We thank our community for all the support we have received recently.

Orphans of the Storm is happy to announce that starting on Monday the 15th of June we will begin taking appointments for dog and cat adoptions. If you are looking to adopt and are interested in visiting us, please note the following:

  • We will be opening on an appointment based system.
  • Appointments will be daily between noon and 3 pm and last 45 minutes.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted and will be turned away.
  • Only 2 people per party are permitted inside the shelter at a time.
  • Minors must not be left unattended, so please plan accordingly.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. Entry will not be granted without a mask.
  • Contactless temperature checks will be performed on all entrants.

To make an appointment please call us at 847-945-0235.


We have reduced capacity due to safety reasons so we ask that you call to make an appointment only if you are looking to adopt an animal at this time. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Orphans of the Storm

Friends Available Today

Our Foster Program is Now Live


Cat Adoption Center

Now Open in Gurnee

Pet Supplies Plus
6675 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL

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.