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.


Upcoming Events

For a limited time: "girls Just wanna have fun" fee-waived Female adult dog & cat adoptions!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun REVISED

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Sunday, September 14th
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gary Avenue & Lies Road
Carol Stream

The Friends of DCACC Foundation is a proud sponsor of the CS Barks Dog Festival 2014.  Stop by our exhibit and meet some of DCACC's canine & small animal adoptables.  Learn more about DCACC, the Friends of DCACC Foundation, and how YOU can help make DuPage County a more pet-friendly community by helping its homeless and unwanted pets.  Also, enter for your chance to win an amazing dog lover's can only win by visiting us at CS Barks!


 Fall Festival 2014 Flyer

DCACC Fall Festival Pet Expo & Adopt-a-thon

Saturday, September 20th
11:00am - 3:00pm
DCACC Shelter Lawn
FREE Admission & Parking! 

It's back!  Join us for food, fun, animals of all shapes & sizes, raffles, and much, much more at DuPage County Animal Care & Control's Fall Festival Pet Expo & Adopt-a-Thon. With 40+ dog, cat & small animal rescues, shelters and pet suppliers slated to participate, there's something for everyone!  While you're here, shop the latest DCACC shelter t-shirt designs, see the latest creations from Barb's Beds, make over an adoption cat's kennel, and watch as we aim to find homes for 100 homeless pets on Fall Festival day!  Admission is FREE! Free and ample parking for guests and the general public is available on the east side of County Farm Rd. in the 421 Administration Bldg. or Health Department lots.   

All socialized, leashed and vaccinated pets are welcome to enjoy the Fall Festival Pet Expo with you. Please note, for the safety of all animals involved, your dog will not be able to accompany you during your shelter tour.  

You can also enjoy all that the DuPage Convalescent Center's Fall Festival has to offer including:
Bake sale
Craft sale
Children’s games & rides
Mum sale
Scarecrow patch
New & used book sale
Flea market
Huge garage sale
Car show
And much, much more!

Exhibit space at the Fall Festival is officially SOLD OUT.  If you are a rescue group and would like to be placed on an exhibit waiting list, please contact Brandi at (630) 407-2803 or  This event is limited to vendors selling pet related items only.  If you are a business and would like to be placed on an exhibit waiting list, contact Dina at (630) 407-2805 or .  View a listing of Fall Festival Exhibitors.


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Now booking:  Jackie Petersen Pet Photography Fall festival mini-sessions - very limited quantity available

You've seen her amazing images all over DCACC's adoptables page, social media and more.  Now booking Jackie Petersen Pet Photography Fall Festival Mini-Sessions and 100% of proceeds benefit DCACC's homeless pets!  Your donation of $20 includes: one 15-minute session, 5 proofs in a private online gallery, one digital download of your favorite image (additional digital downloads are available for $30 each with all proceeds going to DCACC), print release.

Register online nowto reserve your spot.  But don't delay, reservations are VERY limited.   

Jackie Petersen Fall Festival Mini Sessions 

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Scooter's Squad FEATURED RACE: Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and Fall Final 20

Sunday, September 21st
7 a.m.
St. Charles

C'mon out and cheer on our Scooter's Squad team members participating in the Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon & Fall Final 20 on behalf of Scooter's Squad and DCACC's homeless pets.  Want to do more than cheer?  Run with us!  The race is sold out, but through Scooter's Squad, if you make a $100 donation to the Friends of DCACC Foundation, you will receive a special discount registration code that you can use to register for this sold out race AND receive $25 off your race registration fee!  To register to become a Scooter's Squad team member and/or to get your Fox Valley race discount registration code, visit the Scooter's Squad page. 



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