​B.A.R.K. was formed in 2000 by a small group of big-hearted people who wanted to improve conditions for animals and staff at Kankakee County Animal control. The original co-founders were Tracy Ahrends, Linda Smith, Julie Boudreau, Beth Buonomo, Sandy Leppert, Dave Merkle and Mike Mills. 


Today, Kankakee County Animal Control attends adoption events in various locations around the county, like PetSmart, PetCo and other local events. This has been a very succesful means of finding loving homes for animals. This gives the public a chance to see the beauty of the animals outside the confines of the building, in which they are currently housed.



B.A.R.K. has grown tremendously from these early days and is now a registered, 501c3 corporation with its own constitution and bylaws.  Fundraising continues to be their primary focus, holding numerous microchip clinics and other successful fund-raising events.


B.A.R.K. would like to thank these original seven members for their dedication and foresight. They have generously given their time and spirit for B.A.R.K.


Board of Directors 

President              Casey Ashline

Vice President      Curt Gigl

Treasurer              Mark Baron

Secretary              Christy Slaby

Board of Director  Julie Boudreau

Board of Director  Dr. Ande Wegner 

Board of Director  Nikki Smith

Board of Director  Kelly Blume

Board of Director  Carol Vallone

Board of Director  Kim Boucher

Board of Director Steve Hitz

Board of Director Abigail Smith 


A Word About Kankakee County Animal Control 

Supporting Kankakee County Animal Control 

A Word About B.A.R.K. Inc. 

Mission Statement

 A self-funded agency committed to preventing the spread of rabies, educating the public on animal health and welfare. 
 Offering the service of re-homing the homeless animals.

61% of American households include pets.

Does yours?

Kankakee County Animal Control and Adoption Center (KCAC) is a very small shelter, originally built as a hold and kill facility. The former animal control only facility is now also an adoption center, placing hundreds of dogs and cats into new homes each year.

Whether you are searching for a lost pet or looking for a new addition to your household, our dedicated team of caring professionals is ready to serve you. Please contact us and let us know how we can help.


1270 Stanford Dr.
Kankakee, IL 60901