The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Humane Education Programs

DuPage County Animal Care and Control's Public Education Department

Shelter Tours

Educational shelter tours are available to small groups by appointment.  Please call Dina 630-407-2805, to set up a time for your group to come in and learn about DCACC.

Animal Education Day Camp 2014

Does your child love animals?  Come join the fun this summer at DuPage County Animal Care and Control.  DCACC Animal Education Day Camp is an exciting and fun-filled camp for children.  Campers learn about safety around animals, responsible pet ownership, and animal care.  Kids will play animal themed games, do crafts and have interaction time with DCACC adoption animals!  Campers aged 8-10 will go on a field trip to Willowbrook Wildlife Center, and campers aged 11-13 will go on a field trip to Cosley Zoo. Campers will need to bring a morning snack and a lunch. 

Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday thru Friday for children ages 8-10 and 11-13.  The fee for camp is $150. 

There is one session offered for children ages 5-7 called Anipals.  Anipals is Session 5, July 21-24, 9 a.m.-noon.  The fee is $100. 

To enroll your child simply download the registration form, and mail the completed form along with payment to: 

DuPage County Animal Care and Control 
120 N. County Farm Rd. 
Wheaton, IL 60187 
Attn: Dina, Education Department 

Credit card payments are accepted but must be done in person at the shelter. 

Session dates:

  • Session 1: June 16-20 for ages 11-13  
  • Session 2: June 23-27 for ages 8-10   - Full
  • Session 3: July 7-11 for ages 8-10  - Session Closed
  • Session 4: July 14-18 for ages 11-13 
  • Session 5: July 21-24 for ages 5-7  
  • Session 6: July 28-Aug 1 for ages 8-10 
  • Session 7: Aug 4-8 for ages 8-10  

Junior Counselors

DCACC is looking for teens aged 14 and older to volunteer as Junior Counselors for the Animal Education Day Camp. Junior Counselors volunteer for one session.  Junior Counselors must be responsible and have knowledge of working with kids and animals.  They provide assistance to staff with games, crafts, activities and help supervise campers.  If your teen is interested in being a Junior Counselor, please call Dina at 630-407-2805 to reserve your spot.  


Upcoming Events 

Now for a very limited time:  Christmas in July fee-waived cat adoptions & toys for everyone!

Christmas in July 2014


dcacc adoption day at the DuPage county fair

Thursday, July 24th
2:00pm - 5:00pm
DuPage County Fairgrounds - Pet Adoption Area

C'mon out to the DuPage County Fair on July 24th and meet some of DCACC's lovable adoptables in person.  Our animals will be at the fair from 2-5pm answering questions about the shelter, adoption, volunteering and hopefully finding forever homes!


Scooter Squad Logo 

Scooter's Squad team member meet & greet BBQ

Saturday, July 26th

Must be a Scooter's Squad Team Member to Attend.  Learn more about Scooter's Squad or to register to become a team's FREE!


Scooter Squad Logo 

Scooter's Squad Car Wash & Bake Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, August 2nd
9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Wheaton Bowl
2031 N. Gary Avenue

C'mon out and get your car washed and fill your belly with lots of (human) treats all to benefit Scooter's Squad and DCACC's homeless pets!  DCACC's adoptables will be on hand to greet visitors from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.  We hope to see you there!

Scooters Squad Car Wash Flyer 


Save the Date!  Fall Festival Pet Expo & Adopt-a-thon

Saturday, September 20th
11:00am - 3:00pm
DCACC Shelter Lawn

It's back!  Join us for food, fun, animals, raffles, and much, much more at the Fall Festival Pet Expo & Adopt-a-Thon.  Now taking shelter/rescue and pet related vendor applications.  Exhibit space is FREE for any qualified rescue group or shelter.  To reserve an exhibit space for your rescue group, please contact Brandi at (630) 407-2803 or  This event is limited to vendors selling pet related items only.  Retail exhibit space is $35.  To find out more about reserving an exhibit space for your pet business, contact Dina at (630) 407-2805 or .  Don't wait, space is limited and sells out every year.  More details and a list of participating exhibitors coming soon.

For more information about Education Programs, contact the Education Department.