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About Us

Our Philosophy

The compassion and love of animals, plus our belief in the positive effects of animal companionship, compelled us to create an organization that focuses on helping animals by working diligently with people. A Caring Place works to decrease animal suffering, lessen the number of homeless cats and dogs, and reduce animal euthanasia. With the goal of helping people live effectively in partnership with their companion animals, we work with current and potential companion animal guardians teaching proper and responsible animal care and providing advice for behavioral issues.

Because we do not have our own facility, most of our cats and kittens live in the Adoption Center at the Orland Hills PETsMART store, 9277 W. 159th (just east of LaGrange Rd./Mannheim Road), Orland Hills, IL. All of the dogs and some cats live in foster homes until permanently placed in new adoptive homes. We do not set time limits on our animals to make room for another, nor do we euthanize due to old age or costly health care.

Board of Trustees

Michelle Parson

Vice President
Lori Dedic

Finance Director/Treasurer Karen Bruce

Cat Program Leaders
Lori Dedic, Program Director
Audrey Vlasvich, Cat After-care Coordinator
Barb Zeber, PETsMART Onsite Coordinator
Jolie & Archie Hawley
Edie Payleitner
Linda Sostak

Dog Program Leaders
Michelle Parson, Program Director
Karen Bruce, Director
Tami Sierra, Dog Foster Care Coordinator
David Pustek, Dog Showing Coordinator
Paul & Jennifer Geraci
Stacy Allie
Charlotte Holtzen

Jennifer Geraci, ACP Special Event Coordinator
Sky Capriolo, ACP News & Advertising Coordinator