Animal Welfare Board

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Purpose: The Board shall review monthly reports from the Animal Organization and the Animal Warden in order to set priorities and give feedback to the Council related to issues regarding animal control and the City animal shelter. The board will also be responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts for the Animal Shelter Fund. 

Mission: The Evanston Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is committed to providing compassionate and humane care for Evanston's abandoned, abused and relinquished animals and to find them homes through rehabilitation, foster care, adoption, and rescue organizations.  We further serve the community as a proactive resource for education, counseling and support. 

We fulfill this mission by striving to provide shelter animals medical and physical care, enrichment, training and rehabilitation to ensure that animals have the best chance of successful adoption.

Our commitment also includes the following goals:  programs such as low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination; trap, neuter, release for feral cats; support to senior citizens and other vulnerable populations who can no longer afford to keep their pets; and public education and counseling regarding responsible pet care.

**On Monday, July 13, 2015, City Council approved the name change of the board from Board of Animal Control to Animal Welfare Board.

# of Members: 7 (2 Aldermen, 1 member of the Animal Organization , and 4 Evanston residents)

Term: 3 years

Meetings: Quarterly - January 18, 2017 (rescheduled from January 11), April 12, 2017, July 12, 2017 and October 11, 2017.

Meeting Place:  2404

Enabling Ordinance: 54-O-14

Reports To:  Human Service Committee

Members:                                 Term:

Meredith Rives, Chair               7/27/17

Jill Cabot, Vice Chair                 7/27/17

Alderman: Vacant                        

Ald. Peter Braithwaite               6/30/18

Ruth Ann Hladish                      7/27/17

Vicky Pasenko                            6/30/18

Diane Valletta                             7/27/17


Wally Bobkiewicz, City Manager - 847-866-2936
Michelle Smith, Administrative Secretary - 847-866-5005

Email Staff: 

Apply online for the Animal Welfare Board

View a printable application

Printed applications can be submitted by email to, faxed to 847-866-2978, or mailed to Morton Civic Center, Attn: Mayor Stephen H. Hagerty, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

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