Celebrate the ABCs with DCAS - ACOs and Black Cats!

Celebrating the ABCs: ACOs and Black CatsA Message From our Operations Manager

DuPage Animal Services is thrilled to announce two new Animal Control Officers (ACOs) joining our staff. The four officers at DCAS work out in the community helping to ensure the safety of residents, domestic animals, and wild animals. 

Welcome Officer Exner

Officer Michael Exner comes to DCAS after three years working as a Community Service Officer in the Chicagoland area. With a BS in Criminal Justice from Lewis University, Michael is excited to incorporate his background in law enforcement with his love of animals to work with the community. He sees this as a great opportunity to show residents how beneficial Animal Services can be to the people and animals living in our county. 

During his free time, Michael enjoys being outdoors with his fiancée and two coonhounds, Boston and King or rooting for the local sports teams, especially the Bulls.  

Officer Exner with coonhound dogs
Officer Silva with German Shepherd

Welcome Officer Silva

Also a fan of bulls, Officer Francisco Silva worked with a 300 pound bull volunteering at a veterinarian clinic in Mexico while visiting family. With his experiences helping people in crisis through his work in the medical field and law enforcement, Francisco realized he wanted to apply his knowledge to helping animals as well. He sees DCAS as a great way to blend his desire to help people and to work with animals. 

Francisco is a true dog person and likes them all, but does admit to a preference for German Shepherds, like his family pet Rocky, and Dobermans. In his off time, he enjoys archery and trying out different types of cuisine. 

Our Animal Control Officers work with police departments throughout the county, providing support and expertise for working humanely with animals. Through bite investigations, the officers protect the public by insuring rabies compliance and educating owners to prevent future incidents. In unincorporated areas of DuPage County, our officers will travel to pick up stray animals and help sick or injured wildlife. They are an incredible resource for our County, and we are incredibly grateful to have this wonderful team. 

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       Laura Flamion

      Operations Manager

Big Heads, Big Hearts. Introducing Chicago Dogs!

This October, DCAS and Chicagoland Humane Coalition partners are campaigning to help Chicago Dogs and their owners stay together while supporting those in shelters to find loving homes. 

What's a Chicago Dog?

Any large, (over 40 lbs) dog that tends to spend more time in the shelter - bullies, shepherds, huskies, etc., living in the Chicagoland area. And there are so many in need of help right now.

No matter what neighborhood or suburb you're from, Chicagoans are tough, resilient, and shrug off stereotypes all day - so do our dogs. Please join us in raising awareness through adoption, fostering, and networking. Lear more: bit.ly/ChicagoDogResources

Stay Tuned for News About our October 15th Adoption Event

We will waive all adoption fees for dogs over forty pounds!

Adopt a Chicago Dog

Adopt a Black Cat

Fur Black as Black

Are you looking for a pocket panther to make every day Halloween? We have them in all shapes and sizes! Just like shelters around the country, we are drowning in adoptable cats. Black cats are often the hardest cats to adopt out due to superstitions about bad luck. But trust us - once you've rescued a black cat, you'll feel like the luckiest person alive.

Why black cats are the best:

  • They always look ready for a stylish night out on the town.
  • Their eyes - golden, green, or blue - are incredibly striking against their fur.
  • The extra melanin that gives them the black fur may protect them from some diseases.
  • By owning a black cat, you can help spread the good word and break up the bad myths holding them back! 
  • During October, all adoptable DCAS black cat fees are waived! 

Click on our Black Cat Collage to fill out an adoption application today!

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Who You Gonna Call?

During Kitten Season, we're on the phone, texting, emailing, and sending smoke signals 24/7 to our kitten fosters. We could not save as many lives as we do without our dedicated kitten fosters who get up in the middle of the night for feedings, provide loving homes, and comfort even the most fearful babies.

Across the country, shelters are experiencing high animal populations, and DCAS is feeling the pressure with lots of animals coming in but low adoption numbers. Not only do kitten fosters save the life of their foster, they free up space in the shelter for us to bring in more animals who need saving.

It's not possible to truly express how grateful we are to our foster families. Thank you for helping us save lives!!

Click on Foster Kitten Bolt's picture to learn more about becoming a foster through DCAS!

Pet First Aid/CPR Workshop

Pet First Aid and CPR Workshop

$100 per participant.

Follow the link below to register. Slots are available first come, first served. 

This course teaches first aid techniques to address the most common emergencies that can occur with small and large dogs as well as cats. This course will train you to notice abnormalities and detect early warning signs in pets. You will also learn essential pre-vet care and life saving techniques for those times when immediate action can make all the difference.

November 5, 2022 9am-3pm


Upcoming Webinars

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Join us at 7pm select Thursday nights all year long! Follow the links provided to register. 

Kitty Concerns: Common Behavior Issues and What to Do – October 6, 2022 7pm-8pm

We love cats, but sometimes we don’t understand them! Learn about common cat behaviors and the natural instincts behind them. Get some tips on how to work with your feline friend to make everyone comfortable and content.

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3QV5Kc2


Canine Concerns – October 20, 2022 7pm-8pm

They’re our best friends, but there’s a lot we don’t understand about dogs. Learn about common dog behaviors, the natural instincts behind them, and how to manage those behaviors that aren’t so fun to live with.

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3w9HzyD