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   

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

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun REVISED

Two Bostons Meet & Greet with DCACC's Adoptables
Two Bostons Logo

Sunday, August 24th
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
103 W. Jefferson
Downtown Naperville  


CS Barks Logo 

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, raffles, and much, much more at DuPage County Animal Care & Control's Fall Festival Pet Expo & Adopt-a-Thon. With dozens of dog, cat & small animal rescues, shelters and pet suppliers slated to participate, there's something for everyone!
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.


 Scooter Squad Logo 

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.