawyer says:

    I have a large fenced in yard. I tried many rescue agencies in an attempt to adopt an elderly dog, 10 years or older. Didn’t care if it was 3 legged and/or blind.

    Unless I had $175, they would not let me have a dog. Maybe some other changes should be made as well.

  2. I just want to thank Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for caring about adoptive dogs, you have given me faith in counsel ppl. Which I lost many yrs ago!

  3. I am not sure this is a help it gives less time for owners to reclaim their pets … when they end up at the shelters their wait time is over.. will this mean theycan be killed sooner.. i think a lot more thought needs to go into this and not just accepting this is better because it could be worse they do not state if the shelters are no kill or low kill or which shelters it is… shortening times strays must be held gives htem less of a chance of owner reclaim so this is not a good idea it is only a money saving move on the part of the mayor!!!!! very likely not in the animals best interests at all if you look at that they have 5 days for a owner to find them vs 3 days and can be put down after 3 days now instead of 5!!!!

  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Thank you for caring for our friends in the Animal Kingdom…

  5. I’m afraid this sounds like good marketing but owners have two less days to Vadim pets & is the afoption period extended or are you saving money at the expense of their lives? Please don’t be an even higher kl center like New York

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