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Since the Middle Ages, a red door has been the symbol of a safe haven. This is what Red Door Animal Shelter provides for the animals in its care. In the Chinese art of feng shui, a red door brings luck to those who live behind it. This is what Red Door wants for the animals in its care.

Red Door Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter committed to helping animals in need. Its primary focus is on the rescue, shelter and adoption of cats, dogs and rabbits—the three most popular pets in the United States.

Red Door provides a cageless environment for its animals, giving them the closest-to-a-home experience that a shelter can provide. While our emphasis is on re-homing the animals through resourceful adoption programs, the shelter does offer permanent residence for those few animals not placed in homes.

Furthermore, Red Door is one of only five no-kill, multi-species shelters in the country that admits rabbits as well as cats and dogs, spays/neuters them and places them up for adoption.

Every year, Red Door rescues and finds homes for hundreds of abused and abandoned animals. Red Door is a 501(c)(3) organization. We receive no federal, state, county or city money. We are funded by private donations and grants from private foundations.

Red Door was founded in 1998, under the name Chicago Community Humane Center. In January 2000, an adoption center was opened on the far north side of Chicago, in the West Ridge/Rogers Park neighborhood. In June 2002, the shelter's name was officially changed to Red Door Animal Shelter to better reflect the vision of the organization. In February 2003, Red Door expanded its adoption center, located at 2410 W. Lunt, Chicago.


CAFé is a pet food assistance program for low income pet owners. Food pantry participants may pick up food on the last Friday of every month, from 1-2 p.m., at the Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina, Chicago. Participants must be willing to get their animals altered in order to be eligible for pet food assistance.

Rabbit Boarding

Red Door proudly offers rabbit boarding at the shelter. While you are away, you can trust your bunny's care to our experienced rabbit staff. Your rabbit will receive hands-on care in a rabbit-friendly environment. Red Door Rabbit Boarding offers:
  • Fresh Oxbow hay
  • Crisp salads
  • Daily exercise time in a playpen
  • A personal bunny condo
  • A rabbit-perfect temperature
  • and no barking dogs!
Make your reservations by calling 773-764-2242 or writing

Foster Care Program

Red Door always needs foster homes for the dogs, cats and rabbits we rescue. If you can make a commitment of a few weeks, you can save the life of a homeless animal. Our Foster Care Program is a vital part of our rescue mission because it allows us to place animals into caring homes while they wait for either a permanent adoptive family or a space at our cageless shelter. Being a foster parent means taking a homeless animal into your home and providing him/her with food, water and loving care. Red Door will provide all medical care. We will also continue to display foster animals on our web site as available for adoption and we will do all the interviewing work involved in finding a suitable adopter. We ask that fosterers either be available to bring the animal to our adoption events or work with one of our volunteers, who will help Red Door staff and volunteers provide phone counseling on behavioral problems, such as aggression and inappropriate elimination. Additionally, we can provide practical advice and humane alternatives to surrendering animals to shelters for common reasons such as: moving, pregnancy, and animal-related allergies.

Contact us!

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Call us at: (773)764-2242

Shelter hours: Tuesday through Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday & Sunday 12-4 p.m. We are closed to the public on Mondays. Please call for weeknight hours. Please arrive one hour ahead of closing time. Appointments are highly recommended. All rabbit and dog adoptions are done by appointment only. Dogs available for adoption are not located at our shelter address. The first step is to fill out an adoption application.

Red Door Adoption Center is located at 2410 W. Lunt, Chicago, IL 60645. Please note that dogs available for adoption are not located at our shelter address.

Send mail or donations to us at: 2410 W. Lunt, Chicago, IL 60645

To make a donation online, go to How You Can Help

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