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Our mission is to improve the quality of life of companion animals and to keep them in their forever homes by providing programs and services that reduce pet overpopulation while supporting our commitment to animal welfare in the community.


In 1946 two women cared enough to worry about a stray white dog.  With their no kill philosophy, the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League helped rescue thousands of animals in need.  


In 1992 they began a partnership with the city of Aurora Animal Control and Care expanding their network to include over 100 licensed no kill rescue organizations that helped foster and place over 3,000 companion pets in their forever homes and in 2009 provided all spay & neuter surgeries, vaccines and other necessary care to the animals awaiting adoption.


  In 2011, the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League began to move towards preventing the pet over population problem rather than react to it, by opening up their own spay & neuter clinic to the public.  In February of 2012, the Fox Valley Animal Welfare opened the first spay/neuter clinic in the western suburbs of Chicago with the goal of offering convenient and affordable spay/neuter surgeries, preventative wellness care directly to the public and animal welfare rescue organizations.

From the humble beginings 78 years ago, the vision and forethought of those two women have helped better the lives of tens of thousands of animals within our community.


Richard Glessner - Clinical Director

Billee Rindsig, DVM - Surgeon

Katherine Player, DVM - Surgeon

Tim Turner, DVM - Surgeon


Marji Merrigan, DVM - Surgeon

Juli Rowlett, DVM - Surgeon

Kathleen Whelan, DVM -  Surgeon

Linda Lewiston, DVM - Clinical

Board of Directors

Ellen Wullbrandt - President

Elisa Scodro - Vice-President

Wally Koch - Secretary

Sandy Hirter - Treasurer

Joan Lindquist - Board Member

Cathy Avery - Board Member

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