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Visit our new cat wing

Friends Available Today

Our Foster Program is Now Live

FOSTER WITH US!

Give a dog a break from the kennel — a chance to truly shine — or somewhere quiet to recover from a procedure or treatment. All dogs come with medical care, food, and supplies (as available), and a full team of support for all their needs.

Apply to Foster — Apply Today

Questions? Contact Our Foster Team

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Cat Adoption Center

Now Open in Gurnee
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Pet Supplies Plus
6675 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL

Adult cats that are fully vetted will be offered for adoption on weekends at this busy Gurnee Pet Supplies Plus. Since the cats are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered and microchipped, the adopter will be able to take their new pet home with them that very day. The selection at the Gurnee adoption center will be the same healthy, friendly and loving selection as is offered at the Riverwoods animal shelter.

As volunteers are trained, look for adoption days and hours to be expanded to full time.

Volunteers Needed: Orphans is currently looking for volunteers who are true cat lovers and who are interested in working hands on with the cats at the Gurnee store. These volunteers will be responsible for assisting with daily feeding, caring, cleaning and introducing the cats to potential adopters.

If you are a cat lover and interested in becoming involved with Orphans and our new cat adoption center, contact the shelter directly at 847-945-0235 and ask for Pam. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference for the stray and abandoned cats of Lake County.

Pet Showcase & Gift Wrap at Northbrook Court

Meet adorable and adoptable pets every Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm

Extended hours during holidays

A match made in heaven

The Von Feldts planned a day at Northbrook Court to have lunch and catch a movie. As they posted later on the Orphans Facebook page, “Lunch was good but we never saw the movie. Instead we adopted an amazing little yellow lab mix.”

Plans can change quickly when people unknowingly come across an Orphans of the Storm off-site adoption event. The Von Feldts ran home and returned with their black lab and his approval sealed the deal.

Visit our new cat wing

Adult cat room

Visitors are welcome spend time in our adult cat room. It may seem a bit overwhelming to step into a population of 150-200 adult cats, but they will make you feel at home. And how do you select just one cat to adopt? Well, you don’t, because at Orphans of the Storm, your cat will pick you.

Quiet meeting room

A recent addition to our cat wing is a private cat meeting room. Here, away from the general cat population, a family may spend quiet time becoming acquainted with a single cat or kitten that they may be considering for adoption.

Gail Donahue Retiring after 28 years:

After a long and distinguished career as Administrator of the Shelter, spanning more than 28 years, Gail Donahue has decided to retire. Among her many contributions, Gail instituted the Tennessee transport program, and has overseen countless improvements to the Shelter and its operations. She has truly been the heart and soul of the Shelter. 

The Shelter and its Board are grateful to Gail for her many years of dedicated service – to both the Shelter and the animals entrusted to its care. We wish Gail every happiness in her retirement.

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