some things to think about before you adopt a new pet!


 So you're thinking of adopting a new pet. You want to add the warmth, fun, joy, and love that a dog or cat can  bring  into your family's life. congratulations! it's a wonderful, life-enriching experience that millions of americans share!   but, before you take that next step, here are a few things you need to consider:

    1) When you adopt an animal, you're making a lifetime commitment! Dogs routinely live to be 12 to 15 years old, and cats can live

           from 15 to 20 years or even more! In the shelter community, we see the heartbreak, confusion, and lonliness suffered by innocent

           abandoned and abused pets. THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE you adopt!

    2) Having a pet is not only a commitment of time and emotional bonding. The reality is, PETS COST MONEY!  Don't take on the

           responsibility for an animal's welfare unless you have the resources (now and years from now!), to house, feed, and provide

           regular Veterinary care for your petRemember, your pet is TOTALLY DEPENDENT on YOU for everything it needs.

           Be there for your pet!

    3) Cute little puppies grow up to be big, sometimes even massive dogs, and helpless little kittens grow up to be big cats.  Enough said?

    4) Cats, of course, will use a "litter box" with little or no training. Dogs, on the other hand, need to be trained consistently over time,

           and there will be accidents, you can count on it! Your new Dog will need to be walked 3 to 4 times each day, rain or shine,

           Summer or Winter. Most Dog owners find the time relaxing and rewarding, but it HAS to be done, no matter what

           If you don't have the patience, or can't stand extreme weather, consider a Cat instead of a Dog.

    5) If you are renting, ALWAYS check your lease, and inform your Landlord, BEFORE bringing a new pet into your home or apartment!

           Most reputable shelters and rescues insist on written documentation anyway, but don't wait for the adoption counselor to ask.

           Make sure your dream of pet ownership doesn't end in a nightmare of abandonment for an innocent Dog or Cat.

    If you're honestly able to say that you've considered all of these 5 issues, and you're still willing and able to welcome a new canine

        or feline companion to your family, then it's time to take the next step! Contact us with your questions, or click-on the link to the

         Lake Shore Animal Shelter site on You'll find it at the top of this page.

                                   We wish you and your "soon-to-be" new pet many years of love and laughter!

lake shore animal shelter's

"rescuer's choice!"

                a "FEATURED dOG" WE KNOW YOU'LL LOVE!

We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to "Trooper," our current "Rescuer's Choice!"  (sorry for a blurry photo).Trooper is a mild-mannered senior, in remarkably good health. He currently lives in a Lake Shore Foster Home on Chicago's north side with Mike and Lisa, 2 longtime LSAS volunteers. He gets along great with 5 other dogs, loves to spend time in the backyard (when the weather's a little better!), and enjoys snuggling with his Foster Mom and Dad. He's fully vetted, housebroken, and is just the nicest dog ever. He'd be great for someone wanting a relaxed canine companion, easy to handle and care for, but still lots of fun! For more information, email us on the "Contacts" page, or you can just call Mike and Lisa direct at (773) 276-4339. Thanks!

 about "" is a national website, where hundreds of  shelters and rescues post thousands of adoptable animals!

 We post all of our adoptable pets on Petfinder, so go there  NOW  and take a look! (And oh, by the way, it's all about  the  animals, so if WE don't have what you're looking for,  please check with other area shelters on!)

 CLICK-ON the Button up above. Good Luck!