Animal Services Legislative Activity
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Thank you to everyone who attended our sold out DuPage County Puppy Mill Workshop on June 30, 2019.
PRESENTATION SLIDES ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
slides (where available) have been posted. Links to Facebook Live recordings have also been provided. To view slides, click the presenter's name below.
View the complete timeline of presenters and topics.
Marc Ayers - Illinois State Director, Humane Society of the United States (link to FB live recording)
Robert Berlin - DuPage County
Mindi Callison - Founder, Bailing Out Benji
Gail Diedrechsen - Volunteer Editor, “The Collie Nose”
Mary Edwards - Formerly of West
Suburban Humane Society
Carrie Frost - Humane Educator, Anderson Animal Shelter
Greg Gordon - Owner/Proprietor, Dog Patch Pet & Feed
Peggy Grandahl - Director, Paws Crossed Rescue Resource & Representative, Safe Pets for Joliet
Dr. Barbara Hanek, DVM - Administrator
Veterinarian, DuPage County Animal Services
Senator Linda Holmes - Illinois State Senator, 42nd District
Lorianne Kloss - Boulder
Terrace Animal Hospital
Brian Krajewski - Member, DuPage County Board and Chair, DuPage County Animal Services Committee
Cari Meyers - Founder, The Puppy Mill Project
Bryan and Lorae Mundt - Pet Owner Testimony
Elizabeth Schaeffer - Pet Owner Testimony
Kerin Smith - Go Humane Naperville
Misty McCarty - Pet Owner Testimony
Hosted by DuPage County Animal Services and The Humane Society of the United States, this event will covered key topics such as passing local, state, and county laws, building coalitions, and representing the issue
effectively in front of the media and the general public. Together we can take a stand against puppy mills and make Illinois a more humane state!
2019-2020 News and Action Alerts
DCAS and the DuPage County Legislative Committee have made banning the sale of commercially bred pets one of its 2020 Top State Legislative Priorities [Click here for the DuPage County 2020 State Legislative Program].
In addition to working at the state level to introduce legislation that would ban the retail sale of commercially bred animals, a few municipalities are leading the way to enact their own bans locally including:
- The City of Evanston and Village of Willowbrook passed humane pet store ordinances on April 27, 2020. Both ordinances include dogs, cats and rabbits!
- Algonquin - on March 17, 2020 the Village of Algonquin became the 15th municipality in Illinios to pass a humane pet store ordinance which includes dogs, cats and rabbits.
- Naperville - The City of Naperville became the 14th municipality to pass a humane pet store ordinance with a vote on February 3, 2020. Naperville pet stores have been granted until January 2021 to transition to a humane business model.
- Rock Island - The city of Rock Island became the 13th city to pass a humane pet store ordinance with a unanimous vote on January 13, 2020
- Springfield - The Illinois state capitol took a stand against the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats & rabbits by enacting a humane pet store ordinance at their October 1st, 2019 city council meeting.
- On August 29, 2019 - Press conference held at DCAS to introduce the bi-partisan Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act sponsored
by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi
- Lisle - One July 15, 2019 the Village of Lisle became the ELEVENTH municipality in Illinois to pass a humane pet store ordinance.
- Buffalo Grove - On June 17, 2019 the Village of Buffalo Grove passed a humane ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits making Buffalo Grove the TENTH municipality in Illinois to become a humane municipality.
- Wheaton – the Wheaton City Council is set to consider a proposed ban on the retail sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits. Wheaton residents please reach out to Mayor
Gresk and your city council members to respectfully ask them to support this ban.
- West Chicago - on March 18, 2019 the City of West Chicago enacted their a humane pet store ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially bred dogs, cats & rabbits in pet stores within the city limits. Please
reach out to Mayor Pineda and City Council members to thank them for their leadership and for making DuPage County a better place for people and pets to live.
Grove – The Village of Downers Grove Village Council voted unanimously to enact a humane pet store ordinance at the March 5th, 2019 Village Council Meeting! Downers
Grove residents, please reach out to Mayor Tully and your Village Council members to thank them for their leadership and for making DuPage County a better place for people and pets to live.
The following municipalities/counties in Illinois have enacted humane ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially bred pets (as of 4/27/20):
- Buffalo Grove
- Cook County
- Crest Hill
- Downers Grove
- Kankakee County
- Naperville (City of)
- Naperville Township
- Rock Island
- Vernon Hills
- West Chicago
- York Township
Click here for a copy of The Problem With Commercial Breeding and Pet Stores information packet.
Click here to view an example of a Model Humane Ordinance courtesy of HSUS.
To learn more about why commercial breeding is bad and how to be an informed consumer, visit:
Legislators from DuPage County, Will County, HSUS, The Puppy Mill Project, and local Animal Welfare Organizations Gather on December 22, 2017 at Naperville Area Humane Society in support of humane pet store ordinance.