The animals need your help

Donating to Orphans of the Storm supports our life-saving mission, and at the same time truly makes a difference for an animal in need.

Each donation is as individual as the person giving it. Neighborhood children hand-deliver a ziplock bag of change collected from a lemonade stand. Leftover medications from a pet that has recently passed are lovingly presented while memories are shared. A handwritten note accompanies a very generous check inside a holiday card. These are but a few of the ways that donations arrive. However they make it to the shelter, every dollar is used to benefit the animals.

Monetary donations

Making a generous monetary donation to the shelter goes far in helping with the day-to-day expenses of caring, feeding and medically treating the animals. With an annual operating budget of well over one million dollars, we see that every dollar of every donation is put to the best use towards the animals.

Make a donation in memory of a friend’s pet passing, in celebration of a life event, or just because you know that your donation will make a difference.

There are several ways in which you can donate. You may make a donation by credit card here on this website or over the phone at 847-945-0235. Our friendly staff is happy to help with the credit card transaction over the phone. Your donation can always reach us through the mail or you may visit us any day between the hours of 11am and 5pm and drop off a donation in person. While at the shelter, feel free to take a walk through and meet a few of our resident orphans. However you choose to donate, just know that we appreciate your support.

Remembering Orphans with a planned gift

Gifts from supporters’ estates allow us to continue to provide the high level of care and placement into homes these deserving orphaned cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. There are several ways in which you can help us, and in doing so also help yourself and in some cases your heirs.

You can provide a specific bequest to us in your Will or in your Trust. This is the most common and easiest way to benefit our organization and our animals. Orphans is a tax-exempt organization, qualified under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This permits your gifts to be tax-deductible to you for income tax purposes, if made while you are living, and deductible to your estate, if made from your Will or Trust after your death.

Please contact us directly to find out about other ways you can benefit the shelter with a planned gift.

Donations from our wish list


We can go through over 100 newspapers each day during the winter months.

Gift cards from local gas stations

Our shelter van is constantly transporting animals to and from our hospital, the Ruth Helen Wolf Animal Clinic & Hospital in Libertyville, for emergencies, special treatments, life-saving surgeries, weekly spay and neuter procedures and appointments to bring an adopted animal current on their shots so that the adopter can take them home.

Get creative

You don’t need to spend money to help to the animals. The next time that mom replaces the bathroom towels or your bedroom comforter, don’t toss out the old — bring those linens and things to Orphans of the Storm. The dogs and cats don’t mind that the items are not in perfect condition. They just appreciate the warmth and comfort that those items can offer. Same with an old basket collecting dust in a corner of the basement. You may have no use for it, but a cat would love to snuggle and nap deep inside.

Donate towards a specific fundraiser or event

Oftentimes we have a special need arise and we may create a fundraiser to help cover the expense. Other times it may be a fun event to get the community involved, raising much-needed dollars for our life-saving mission. We also have annual events where you are invited to join us.
Annual Benefit Dinner

Our annual benefit dinner is a chance to show your support by purchasing a seat or a table and celebrating an evening with us.

Our 2015 dinner will be held on April 20 at the Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods. Individual reservations are $250 each. Tables are available for $2,500 and $5,000.

Tyler Fund

The Tyler Fund was created initially to help one “long-time” resident who arrived as a puppy and grew ever so big and strong that no one considered him as a family pet. After two years of calling kennel #5 home, we enrolled Tyler in basic leash training at Tops Kennel in Grayslake. The trainers were impressed with Tyler’s spirit and personality and discovered, in this big out of control dog, a big baby – something we at the shelter knew was inside him all along.

Tyler never went back to the shelter. Through the Tyler updates on our Orphans Facebook page, Tyler was adopted by a wonderful couple and their Orphans mix Sophia. Today we hear that the two dogs are the best of buddies and the family feels blessed to have given Tyler his second chance.

Pooch Parade

This dog walk fundraiser was the simple idea of a local family. At an annual 2-mile charity dog walk, the community is invited to pledge donations toward walking their own dog to help the shelter animals. This year our walk was moved to October and became a Halloween Pooch Parade. The dogs arrived and strolled through the neighborhood in costume.

This festive morning is filled with dogs of every size, breed and personality, just as varied as the owners who bring them out. Refreshments, a raffle and prizes for everyone tops off the event!

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