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

Does your child love animals? Come join the fun this summer at Animal Education Day Camp at DuPage County Animal Care and Control!

Children will learn about responsible pet ownership, safety around animals, dog and cat body language and other animal related topics. Activities and games are interactive, and children will make animal related arts and crafts and special items for the shelter animals.

Camp Sessions are one week in length and run from 9am to 2pm each day for children ages 8-13.  Camp fees for children ages 8-13 are $150.

There is one Anipals session for children ages 5-7, which meets Monday-Thursday from 9am to noon.  Anipals camp fees are $100.

Jr. Counselors are teens that assist with camp activities for the week.  Jr. Counselors are volunteers and there is no fee for them to attend.

Session 1: June 22-26 for ages 8-10 & Jr. Counselors 14 and up

Session 2: July 6-10 for ages 11-13 & Jr. Counselors 16 and up

Session 3: July 13-17 for ages 8-10 & Jr. Counselors 14 and up

Session 4: July 27-30 for ages 5-7 & Jr. Counselors 14 and up

Session 5: Aug 3-7 for ages 9-11 & Jr. Counselors 14 and up

Registration will open on Friday May 8th.  To register, simply download the registration form, fill out and mail in with payment; or come in in person to register.



Upcoming Events

Lilac Time Pet Photo Contest
Hosted by Lombard Veterinary Hospital
Submission Deadline:  Wednesday, May 13th

Submit a photo for FREE of your pet (or someone a borrowed pet) and LVH will donate $1 for each photo submitted to the Friends of DCACC Foundation up to $1,000!  Email your pet photo to or mail photos to Lombard Veterinary Hospital, Attn: Jeanne Davis, 244 E. St. Charles Rd., Lombard, IL 60148. Photos of dogs, cats or other pets accepted through May 13. Voting will be open to the community via the LVH Facebook page.

Lilac Time Photo Contest

Ken's Wonder Woman 5K
Saturday, May 16th
In conjunction with the Lombard Lilac Mutt Strut 5K
Lilacia Park, Lombard

This year, Ken will be frillying it up as Wonder Woman in honor of this year's Scooter's Squad theme:  "Be a Superhero and Save Lives.
"Here's how it works:  If we collectively raise $500, Ken will don a lovely, ever so superheroey red Wonder Woman cape while he runs in the upcoming Lombard Mutt Strut 5K on Saturday, May 16th.  But wait, it gets better.  Cheers from the sidelines won't be enough. If we raise $750, Ken will also don a lovely, ever so supportive Wonder Woman tank along with his cape during the race.  And if we raise $1,500.  Well, he'll be hard to miss as he floats by in all of his super heroine frillyness in full Wonder Woman costume...complete with blue superhero skirt.  Watch out Linda Carter.  Here comes Ken.  It's all in good fun and for a good cause.  100% of monies raised from Ken's Frilly 5K directly benefit DuPage County Animal Care & Control's homeless pets.

 Ken's Frilly 5K2015


Scooter's Squad Pup's Poker Run
Tuesday, June 2nd
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mallard Lake forest Preserve
Hanover Park
$10 Cash only entry fee - no advance registration required

For a $10.00 donation, runners will participate at their own pace in 3 - 5 laps of Mallard Lake Forest Preserve (1.25 mi./lap). After completing each lap, they will receive a playing card.  After all runners are finished (or the time limit expires), the best 3 card poker hand will split the pot of the total proceeds collected and walk away a winner! All participants are guaranteed 3 cards. The winner will be announced at 7:05 pm. No pre-registration required. Just show up ready to run.  Immediately following, runners are also invited to the Scooter's Squad Pasta for Pups event at Villagio Ristorante (1242 Lake St., Roselle, IL) for a $15.00 donation per person. Cash bar available.

Pups Poker Run Flyer       Pasta for Pups Flyer


Scooter's squad Pasta for pups dinner
Tuesday, June 2nd
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Villaggio's Ristorante
1242 Lake Street
Roselle, IL 60172


Join us for Scooter's Squad's Pasta for Pups Dinner to benefit DuPage County Animal Care & Control. Your $15.00 donation includes salad, bread, pasta marinara, meatballs, and soft drinks, tea, or coffee. Cash bar is also available. Forks optional.  For two-legged guests only.



Paint Your Pet June 2015Paint your pet party (aka wine & paint)
Sunday, June 7th
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Bottle & Bottega
498 Crescent Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
$40 Registration - proceeds benefit DCACC's homeless pets

Register via the Bottle & Bottega Glen Ellyn website

Join us for a BYOB "Creating for a Cause" and paint an homage to your best friend with fur, scales or feathers! Ticket price includes paint supplies, instruction, aprons and a take-home canvas! Proceeds will benefit Friends of DuPage County Animal Care & Control Foundation.

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