We want to thank our community for their outreach during what is an unprecedented and worrying time for everyone. All of our animals are safe and being cared for, meanwhile, our team continues to diligently work behind the scenes.

Until further notice, the shelter will be closed to the general public and volunteers. All offsite events and locations are closed and our annual benefit dinner has been postponed until later this year.

If you'd like to help in other ways, please head to our donation page.

We buy a lot of our shelter supplies from Amazon, please consider donating an Amazon gift card, or view our wish list.

Please consider adding us as your supported charity at smile.amazon.com, it’s free for you and we get a donation every time you shop!

If you are interested in fostering an animal, please fill out a foster application form and our team will reach out when our animals need your help. We are working through hundreds of applications a day, so please be patient with us.

Thank you again for all your help and support during these uncertain times. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Stay safe. Now go wash your paws.
Orphans of the Storm

Friends Available Today

Our Foster Program is Now Live


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

Check Out Who’s Waiting for You — Click Here

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.