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TO GIVE, TO INSPIRE | A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville

An Independent, Privately Funded, Nonprofit No-Kill Animal Shelter, Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment (A.D.O.P.T)

NAPERVILLE–With the holidays around the corner, some families may be considering bringing in a new furry member to their home, and let’s face it, what’s cuter than a new pet wearing a big red bow.

If you are considering adopting your pet, you need to trust the facility you are adopting from. Consider Naperville’s independent, privately funded, nonprofit no-kill animal shelter, Animals Deserving Of Proper Treatment, otherwise known as A.D.O.P.T Pet Shelter. The shelter cares for and conducts adoptions, has been facilitating good health care and good homes for more than 30 years.

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville

In 2009, A.D.O.P.T. started providing in-house medical services to animals in their care and gradually grew the program to include rescue partners and low-income families. Currently, the facility runs a weekly vaccine clinic open to the public and performs surgeries four days a week helping thousands of animals yearly. A.D.O.P.T. also serves its community by providing temporary foster care for pets whose family is facing a crisis, like an unexpected illness or homelessness for example.

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in Naperville

In recent years, needs have drastically increased as a consequence of the pandemic. Millions of homes got pets in 2020 as work from home became prevalent, unfortunately just as kennels, veterinarians and trainers were scaling back services or even closing altogether. This year, those pets are being surrendered to shelters or abandoned at an alarming rate due to those services becoming less available plus the return to in-person workplaces and rising costs. To help facilitate the need, this year, A.D.O.P.T. was able to complete major renovations and improvements to its facility and is thrilled to announce as well, the construction of a brand new, standalone medical and surgical center. The 2,000-square-foot Medical Center Clinic will have two exam rooms, an x-ray room, a surgical suite for multiple concurrent surgeries, a recovery area, a work area for staff, a reception area, and office space for personnel. “The lack of available veterinary care has influenced our desire to open this Medical Center Clinic,” says Chirs Stirn-Yelle, A.D.O.P.T. Executive Director. “We hope to assist families and rescue groups as well as lighten the load for local veterinarians who are already overwhelmed by the demand for pet care.” Full completion is expected to be celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting in January.

A.D.O.P.T. welcomes resumes and referrals, as they are beginning the process of hiring vet techs, surgeons and additional staff. As well, naming opportunities for the Medical Center Clinic are open for a limited time. To learn more about these opportunities, volunteering, fostering or donating to the organization, contact Executive Director Chris Yelle at or visit




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