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  • SAVE A LIFE: Thousands of pets throughout the State of Illinois are without a loving home and in danger of being euthanized. It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they've been abused. In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of "people reasons," like a move or financial constraints.


  • HEALTHY PETS: Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before adoption. In addition, some shelters screen animals for specific behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.


  • FISCALLY SMART: Pet overpopulation leads to additional animal control costs for taxpayers at a state and local level. In many cases, adopting a pet from an animal shelter is less expensive than buying a pet at a store or through another source.


  • CONVENIENCE: Comptroller’s Critters offers constituents the opportunity to find that special pet in the comfort of their own home. With participating shelters from across the state providing information through the Comptroller’s website, the perfect pet companion may be only a click away.