Hello Canine Compatriots!
Welcome to Baby and Bo’s Backyard! On this section of Ald. Pawar’s website you can find lots of useful information. You can check out great places to take your human, get your shots, and discover fantastic activities. Chicago has been recognized as one of the most dog-friendly cities in America, and we don’t want you to miss any opportunities.
Please remember that not every dog is as loved and cared for as us, nor are they as lucky to have been rescued like us. Take a look at the list of shelters below so you can help a human find a new friend or volunteer to help dogs in need. Remember that your human can bring any unwanted sheets, blankets or towels to the 47th Ward Office so they can be donated to shelters.
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Keep Your Pet on a Leash & Pick up After Your Dog!
Remember, when you take your pet off your property, you must keep your pet on a leash at all times to avoid a violation of city ordinance 7-12-030. This ordinance is in effect to protect your pet, as well as others, and is strictly enforced. Violators of this ordinance are subject to a fine of at least $300.
You must have some means of removal of excrement when you are off of your own property with your dog and if you fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet and you will have been in violation of section 7-12-420. Violators of this ordinance shall be fined not less than $50.00 for each offense.
- Challenger Park, 1101 W. Irving Park Road, (312)742-7802
The dog park is located on Seminary along the west side of the train tracks, just north of Irving Park.
- Churchill Field Park, 1825 N. Damen Avenue, (312)742-7554 (Managed by Holstein Park)
The dog park is located on the park’s southeast side.
- Coliseum Park, 1466 S. Wabash, (312)747-7640
- Grant Park, S. Columbus Drive near 9th Street, (312)742-7648
- Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Avenue, (312)742-7785
The dog park is located in the park’s southwest corner.
- Lake Shore East Park, 450 E. Benton Place, (West of Lake Shore Drive, south of Wacker Drive, and North of Randolph Street.),
- Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive, (312) 742-7522
The dog area is located toward the southeast end of the park.
- Montrose Beach, Wilson Avenue and the Lake, (312)742-5121
- Grace Noethling Park (aka Wiggly Field), 2645 N. Sheffield Avenue
The entire park is dedicated to dogs, so you should have no problem finding the dog “area.”
- River Park, 5100 N. Francisco, (312)742-7516
A group has formed to bring a dog park to Horner Park. Check them out. They welcome your involvement! http://hornerparkdogpark.org.
Shelters and Organizations
The Anti-Cruelty Society, www.anticruelty.org, 157 W. Grand Avenue, 312-644-8338
One of the largest humane societies in the U.S., the Anti-Cruelty Society has been helping animals since 1899, and offers pet adoption, training resources, and a clinic.
PAWS Chicago, www.pawschicago.org, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave, 773-935-PAWS
Pets Are Worth Saving is the city’s largest no-kill humane organization. Nearly 20,000 pets were euthanized in Chicago in 2006. PAWS Chicago envisions a “No-Kill Chicago” – a city in which pets are not destroyed just because they are homeless.
FOUND, www.foundchicago.org, 4108 N. Rockwell, 773-539-3880
As a neighborhood no-kill shelter rescuing dogs that need rehabilitation and re-homing, FOUND continues to help with training even after dogs go to their forever homes.
One Tail at a Time Lincoln Square, www.onetail.org
As a non-profit, all-volunteer, no-kill, no-shelter rescue, all of One Tail’s animals are housed in foster care and can be introduced to approved potential adopters who complete an adoption survey.
Chicago Canine Rescue, www.chicagocaninerescue.com, 5272 N. Elston, 773-697-8848
CCR is one of the 200+ organizations that partners with Animal Care & Control to take dogs out of the city shelter. A small but tireless staff and a cadre of dedicated volunteers match dogs to new owners 7 days a week.
Registering a Dog
Dogs living in Chicago must be registered and licensed by the Chicago City Clerk’s Office. A major benefit of having a licensed dog is that the owner whose pet wears the license can be notified if a lost or stray dog ends in the care of the city’s Animal Care and Control Center. New this year, the tags also carry the City Clerk’s office phone number to aid in the search and retrieval of your pet. There is no charge for guide dogs for the blind and disabled. Dog licenses expire one year from the date of your pet’s rabies vaccination. Owners of dogs must provide the most recent rabies certificate, which is provided by vets at the time of inoculation. Proof of sterilization (e.g., proof of adoption from an animal shelter) and proof of age are needed for discounted fees. Further information can be found on the Chicago City Clerk’s website.
You may now register your dog online or pick up and fill out a license application form at one of the following locations:
47th Ward Alderman’s Office
4243 N. Lincoln M-F 9-5
Office of the Chicago City Clerk – City Hall
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 107
(312) 744-6861 (Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Office of the Chicago City Clerk – Satellite Office
5430 W. Gale Street
Applications are also available at most Chicago veterinarian offices and clinics.
Winter Safety Tips for Dogs & Cats
Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple guidelines.
- Indoors and Warm–Don’t leave dogs or cats outdoors or in a car when the temperature drops. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. No matter what the temperature, wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. The best way to keep your pets safe (and happy) is to keep them with you.
- If your Dog Spends a lot of Time Outside–A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
- Keep Feral and Stray Cats Warm–If there are ferals or strays in your neighborhood, remember that they need protection from the elements. It’s easy to give them shelter.
- Keep the Water Flowing–Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.
- Be Careful with Ears–Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
- Safety and Salt–The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
- Avoid Antifreeze–Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife, or your family.
- The Best Tip of All–keep your pets with you. Probably the best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but kept inside the rest of the time. Dogs and cats are social animals who crave human companionship. Your animal companions deserve to live indoors with you and your family.
Summer Safety Tips for Dogs & Cats
- Protection from Heat in Cars – don’t leave them in a car alone – EVER!
- Proper Outdoor Housing and Water – that means shade
- Protection from Over-Exertion – panting, disorientation, anxious expression, weakness – lower their temperature gradually & call the vet
- Hot Asphalt and Feet Protection – keep to the sidewalk or grass
- Beach and Water Safety – don’t throw your dog in the water, start in shallow water, never leave them unattended
- Safety in Travel – fresh water, bowl, ice-packs in their crate, sunshade on the car windows, spray bottle with water to cool him down
- Parasite Prevention – heartworm happens even in the city
- Plan Ahead for Summer Vacations – plan ahead, arrange for careful, responsible care. It will bring peace of mind.
American Red Cross has an informative list of Emergency Preparedness for pets: