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Orphans of the Storm® animal shelter is located in Riverwoods (Deerfield), in north suburban Illinois. Orphans takes in, cares for and finds good and loving adoptive homes for thousands of stray and abandoned dogs and cats each year.

We have been quietly serving northeast Illinois since 1928!

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Begin your search for a new family pet here. First select whether you are looking for a dog or a cat.



Conduct a quick search of our most recent dog and cat arrivals.


Click below to meet our featured pet. This is one of our special Orphans whose story we want to bring to your attention.


Puppy Love and Kitty Kisses, You're Invited!

First Bank of Highland Park cordially invites you and a guest to a private reception to celebrate a month-long exhibition benefiting the nonprofit animal shelter, Orphans of the Storm, featuring the loving dogs and cats patiently awaiting adoption.

First Bank of Highland Park
1835 First St., Highland Park

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
5:00pm - 6:45 pm

RSVP: Angela at asantello@firstbankhp.com with number of attendees. Space is limited.

*Please mention if you are interested in an animal intuitive/psychic session. (Appointments are limited. Early registration is highly recommended.)

Event is complimentary! Don't miss the fun, including:

  • Pet Photographer, Jennifer Mordini, with "Tips on how to take great photos of your pet"
  • Veterinarians, Dr. Bruce Setlock and Dr. Allison Herron, with "Tips on keeping your pet healthy"
  • Animal Intuitive/Psychic, Hope Black
  • The Puppy Mill Project Executive Director Janie Jenkins
  • Prize Drawing and Give-Aways
  • Appetizers and "Catini" cocktails. How purrfect is that!

A Donation box will be available in the bank's lobby throughout February. Please consider bringing a much-needed item from Orphan of the Storm's wishlist.

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Feline Friends Program - Helping seniors take on pets

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photo of seniors with cat

We are proud to introduce our cat adoption program, Feline Friends for Seniors. This adoption program is designed to help senior adults afford the initial costs to take on an adult cat as a pet. On any day at Orphans of the Storm any senior age 65 and older may select an adult cat, or two, and we will waive the $90 adoption fee and in addition we will reduce the vaccination fee of each to $60. So that the total cost to add a feline friend to your life will be $60.

Our adult cat room is home to 150 - 200 cats on any day. Our cat gallery houses another 50- 100 easily. So whatever type of cat you have in mind you will most likely find. Our adoption counselors and volunteers are available to assist you in making the best selection for your lifestyle. You never need an appointment to visit and discover your next feline companion.

Along with companionship, elderly pet owners experience the many health benefits that come with caring for a cat such as reduced stress and blood pressure levels. You can also count on improved mental and physical health and an increase in overall happiness.

Akiva: Our Holiday Pet in Need!

photo of Akiva the dog

Akiva is a beautiful husky who has waited far too long at the shelter. The reason that she has been passed over for several years now is because of her incontinence. She has a dribble and a leak at times that she can not control. Not her fault.

Akiva has seen specialists and we now have reason to believe that there is a surgery that has a high percentage chance of helping her and resolving her incontinence.

A note from the vet specialist explains it this way: Akiva has urinary incontinence of unknown origin. Most likely, she has urethral sphincter incompetence which may benefit from culposuspension or silicone injections. There is also questionable ureteral ectopia which could be ablated with a diode laser.

We are prepared to send Akiva to the University of Wisconsin. There, they have surgeons who can perform the prescribed surgery and help Akiva today. And Akiva will then be highly adoptable. We just need to raise the funds to cover the cost of a $10,000 procedure.

If you are thinking about making a meaningful holiday donation this year that could absolutely change a life, this just may be it.

Donations can be made securely on line right here, or mailed to the shelter, or in person at the shelter 11am-5pm each day.

Akiva deserves her chance to experience a real life outside of the shelter.

Watch for updates on our Facebook page and website as we head towards jump-starting Akiva's life.

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Orphans has partnered with Kuranda

We have partnered with Kuranda beds to get each dog its' own bed. Please use the following link to donate a bed to the shelter.

The dogs and cats will thank you.

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